I thought I’d close out this week with a fun little project out of the book Hello Cupcake! I also happen to be leading this project for kids tomorrow morning, so yes, it’s a little shameless self promotion. Its also a great little finale to birthday week for my friend Chrissy, because if you know Chrissy you know her dog Seamus, a gigantic Weimaraner/ Lab/ Great Dane.
The fun thing about these cupcakes is that you not only use frosting, but you have a great excuse to get some cookies and candy–as if you needed an excuse. Mini M&M’s, Tootsie Rolls, Jelly Beans (though I really hate that licorice flavor YUCK!), Famous Chocolate Waffers, Airheads, Marshmellows…really you can use anything. This project is actually a great way to get rid of all the Halloween Candy nobody really eats–Tootsie Rolls anybody? If you don’t have all these on hand you can certainly improvise. Frosting can step in, and should you have Fondant and not candy you can use that too.
Each cupcake (there are 10 different dogs in the book) starts out with a nice layer of frosting (you should have light and dark shades of grey, black, and brown–chocolate). Add a few mini marshmellows to make a snout, and decorate with icing piped through pastry bags or –as the Hello Cupcake! suggests just use a ziplock bag. Candy is in place for all the facial features. Mini M&M’s for eyes, Big M&M’s for noses– if you are not into black jelly beans either, Fruit roll-ups or Airhead or pink Starbursts for Tongues—totally necessary for puppies, and flattened Tootsie Rolls for ears on some pups, Cookies for ears on others.
This is my puppy cupcake version of Seamus. If you are looking for a litle inspiration Hello Cupcake! is great! It approaches decorating from a simplistic level. You don’t need to get couplers and piping tips at specialty stores—though obvious I love all these things. Super creative projects, made with everyday foods and tools all found in a grocery store.
Here’s to the weekend!