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Monkey Cupcakes

july1 086Aren’t they so cute??

If you know someone who loves monkeys, these cupcakes would be PERFECT for them!

Bonus: They are SO easy!

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Here’s what you need:

  • 24 cupcakes (any flavor)
  • chocolate icing
  • white icing (only about 1/2 cup)
  • red food coloring
  • mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • Mini Nilla Wafers
  • Nilla Wafers
  • sandwich size Ziplock bag or piping set
  • Black gel icing

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Here’s what you do:

  1. Put some red food coloring into the white icing, This will be used to create the mouth later on. 
  2. Cut the tip 1/4 off of the Nilla Wafers. If you look at my picture, I didn’t cut them in half. Just cut off about 1/4. This will be the mouth area. You will need 24 total (1 for each monkey cupcake).
  3. Cut 1/3 off of the Mini Nilla Wafers. Again, look at my picture, you don’t want them in half exactly. These will be the ears. You will need 48 total (2 for each monkey cupcake).
  4. Frost the cupcakes with the chocolate icing. 
  5. Put a Nilla Wafer on the bottom for the mouth area. 
  6. Put 2 Mini Nilla Wafers on for the ears. I don’t lay them flat on, I put the cut side in at an angle so they stick up a little bit. july1 082
  7. Use mini chocolate chips or black gel icing to make eyes on the chocolate icing. 
  8. Use the black gel icing to make 2 nostrils on the top of the Nilla Wafer
  9. july1 083Put the red icing into the Ziplock bag and cut a little bit off of the corner. Not too big!!! Or, alternatively, use a piping set. 
  10. Put various mouth designs on the monkeys! Have fun!

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Go forth and share the monkey goodness!!

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Pokemon Pokeball Cupcakes

This is me and my friend Gino. 

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Gino is one of the best guys I know. He is an accomplished artist, he is unyieldingly patient, he is a dedicated friend, and he is jubilantly kind. Though he may tell you otherwise. 

So, for Gino’s birthday, I made him Pokeball cupcakes…because he likes Pokemon!

Here are 3 Pokeballs…

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And here are 4 of my Pokeball cupcakes…how did I do?

 

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Here’s how to make your own Pokeball cupcakes….gotta catch ’em all!

Here’s what you’ll need…
24 cupcakes
24 white Mentos
red sugar sprinkles

white icing 
black gel icing

Here’s what you will do…
1. Bake your cupcakes. Let them cool.

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2. Work on one cupcake at a time, because the icing will harden as you go, and you need it wet for the sprinkles to go on. 
3. Frost 1 cupcake and put a Mentos in the middle.
No need for fancy tips and special tools when frosting this cupcake…just smooth it on with a knife, the back of a spoon, or a spatula. Don’t even worry about getting it smooth. As you can tell, I wasn’t too picky about that, and I think they turned out just fine. 

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4. Put the red sugar sprinkles into a bowl.
5. Dip half of the cupcake into the sugar sprinkles.
Don’t worry if some red sprinkles get on the white side. It happened to plenty of mine, and they still turned out great. But I guess if you ARE worried about that, then you can just get a toothpick and pick them off. But Gino didn’t care, he was just excited to have his very own Pokeball cupcakes. I’m sure your friend will also not care if there are a few stray sprinkles. It will still look and taste great!

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6. Use the black gel icing to draw a circle around the Mentos (right against it), and a line between the red sprinkles and the white icing.

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7. Repeat with the rest of your cupcakes.

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8. Enjoy! Best when shared with friends like Gino. 

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Spaghetti and Meatballs Cupcakes!

Look at my most recent creation!

Props to my roommate Jessica McKay for that picture! Her camera is so much better than mine!

I got the idea from here.

If you want to make them, here’s how…

Ingredients:

Cupcakes

Icing 

1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

3 drops yellow food coloring

24 (or less) hazelnut chocolates (Ferrero Rocher), unwrapped (or you can use chocolate-covered donut holes)

Strawberry jam

White chocolate bar (to shred)

Here is what to do:

1. Make the cupcakes

2. Tint the  frosting with the cocoa powder and yellow food coloring.

I was honestly surprised to see it turn from white into a spaghetti-colored concoction! Cool!

3. Apply a THIN layer of icing to the cupcakes.

See that little pink spatula? I love it!!!! I call it my “magic pink spatula” and it’s what I use to ice cupcakes! I love it!

4. Arrange the cupcakes on a platter

I am a poor college student and don’t have a platter, so I used an old baking sheet and a flamingo plate I have

Make sure they are close together!!!

5. Put the rest of the icing in to a Ziplock bag. I used a sandwich size and put about half of what was left.

6. Snip a SMALL hole in the bottom of the bag.

7. Pipe the icing all over the cupcakes to make the noodles!!!

I was scared that I wouldn’t have enough icing….but it turns out I had way more than enough!! So don’t be stingy! But if you are worried, put some on every cupcake, then go back and fill in the gaps!

After I had done about 2 cupcakes, my bag exploded….I was able to pick up the explosion and move it over to the icing bowl…luckily.

I decided that I needed a stronger bag AND thinner icing

So I got a Hefty bag (quart size) and I added milk to the icing. I didn’t measure the milk, but I added about this much….3 times…just until I felt like it was good when I stirred it.

After I did this, it worked beautifully! It came out much faster and easier.

Look how cool they look! I was so excited as I did all of this! I couldn’t stop smiling! I love when something works out with my cupcakes!

Make sure some of the noodles hang off the edges!

8. Get out the chocolates!

I unwrapped them this morning, put them in a plastic bag, and put them in the fridge until I was ready to use them.

9. Drop it into the strawberry jam!

10. Using a spoon, cover it in jam and then take out the chocolate.

11. Put it onto a cupcake, and let the “sauce” drip around the cupcake!

12. Do this with the rest of your chocolates, spreading them out throughout the cupcakes if you don’t have enough to cover all the cupcakes. 

13. Put some “suace” on the cupcakes that don’t have a “meatball”…also, put any extra “sauce” where you see fit!

14. Get out the white chocolate bar and the cheese grater

I already had this Almond Bark bar, so I just broke off 1 of the squares and used it. I only used a little bit! Seriously a tiny bit!

15. Shred the white chocolate (parmesan cheese) onto the spaghetti and meatballs!

TA-DA!

My wonderful roommate Jessica came and took pictures of them…and her pictures are so much better than mine…so here they are!

Thanks again for the pictures, Jessica!

Jessica said the cook needed a picture! I think this is my first picture with any of my cupcake creations! Thanks Jess!

Happy Cupcaking!

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Easter Basket Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for Easter!

If you are interested in making some, here is what you will need…

Ingredients:

Cupcakes

Icing (https://byuflamingo.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/buttercream-icing/)

Green food coloring (liquid NOT gel)

Sour straws

Easter candy

Shredded Coconut

Here’s what you do with it all!

1. Start with your cupcake (I love Funfetti)

2. Dye the icing green (whatever green you want…I went for a more pastel color, so I only did a few drops)

3. Put the shredded coconut in a Ziploc baggie and put some green food coloring into the bag (5 or 6 drops. Once again, it depends on what kind of green you want)

4. Shake and move the bag to make the coconut green! 

This will be your grass!

5. Pout the “grass” into a bowl

6. Ice the cupcake with the green icing

7. Dip the iced cupcake into the bowl of “grass”

8. Get out your sour straws and put them on the cupcake for the handle!

Push it down into the cupcake on each side…make sure it’s pretty deep

9. Put your goodies on top! You may want to put some icing on the bottom of the candy to make sure it stays

Happy Cupcaking!

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Easter Bunny Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for Easter!

Wanna make them, too?

You will need….

Cupcakes

Icing (https://byuflamingo.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/buttercream-icing/)

Mini M&M’s (2 per cupcake)

Mini marshmallows (2 per cupcake)

Large marshmallows (1 per cupcake)

Shredded cocunut

Pink sugar sprinkles

Black writing gel icing

Pink jellybeans (1 per cupcake)

Once you’ve got all that stuff, you will…

1. Make the cupcakes! I always like Funfetti.

2. Ice the cupcake

3. Dip the cupcake into a bowl full of shredded coconut.

Now you have bunny fur!

4. Cut the large marshmallow in half on the rounded side

This will give you the ears!

5. Dip the sticky part of the marshmallow into the pink sugar sprinkles

You now have cute little bunny ears!

6. Put a bit of icing on the back of the ears to put it onto the cupcake.

7. Put a pink jelly bean on for the nose.

8. Put on two mini M&M’s for the eyes

9. Put some icing on the mini marshmallows before putting them below the nose on the bunny.

As a side note, make sure the marshmallows are the same size…this is not ideal:

10. Put little black dots on the mini M&M’s for pupils!

11. If you want, you can use the black icing for whiskers. I didn’t like it, but if you do, go ahead!

I decided that I only like using blue and green for eyes…red looks evil.

Moral of the story: these are great for Easter!

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Buttercream Icing

A few months ago, I got tired of buying icing for all my cupcakes.

So I began the search for a new recipe.

I took this recipe and altered it slightly: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/buttercream-icing/detail.aspx

And I love it! Here’s what you do!

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons milk

Here’s what you do!

1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and vanilla.

2. Blend in the sugar, 1 cup at a time, blending well after each addition.

3. Beat in the milk.

4. Continue mixing until light and fluffy!

I always use it right after I make it, but if you will be using it later, keep it covered until ready to decorate.

With leftovers, I just refrigerate it until I need it again! When I need it, I let it sit out until it gets to room temperature and then I whip it fluffy!

So good, and it’s what I use on all my cupcakes!

Enjoy!

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Flower Cupcakes

Aren’t those just so cute! I found the idea on Pinterest! http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Desserts/Hello-Flower-Cupcakes.aspx

I was not aware that McCormick had recipes on their website…but obviously they do! I’ll be perusing around there more often now…. Here is how to make these adorable flower cupcakes…

You will need:

  • Cupcakes
  • Icing
  • Sprinkles
  • Marshmallows
  • Gumdrops
  • Shredded colored coconut (if so desired…I just had some left over from a previous project)
Wanna know how to color your shredded coconut? Just put the coconut into a plastic baggy, add some LIQUID food color, and shake it around! Add as much food coloring as you want to get your desired look as you go. Done. 

1. Make the cupcakes

First I made cupcakes. Because I am in Provo, UT, I have to make sure I alter them for high altitude…..I have made the mistake of NOT doing so, and I have not forgotten since then. Also, I always use Funfetti Pillsbury cake mix for my cupcakes….unless someone wants chocolate. But I don’t like chocolate cupcakes. I like Funfetti.  ALSO I always spray the cupcake lines with cooking spray (canola oil) before I add the batter. 

2. Make the icing

I had left over icing from my the minion cupcakes I made yesterday! https://byuflamingo.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/minion-cupcakes/

But I wanted green icing for the base of these cupcakes, so I added some gel food coloring until it was the hue I wanted.

3. Get your sprinkles ready

I LOVE SPRINKLES.

I always have an assortment on hand. 

I collect sprinkles.

If you are going to use only one kind of sprinkles for your flowers, then you will only need 2 bowls (1 for the green sugar sprinkles, and one for the petal sprinkles). But if you are going to do an assortment like I did, you will need lots of little bowls. 

Make sure you have a bowl of green sugar sprinkles. This is for the edges of the cupcakes.

4. Ice the cupcake

5. Roll the edges of the cupcake in the green sprinkles

6. Slice the marshmallows

Cut the marshmallows crosswise in 4 slices…..like this….

They automatically turn into petal shapes! And if you cut one kinda weird…that’s okay…still use it…I did! See?…..

7. Make the marshmallows pretty!

Be sure to use the side of the marshmallows what curves upward….does that make sense?

The concave side is the side you WANT to use:

The convex side is the side you DO NOT want to use:

Press the concave side of the marshmallow into the sprinkles/coconut until it is coated.

8. Put the petals onto the cupcake!

I added them 1 by 1 as I pressed them into the decoration, but you could just as easily decorate all the petals and then put them onto the cupcake.

9. Put a gumdrop in the middle!

When I was at Macey’s (the grocery store….not Macy’s the department store) with Shaylea and were looking for Smarties for the minion cupcakes I made yesterday, I also got gumdrops for these. I picked out the yellow and white ones from the bulk candy section – it was a bit of a challenge  to pick them out with the large scoop they had…but I managed!

YOUR CUPCAKES ARE DONE!!!

AND THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!

And due to the fact that I love taking pictures of my cupcakes, here are some extra pictures….

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