Sharon's Shenanigans

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Acorn Cupcakes October 28, 2011

Filed under: Crafts,HELLO CUPCAKE CHALLENGE — Sharon @ 11:41 am

I loved how simple and easy these cupcakes are.  Besides the stuff to make the cupcakes all you need it Hershey kisses and something for the top.  I used mini pecan sandies but I know other options are chocolate melting chips or mini  Nilla wafers.    I also saw some mini nutter butters that would be perfect. 

Unwrap all the kisses.  I did mini cupcakes with one acorn on each and a few large cupcakes with 2 on top.  One bag of kisses is more than enough.

To glue the tops and bottoms I used chocolate frosting.  I also added a little stem.

I made a bunch of these first so when I frosted the cupcakes I could stick an acorn to each one.

I couldn’t decide is I wanted to make them green or leave the frosting white.  So I made one of each first.  I decided I didn’t love the color and couldn’t get the right shade of green.

 

I know these look very simple but somehow I still manage to make a total mess.

I had some fall leaf sprinkles that were perfect for these cupcakes. Here is the final results.

I brought these cupcakes to the campground for the Halloween celebrations.    I had some left over batter so I made some larger ones for the guys at work. 

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April Cupcake Challenge- Koi Fish April 29, 2011

Filed under: HELLO CUPCAKE CHALLENGE — Sharon @ 8:24 pm

So I didn’t forget about the April Cupcake, I was just a little behind on this one.  It’s supposed to look like Koi Fish, here is the calendar.  Cute Aren’t they?

The ingredients for this one were pretty simple and easy to find, Apple Jacks,  mini M&M, circus peanuts and peanut butter M&M’s.

I cut the circus peanuts in half the long way and then cut each half on an angle creating the front and back fins.

Once you cut the fins you need to cut the front of the circus peanut at an angle to attached the face.  Then make enough for each cupcake and set aside.

I then put together the eyeballs by using white frosting to attach the mini M&M’s unto the orange peanut M&Ms.

I cut the tops off of jumbo cupcakes and frosted them with a light blue died frosting.

Once the cupcakes are frosted start assembling the fish.  The body, the fins, the eyes and the little mouth.  That’s it.  EASY!  FUN! FISHES!  This was the 1st one, it got a little better from there.

Then I put them on the Calender to compare my work.  Pretty close!

I brought in a plate for all the work peeps.  Some are a little cuter than others but all tasted Damn Good!

 

Baby Shower Cupcakes! April 13, 2011

Filed under: Food,HELLO CUPCAKE CHALLENGE,HOME,Recipe — Sharon @ 12:25 pm

I made these cupcakes for Beth’s Baby Shower.  They are supposed to be little babies in a shower….get it.  BABY SHOWER!

You need A TON of frosting for this….and some food coloring skillz (which I do not have)  You also need Vanilla Wafers and some sprinkles.

I started by making a really light pink frosting and microwave for a few seconds  then dunk both sides of the wafer in the frosting. Set on a rack to catch the dripping frosting.

Then once you have covered about 20 or 25 (make a few extra for screw ups) you can start on making the faces.  To get the nose you need chocolate covered sunflower seeds.  I found them at Micheals.

And then some dark chocolate for the eyes and hair.  I decided to make a few redhead, blondes and brunette.    Because we knew that she is having a girl I added some little flowers in their hair.

The problem with these is that you need to keep changing the colors to make the mouth the hair and the eyes so I used a few disposable piping bags and just cut of a small tip  at the end since I only have one real tip.

Once I made all the heads I started to frost the mini cupcakes and coated the sides in blue sprinkles leaving the tops plain to stick the cookie on.

Because they are supposed to look like babies in a shower I used a silver cupcake liner to create a shower head and some easter grass on the bottom.

I think they came out cute.  Everyone at the party seemed to enjoy there little faces and the different expressions.  I did taste them and they tasted as good as they looked.



 

Cupcake Calender- March 2011 Ducks March 16, 2011

Filed under: Crafts,Food,HELLO CUPCAKE CHALLENGE,HOME — Sharon @ 12:09 pm

So for the March Cupcake Calender Challenge it was some cute little yellow ducks.  Emily and I had the day off and she invited me over so we could colaborate on a little cupcake making sunday funday.  I thought these were going to be failry difficult to make and pondered how they got the look of a smooth outer layer of frosting.  I thought I might have to do some fondont work which I have not yet done so I got to studing the way they did it in the book.  YES!!! The book actually has some directions that are not available in just the calander!

Ok, so you know I went out and purchased the book immediatly after leaving Emily’s house.  I actaully bought both books so I may have to contuine the challenge after the year to include every cupcake in the book!  YAY.     The good thing about the cupcake colabroation is the tasks are all split between 2 people and this project flew by. Emily had made some cupcakes in the morning so when I got there they were already cooled and ready to go.

 I started off by making the ducks beaks and feet out of orange starburst.

We had stopped of at Dunks for some munchkins to make into duck heads but  when we got home we realized that they gave us the WRONG FRIGGIN BAG!  How the heck are we gonna make 6 duck heads out of a lowfat bluberry muffin? 

Emily came up with a great idea to make them our of rice crispy treats and since we had bought some marshmeel for the tails she jumped on that task.

She went ahead and started dipping the rice crispy heads into the frosting trying to get a smooth look.  I think they had 3 or 4 layers of frosting on them!

While she was dunking the heads I got the cupcakes frosted and the little tails cut. 

As soon as I took out my camera for this project I realized my battery was dieing so Emily and I took turns also taking some pictures of each others tasks.   Her camera is truly amazing.

She stuck a few toothpicks in the head that helpd it hold to the cupcake and then I went around the base of the neck with more frosting for more support. 

Now that the heads were on we needed to dunk these little suckers unto the frosting without losing any parts.  It actaully went smoother than we thought.  I think Em held her breath throught the 1st one.

We threw them all into the freezer to let the 1st layer set.

Then we took them for another bird bath of frosting.  I think they all go double dunked.  Then we attached the beaks and feet to the wet 2nd layer.  They eyes are mini M&M’s attached with white frosting.

We did a little photo shoot with them and put them on some super cute scapbook paper of water!  hahaaaa

OMG, they are so CUTE!  Not as bad as I thought they were going to be when we 1st started.   We put them against the front of the book to see how we did~ not bad, not bad at all!

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February Cupcake- Valentine Conversation Hearts February 14, 2011

Filed under: Crafts,Food,HELLO CUPCAKE CHALLENGE,HOME — Sharon @ 12:17 pm

So here goes month number two of “The Year of the Cupcake”   The Valentine Cupcake.  This one was quite a bit easier than the last months Polar Bears.   I used the same cupcake mix as the last one, the Pillsbury white cake mix and vanilla frosting.    The list of things were a lot simpler as well.

  • Pound Cake
  • Pastel Food Coloring
  • Heart Shapped Cookie Cutter
  • Red decorating Gel

They didn’t give me much instruction on the calendar again.

I bought the cookie cutter at Michaels for .79, a real bargain.  I found these pound-cake squares that were all individually wrapped from Entenmann’s.  They were the perfect size for this project.

I was very happy that they had 6 in the package and I had muffin pan that made 6!   How SWEET is that!

The hardest part of this whole project was the tinting of the frosting.  I bought some pastel dies and they had the number of drops on the back of how to make the different colors which was really helpful in making the orange and purple. 

After I got the color down I put the frosting in the microwave for about 30 seconds so it was runny enough to pour over the pound cake hearts. 

I decided  to do pink, purple, yellow, peach and green.

I went around the edges 1st so that the frosting dripped all the way down and then poured a bunch of frosting in the center so it had a nice flat surface.  You have to be careful of bubbles too.  Stirring  it up alot after it comes out of the microwave helps with bubbles.

I bought some red food gel decorating for something I had done awhile back and I tried to use it to write on the hearts, it was a good thing I tried to write on a plate first because I didn’t like how it came out at all.  I decided to squeeze the gel into a frosting bag and used a finer point decorating tip to write the words.

 

The sentiments were kinda hard to choose.   I should have bought a bag of conversation hearts so I could have stolen some ideas.  I needed them to be cute and easy because writing words is a little harder than it looks.

XOX, BE MINE, I HEART U, TRUE LOVE, XOXO!  ~ Pretty simple.

The next step was to take the tops of the cupcakes and frost them.  I used a nice sharp bread knife so there wouldn’t be a lot of crumbs to deal with. 

That is the last step in making these, then you just need to place the hearts on the flat cupcake and TA~DA!  February’s Conversation Heart Cupcakes!

I took a picture of a cupcake on the calendar to see how I did.  I think they look pretty close.

I package them up in some cupcake boxes and they are all ready to go. 

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

 

2011 Calander = 12 months of Cupcakes ~January January 31, 2011

Filed under: Crafts,Food,HELLO CUPCAKE CHALLENGE,HOME,Recipe — Sharon @ 11:51 pm

I bought this calender  and I loved the cute cupcakes on it but as stated in my previous cookie post I am not really a baker.  Well, get ready 2011 cause you are now the “Year of the Cupcake”. 

The January cupcake is a polar bear.    I took this picture of the 1st page.  The Calender is based on a book from Karen Track & Alan Richardson. You can visit their website at www.hellocupcakebook.com

The problem with this calender is that they don’t give you any instruction but just point out what each part is made of.   I have not been to the website yet but I bet it gives instructions. (That might be useful in the future.)

The list for this included

  • mini M &M’s
  •  Cheerios
  •  donut hole
  •  spice drops
  •  coconut
  •  chocolate frosting. 

I decided to take on this challenge 2 days ago and I didn’t even own a cupcake or muffin pan.  So I went out and picked up my supplies.

I followed the instructions on the back of the box for the cupcakes.   Add Oil, Water, Egg and mix with mixer.  (again wishing I had a kitchen aid) 

I threw the cupcakes in the oven and then I started on the little heads. 

 I tried to frost the head and then realized that was not going to work.  I put some frosting in the microwave for 30 seconds and dipped them.  They took 3 separate dunks.  I am glad I didn’t get the powder sugar ones because the frosting would not have stuck. 

 FAIL!

 

 

Then while the heads are chilling between dunks I started on the nose.  Mini M & M + chocolate frosting+ Gum Drop= Polar Bear Nose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I started on the feet (paws)

 

 

I got a little worried when I checked on the cupcakes because I thought I over filled them and was ready for a disaster but they came out ok.

Now is was time to put the pieces together.  First I made the heads.

Then I frosted the cupcakes and covered them in coconut.  I had to run the coconut through the food processor to make it a little finer.

 

 

 

 

 

This was the first little guy!  How cute is he.  I want to name him. 

  January Polar Bears in time for the big storm tomorrow.  I will be bringing these little guys to work to encourage our poor service guys while plowing and shoveling another 20 inches of snow.

OMG!  I can’t even stand it.

 

I took one and put it on the calender for a little close up.  I think they look  like the photo.  What do you think?  Am I off to a good start with “The Year of the Cupcake” ?