Archive for June, 2009

Lion cupcakes

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Lion cupcake

Lion cupcake

The standout feature of these cute lion cupcakes is in the mane. You’ll need a star tip (#22 is good), but making the mane is easy.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; yellow frosting (I used Pillsbury Spring frosting in a can); pastry bag and metal star tip, or use icing in a tube; 1 light pink and 2 dark pink jelly beans; chocolate sprinkles; 2 small green candies (these are by CakeMate, in the grocery store’s cake decorating section.)

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Use star tip to pipe long stars around the edge of the cupcake, and then repeat farther inward on the cupcake. Don’t stop squeezing as you pull away, so the ends of the stars will have pointy tips. Place pink nose, green eyes and 4 chocolate sprinkles for face. Add 2 dark pink jelly beans for ears.

Turtle cupcakes

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Turtle cupcake

Turtle cupcake

Turtles may move slowly, but these cupcakes are sure quick to make! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

What You Need: 1 cupcake; green frosting; 2 green sugar-coated fruit gel candies; 6 green M&Ms; black food-safe marker; scissors.

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Use food-safe marker to draw two dots on one gel candy for eyes and place near edge of cupcake. Use scissors to cut other gel into five triangular pieces, with one of the pieces being thinner for the tail. Arrange as pictured. Add M&Ms.

Bear cupcakes

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Bear cupcake

Bear cupcake

These bear cupcakes are super simple thanks to Nilla Wafers!

What You Need: 1 cupcake; white or off-white frosting; 2 Nilla Wafers; 1 Junior Mint; 2 black or dark brown M&Ms; knife.

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Place Nilla wafer cookie toward bottom of cupcake for muzzle. Use dab of icing to adhere Junior Mint nose about 2/3 from bottom of cookie muzzle. Add M&M eyes. Cut another Nilla Wafer in half and place halves at top for ears.

Monkey cupcakes with Nutter Butter ears

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Nutter Butter monkey cupcake

Nutter Butter monkey cupcake

These monkey cupcakes sport big ears, but they sure are tasty.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; chocolate frosting; Nilla wafer; blue M&Ms; food-safe pen; red writing icing; 1 Nutter Butter cookie; knife.

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Cut Nutter Butter in half. Cut off 1/2 of Nilla wafer. Use food-safe pen to draw two nostrils near flat edge of Nilla wafer. Use red gel or writing icing to draw mouth and place on cupcake. Add M&M eyes. Add half of Nilla wafer to each side of face for ears.

Sunflower cupcakes

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Sunflower cupcake

Sunflower cupcake

Grab a star tip and make a field’s worth of these sweet sunflower cupcakes.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; yellow frosting (I used Pillsbury’s Spring frosting from a can); 3 brown M&Ms; candy spearmint leaf; scissors; pastry bag with coupler and star tip, or use tubed icing with tip.

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Use pastry bag or tube to make concentric rows of stars, working from the rim of the cupcake inward. As you pipe the stars, don’t stop squeezing as you pull away, so they form nice peaks. Leave small area not frosted in center of cupcake and add three M&Ms. Cut spearmint leaf in half or thirds (so it’s lighter and you can use it on two cupcakes) and place on edge of cupcake.