Monday, April 16, 2012


For April Fool's Day, I made special cupcakes for the "kids" who come to our house every Sunday for lunch. I wanted to get a photo of their faces, but decided at the last minute to just look at them - and enjoy watching them as they saw what I made for their dessert.

Spaghetti and Meatballs Cupcakes

The spaghetti is just piped icing. The meatballs are Ferrero Rocher candies, the sauce is strawberry preserves that have been warmed, with a little bit of cocoa powder added to make the sauce less pink.

Peas and Carrots with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Cupcakes

The peas are green Runts candies - I had to buy three boxes to get enough green to cover 5 cupcakes. The carrots are quartered orange Starburst candies. The mashed potatoes are made from icing that has been thinned enough to sort of droop over the top of the cupcake. The pats of butter are yellow Starburst candies that have been  flattened, with edges rounded out a bit. The gravy is a pumpkin-caramel sauce combo that I make for pancakes and waffles.

You know, these were REALLY easy to make... but quite expensive, as I not only bought the candies required to make these cupcakes, but I also bought some mini cookies for future cupcakes and various other types of candies for more cupcakes and cookies down the road.

And I sure can't take the credit for the ideas, as the cupcake designs are from the book, Hello Cupcake, by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. But I wanted to show you how cool they turned out, and tell you how surprised and tickled the people were when they saw them. They loved them. :-)  It was worth every $10 increment I spent to see the expressions on their faces, and to see some who don't particularly want to eat veggies walking away with a veggie cupcake in hand!

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