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Quick, no time to wait for cupcakes to cool, marshmallow icing

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Quick, no time to wait for cupcakes to cool, marshmallow icing

Whenever the kids go over to friends houses, I always like to send a snack for them to share. Sometimes it’s a bag of chips, and sometimes it’s something that we have made. Depends on the kind of day we are having….

This morning before Sam went to a friends house, I decided to bake some cupcakes. But, somehow inbetween showering, giving John a haircut and making lunch, I left it to less than an hour before she was supposed to be there. So, I decided to try this idea of melting a marshmallow on top of the cupcake as the icing. I have seen it online and on Pinterest, so I thought I would try it. 

Here is another link with instructions Melted marshmallow icing

 

So, I made a regular batch of cupcakes, using my favourite family recipe. (A couple eggs, 1/4 cup of oil, some water and a box of Duncan Heinz!) I put them in the oven, and about 4-5 minutes before the cupcakes were finished baking, I took them out of the oven and put a marshmallow on top of each one. I actually only did half of the cupcakes, just in case this didnt’ work! No time to make another batch…

   

Here is what they looked like after a couple minutes….

  

A few of them started to topple over, so I used a wooden spatula to flatten and straighten them as they started to fall… 

And here is what they looked like fully melted, after about 4 1/2 minutes.

   

As you can see,me tried to add some sprinkles, but the marshmallows had a crispy coating, so the sprinkles rolled right off 😦 

   

But, they were really yummy. Gooey and stringy even when cooled! Not the prettiest cupcakes I have ever made, especially without the sprinkles, but as a timesaver when you are running late, I would do them again. I didn’t hear anyone complaining! 

 

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Rosy valentine cupcakes

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Last year, In my son’s class, he was assigned, “juice boxes” for the class valentine’s class party. Obviously, I was upset that we were given such a simple task, I mean how can you possibly be creative with juice boxes? So, when the Valentine’s party list came out this year, you can imagine my excitement when we were assigned the sweet treats portion of the snacks! Yahoo! So after hours and hours of careful research… This is what I came up with:

20120213-203923.jpg Believe it or not, the roses are made of fruit roll ups and the leaves are made from wine gums.
I started with two boxes of fruit roll ups, and minus what the kids and I ate, the two boxes made enough to decorate 28 cupcakes.

20120213-204738.jpg After making over 70 roses, I learned a few tricks. Begin by unrolling the whole fruit roll up. If you divide the roll up into thirds, that length seemed to make the best roses. Use a pair of scissors to cut the roll down the middle in a wavy line. You can use the two halves to make two roses.

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20120213-210241.jpg I discovered that this step is made a lot easier if you make the roll up a little bit sticky by dipping the tip of your fingers in a little apple juice, and rubbing it along the bottom edge. The first picture below is the plain roll, and the second picture below is the same roll after I spread out the petals a little. It takes a bit of practice, but if you carefully stretch the petals out, it makes a big difference in the final rose.

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20120213-210823.jpg The kids were able to help with the rolling part, but spreading the petals was a little more difficult and tended to rip the petals a little.

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I made vanilla cupcakes, but decided to add a little red food colouring to make the cupcakes pink.

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I used a piping bag, and icing tip to ice the cupcakes with a butter cream icing.

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Then, I added two or three small roses to each cupcake.

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To make the leaves, I just used scissors to cut up wine gums. I chose wine gums because I liked the green colour. All of the other green candies I could find were lime or apple green. So, I stuck a leaf on each cupcake, then added a love heart.

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At the bulk food store, I was so excited to see that they sold cupcake boxes. Which is great, because I could see the cupcakes being in a big pile by the time they got to school!

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Have a delicious valentines day!

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Putting the cupcake quilt together -part two…

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Before I go on to the next step, I have a couple of tips for sewing with fur…
The first is to take the pins out as you sew. They get buried in the fur and lost, and trust me, they hurt!
The second tip is to test your machine first to see if it can handle the thickness of fur together with a couple layers of fabric. I use my grandmothers antique Singer sewing machine because it can handle a lot of fabric. It only has one stitch, but it is my favorite machine right now!
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My third tip is to use a large stitch, and cover your stitching using a pin or seam ripper. After you finish top stitching a seam in fur, your stitching leaves a line or part in the fur. If you use a bigger stitch length, you can use a pin to pull out a lot of the hairs that you have sewed down. If your stitch length is too small, it will be really difficult to pull the fur out. You can use the pin to pull the hairs out of all of your seams too, just use it kind of like a rake… I really have to figure out how to post using video! Hope this photo helps. If you look at the top of the photo, you can see where I have adjusted the fur.

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I think people normally sew quilts in an assembly line kind of way- sewing one seam at a time then repeating the same seam for all of the pieces, it just seems to make more sense. So I started by cutting a whole pile of pink and zebra skin strips, about 3 inches wide. Then I pinned the pink strips to both sides of each block.

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While I was working, I gave Sam a special project to work on making artwork for the walls. I gave her a canvas from Michaels, and the scraps of fabric…I will show you what she comes up with…

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After all of the sides were sewn on, I attached the top and bottom pink fabric in the same way. As you can see, I sew in a continuous seam, almost connecting all of the blocks together. It saves a lot of thread and time stopping and starting. Also, when I am sewing is one of the only times you will see me with an iron, but it does make a difference in the finished product if you press open the seams before sewing the next ones.

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I will do the zebra borders the same way… This part isn’t my favourite to sew, It is pretty tedious, repetitive, and takes forever….
After the borders are all done, we will start sewing on the details. Everyone knows that a good cupcake has some decorations, so we decided to use buttons, and some sequins for some bling-bling. Because there are 12 cupcakes, I figured I would add about 4 sequins for each cupcake. Sam picked out all of the sequins she liked from the bag of sequins (apparently we can only use pink and silver), that kept her busy for a good half hour!
To sew on the sequins, I am using embroidery thread to save time. Because I am using three stands of the embroidery thread at a time, I only have to sew one time for each sequin because it is triple the threads. The kids helped sew on a couple sequins, but unfortunately, it didn’t keep their attention for long.

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I think it will take me a bit of time to finish all the zebra borders and sewing on the sequins, so I will post again when I am ready for the next step.

How to make fake cupcakes!

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Hello,
Whew, Christmas and boxing day are all done, so now I have time for my next big project!
I am starting with my daughters room. She is seven years old, and has decided that she would like a cupcake room, so I have been searching the Internet for the last two weeks looking for everything I can make that is cupcakes. I found quite a few places that were selling fake cupcakes, but it took me some time to figure out how to actually make them! Here is how my daughter and I made these delicious looking cupcakes….

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The first step is to make the actual cake part, or base, which is made out of plaster of paris. We started by finding a cute paper muffin cup which matched our decor…black and pink! I used an old muffin pan, and some plastic cups to mix the plaster. We mixed about a cup of plaster at a time, in several batches. I figured this would probably take more time, but be less messy(this considering the “help” I had from my daughter! The instructions say to use two parts of plaster with one part of water, but I ended up using a little more water.

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At this point, I started to think that I didn’t want the plaster showing after I iced the cupcakes, so I let the plaster set for about an hour, then mixed up another batch of plaster and mixed it with some brown water based paint. I poured the brown plaster into a baggie, clipped off the corner, ad squeezed out a thin layer of the brown plaster on top of the white, but it turns out that the plaster underneath it didn’t really show anyways, so if I were to do this again, I probably wouldn’t bother with this step…

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We then let them dry for two an a half days. If you feel the plaster and it is cold, it is still curing. It is best not to rush it at this stage. Be patient. We put them on top of a vent to dry.
After a couple of days, we were ready to ice! I used an old bowl, a paint stir stick, some tempera or acrylic paint, and an old piping bag and tip, and some drywall patching compound I had left over from the basement.
We mixed the drywall compound or spackle together in a bowl, tried putting it in the piping bag, but it was way too thick. I made a huge mess and had to empty the bag, wash it and remix. I had to add quite of bit of water to make it thin enough to be piped.

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I found out the more “icing” you put on, the better the cupcake looks. I tried experimenting with different patterns, but I ended up icing them all in a simple swirl pattern. By the time I finished the twelfth one, I had the hang of it!

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Decorating the cupcakes was the most fun step for my daughter. We used small christmas ornaments for the cherries on top and various beads for the sprinkles. I lightly tapped the beds to make sure they will not fall off. I think they turned out great!

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At this point, you could add a loop of wire if you wanted to use them as picture, or place card holders…I think they would be too heavy to hang. Also, after they dry, I am going to spray them with a quick coat of varnish to seal them.
Let me know if you try this idea, I would love to hear your feedback!