Ho Ho Oh No! I’m meltingggg…December 5, 2010 at 6:37 PM | Posted in cupcakes, Mystery Cupcake Challenge | 15 Comments
I miss my little brother.
So I made these cupcakes for him.
I remember when we were little, both our parents worked so we stayed in daycare 5 days a week. I don’t remember much except 2 things. We watched The Wizard of Oz every day (I have no idea why?) during nap time and he won’t admit it but he was afraid of the flying monkeys.
Currently my brother is 3000 miles away in New York doing his radiology fellowship. As you can see, he’s the smart one in the family. And I am so proud of him. He’s my retirement plan. Oh I’m just kidding. Ok maybe I’m a little serious. haha. Unfortunately he won’t be home for Christmas this year. *sad face* So I made him cupcakes with a little homage to The Wizard of Oz: “I’m meltinggggg….” ala Wicked Witch of the West and plan to send him the picture along with his Christmas gift. I can’t wait to see him again this May when he gets married. *sniff* They grow up so fast.
But don’t worry. The actual cupcakes won’t go to waste. My other little brother will eat them. B/c brothers have each others’ back like that, yo.
Frosty is Melting Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes
12 cupcakes, cooled to room temperature and frosted
chocolate covered sunflower seeds, orange
petal cookie cutter
clear vanilla extract*
*You can use water if you don’t have clear vanilla extract but I like using vanilla extract b/c the alcohol content will evaporate as it dries instead of getting absorbed into the fondant and helps make the fondant less mushy IMO.
Roll out white fondant to about 1/8″ thick and cut out base of snowman with a 2-1/2″ petal cookie cutter. Set aside.
(HINT: I usually cover my work-in-progress fondant project with saran wrap so that no stray water/moisture gets on it while I work on other parts.)
To make the snowman head:
Pinch off some white fondant weigh each piece at about 0.2oz. Roll into a ball between your palms. That is approximately about 1/2″ diameter. Insert the sunflower seed into the head. (You can use a little frosting if you want but I didn’t and it stayed fine.) Adhere the snowman head to the snowman base with some vanilla extract.
To make the snowman’s top hat:
Roll out black fondant to about 1/8″ thick and use the wide end of a Wilton 1M piping tip to make the circular base of the hat. Pinch off some black fondant and weigh each ball at about 0.1oz. That is approximately about 1/4″ diameter. Gradually shape into cylinder with your fingers and adhere to hat base with some vanilla extract. Set aside.
To make the snowman’s buttons:
Roll out black fondant to about 1/8″ thick and pinch off itty bitty (Yes, that’s the technical term) pieces for buttons. Cut out 3 buttons per snowman. Shape into flat circles. Adhere them to the snowman’s base with vanilla extract. (Alternative: You can draw on the buttons with black food safe marker.)
To make the snowman’s scarf:
Roll out some red fondant to about 1/8″ thick. Use a straight edge and pizza cutter (or knife) to make a strip about 2-1/2″ to 3″ long. Create the frayed ends of the scarf by cutting strips with your pizza cutter (or knife). Drape the scarf around the snowman’s head. Adhere with vanilla extract.
Let snowman dry overnight at room temperature.
Add your snowman topper to cupcake. And eat!
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