Saturday, May 28, 2011

Summertime Cupcakes!

♥ Beginner
We had a fantastic Enrichment Activity at church last night!  Of course I didn't get ANY pictures of the event, and all of the fun ladies that were there (I'm kicking myself now!) but we sure did have a blast, or at least I did. We talked about some simple appetizers ideas that were great for an easy quick get together, and I'm hoping that I can get the recipes for them so I can share them with all of you also.  


All of the cupcakes below were made of French Vanilla cupcakes, but if you're in a really creative mood, you could flavor them to the decorations.  I'll add my flavor suggestions along the way, and would love your feedback as well! 
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Butterfly Cupcakes! 
What you'll need: 
Pretzels
2 Colors of Frosting
M&M's 
Pull and peel Twizzlers


How it's done: 
Frost your cupcakes. Cut two small slits in cupcake on left and right of center. Put pretzels in the slits and cover with a skinny strip of different colored frosting down the middle.  Add an M&M and two small twizzlers for antennae. 
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Snow Cone Cupcakes! 
What you'll need: 
White Frosting
three colors of sprinkles (preferably bright colors!)
Styrofoam Cups
Straw and paddle (optional) 


How it's done: 
After baking your cupcakes, frost the tops and drop into the cups. If the cupcakes are smaller than the cupcakes, just cut down the cups until the cupcakes fit correctly.  Once the cupcakes are in the cups, 'get your sprinkle on'!  
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Beach Cupcakes! 
What you'll need: 
Blue Frosting
Crushed Graham Crackers
Small Round Peppermints
Drink Umbrellas


How it's done: 
Cover your cupcakes with the blue frosting.  Make waves! Dip your cupcake in the graham cracker crumbs, and top with a beach ball and umbrella.  I think these would be great with a strawberry cupcake! 
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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes!
What you'll need: 
Cake Batter
Ice Cream Cones
Rice (optional) 
White Frosting
Sprinkles


How it's done: 
Fill your muffin pans 1/2 with rice.  Fill your ice cream cones 1/4th full with cake batter.  Put cones into the rice for stability, and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350*F. Once out and cooled, frost with an extra large tip to look like ice cream and top with sprinkles! 
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Corn-on-the-Cob Cupcakes!
What you'll need: 
3 Similarly sized Cupcakes
Yellow, White, and clear Jelly beans
Yellow Frosting
Black sprinkles
Yellow gum paste/Fondant (Optional) 
Cob Holders (optional) 


How it's done: 
These were my favorite because they were so cute.  Frost all of your cupcakes with the yellow frosting and apply rows of jelly beans to them, mixing up the colors.  Make sure all of you rows match from cupcake to cupcake.  Sprinkle a few black sprinkles for pepper, and stab each side with cob holders.  Make butter out of yellow gum paste (or a yellow starburst!).  Wahlah!! Corn on the cob for the sweet tooth.  
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Popcorn Cupcakes! 
What you'll need: 
Popcorn Bucket
Mini Marshmallows (White and yellow)
Knife
White frosting


How it's done: 
Frost your cupcakes with the white frosting.  Cut each marshmallow in half with your knife, and squish them back together.  Place on top of the frosting, and cover the cupcake! Place in the popcorn bucket, it's that easy! 
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Shark Cupcakes!
We didn't actually make these at our activity, but since we have the rest of them up here, and these are so easy, I figured I would add them.  They really are cute if you're making the beach themed ones as well! 


What you'll need: 
Blue candy disks 
Blue frosting 


How it's done: 
Melt your candy disks in the microwave (generally it's 30 seconds at a time), and pipe the candy onto wax paper in the shape of a shark fin.  Once cooled and hardened, place them on top of your already frosted cupcakes. (You could also just make the fins out of blue cardstock paper if you wanted to go an easier route!)