Last week was my test run on a recipe and how-to directions from the books Hello, Cupcake and What's New, Cupcake. I still recommend these books, but I must be getting old and less patient as things didn't turn out as well as the photos in the books. I don't say that looking for sympathy or reassurance, I am just stating a fact. The ideas are still cute even with simpler adaptations.
Yesterday's cupcakes were for the birthday party of my 8 year old great-niece Allison. Originally I was going to make 4 cupcakes each of 6 different breeds. Somewhere along the line I said 'forget this' and went for easy. I worked on these for 4 hours Friday, and that didn't include baking time and searching for the right embellishments. It did include a trip to CVS for more Jelly Belly candies and mini M&Ms.
First up is a Dachshund. The snout and ears are cut from a Famous Chocolate Wafers. There are 30-some of these in a box for $4.69. If you need many of them, you don't want to keep breaking them. Cutting shapes, especially curved ones led to a lot of breakage.
The Beagle's ears are made from softened Tootsie Rolls. They were supposed to be on cut Chocolate Wafers (used as support) but this made them heavy and they fell off the cupcake. Humidity was not friendly to the softened Tootsie Rolls later in the day on Friday (when they were made) and the ears began to sag and slide off the pup's faces.
The Dalmatian presented the same snout and tongue problem as the Beagle. His ears are unfrosted and stayed in place better because they weren't so heavy. The Beagle's blue eyes and Dalmatians green ones are the result of a tube of mini M&Ms not having many brown ones per tube. I did buy more before decorating the next breed.
Last of the doggies is a real chocolate, Chocolate Lab.
I stopped breeding pupcakes at 14 and went on to simpler designs. I made 4 sunflowers with purchased sugar molded lady bugs.
We had to transport this stand (I was afraid to take them off) approximately 5 miles. I got into the car with them but couldn't close the door or fasten my seat belt. Bill came to the rescue. I held the bottom tier and braced the second tier with my thumbs all the way there. Bill promised to avoid sudden stops or crashes. He didn't think I would take well to the air bag deploying and getting frosting all over me. Have I ever mentioned that he can be a smart so-and-so?
Oh, and just to make this trip more interesting, we had Colton, his diaper bag, a stroller, and our birthday gift plus those of both sons to Allison with us. Billy is taking a class on weekends and Chuck and Kim were at an all day long class at church. I think there was a square inch of space left in the car, but I wouldn't count on it. All that matters is that we, and the cupcakes, got there safely.