|sort out all the broken peices - kids will love to eat them for you|
I wanted to try out these sunny cupcakes.
I bought a boat load of Candy Corn - and needed it!
Well, really only half of it ... do you need some?
|Too much |
I cooked some lemon pudding/pie filling and used a decorator bag to squirt it into the centre of each cupcake. Just plunge the point of the tip into the centre and squeeze - be careful not to overfill. This gave an subtle lemon flavor to the finished product.
I iced these with a bright lemon yellow butter cream frosting - made with butter of course! I always use about 2/3 butter and 1/3 shortening. Keep it spreadable but not thin. And don't skimp on the coloring - put in LOTS! To achieve a shiny smooth-ish surface dip a flat edged table knife of spatula in a glass of warm water and swipe it across the frosting. Allow it to set slightly but not dry before decorating. Working with 3-5 at one time seems to work.
Now came the fun part. Drop on 2 mini chocolate chips for eyes - use your imagination and keep them near the centre-ish.
Snip off a chunk of 'peel-and-pull' red licorice - approximately 1 inch - more or less, and peel it apart. Because these cupcakes were so tiny I also snipped the licorice in half lengthwise with scissors.
Pinch on piece into a 'U' and set it below the eyes (almost touching) for the smile. Exact position will vary and add character.
|This fellow was one of the first - I learned to make the 'U' more narrow|
Make sure to start with a tight 'U' as it tends to pop wider - it will 'relax' a bit.
Finally position a few candy corn to make sunshine rays around the perimeter of the cupcake. Be sure to keep the base of each well onto the cake. TIP: angle tip upwards (see left centre above). This will help them to not slip and droop - that was not fun to fix - not too hard though.
|I preferred the look of fewer with a slight space |
between fewer candy corn
The simplest way to transport these to an event is to carry them in the pan/s they baked in.
|Notice not all of them turn out perfectly smooth - |
the rougher guys were eaten just as quickly though.
These were simple, inexpensive and fairly fast to complete.
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