Thursday, December 13, 2012

Angry Birds Cupcakes - Easy to do!

Do you ever have one of those times when your child comes to you all sweetly and innocently asking you to whip up a batch of something fabulous for a last minute school party?  Yep, that was me earlier this week.  My oldest is obsessed (might be a slight understatement) with Angry Birds and when he asked so nicely for me to make a bunch of Angry Birds cupcakes for his Leadership Class Holiday party, I knew I had to deliver the *gulp* 36 themed out cupcakes.

I scoured Pinterest for ideas and wasn't really finding decorating ideas that looked right too me.  I didn't want to do fondant decorations, but had no idea how to create a realistic cupcake that was easy to churn out a ton of.  While talking out my ideas with a friend, I had a brilliant idea to use an ice cream scoop to scoop out the round shape of the birds and she added the idea of using yellow fondant to form the beaks.  Seemed easy enough.

They were SUPER simple to create (any baking novice could do the same because I am by no means a professional).  My son's concern was that they look realistic and not be too artistic so the pressure was on to deliver.

I used pre-made yellow fondant I had left over from a cake (fondant lasts a long time as long as you keep it tightly sealed) to form the beaks free hand.  (my son helped)  You can also purchase small packs of pre-colored fondant at most craft stores.

One of the birds has brown eye brows, so I used brown fondant I also had left over to form the tiny eye brows.  I painted the other birds eye brows on with black gel food coloring (super inexpensive at Michael's).

I made my own butter cream icing, but honestly you could buy icing and color it to match whatever color you needed.  I found the size ice cream scoop that fit on top of the cupcakes and carefully scooped 12 colors of each on to the cupcakes.  I stuck each beak in the frosting scoop.  I used pre- packaged white frosting to do circles for the eyes and then used black gel food coloring to make a black dot for the pupil in each eye.  I also used the same black gel to free hand the eye brows on the remaining "birds".

If I had more time I would have piped green icing around each bird to mimic the grassy areas, but I'm still thrilled with how they turned out!

By purchasing the professional cupcake boxes at a local cake supply store, these cupcakes were a huge hit and made me look like Super Mom in the eyes of my son. 

1 comments:

new1000 February 24, 2013 at 8:17 PM  

My wife was looking over my shoulder when I logged on here. She wants to try them out.

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