Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Alligator cupcakes



For my son's birthday, I decided to take an easier approach to the cake this year, so I went with cupcakes.

A while back, my sister went to New York and brought me back this cupcake book, Hello, Cupcake. It has a lot of creative ideas decorating cupcakes with candy. I picked what looked like one of the easiest designs in the book which I thought was well suited for a two year old. Now, I'm not much of a candy person --OK, I'm not a candy person at all, so I had a bit of a time just locating the three or four different candies needed for the alligator cupcakes. In fact the Newman's Own Alphabet cookies were the hardest to find. But I finally tracked it all down and I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

Sadly, since I'm only running at half brain power these days, I forgot to put the teeth on. But I was quite pleased with myself that I happened to have a piece of brown linen fabric which I quickly sewed the edges on and some fresh lily flowers from our little pond in the back yard. I even had green napkins on hand. I can't help my excitement over the little things as this never happens to me. Usually, it's several trips to the store, collecting one item at a time.

I would definitely recommend this book for some fun cupcake ideas, although most of the other designs look quite a bit more involved. It would probably be a really fun activity for kids too.


8 comments:

  1. Wow, this is your easy approach?! It is amazing!! I am too ashamed to even take a photo of my attempts at children's cakes!

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  2. how do you make those dog cupcakes? is it icing?

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  3. Yes, all the cupcakes in this book are decorated with icing and candy.

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  4. Where did you get the banana candy for the alligator's claws?

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  5. i love it this cup cake is cute

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  6. I made this cake as well and used Andes mints cut diagonally instead of the Newman's Own because I couldn't find any at the local store. They worked great and gave the cupcakes a nice minty flavor.

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  7. 100 calories oreo packs work great too! The yellow candy is runts, but we used Mike and Ike's tropical candies for the nails...we chose hot pink to make it a little girly for my daughter, along with a bow, lips, eyelashes, and pearls! :)

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