Carrot Patch Cupcakes

I am loving these creative “carrot” patch cupcakes! Not only are they fun to make, but you can set-up a carrot patch complete with “dirt” to really give your Easter tablescape that WOW factor!

You will need:1 bag of large or small marshmallows depending on how many carrots you want on each cupcake
1 bag of orange candy melts
1 bag of green edible grass (Find this at Target & Michael’s)
Orange sugar or sprinkles (optional)
1 package of Oreos or chocolate cookie crumbs
Cupcakes with chocolate frosting
Toothpicks

To begin, create the marshmallow carrots:
1. Insert toothpicks halfway into bottom of marshmallows.
2. Follow package directions on bag of candy melts to heat until they are melted to a smooth consistency.
3. Dip each marshmallow in the candy melt until coated.
4. If using sugar or sprinkles, immediately dip the candy coated marshmallow into the sugar.
5. Stick toothpicks of marshmallows into styrofoam while the candy coating sets.

Now, create the “grass”:6. Use a toothpick to make a hole in the top of each candy coated marshmallow.
7. Cut edible grass into small pieces and set 2-4 strands in each marshmallow.
8. Remove toothpicks before adding marshmallows to cupcakes.

Finally, create the cupcakes:
1. Press one large marshmallow carrot or several small ones into the cupcake’s frosting.
2. Sprinkle cookie crumbs around the carrot to create dirt.

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Thanks to Frog Prince Paperie for the tutorial!
Enjoy!
🙂 Heather

Easter Egg Cakes; NOT what you think….

Ok, I have to admit, this one is good!  I always like to come up with something different at my events and this one is going to WOW my guests! 

I am talking about a cake baked INSIDE the eggshell!!  Yes, that is correct.  Cooked INSIDE the eggshell!

Allow me to explain:
Take a needle or a corkscrew bottle opener and carefully poke a tiny hole in the bottom of each egg.  Use the tip of a knife to enlarge to about 1/2″.
Turn the egg upside-down and drain the whites/yolk into a bowl.  Check your cake recipe to see how many eggs you will need and either baggie the remaining eggs or put them aside for a Quiche! 
If your yolk doesn’t want to cooperate, simply poke it with a wooden skewer or thermometer point to break it apart and it will come out.

Now, rinse the shells in cold water and fully immerse in a bowl of “egg cleanser” which is basically salty water, for 30 minutes.  Let’s put it this way, if your eggs do not sink in the bowl, add more salt!  (They require salt to sink) 
After at least 30 minutes, fully submersed, rinse the egg shells in cold water and lay the eggs hole side down on a paper towel to dry.

At this point, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare your favorite cupcake batter.  Place the clean, dry egg shells into a cupcake tin & use aluminum foil to help them stand upright.  Now for the fun part…
Prepare a piping bag with a round tip, making sure it can fit inside the egg hole you created earlier.  You can always increase the hole with a knife.  Load the batter and fill the eggs about 3/4 full.  Better to overfill the eggs as you can clean the excess after baking and wipe the shell clean.  Bake the eggs at 350 F for 20-25 minutes.

Let them cool.  You can crack ’em & eat ’em or, fill ’em and then eat ’em!

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Thank you to Delicious Days and Cupcake Project for the fabulous idea!

Enjoy!
🙂 Heather

Coffee Ground “Fossils”

Create “fossils” with an adapted salt-dough recipe to make them look authentic and, well, fun!
You will need the following supplies: 

  1. 1 cup of used coffee grounds
  2. 1/2 cup of cold coffee
  3. 1 cup of flour
  4. 1/2 cup of salt
  5. Wax paper
  6. Mixing bowl
  7. Some small objects to make impressions in the dough (Shaped cookie cutters work well.) 
  8. Empty can/Circle Cookie Cutter/
  9. ‘Toothpick, optional
  10. String to hang your fossil, optional

From here, you will stir together items 1 through 4 until mixed well and then knead the dough.  
Roll the dough out on waxed paper and use a soup can or cookie cutter to create circle shapes.
Now that you have your circles, press the cookie cutter shapes to create the “fossil”. 
At this time, you will want to create a circle divit with a toothpick for hanging later with string.
After drying for 48 hours, you will have a “fossil” to display as you wish!

Thank you to Kaboose for this wonderful Earth Day craft!

Enjoy,
🙂 Heather