Have you seen this book?
Like when your sister tells you that they’ll be celebrating your daughter’s December birthday at preschool the next day, since they were on Christmas vacation at the time, and could you please send a treat for the kids?
So, at ten o’clock on Monday night, I started baking. And, since I knew I would be the one ‘stuck’ eating the leftovers, I baked good stuff. Lemon Buttermilk cupcakes, with Lemon Cream Cheese frosting… YUM!
(I went ahead and did mini cupcakes, since these are three and four year old kids. No gluttony here, folks.)
So, Tuesday morning, here’s what we did:
Step 1: Snip mini marshmallows in half, on the diagonal. (I used scissors.) Drop the cut marshmallows in colored sugar and roll them around, and the sugar will adhere to the sticky innards of the marshmallow. (Now THAT is a sentence I never anticipated myself typing!)
Step 2: Make pretty piles of all the colors, but keep them away from your kids. If you must, distract them with the whole, uncut marshmallows; no sense in making more work for yourself!
Step 4: Start your layering. Do a full row around the outside, pressing the marshmallows into the frosting. Since they’re so light, they can hang over the edge of the cupcakes quite a bit.
Step 5: I added a bit more frosting, so that my flower cupcakes would be really full and puffy. (Yeah, that’s the technical term.) Add a few more of your marshmallow petals. I used nine or ten petals around the bottom, and six on the second layer.
Step 6: Add your candy. These are Chewy SweeTarts, because I like the shape and colors of them. The book suggested licorice pastels, but I think those are yucky, and didn’t want to risk contaminating the lemony deliciousness of my cupcakes.
What do you end up with? This:
Oh, you want to see the cute preschooler?
Yep. That’s one happy camper. Oh, and I very smartly made enough cupcakes for Kelsey’s birthday treat, since her big day is this weekend. They’re sitting safely in the freezer, waiting for her to decide on the style of decorations!