11/22/2008

Sunglasses Cupcakes

Happy Birthday Little C!! She must think her mom is a magician because she wanted "sunglasses cupcakes" for her Beach Birthday Party. Say what?! I decided to take the challenge. Well, these turned out pretty cute even though they look a lot more like fancy "Letter B's." to me.:) They'd probably work better if you made them with two circular cupcakes. Oh well, they were still gobbled up! There was snow on the ground but a rockin' Beach Party going on in our house! All the girls wore swimsuits, Gourmet Dad and I dressed as lifeguards and a good time was had by all.

Sunglasses Cupcakes
Ingredients:
Your favorite cupcake batter
Cupcake wrappers or liners
Chocolate frosting (I just used a can)
Colored icing (any color)
Candy Melts (match color to icing color)
Aluminum Foil
Wax Paper
sprinkles, frosting flowers, or any garnish

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put cupcake liners in muffin pan. Fill liners with 1/4 c. batter. Take a piece of aluminum foil (about 6" square) and roll and squish into an oval shape.

Push the foil oval into the side of the cupcake liner. Repeat with all the cupcakes. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
On a piece of was paper, pipe out candy cane shapes with melted Candy Melts (put melted candy in a quart ziploc freezer bag, snip off a corner, and you can easily pipe out shapes). These will be the sides of your sunglasses. Let set until completely hardened.
Frost cupcake with a thin layer of chocolate frosting. Put colored frosting in a decorating bag or a ziploc bag w/ the end cut off and pipe out the sunglasses outline. Add any sprinkles or garnishes you want. Add two dried "candy cane" shapes for the sides of the sunglasses.