3/30/2009

Chick Chick Cupcakes

I love baking from scratch, but there are times you really need something quick. I know a lot of us are concerned about the additives and preservatives that our kids eat but we also need quick fixes sometimes. I have an amazing solution that I found last week...Naturally Nora Baking Mixes! All natural ingredients, NO artificial colors/flavors/preservatives, NO hydrogenated oils or trans fats, just lots of love and great ingredients.
We made these adorable Chick Chick Cupcakes (templates and instructions below) using her Surprising Stars Cake Mix and Cheerful Chocolate Frosting Mix and YUM! They were crazy-delicious! You may not have her mixes available in your area, but I found that you can get them on Amazon.
Chick Chick Cupcakes
Ingredients:
Your favorite cupcakes
Chocolate icing (or you could use green)
Candy eyes (click for recipe or just use icing)
Yellow and Orange Candy melts
Chick Template (download and print here)
Wax Paper
Quart freezer ziploc bags

Instructions:
Note: Below is a video tutorial on how to make the chicks, it's easy, I promise!!
Print chick template and tape to countertop. Tape wax paper over template. Put orange candy melts in a microwafe safe bowl and microwave on high for 60 seconds. Stir well and microwave at 10 second intervals until completely melted. Put in ziploc bag and snip a small corner off the end of the bag. Draw the triangles (beaks) and feet. Let dry completely.

Repeat melting instructions with the yellow candy melts. Draw the oval bodies with a few lines on top for feathers. While they are still wet, place two eyes (I always make a huge batch and just keep them in the pantry, we use them all the time!) and a beak on the body and let dry completely.

When set, put a dab of chocolate icing on the cupcake, then gently press two feet into the icing. Take a chick and gently push into the top. Enjoy!

Quick Video Tutorial:

video

Here is a cute "flock" of chicks that I made on cookie bars for Big C's class party. They were a hit!