(cup)cake boss

After watching an episode of Cake Boss, my kid was excited to try her hand at cake decorating. So I got together with my sister and set up a mini workshop for all our kids.

At my husband’s suggestion, we ditched the store bought fondant (up to $17 bucks for way more than we needed) and spent about $4 to make Marshmallow Fondant! Not only did it taste good, but we did ourselves.

Sis mixed up some buttercream, adding color to half, so we had two choices for piping. A nice spring green for “grass” and an off-white as a simple background.

Using the Wilton’s icing dye, we got some good colors on our fondant.

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And the kids really took to the notion of edible modelling clay. Making some fantastic creations.

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And lest you think “Man, she’s good at everything,” my modelling skills leave a lot of room for improvement. That is one wonky elephant.

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Baking

I freely admit that I love the show “Cupcake Wars.” It’s not a great show, or groundbreaking. But it’s familiar, pretty, soft. And it’s great background noise. Plus, available on Netflix!

I was watching the other day and one of the contestants made Spinach Cupcakes. And as much as I love spinach, I was doubtful. But I looked up a recipe  I thought I had the ingredients for.

Thankfully I have a sister who is game for my shenanigans. And who has a 48 cup mini muffin tin. Seriously, who has one that large?!

Turns out these are lovely! I think next time I would add a little extra vanilla. But you can’t taste the spinach, though there is a lot. And they have a super lovely color. Two thumbs up!