April 26, 2010

Cupcake challenge

Happy Monday! It was a very sweet weekend for me. Besides attending the Celebration Pie Festival and sampling all sorts of delicious pies, there was also some cupcake creating.

Most of you have probably heard of the book Hello, Cupcake. It features very artistically-designed cupcakes with easy-to-follow instructions. Many of the cupcakes depict other food items and it's amazing how real it actually looks. All of the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store and the fanciest tool you'll need is a Ziploc bag to pipe out icing. The second book, What's New, Cupcake, is out now as well and in my opinion it's even better than the first. We tried our hand at making the following: spaghetti and meatballs, cherry and blueberry pie and corn on the cob. Yum is all I have to say!



This was my favorite to make and eat.
How real does it look with the Ferrero Rocher "meatballs," strawberry jam "pasta sauce" and white chocolate shavings as "parmesan cheese?"

The pies were a little more difficult because we couldn't get the icing to pipe out straight over the different levels of filling.
The "cherries" and "blueberries" are m&ms.

The corn was another fun one.
The "kernels" are Jelly Bellies and the "butter" is yellow Starbursts.

Overall, I give the books two icing-covered thumbs up! It was a lot of fun to make cupcake creations that look like other foods. Nothing makes people smile quite like a cute cupcake!

20 comments:

MCW said...

Those are adorable!
I love the pie ones...

Gracie Beth said...

If you are super into cupcakes and want them to be super tasty I highly recommend the Martha Cupcake book!

Sweet Tea in Seattle said...

I LOVE Hello Cupcake! I've made the panda bears and gingerbread men... I was looking for the 2nd book today but didn't find it. Thanks for your review - can't wait to get it :)

Shawna said...

http://pretendpartyandplay.blogspot.com/

sooo fun, love it!!!

LuvRedandWhite said...

Those are ridiculously adorable! I can only imagine how yummy they are :)

Ms. Attitude said...

Those look like so much fun! I will have to get the books and try them out.

Princess Freckles said...

Your cupcakes look amazing! I love to bake, but am always shying away from the intense decorating! You hit it out of the park!

Sweet Southern Prep said...

Wow! Those are so cute! You are so very talented. :)

Annabel Manners said...

I think your little pies look amazing! What fun! I had the best cupcakes of my life recently at a place called Susie Cakes. I sort of wish I hadn't discovered them... :)

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

These are so precious! You did an awesome job!!! I have Hello Cupcake, but don't have the other new book. I will have to check it out. Love & blessings from NC!

Design Apprentice said...

i am truly stunned at how scrumptious these cupcakes look. They look like a culinary genius! I am impressed with your handy work, way to go, lady!

Bethany said...

So cute! I have Hello, Cupcake and love it. Now this new book is at the top of my wish list. Looks great!

I'maNolaGirl said...

Wow!!!!! These look amazing! I second the Martha Stewart cupcake book suggestion - it's fantastic!

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

Wow!!! I love all of those!! So cute and creative! I've seen that book a couple times but I haven't broke down and bought it yet. Thanks for the little preview! :)

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

I envy you! I wish I could bake cupcakes, or bake in general. The last time I baked, it was bisquick biscuits and I beat the batter so hard that the outsides were hard as rocks and burnt while the insides were still batter!! Needless to say, I eat everyone else's cupcakes instead :-)

***Positively Preppy in Pink*** said...

those are all SO adorable!!! I need to buy this book! :)

thepreppyprincess said...

Amazing, all of these are just incredible. The 'Parmesan cheese' surprised me the most! I love Nigella, she has the best recipes for desserts.

Smiles at you,
tp

Trish said...

Oh my goodness, I'd say you passed your cupcake challenge with FLYING COLORS! The little pies are too cute, and the corn with the jelly bellys...so darn cute! I have quite a few cupcake cookbooks but I have never issued myself a cupcake challenge. Perhaps that is what I need to get motivated to try something new like you did! Well done pretty lady!! Hope you are well xox

Candy said...

CUTE cupcakes, I wish I could bake things that looked as pretty as those!!

Fashion Meets Food said...

I made the pie ones and they were so much fun! Love your blog!

xo

 
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