Monday, March 30, 2009

Cupcake Week: Buckets of Popcorn

The cupcake that started this recent extravaganza. I make no claim on the original idea. I discovered this first on Flickr when searching for cupcake and cake ideas for a carnival themed birthday party. The pictures didn't include explicit directions, but it was pretty clear how to make it happen.

Bake cupcakes in your favorite flavor. Use a traditional cupcake liner or use a large party nut cup.

While the cupcakes are baking and cooling you can get a head start on the decorative popcorns, you'll need the head start. Here's what you'll need:

Popcorn Supplies

Take a pair of kitchen shears (or just clean scissors) and spray them with a bit of Pam. Trust me. Take the mini marshmallows, and snip the tops in two directions. I also shortened the "kernels" a bit by trimming the opposite end. This is optional.
Snip Popcorn 2

Snipped Popcorn

You can squeeze two of the little trimmed bits together to form another "kernel."
Popcorn 01

When the cupcakes are cooled, frost with a white frosting (you could use something that is flavored, cream cheese, or buttercream, it really doesn't matter).

Frosted Cupcake

Now take your "kernels" and stick them on the top of each cupcake as densely as you would like.

Placing Popcorn

In a very small bowl, dilute a couple of drops of yellow food coloring with water.

Yellow Food Coloring

Butter

Using a small (and clean) paintbrush, brush the tops of the "popcorn" with the "butter."

Painting Butter

Now stick your cupcake in a Party Nut Cup to make the "bucket" (unless you already baked it in the cup to begin with). Now take a piece of red and white striped paper (either from the scrapbook store, but you could also use a marker to draw red stripes on a piece of plain white paper) and cut to fit around the bottom of each cupcake. I used a party treat bag here. Tape in place.

Buttered Popcorn

And voila... You have popcorn cupcakes.

Popcorn Cupcake 02

Please note that the snipping of the marshmallows takes a really long time. An unusually long time so allow for that. So either prepare in advance or find a couple of extra sets of hands. Luckily, I have a husband who thinks I'm insane when I take these projects, but is a good sport if I ask him to help with washing the Kitchen Aid mixer bowl 4 times in the course of an hour or if I ask him to sit and snip mini marshmallows to look like popcorn. What can I say? I'm an odd one.

5 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

AndreaLea said...

These might be the cutest cupcakes I've ever seen. I can't believe you cut all those tiny marshmallows!

Lynds said...

Those cupcakes kick butt. Wow I can't believe the patience you exhibited in each of those kernels. My kids would go ga-ga over these!

Knittripps said...

I would have NEVER come up with that. Thanks for the tutorial! Wouldn't they be lovely for an Oscar party?

Meg said...

these are so adorable! you are so imaginative <3

Nancy Oliver said...

going to attempt them now!! Wish me luck! Gotta go start snipping.

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