This past week my little babies turned 4 and I have still not learned how to buy their school treats. Instead of going to the spa, for a much needed haircut or a long walk I rolled up my sleeves and start cooking. Then the next day I arrive unbathed, unmakeuped and most likely unshaven to drop them off.
The great thing is that my kids are now very appreciative of all my crazy creations and can recall with excitement our last year celebratory Sesame Street Cupcakes.
The bad thing is that my kids are now very appreciative of all my crazy creations and will recall with excitement all the crazy things I made for them. Which really means that I will never be able to buy a regular store cupcakes and pretend they were my own.
Unless they grow up, like my teenager and come home and says “Home made pizza again, can’t we just order one for once”
I will be there faster then I think. For now I am enjoying their smiles when they see their Angry Bird characters in eatable form. What rising 4 year old does not love angry birds? Provided their parents allow them to play a violent game of crashing kamakaze like birds into pigs that stole their eggs. Provided their parents own an I-something that will allow them to buy the app …
To make any of the birds bake a boxed caked (your favorite kind) and mix it with a box of (prepackaged) frosting like we did here.
Then it was time to decorate. I used store bought eyes, skittles for beaks, funfetti frosting sprinkles for hair, red twizzlers for tops and edible pens (buy at micheals, walmart or on line here) and candy melts. Do not add water based food coloring to chocolate or it will become flaky, if you want to color it yourself use oil based food coloring.
I dipped the red bird first in white chocolate then in red chocolate. His eyes are were store bough which I have been told you can buy beaks too, but since we had a lot of Halloween Candy left over I cut a skittles into 4ths and used that instead. His top feather is made of a twizzler cut in half. The back hair was made of sprinkles from the funfetti cake, colored black with edible pen.
Blue bird was coated in blue chocolate, had skittles beak and sprinkle hair. I made him a little more oval and added candy eyes. I tried to make the eyes with white chocolate pieces and colored the tops with black marker but they looked like a piece of female anatomy more then eyes.
I formed the yellow bird as a triangle before placing in the fridge. He was coated fully in yellow and the white piece is made of cut up marshmallow.
The piggies were made round and got a little marshmallow (half) placed on their nose as there were chillin’. Their ears were green gummies cut into smaller pieces. Then all was dipped in green candy melt and marked with pen.
After all the work they were wrapped and headed to preschool, carried by two over eager kids.