tasty thursday

fur balls and string monsters
from What's New, Cupcake
makes: 12 cupcakes

12 vanilla cupcakes baked in orange, green, and purple paper liners
12 mini vanillas cupcakes, paper liners removed
1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
  neon green, orange, and purple food coloring
24 mini lollipops (Dum Dums), unwrapped
24 peach of green apple gummy rings (O's)
24 brown mini candy-coated chocolates (M&Ms Minis)
12 assorted color candy-coated choclates (M&M's Minis)

  1.  spoon 2 tablespoons vanilla frosting into a small ziplock bag.  divide the remaining vanilla frosting among three bowls and tint each a different color with the food coloring.  spoon each color of frosting into a separate ziplock bag, press out the excess air, and seal bags.  
  2.  insert a lollipop stick through a gummy ring, pushing it through the candy from the center to outer edge.  bring the gummy ring up and around the lollipop, like a bonnet, to make the eyes.  continue with the remaining gummy rings and lollipops.  
  3. snip a small (1/8-inch) corner from bags of frostings.  pipe a dot of tinted frosting on top of the standard cupcakes.  place a mini cupcake up top, flat side down.  starting at the edge of the standard cupcake and using the tinted frosting, pipe fur with a squeeze-release-pull action.  continue until the entire exposed cupcake assembly is covered.  repeat with the remaining cupcakes and colored frosting.  
  4. insert 2 like-colored lollipop eyes into the top of each cupcake assembly.  pipe a dot of vanilla frosting in the center of each lollipop and add a brown candy for the pupil.  add a colored candy to the top of the frosting for the nose.  repeat with the remaining lollipop eyes and cupcakes.  

I made these for Emma's 2nd birthday, they were time consuming but i just LOVED them.  Emma really loved these too!  so here's a picture of the finished product

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