Friday, June 25, 2010

Ally the alligator

we had a baby shower for one of my best friends a couple of weeks ago. it was great...great friends, great food, and the best part-cute cupcakes!!! i knew i wanted to make a sweet treat for the party but i just wasn't sure what kind....after surfing the internet and trying to get some inspiration, i decided on a cupcake cake!! since my friend was decorating her nursery in alligators..i figured this was the perfect idea!! i was so nervous to make it because it was the first super creative baking i have done....but i was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out, and was so proud to show it to all of my friends!!!

it was certainly time consuming, but not terribly difficult. after i placed the cupcakes, i used wilton tip 68 to give the texture to look like scales. I made her bow with craft ribbon and painted on her toenails with icing(my favorite touch)! i used large marshmallows for the eyes and used icing to stick the little blue m&ms to that. and possibly the best part.....marshmallows for teeth!! you just cut the large marshmallows into little triangles and they stick right to the icing! cutting the marshmallows can be a little tricky but i recently found a tip online: use regular craft scissors and dip them in cooking oil to cut the marshmallows...great idea!!! these cupcakes were dark chocolate with buttercream icing.

I love the way these turned out, but the bad news: NOW I'M ADDICTED!! cupcakes may have just taken over my life.....