I’m hosting a baby shower the day before Easter and am decorating with a pink bunny theme. (It’s a girl!) I thought mini-cupcakes would be an easy thing for people to eat as dessert, and when I saw a how-to on making these cute bunny ears, I just had to experiment. For my trial run, I used a boxed white cake mix and canned frosting, but for the real thing, I’ll go to more trouble ;-)! I first made the cupcakes in mini-cake pans.
While these were cooling, I put a few drops of green food coloring and about a cup of shredded coconut into a mason jar. After numerous shakes and a little stirring to break up clumps, the coconut was grass green.
The bunny ears were easy. Since I was making two dozen cupcakes, I cut 24 mini-marshmallows in half, diagonally, using scissors. I poured some pink sugar (I purchased this at Wal-Mart in the cake decorating section) on to a saucer and dipped the cut sticky side of each half-marshmallow into the sugar. I set these parts aside.
Once the cupcakes were cool enough, I frosted them with chocolate frosting to represent dirt. Icing these was not my strongest suit!
Next, I spooned some green coconut onto each cupcake, gently pressing the coconut into the frosting with the back of the spoon. Using a cooling rack for this step helped the extra coconut drop below the cupcakes and made clean-up easy.
Finally, I put sets of bunny-ear marshmallows onto the top of each cupcake. I gently pressed them down so they would adhere to the frosting. Voila! I think they’re the cutest thing ever!
My two attempts at trying a new egg-dying technique were a failure, but perhaps it wasn’t due to my crapsmanship. This tutorial (http://www.coupons.com/thegoodstuff/dye-easter-eggs-with-shaving-cream/#) for coloring Easter eggs with shaving cream and food dye seemed easy enough. But instead of hard-boiled eggs, I used these craft eggs I got on clearance last Easter:
No spoiled eggs with this product! I rummaged through my cabinets to find these supplies:
I sprayed the shaving cream into the 12 compartments in the muffin tin, and then I swirled combinations of food coloring in each. Below you’ll see Li’l Miss helping me out.
I smushed an egg in each compartment,
and then covered each egg with some of the surrounding dye and shaving cream mixture.
Though the original tutorial said to let the eggs sit for 15 minutes, I let mine go for over 30, just to be on the safe side.
Next, I carried the muffin tin to the kitchen sink and spray-washed them all. CRAP ALERT: Much to my disappointment, only one egg was completely covered with dye, though it was still unimpressive.
Thinking that my technique was at fault, I tried the experiment again. This time, however, I used vivid hues of blue and red.
Another failure! I’ve decided that the fault in this craft was really not in the technique or in the crapsmanship. Instead, I’m blaming it all on the eggs, and if I try this again, I’ll use the real hard-boiled one called for in the tutorial!
I needed a quick and easy hanging for my side door, and I roamed the aisles of Hobby Lobby until I settled on this one. All I had to purchase were a grapevine bunny and some crystal flowers in green, pink, and purple. Read the rest of this entry