My foodie friend Jane made some really cute cupcakes a few weeks ago. She made Peas and Carrots Cupcakes and Popcorn Cupcakes–I’ll show you the Popcorn Cupcakes in a little bit.
The “peas” are green Skittles® and the “carrots” are orange Starburst® candies–just cut an orange square candy piece into fourths to get four cubes that look a lot like carrot chunks! Frost your cupcakes with white or green tinted icing, then add the candies on top, pressing them into the frosting.
Jane also showed me a photo of some other fun cupcakes decorated like food…I’ve seen photos of cupcakes like these on the web, and they’re called TV Dinner Cupcakes. This photo is from a lifestyle and design blog called BlackEiffel.
Here are instructions for the TV dinner cupcakes from MarthaStewart.com…the instructions are also in the cookbook Hello, Cupcake! by Karen Tack.
TV DINNER CUPCAKES (makes a total of 6 cupcakes)
You’ll need 6 vanilla cupcakes, baked in silver foil liners.
FOR DRUMSTICKS (makes 3):
- 1/4 cup white chocolate melting wafers, melted
- 1 cup Vanilla Frosting (homemade or canned)
- 3 plain store-bought doughnut holes
- 1 cup cornflake crumbs
FOR MASHED POTATOES (makes 1):
- 1 yellow fruit chew, such as Laffy Taffys® or Starbursts®, cut into a 1-inch square
- 3 tablespoons Vanilla Frosting (homemade or canned)
- 1/2 tablespoon store-bought caramel sauce, heated
FOR PEAS AND CARROTS (makes 1):
- 3 orange fruit chews, such as Starbursts®, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons Vanilla Frosting (homemade or canned)
- Green gel food coloring
- 2 tablespoons green candies, like Skittles® or M&M’s®
FOR CHOCOLATE PUDDING (makes 1):
- 3 tablespoons Chocolate Frosting (homemade or canned)
- 1 teaspoon colored sprinkles
Place chocolate frosting in a resealable plastic bag; press out all the excess air and seal to enclose. Snip a 1/4-inch corner from the bag. Pipe chocolate frosting into a spiral swirl onto the remaining cupcake. Top with sprinkles and place in aluminum baking tray. Serve.
Here are the steps…Jane said they were easy to make! All you need are cupcakes, frosting, and miniature marshmallows.
- Bake a regular batch of cupcakes, using a cupcake pan lined with paper or aluminum cupcake liners. Although white or light-colored cupcakes are easier to cover with icing, the cupcakes can be any flavor you like. Allow the cupcakes to cool (Jane used a cake mix to make her cupcakes).
- Frost the cupcakes with white frosting. Use homemade frosting, or simplify the process with boxed or canned frosting (Jane used canned frosting on her cupcakes).
- Cut an ‘X’ shape into the top of each miniature marshmallow, using a clean pair of scissors. Leave the bottom of the marshmallow intact. Cut enough miniature marshmallows to cover the top of each cupcake (about 30 to 40 miniature marshmallows).
- Press the miniature marshmallows into the frosting on the top of the cupcakes. Pile the marshmallows so the cupcake looks like a bag filled with popcorn.
- Place a small amount of water in a cup. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring to create a buttery color. Use a pastry brush or a clean paintbrush to coat the miniature marshmallows with the butter-colored water.
- Create bands from red construction paper, or use red and white striped gift wrapping paper. The bands should be large enough to wrap around the base of the cupcake — about 8 inches by 1 and 1/4 inches. Alternatively, create a band on your computer, then duplicate it several times. Note: Jane used a pre-made band she found at Scribd.com.
- Wrap a paper band around the base of each cupcake, securing each band with a piece of clear tape.
Hope you have fun trying these out!
Linked to Foodie Friday, I’m Lovin’ It Friday, Sweet Tooth Friday, Sweets for a Saturday, Make it Yours Day, Show and Tell, Strut Your Stuff.
Those are so cute! Almost too cute to eat. Almost.
After awhile, you just give in and eat them, despite the cuteness! 🙂
brilliant! peas & carrots. love it.
These are fantastic!!! I love them I can’t believe how authentic they are!
So darn cute!
You really are creative. I’m relatively new to your blog and don’t often comment. I just wanted you to know I’m here and really like the food and recipes you share with your readers. You’ve created a lovely spot for your readers to visit and I always enjoy the time I spend here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary
Mary, thank you so much for your sweet comment! I’m really glad you are liking the posts–thanks so much for letting me know! 🙂
GAAHHH!!! That is so cute! You are too clever! Cupcakes as a meal? It doesn’t get any better than that! Totally lovin’ it!
How fun are these! My son would just go crazy for them.
I’d love to have you share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/04/28/mint-infused-plum-tarte-tatin/
Those are all so clever. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I read “Peas and Carrots Cupcakes.” Please share this with our readers by linking it up at Muffin and Cupcake Monday. Thanks!
those popcorn cupcakes are so neat, Im going to have to make those!
Absolutely darling – all of them! SO glad you shared this creativity – makes me wanna giggle…=)
Oh my gosh, those are so cute!! Such wonderful ideas.
Ooh, those look too cool! 🙂
Hands down the coolest cupcakes I’ve ever seen. I love the turkey legs and that first one, talk about a way to get kids to eat their vegetables. So creative.
Yes, I think these are “vegetables” that any kid would love to eat! 🙂
Those are just so cute!!
Incredible! These are so much fun!!!! I love them!
I host a weekly friday link party I would love you to join if you are interested.
Thanks for the great ideas!
How adorable!!! This is how I want to eat my dinner every night!!! Haha!
hahaha these look amazing! What a brillian idea 🙂 I love the popcorn one 🙂
So cute! Please share with our readers by linking up at Muffin and Cupcake Monday. Thanks!