It's a Luau! Roasted pig anyone?
On Monday Dorothy, our Executive Pastry Chef and I had a great opportunity to do a demonstration at a local preschool. There were 24 four and five year olds that couldn't have been better students. With Spring upon us and Easter just a few days away we thought it would be nice to demonstrate "Bunny Grass Patch Cupcakes." It was a simple project that helped utilize the fine motor skills these little minds are learning to master in their early education.
Here is what you will need...
- Cupcake mix
- Whipped Icing (white or brown)
- green food coloring
- Nestle egg shaped chocolates
- Black decorating gel
- Sprinkles (not sugar sprinkles as you will need to use one of these for each eye)
- Mini tootsie rolls
- Large spoon
- Small knife or cutting utensil
- Jelly beans
- Bake & cool your favorite cupcake (we made confetti cupcakes)
- Frost with whipped icing
- In a small bag mix in a few drops of green food coloring with coconut. Shake until the coconut is green throughout.
- Sprinkle to coconut on the frosting leaving a bare spot in center of the cupcake for the bunny!
- Unwrap one Nestle egg shaped chocolate (this will be the body of the bunny)
- Use the decorating gel to make the nose and mouth of the bunny on the pointy end of the chocolate
- Place a small dot of icing where the eyes should be placed and attach a small round sprinkle for each eye
- Place chocolate bunny on center of the cupcake with nose pointing up
- Take 2 tootsie rolls and flatten using a large spoon
- Ask an adult to help you cut out an ear shape
- Attach ears to back of bunny
- Place jelly beans on the grass
What you'll need
- Template for Mickey's Shamrock Shorts Cookies
- Batch of sugar cookie dough (Upstream Catering Cookie Dough $10 / Quart)
- Rolling pin
- Wax paper
- Kitchen knife
- Baking sheets
- Cooling rack
- Green cookie icing (the kind that hardens when it sets up)
- White chocolate chips
- Small microwavable mixing bowl
How to make it
- Print and cut out the Mickey's Shamrock Shorts Cookies template.
- Heat the oven. Working on a flour-dusted sheet of wax paper, roll out the chilled dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Use the template piece and a kitchen knife to cut Mickey short shapes from the dough. Bake the cookies according to the recipe directions and then let them cool completely.
- Meanwhile, melt a small handful of white chocolate chips in the microwave according to the package directions. Spread the melted candy on wax paper and set it aside for a few minutes to harden. Once it's ready, cut the candy into thin slivers to use for the shamrock stems, and set them aside for now.
- Working with one cookie at a time, spread the tops with green cookie icing. Before the icing sets, add two shamrock buttons. For each, press three white chocolate chips (tips down) into the icing, and add a tiny candy stem.
- Set the decorated cookies aside for the icing to harden (four hours or so) before serving.
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