Monday, August 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Pupcakes!

Everyone, this is Wilson. Wilson, this is everyone.

Wilson is the sweet and lovable doggy of my fiance’s sister. She is such a good doggy mommy and loves her pupster so much, that for her birthday, I decided to make her special cupcakes in the likeness of the cute little rumproast that is Wilson. Using my Hello, Cupcake! Cookbook as a guide, I came up with these “pupcakes.”

Hello, Cupcake! is an amazing book—it’s filled with ingenious cupcake decorating ideas that come out not even looking like cupcakes, but like, say, spaghetti & meatballs, a box of buttered popcorn, sharks, kitties, a TV dinner, Christmas ornaments, and bunnies digging in the dirt.
Hello, Cupcake!

This cookbook has great cupcake recipes in addition to the decorating ideas. Adding four whopping eggs and the buttermilk makes the texture of these cakes soooo soft and creamy, but also firm enough on top so that they can take the weight of the decorations. This recipe surprised me, and I have to say these are some of the best tasting cupcakes ever!

1 box (18.25 oz) cake mix (vanilla, devil’s food, or yellow—I used devil’s food)
1 cup buttermilk (in place of water called for on the box)
Vegetable oil (the amount on the box)
4 eggs (in place of the number called for on the box)

1 container of Duncan Hines French vanilla frosting

For Decorations:
Per cupcake:
½ a pink Starburst chew
2 mini chocolate M&Ms
1 small black jelly bean OR 2 chocolate chips
Multi-colored sprinkle dots
1 Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie or any thin wafer cookie

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

2. Follow the box instructions, putting all the ingredients in a large bowl and using the buttermilk in place of the water specified on the box, using the amount of vegetable oil that is called for, and adding the eggs. Beat with an electric mixer until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase the speed to high and beat until thick, 2 minutes longer.

3. Fill paper liners two-thirds full. The book recommends filling a ziplock bag with half the batter, snipping off ¼-inch of the corner, and piping the batter into the muffin tins. Repeat with the second half of the batter.

4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool completely before icing.

To decorate:

NOTE: BE SURE CUPCAKES ARE COMPLETELY COOL (as in, not even a little bit warm!) or else the frosting will ooze off into a drooling, sappy mess!!

1. Frost a cupcake with the vanilla frosting, as you normally would.

2. Next, fill a ziplock bag with a big scoop of vanilla frosting. Snip off 1/8-inch of a corner.

3. Pipe the outline of the dog's muzzle as in the picture above. Pipe two kidney-shaped eye sockets.

4. Cut the cookie or Thin Mint straight in half with a paring knife to create ears. Frost each ear with frosting and place them in the cupcake.

5. Place the M&Ms for eyes and the jelly bean for the nose on the cupcake. If you don’t have jelly beans, you can microwave two Nestle chocolate chips at 9-second intervals to soften a bit, and shape them into nose shapes with your fingers.

6. Place the sprinkles on the face for whiskers.

7. Cut one Starburst chew in half lengthwise with a paring knife. Press the candy half with your thumb to shape like a tear drop. Score a line down the center with a paring knife to create the likeness of a tongue. Place the tongue on the cupcake to finish the sweet little Wilson face. Feel tempted to scratch behind his ears, but don't do it for fear of smearing his frosting fur.

8. Place the cupcakes in a box – I bought a cupcake box from my local bakery. Place a pretty note or card on top and give your pupcakes to someone special. :-)


Vicki said...

These are the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen! George's "Happy Adoption Day" is August 15th, so I think I might try something like this in brown... :)

flappergirl said...

Aww give George a big kiss on the head for me! There is an awesome bulldog cupcake in the book that uses taffy for the big English bulldog muzzle. sooooo cute!

Julie said...

Happy belated bday to your puppy! The cupcakes are too cute!

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