Thursday, April 17, 2014

Surprise Inside Chocolate Bunny!

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You wouldn't think that you would hear that coming from me, right?  Well, in order to make the candy filled chocolate bunny, it had to get a little messy.  You'd never know by the finished Candy Filled Chocolate Bunny!
No, this little bunny doesn't look any different then the ones in the store, right?  It's a wonderful Niagara Chocolate bunny, filled with the candy of your choice.  I chose Sixlets.  Here's the part where you might have any small children leave the room.  In order to fill the bunny, I had to make a decision involving a knife
It only hurt for a minute.
I quickly removed the head (okay, I cut off the head) and filled the hollow chocolate bunny with candy Sixlets.  Almost before the bunny could say ouch, I had him glued back together again with chocolate glue.  Good as new... See?
Even better than new, now it's filled with more candy. Here's how it all happened~
You know I can't leave anything alone.  Like, look how cute this bunny is, wrapped in the pretty gold wrapper.  No, I had to go and do a little crafting.  After removing the foil off the bunny, it was all I could do to not eat the entire thing.  
Now it was time for surgery.  I took a very sharp knife and cut off the top, opened the sixlets and filled the bunny.  (Again, I really wanted to eat the bunny ears.)
In order to mend the bunny, I melted a little Hershey's chocolate and used a toothpick to add a little chocolate to the rim.  Immediately placed the bunny head back on.  Let it harden.
 I also added royal icing eyes and a ribbon to cover the seam, tied in a pretty little bow.
Just think of all the possibilities!
Well, if you survived the horror of the bunny cHOP, I think this next little chick will make you smile.  Easter must be coming soon...
Did you know that you can buy gummy chicken feet?  When I saw them, they looked, well, like chicken feet and I picked them up, then put them back.  And thought about them for a week.  Then I went back to the store and had to buy them because I thought of something to do with them.  It just cracked open!
Is this not the funniest little chicken/egg cookie you've ever seen?  Or perhaps the only chicken/egg cookie you've ever seen?  You have a little time before they completely hatch to make some to serve this Easter.  YUM, right?  Well, let me entertain you with a tutorial.
I told you, you can buy gummy chicken feet.
And Wilton Sugar sheets for the shell.
Cut and bake a large enough cookie so that the little chick isn't squished inside the egg.
After it's baked and cooled, you'll need to cut the shell.
Lay the cookie on the frosting sheet and cut around the cookie.
Draw your chicken design on paper.
Peel the shell off the frosting sheet and lay over the design so the markings show through.
Cut out a hole for the eyes and two more for the feet.  The Chicken Feet.
After frosting the cookie with white frosting, lay the egg shell over the top.
Sprinkle the white with yellow sanding sugar.
Cut two black ovals and add large royal icing eyes to the ovals and place in the top opening of the egg.  Add the chicken feet then pipe black frosting around the edges of the holes.
Which came first...
The Chicken or the Egg?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Princess Cookies!

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!
There's quite a celebration going on today.  A celebration fit for royalty and by royalty I mean, Callye a/k/a SweetSugarbelle and Georganne a/k/a LilaLoa.  Both of these spectacular cookie decorators a/k/a Cookie Queens have added little princesses to their already royal family.  And to help them celebrate, Hani of Haniela's, Mike of Semisweet and Michelle of MakeMeCakeMe are throwing a virtual baby shower featuring sweet treats for the newest heirs to the cookie decorating throne.
What can one possibly make in honor of their new arrival?  After much thought I decided the best possible gift I could give them would be a little time.  How?  Let the older siblings decorate their very own princess themed cookies with a...
Princess Cookie Decorating Kit!
Everything needed is inside the box.   
Frosting, Sprinkles and Cookies!
Royal cookies inside a box topped with a tiara and wand.
All the new mom needs to do is snip the end of the decorating bag and the magic begins.   
 And you can make a kit for your very own princess.  Here's How:
Round up all your princess themed cutters~
Roll, cut and bake.
After the cookies are baked, let cool.
Make three stacks of cookies and place each stack in bags and top with tulle.
Set aside.
Something to present them in...I chose a photo box.
Paper shred to keep them safe.
Something for all the sprinkles - a little plastic box from Hobby Lobby.
 Fill that cute little box with cute little sprinkles fit for a princess.
Hot glue a crown and wand to the top of the box!
Fill three bags with a Wilton decorating tip.
Insert the tip into the bag - DO NOT CUT THE TIP OFF OF THE BAG!
Add your frosting to the bag, fold down the top and seal tight with a rubber band.
The cookies are bagged, now get ready to fill the box.
Fill with royal love.
Topped with a wand and tiara.
The Royal Celebration Continues...
 Thank you for attending, I hope you enjoyed the Royal Baby Shower as much as I.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Cupcakes!

After posting the edible Easter Basket Cakes, I hope you're not disappointed today.  It's a simple white cupcake, but with a couple added touches it goes from simple to SWEET!
Add a cupcake wrapper with matching sprinkles and you've got sweet!
Easter's a week away and I have already eaten my weight in chocolate bunnies.  Well, maybe not quite that much but it seems like it.  So making a white cupcake sounded really good.
*Wink Wink*
It pretty basic as for the tutorial.  Bake a cupcake, plop it in a wrapper, frost and sprinkle.
Who says this blog isn't educational?
And now for the real lesson.  Finding cupcake wrappers and sprinkles that match, yes I checked and they are perfect for each other, you would think they came as a matching set, right?  Nope.  I searched at least four isles before I found both the cupcake wrappers and sprinkles.  And where might you ask did I find them?  Well, I was on vacation in Palm Springs, CA and I found a 99 cent grocery store.  NOT just a 99 cent store, but a full on grocery store.  I HAD TO GO.  I was living on the edge, being on vacation and all! 
Are you ready for another simple Easter Treat? 
Let's hop to it...I promise I won't mention the word hop for the rest of the week.
 Filled with Sixlets and Niagara Chocolate foil covered chocolate eggs~
And a bunny or two!  You'll be happy to know I found the adorable little bunny boxes at the Dollar Store.  Just fill 'em up and you're pretty sure to make some bunny happy!
Nothin' But Cute!

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