The Partiologist: It's Tiki Time!

It's Tiki Time!

I'm feeling like a beach bum lately with all the Hawaiian themed sweets I've been working on.  I'm in serious need of sun and sand along with a tropical drink in my hand.  Or maybe just a trip to the craft store...looks like a trip to the craft store was in my budget.  When I found the jumbo bamboo straws, I didn't know why, I just knew I needed them. 

Now I know why.
 
Tiki Hut Brownie


And by putting my Girl Scout skills to use, I managed to make them into a frame. 
 
Umm, now that I think about it, I was never a Girl Scout.
 
I was super excited when it really looked like a Tiki Sign, almost made me want to have a party.  Almost.
 
I'm here to show you how to make the sign, so YOU can have a LUAU.
 
Turn on the music and let's begin.

Start by mixing up your favorite brownies.
 
Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper and spray sides with Pam.

Remove from oven and cool.  Lift the brownie from pan with the ends of the parchment paper.

Cut the brownie in half.
 
Cut a piece of cardboard to fit the brownie and cover it with parchment paper.  Or cut a cake board to fit. 
 
Here's how it all started...
 
The Bamboo Paper Straws and twine.
 
Place the end of one straw on top of another straw. 
 
Wrap the twine around the two straws, securing gently.

Turn the straws over and tie the twine in a knot.
 
Measure the brownie and add the bottom two straws (trim the excess), making the bamboo frame.

Mix up brown frosting.  I mixed a light brown and a dark brown, then mixed the two together.
 
First, I frosted with light brown and I added dark brown down the center and swirled together with an off set spatula.
 
Use a toothpick to make the marks in the frosting, resembling wood.
 
Sprinkle a little cocoa powder across the top of the brownie and run spatula through the frosting to blend. 
 
Clean the edges of the brownie with the spatula. 
 
Let's make the fondant decorations starting with the letters and leaves.
 
Roll and cut bright yellow fondant letters with tappits.
 
Mix a little yellow with green to make fondant to match the bamboo.
 
Cut the leaves with a leaf plunger cutter.

Now it's time to make the fondant Hibiscus.

I just love this little cutter/mold.  I use it all the time, one of my best purchases!  I found a few similar molds HERE.
 
After cutting with the cutter, lay on the mold (dusted with powdered sugar).
 
Press on the top and you have a beautiful veined hibiscus.
 
Repeat this process with all the colors you plan to use.
 
I used a lot of colors!
 
White sugar pearls for the centers.

Lay the bamboo frame over the brownie.
 
Add a dab of frosting to the edge of the frame and start to add the hibiscus and leaves.
 
Pipe a bit of royal icing in the center of each hibiscus and attach the pearl.
 
Add the fondant Tiki Hut letters.


Add a couple more Hibiscus and leaves to the bottom of the frame.

 I'm on Tiki Time!
 
It's Five O'clock Somewhere!
 


18 comments :

  1. One of the cutest things ever! Terrific job.

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    1. Aww, thanks so much for the comment! :)

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  2. I am in need of this adorable brownie - LOVE it! Cheryl

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  3. I love how you were inspired by the straws to make such a clever treat. I want to go grab my bathing suit and towel and head to the beach to hang out at your tiki hut!

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    1. Oh wouldn't that be nice? I'll grab my suit and towel and join you! :)

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  4. Now that is adorable!!! What a creative use for those staws. I would have used them just to drink out of but not you!!! Only the partiologist :) from,twobeautifulgirls

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    1. Thank you, my family always ask, "how do you come up with these things?" :)

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  5. Your creativity just makes my day...I always open your email last! Adorable! Anne

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    1. Thank you Anne, I'm happy that you save the best for last! :)

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  6. WOW!!!!! i so need this in my life! and yippee i have those straws!!!! :>D!

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    1. Well, there you go, you'll have a tiki hut sign in no time at all!

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  7. I'm running out of adjectives! This is a stunningly, captivating work of Hawaiian art..how's that?! I've seen those straws too and now I'm wishing I had bought them. Girl scout or not... your Tiki Time brownie sign wins a badge!

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    1. I'm sending you a great big tiki hug for this sweet comment! :)

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  8. My very good friend is having a party soon and this would be perfect for her theme. I'm sending her straight over to have a look.

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    1. I think Hawaiian themed parties are so much fun - thanks for sending your friend my way! :)

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  9. Could you please email the link to where I might purchase that two piece hibiscus mold? I need one for next week. Thanks. EyeCandy Confections eyecandy_gal@yahoo.com

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    1. I just added the link above and I will also e-mail you! :)

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