Whew. I am so glad my first food post is about a success and not a flop. I made flower cupcakes this weekend for a friend's baby shower, and I think they turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself. Granted, I used a cake mix and canned frosting, but the decorating part was all me (and an idea I got from Family Fun magazine). Here they are:
What I love about these cupcakes is that they are so simple to make with such cute results. All you do is take a candy and put it in the center of the cupcake (Family Fun used gumdrops, but I prefer the fruit flavored Mentos). You then get a marshmallow and sort of squish it flat with your hand (not too much or the petals end up being to long). Then cut the marshmallow into three with kitchen shears, do it again with another marshmallow, and arrange the marshmallow petals around the candy center and there you have it. See how easy that was? And everyone ends up being so impressed. Little do they know the only skill it takes is being able to squish a marshmallow.
Oh, and if the dessert stand in the picture looks a little weird, it's because I couldn't locate a tiered dessert stand for the life of me, so I ended up making my own with glass plates and upside-down drinking glasses. Not to bad for on the fly, but I still will be adding a tiered dessert stand to my Christmas list.