Hopefully you have had the time to flip through our new Prairie Hive Issue Five online magazine that came out yesterday. If you have, then these adorable cupcakes may have caught your eye….
With a robot themed children’s party I set out to create a Robot cupcake. I started with sketches at a couple of our meetings…to which the other girls politely nodded in agreement (while probably thinking, uh-huh, we’ll see). I then moved on to roaming the baking aisles at Target and the cake decorating aisles at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. A couple of key items caught my attention right away. The adorable little candy eyes (found at both Target and Michael’s) and the jumbo marshmallows. With these two items, and a little trial and error, the Robot cupcake finally came about.
Here is what you will need:
Chocolate cupcakes (try my Chocolaty Chocolate Chip Cupcakes!)
Candy Melts (available in multiple colors at Michael’s)
Candy Eyes (available at Target and Michael’s)
Black Licorice Bites
White Decorating Gel (available at Michael’s)
Silver Cupcake Liners
Step 1: Insert two toothpicks into one flat side of the marshmallow. This will help when you go to dip the marshmallow in the candy melts.
Step 2: Using the two toothpicks, dip the marshmallow into the candy melts (simply follow the directions on the package for melting the candy). You will want to use a small, deep container so that you cover as much of the marshmallow as possible.
Pull the marshmallow out of the candy melts and flip over so that the toothpicks point down when you set the marshmallow on the drying rack. This is a bit tricky and it helps if you have someone helping as you set the marshmallows on the drying rack.
Once all of your marshmallows are dipped allow them to dry until the candy is hard(you can speed up the process by placing the drying rack in your refrigerator for a few minutes).
Step 3: While the marshmallows are drying assemble your Robot antennas. Using the pretzel sticks you want to gently insert them into the flat side of the Dots candy. You may need to twist a little bit, but be careful because the pretzel can snap.
Step 4: To make the Robot’s mouth you will need the black licorice bites and the white decorating gel. Cut the licorice bites in half and then draw a straight line on them with the white gel.
Step 5: Add the pretzel antennas to the Robot. To do this you will want to use a toothpick to start the hole for the pretzel antenna. Push the toothpick gently into the marshmallow and move in circular motions to make the hole big enough for the pretzel.
Step 6: For the Robot ears you will insert a toothpick through marshmallow. You want the toothpick to stick out just a little bit on each side so that you can attach Dots candy to each side.
Step 7: Attach the eye candies and mouths to the marshmallow. To do this, melt some more of the candy melts (you can also use almond bark if you ran out of the candy melts like I did) and dot a little bit on the back of each eye candy and mouth. While marshmallows are laying flat gently press each on. Before standing the marshmallows up make sure the “glue” has dried (doesn’t take long).
Step 8: Ice the cupcakes! Because the marshmallows are so big, you don’t need to ice the entire cupcake. Leave a hole in the center. This is helpful because when you press your cupcake down the icing will hide any bits of the marshmallow that didn’t get covered by the candy melts.
Step 9: Press the marshmallow on top of the cupcake.
And there you have it! Cute little Robot cupcakes! You can be as creative as you want with all the different color combinations.
You might also remember seeing some of these guys in the magazine….
The Fab Lab, here in Tulsa, provided us with some great gummy and chocolate robots they made from custom molds. They would be perfect party favors to send home with all the kiddos.
Hopefully our Robot themed party has inspired you to have one of your own!