Consider an interactive amphibian experience at the party to compliment the cupcakes.
Whether your kiddo is a frog enthusiast, or loves all things amphibian, frog cupcakes are sure to please him and all his little guests at his next big birthday celebration. You can make some simple frog-face cupcakes and be done in no time at all, or go that extra mile and present the party group with professional-looking cupcakes, decorated with lily pads, flowers and gummy candy frogs.
1Prepare your favorite store-bought mix or homemade vanilla cupcake batter, but add a few drops of green food coloring. Get your little helper to taste test the batter to make sure it meets with his approval -- and then divide the batter evenly in a cupcake pan filled with green paper cupcake liners. Bake and then cool the cupcakes completely.
2Add some green food coloring to vanilla icing and stir. Keep adding more food coloring until the icing is the color you'd like for your frogs. You can also let your kiddo taste test the icing -- just to make sure the food coloring hasn't ruined the taste, of course.
3Spread a thick layer of the green icing onto the top of each cupcake.
4Cut large marshmallows into three circles and then cut off one end of each to make a dome shape instead of a circle shape. Press two marshmallow domes into the icing at one end of the cupcake to make frog eyes. Dab a little black icing in the center of each marshmallow eye to make pupils.
5Fill a pastry bag with red or pink icing, draw a smile on each frog and -- voila! -- you have smiling frog cupcakes.
6Prepare some fondant lily pads while the cupcakes bake and cool. Start by rolling out green fondant until it's about 1/8-inch thick. Use a knife to draw a lily pad shape on the fondant and then place each shape on a piece of foam padding. Make the lily pads about the size of the top of a cupcake -- a little smaller or bigger is fine.
7Use a fondant ball tool to press gently around the outer edges of each lily pad to give it a natural looking shape. Let the lily pads firm overnight.
8Prepare your favorite store-bought mix or homemade vanilla cupcake batter, dividing it evenly in a cupcake pan filled with paper cupcake liners. Bake the cupcakes according to the recipe's instructions and then cool them completely.
9Spread a thick layer of blue icing on the top of one cupcake -- and then place a fondant lily pad on top of the icing. Repeat to add icing and lily pads to each cupcake.
10Fill a pastry bag with vanilla icing and pipe six beads of icing on one lily pad so it look like the lily pad's flower. Spread some of the vanilla icing on the bottom of a gummy candy frog and press it gently onto the lily pad, opposite the flower. Repeat for each cupcake and that's it -- amazing cupcakes that almost look too good to eat!
Things You'll Need
- Store-bought or homemade cupcake mix
- Green food coloring
- Cupcake pan
- Green paper cupcake liners
- Vanilla icing
- Large marshmallows
- Black icing
- Red or pink icing
- Pastry bag with round tip
- Green fondant
- Rolling pin
- Foam padding
- Fondant ball tool
- Blue icing
- Gummy candy frogs