Next week is Vincent's 5th birthday, so we are having his party tomorrow. I decided to make some shark cupcakes for the party.
I started with these ingredients (except the swedish fish--I ended up not making the fish cupcakes. Too tired)
First I shaped the Twinkies into the body of the shark. I cut the chocolate wafer cookies in half for the fins. They were so delicate I broke many of them and had to keep cutting.
I assembled them onto the cupcake. I made a slit in the back of the twinkie to put the fin in. I then stuck in the freezer for a while.
This was the hardest part! I had to dip them in slightly melted gray frosting (I used a can of frosting and colored with black icing dye). The first couple dipped fine, but then I had a difficult time trying to get the entire thing into the cup I was using. The book I got this idea out of only made 3. I was making 15. In retrospect I needed a deeper cup and double the amount of frosting (alot of which would have been wasted). It was an incredible mess and time consuming.
The rest was fine. I used red fruit leather cut into an oval for the mouth. I piped white frosting for the teeth (that part was fun and much quicker than I was expecting). I used an upside down mini chocolate chip for the eyes and piped some black frosting for the gills (or ribs as Vinnie kept calling them).
I got the idea out of an awesome book called "Hello Cupcake". There are tons of other fun ideas I can't wait to try!
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