Thursday, July 23, 2009

Making the shark cupcakes

Making the shark cupcakes for my "Bears at the Beach" contest entry was super easy, and my take on the shark fins, in my ever-so-humble opinion, was super clever.

Take a look at Martha's shark cupcakes:

Martha's folks simply use blue paper for the shark fins. I'm not a huge fan of putting non-edible things on cupcakes--it just doesn't seem right. I knew there had to be an alternative, and I found it just in time: fruit leather. How clever is that?!

Of course, the only kind they had at the store was apple, which explains why my shark fins are a weird brown/green color, but it totally works. Fruit leather is yummy, easy to cut and stayed put on the cupcakes. Blueberry, if they even make a blueberry fruit leather, would have been perfect.

I got three fins out of one piece of fruit leather. Plus two yummy bites of scraps. Delicious!

Side note: honey-flavor teddy grahams dipped in coconut buttercream frosting are out of this world. While I was making the cupcakes, I ate about 20 teddies this way. If you have extra frosting, reach for the teddy grahams, or at least some graham crackers. It's a simple combination, but so so so good. Trust me on this.

Tomorrow, the easiest step of all: molding the chocolate shells. Seriously, I could do it in my sleep. And I probably have. In which case, I would have eaten them all, so there hasn't been any evidence of sleep-candy-making yet. Still, I'm fairly certain this has happened.


Helen said...

I'm pretty sure I've seen Grape Fruit Leather, but I think it was a different brand. That might be better?

Anonymous said...

I agree with Helen that I've seen grape fruit leather- i'm sure Kroger carries it. Another idea that might work is marzipan, which you can color however you want. Also very tasty. - L

Chicagolandia said...

Wow - I've never even heard of fruit leather! Thanks for teaching me something new.