Cupcake Picnic

29 May

I’m headed to a Memorial Day rendezvous: an outdoor, midwestern romp complete with horseshoes, fishing, camping, and of course a potluck. These cupcakes fit the scene perfectly:

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BERRY PIES

The berry pies are inspired by Hello Cupcake‘s What’s New Cupcake? 

Frost the tops of the cupcakes with enough frosting to make the M&M’s stick, leaving a little room around the edge for piping the crust.

I tinted the frosting under the M&M’s to match the M&M’s so the light color wouldn’t show through. See the difference?

(What’s New Cupcake? piles on lots of M&M’s so the frosting doesn’t show, but I didn’t want the cupcakes to be too sweet.)

For the pie crust, tint vanilla frosting with yellow food coloring and cocoa powder.

ANTS

The ants are also inspired by What’s New Cupcake?. For the bodies, I softened Tootsie Rolls in the microwave until they were easy to shape. For other bodies I used brown M&M’s. It’s best to pipe the legs with melted chocolate because it hardens in place.

For grass I used green sanding sugar, jimmies, and coconut (you can color coconut easily by working the coloring into it in a ziploc bag).

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