PacMan Birthday CupcakesMay 22, 2008 at 9:32 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 31 Comments
…And finally the cupcakes you’ve been waiting for! (Right Khoo? haha)
My friends IRL know that I am obsessed with cupcakes! They also know if they invite me over for any occasion I come baring cupcakes gifts! (hmmm… you think thats why I get invited to things?) But I was still surprised when my good friend A asked me if I’d be interested in baking some cupcakes for her son’s 5th birthday. Interested? Of course! I knew right away what cupcakes I would make for him.
Little Jake is just like his daddy and loves old school video games so I knew they would both get a kick out of cupcakes that I’ve had on my must-try list ever since I saw them – PacMan Cupcakes! I made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes for the party but made 9 special PacMan cupcakes for the birthday boy.
This wraps up my baking whirlwind last weekend but I’ll be back in the kitchen next week for another round of Cupcake Hero, new event ice cream+cupcakes and an order of red velvet cupcakes. T will be so happy. ;)
Without further ado…
(Inspiration from hello_naomi | photos from me!)
To make fondant decor—
1. PacMan (yellow fondant) – Roll out fondant to 1/8 inch. I used a round piping tip for the circle size that I needed. To create his mouth I used a knife and cut out a triangle. For his eye, used a black food safe marker.
2. Ghosts (blue, green, pink, white fondant) – Roll out fondant to 1/8 inch. I drew a “ghost” freehand on a piece of paper and used that to trace out the pattern in fondant. (To make it easier you could probably use an oval cutter, cut in half or more depending on the size you want and then make the triangle cuts to the bottom). For the eyes I used a round piping tip to cut a circle shape out of white fondant and “glued” it with a paintbrush (or fingertip) to the ghost body with vanilla extract. I finished with a black food safe marker for the eyeball. (Feel free to use whatever color fondant you want for your ghosts.)
3. “Maze” and “5″ (royal blue fondant) – Roll out fondant to 1/8 inch. I used a knife and cut them out freehand.
4. Energy dots (yellow fondant) – Roll out fondant to 1/8 inch. I used a round piping tip to cut out the size I wanted. Next time I might substitute these with yellow dragees.
5. Background (black fondant) – Roll out fondant to 1/8 inch. I used a 2-1/2 inch diameter cookie cutter b/c that fit the shape of my cupcake the best.
Notes: I made all my fondant a couple days before assembling cupcakes so they could set.
To assemble cupcakes—
Frost all cupcakes to the top edge of the liner and level with offset spatula. Arrange the “scene” the way you want and then “glue” each part to the black background with a paintbrush (or fingertip) and vanilla extract. Place the background fondant on each cupcake.
Husband rating: A+
He was WAY impressed with the PacMan scene and kept saying it over and over again. Great for my ego boost!
Wifey rating: A/A+
I am very critical of my own work but I think I did a pretty good job for my first time working freehand with fondant. I am sure with more practice (alot more practice!) they’ll be as awesome has hello_naomi. I think if I were to redo it I wouldn’t split the “5″ and just put it on the middle cupcake but I was hoping that splitting it would make it look part of the maze. *shrugs
Other rating: A+
Jacob, friends, and all parents were totally blown away and all the kids asked their parents if they could hire the cupcake lady to make PacMan cupcakes for their birthdays too! What a great compliment!
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