Father’s Day CupcakesJune 16, 2008 at 1:23 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 33 Comments
Tags: checkered flag fondant, hot wheels
My father-in-law collects toy cars as his hobby. Actually collect doesn’t even seem to really describe his toy car obsession! His garage is like a Hot Wheels toy store. I kid you not! Half of the garage is covered in pegboard with hooks so that he can hang his collection on them. If I had to estimate how many cars he has I’d probably say in the 1000s.
I think toy cars are nostalgic for him b/c he use to be involved with drag racing in his youth so seeing these miniature models of cars probably brings him back down memory lane. When I started brainstorming about the decor for his father’s day cupcakes, I always came back to the cars.
As for the cupcake flavor. I still had s’mores on the brain and I thought they would be perfect for T’s dad b/c he use to be involved in the boy scouts (I think he was chairmen of the board of scout parents or something like that) with T when he was younger. What boy scout doesn’t remember camping and smores right?
Happy (belated) Father’s Day! to all the fathers out there.
You are the ones that teach us to ride bikes, pitch us the baseball that inevitably ends up hitting below the belt (ouch!), endure our ballet recitals when you’d rather be watching the basketball finals and always remind me I am never too old to be daddy’s little princess.
s’mores cupcake recipe
marshmallow buttercream recipe
black and white fondant
1/4″x1/4″ square cookie cutter
2-1/4″ diameter round cookie cutter
hot wheel cars (I bought the cheap $1 ones at Tarjay)
To make cupcakes—
Bake cupcakes and make frosting per recipe, adjusting ingredients for the amount of cupcakes you want to bake.
[NOTES: I made 4 cupcakes for T’s dad.]
To make checkered flag fondant—
Roll out some white and black fondant. Using a square cookie cutter, cut out squares. Then I cut each square into 4 more smaller squares with a sharp knife. If you have a smaller square cookie cutter please feel free to use that one. The 1/4″x1/4″ square cutter is the smallest I have.
Roll out some white fondant roughly in a circle for the background. Using a brush (or finger tip) apply vanilla extract to the black and white squares and “glue” in alternating pattern on the white fondant background.
After assembling the checkered flag pattern, let set overnight. Next, use your circle cutter and cut out circles for each cupcake.
To assemble cupcakes—
Using an offset spatula, frost cupcake. Next put a checkered pattern circle on top of each cupcake. Garnish with Hot Wheels car.
[NOTES: I am a dork and used a slightly smaller circle cutter than the 2-1/4″ diameter that I recommended above so thats why you can see the frosting. UGH! Do I as I say not as I do, k?]
Husband rating: A
He liked the smores cupcakes and thought the car theme decor was so cool.
Wifey rating: A+
Even though I am sure there’s an easier less time consuming way to make the checkered flag pattern, I still think it came out so cute. I am just a little bummed that I picked up the wrong cookie cutter and you can see the frosting underneath. Oh well. Notes for next time…
Other rating: A+
T’s dad LOVED the cupcakes. Even though the cars aren’t worth anything since I took them out of the box, he still thought they were so cute on the cupcake. He was also impressed with how good the smores cupcakes tasted! He raved about them to his fellow car buddy on the phone. w00t! Cupcakes points for the favorite daughter-in-law!
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