Perks of Being an Aunt

Last month, I got to celebrate my nephews 2nd birthday! I cant believe he is already so big, and he has a vocabulary I think some 8 year olds would envy.  A fun fact is that he was born the weekend I graduated from college, so he is a nice maker of how long I’ve been in the real world. Yikes, has it really been 2 years since I was a True Blue UConn Husky???  Quarter-life crisis aside, we all had a great time with the little munchkin.

He is super into trains so we went to go see Thomas! Seriously, this thing is like a rock concert for toddlers.

Thomas CollageAfterwards we got together for lunch, cake and presents.  In addition to Thomas, my nephew LOVES the movie Despicable Me.  He cant quite say it, so his requests sounded like “Pickle me”.  When we babysat it was a bit confusing, but eventually we figured it out.  In light of this, I decided to attempt my first Auntie confection.  And behold, the minions were born:

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2014-05-03 18.30.18Aren’t these so cute??? I kept the recipe simple and made Martha Stewart’s vanilla cupcake recipe.  I then added a generous amount of blue food coloring to represent their overalls.  The batter was slightly yellow from the egg yolks so I had to use a lot of coloring to keep it blue, not green.  For the frosting, I made my first butter cream! Soooo good, but also made me realize just how much butter is in butter cream.  Well worth it.  I love the shade of yellow I was able to get.  Its so vibrant and is a pretty good match for the real characters. Because the frosting dries stiff, I did a base coat and then smoothed it out with a second layer of frosting to make a nice even surface for decorating.

When I was planning out my cupcakes, I was trying to come up with a creative way to decorate.  I was pretty sure my frosting abilities weren’t strong enough to do the eyes in white frosting.  Might have gotten a bit scary.  Instead, the idea to use mini marshmallows popped into my head! Using a toothpick, I drew pupils on the center then added some extra frosting to the bottom to act as glue.  I used a basic black gel frosting for the other details. Viola! To best represent the minions diverse personalities, I mixed up there expressions and number of eyes.  It was difficult to get the classic Whaaaaa? face, but I still got a nice range.

At the party, I think the kids were too young to really get it, but they went over well with the adults.  And the kids liked the flavor so win-win.

What whimsical baking have you done?