I like to play with my food. For some reason, it makes me less hungry.
When I got these little suckers from a vendor at work, I had no interest in eating them. But I did want to play with them. Maybe it’s a commentary on how much food we waste in America, or maybe it’s just because candy is pretty, Food Crafts are huge source of entertainment in my world. Although there are many cupcake toppers featured on websites across the land, I’m not a fan of inedible garnishes. Even if I don’t plan to eat it, it seems like you just didn’t try hard enough.
Sure you can print out a pretty flower decal from your home computer, or make a rose out of paper, or a fancy embelishment with ribbons and buttons, but if you can’t eat it what the heck is it doing on my plate?
No one glues plastic googly eyes to a pot roast. Or puts a wizzard hat on a chicken sandwich. Why are completely random acts of craftiness allowed on baked goods?
And paper flag banners on a cake? weird. Why not put a pile of mail on there, or decorative globe? What’s next, filling my plate with bedazzled paper mache vegetables?
Here is my entry for completely edible cupcake garnish, other than the stick, of course.
Spring Flower Pot Mini Muffins
12 chocolate mini muffins
12 small suckers (dum dum sized)
18 standard size marshmallows
3 microwave save bowls
1/4 cup white chocolate
1 pair scissors
1/2 cup chocolate chops
1/2 cup chocolate graham crackers (or chocolate Teddy Grahams)
Cut the marshmallows into four to five slices. There are going to be a few that just don’t look right, so cut more than you need. They will curl up a bit, but just push them flat.
There will most likely be one end that is a bit more rounded and one that is a bit pointier.
Cut off a very small amount of the pointed end, about 1/8 of an inch.
Place the white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave on high for 20 seconds, stir and repeat until melted. Don’t over heat or it will seize. Using a butter knife or a spoon, smear a small on the marshmallow petal where you just made the cut.
Repeat for all pedals. You’ll want to put about 5 petals on each flower which will require a bit of overlapping of the pedals.
Lay flat until the chocolate glue dries.
Put the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until melted.
In a food processor, process the graham crackers until nothing is left but crumbs. Transfer crumbs to a bowl.
One at a time, take the mini muffin and submerge the top in the melted chocolate until completely coated.
Before the chocolate cools and dries, roll the melted chocolate muffin top around in the graham cracker crumbs.
Once all the chocolate has dried, plant your candy marshmallow flower in your little mini muffin pot.