Food Craft: Spring Flower Pot Mini Muffins
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.
Press the chocolate side against the sucker, at the base, nearest the stick.
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.
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amy @ fearless homemaker March 30, 2012 um 10:25 am
so cute! these would be perfect for easter. love ’em!
claire @ the realistic nutritionist March 30, 2012 um 11:00 am
THESE ARE THE CUTEST JACKIE!!!!!!!! Ah love.
Shawnda March 30, 2012 um 12:34 pm
Those are adorable!
[email protected] March 30, 2012 um 2:31 pm
Yum-now this is the kind of gardening I really could enjoy! These are adorable, such a creative idea. Food crafting is a lot of fun too. I would have never thought to cut marshmallows into shapes. Great post!
Liz March 30, 2012 um 5:57 pm
These are SO darn cute, Jackie! I think even my grown up kids (hubby included) would love these cupcakes…and I "think" I could make them almost as pretty as yours 🙂
Ashley @ Cute as a Fox March 31, 2012 um 10:31 am
I saw this over on Edible Crafts. I 100% agree with you about having non food items as garnish. I was shouting Amen! as I read. The flowers are super cute too! 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
Valerie @ From Valerie’s Kitchen March 31, 2012 um 5:49 pm
These are super cute! What a great idea 🙂
Lorraine April 1, 2012 um 6:07 am
These are adorable!
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. April 1, 2012 um 9:00 am
omg so cute!!
Rene @BargainHoot April 1, 2012 um 3:24 pm
I love these cupcakes!! What a darling idea!
Luciana @ Lulu’s Sweet Secrets April 1, 2012 um 8:18 pm
So beautiful and creative! I love them!
fatpiginthemarket April 2, 2012 um 8:39 am
I snort-laughed several times while reading this post. I’m with you on the dislike of inedible garnishes. Googly eyes on pot roasts and wizard hats on chickens…hilarious. I might have to quote you on that sometime. You made some clever flowers!
Jackie April 2, 2012 um 9:32 am
I love that you get my sense of humor! We should hang if we ever find ourselves in the same state 🙂
Baker Street April 3, 2012 um 12:54 am
You are just awesome! These are so adorable Jackie! Lovely idea that has been so well executed.
Julia April 4, 2012 um 3:19 pm
For reals, playing with your food makes you less hungry? You’re lying. TELL ME YOU ARE lYING! Because that is sooooo me too! If I’m starving, I’d rather get in the kitchen and bake, or chop, or something, and then I’m not as hungry. WEIRD!
Oh yes, and these cute little flower pots are well, real cute!
eli beth April 5, 2012 um 4:00 am
Thank you, I’ve just been searching for an easter craft for all ages!
violet bowen April 6, 2012 um 6:19 am
I made this! It was a little bit harder than it looks, but it was fun and they turned out really cute. I used regular sized cupcakes and orange cupcake papers to look like pots and I tied ribbons around them. really really cute as place card holders for my brunch tomorrow 🙂
marcia April 8, 2012 um 4:10 pm
thank you for a fabulous spring share!!!
Raquel April 12, 2012 um 12:24 am
Una idea maravillosa:)
Wonderful mini-muffins thanks from Spain.
Kim June 3, 2012 um 3:50 am
Total genius! These are adorable (and so simple!)
hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!
Natalie T. June 3, 2012 um 9:12 pm
Um, sorry, but your the weird one that doesn’t like paper flags on cup cakes. It doesn’t matter if the topper is edible, it’s all about cuteness regardless. Don’t knock the cuteness factor, ever, when it comes to cupcakes. I mean edible ones are fabulous and a bonus, but don’t put down the amazing non edible toppers that people spend a lot of time making. Just had to say it. Your blog is great & opinions are great!
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Madeline March 20, 2015 um 12:06 pm
Did this craft with my students. DO NOT MELT CHOCOLATE IN THE MICROWAVE!!!!! Within a few seconds the chips were on fire and the bowl had melted!!! Stank up the whole school building and the principal thought the building was on fire…. luckily he checked before pulling the fire alarm!!!!!!! We were able to stick the marshmallows on the suckers without the chocolate.
Jackie March 27, 2015 um 4:13 pm
I’ve been melting chocolate in the microwave for over a decade, and nearly two dozen different microwaves. Never had a problem. Just stir it every 30 seconds and you’ll be fine. I imagine if you microwave it for several minutes you’ll have an issues. Also, there is no reason it should have caught fire, what else was in there with it? What bowl did you use?
Patricia A Cahill October 29, 2018 um 4:20 pm
So clever, thank you for a great idea