16 June 2010

Come See Me at Attempting Creative – We’re Having a Cupcake Carnival!

Kimberly at Attempting Creative is hosting a wonderful Cupcake Carnival from June 14-25, 2010! She’ll be sharing cupcake-related guest posts and creative ideas. Kimberly was so thoughtful to ask me to submit an idea for the carnival. I have two ideas to share! Here’s the link to my guest post, and I’ve posted it below as well, but you must go see all the other guest bloggers’ awesome ideas.
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My materials included:
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large clear glass platter, metallic cupcake liners, spray paint, spray clear protective coating, modgepodge, foam paintbrush, scissors
The steps I took:
1-Cut cupcake liners into shapes, designs, words, whatever you like and arrange on table. Set clear platter face-up on top of design. Work on layout until you’re pleased with the look of the platter.
2-Now, turn clean platter over face-down and modgepodge cupcake liner design piece into place – important: glue them face-down onto back of clear platter! This way, when you turn the platter right-side-up, the metallic side of the design will show through the platter.
pics 0033-Make sure and modgepodge the entire back of the platter, over the design pieces and over the clear parts as well.
4-Keep the platter face-down and let it dry thoroughly overnight.
5-The next day, take the dry platter outside (or wherever you spray paint) and lightly spray paint the color you’ve selected over the back side of the platter. Let that layer dry, then add another. You just don’t want to spray it so heavily it affects the appearance of the foil design.
6-Once you’re satisfied with you platter background color and it is dry, finish it off by spraying the back of the platter with a layer of clear protective coating.
cupcake carnival 0017-When it’s all dry, you can turn over, admire it, and feel proud of yourself!!! Now for something yummy to put on the platter…
Here’s a quick way I dressed up some store-bought cupcakes and made them special for the summer season:
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cupcakes (store-bought or homemade), almond bark/meltable white chocolate (on baking aisle), food coloring, cupcake topper decorations, knife, bowls, microwave oven

1-Purchase store-bought cupcakes (or make your own plain cupcakes). Scrape icing off store cupcakes. Set aside for kids to use to frost cookies or something – you can’t let good icing go to waste!
2-Melt almond bark (or meltable white chocolate) in microwave until smooth and creamy. I divided melted almond bark into 3-4 small bowls.
3-I put 2-3 drops of food coloring into each bowl. Leave one bowl just white. Carefully swirl the color through the melted white chocolate, not mixing together completely. I use the tip of a knife to swirl it, leaving streaks of the color showing. This creates the watercolor effect.
4-Dip the top of each cupcake into the white melted chocolate. Let harden a little.
5-Use a knife to gently scoop out a bit of swirled, colored melted chocolate, then gently spread into a circle on the top of each cupcake. I mad sure to leave some white showing around the edges.
6-I used real seashells to top the cupcakes because I wanted to create a summery, coastal look. You could use any type of edible or other decoration to suit your look. Just make sure to alert folks if the toppers are inedible!

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7-Now, just put ‘em on your posh platter and prepare to impress your guests! Cupcake-inspired from top to bottom!

I’d love for you to go visit Attempting Creative during the great Cupcake Carnival or anytime! Kimberly is a sweetheart and she has tons of terrific ideas for making life more creative!
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Hugs & Yums, Laurie


  1. Wow! So cute. I would've never thought to use cupcake liners in that way. And your watercolor cupcakes look "Yum"! :)


  2. This is really super cute!!!!! = )