Pin for the Wednesdays: Star Wars Cupcakes

So, Monday was Sam’s fourth birthday. In an effort to keep things simple, I decided that his “birthday party” would consist of cake and ice cream at our house. He wanted another Star Wars cake, and for some reason, instead of just being smart and ordering one, I decided to make it.

I blame Pinterest.

Last week I pinned this, and I thought I could try to make cupcakes like these.

Light sabers Star Wars cupcake topper

Except there weren’t exactly any directions. (Note to pinners: pinning a picture from flickr? Not helpful.) That meant I was on my own.

The lightsabers were obviously fondant, but because I had never worked with fondant before and I had had luck with pretzel lightsabers last year, I decided to go with a mini-version of those.

But I’ll get back to the lightsabers in a minute.

Sam wanted chocolate cupcakes, so I went searching for a recipe. (Andy pointed out that there are good ones to be found on the backs of both Betty Crocker and Hines boxes, but I like to make life hard so I didn’t listen.) I went with this one, from Annie’s Eats. I also used her buttercream frosting recipe.

I am (clearly) not the best cupcake decorator in the world, but I thought they were pretty cute.

So, back to the lightsabers. As it turned out, I forgot to buy pretzels, so I decided to go with fondant after all. I used this recipe for easy marshmallow fondant.

It was a complete disaster. I’m 100% sure it was user error and not a faulty recipe, but it didn’t work at all.

So, I was back to the pretzels, but I was running out of time. I took a short cut and used melted chocolate chips for the handles, which didn’t harden quickly the way the candy melts do, and so they were super messy. Had I not been in such a hurry, I think they really could have been cute.

So, take aways from this post:
– Use candy melts, not chocolate chips.
– Don’t pin from Flickr.
– Call Cortney and Luanne when in need of Star Wars-themed (or any other) birthday baked goods.

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  1. I don’t have a blog to post this to, but can I still share?
    I made these Apple Ring Pancakes http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/Carla-Hall-Fried-Apple-Pancake-Rings which I found on Pinterest. I even bought an apple peeler/slicer/corer for under $20 to make these (and some other ideas I have) and that little kitchen gadget has changed my world! They were awesome and really easy, even though I didn’t really follow the recipe from the link, I guess you could say I was inspired by it. I made my own pancake batter that we always use and added some cinnamon and sugar to the batter. I dipped the apple rings in the batter and cooked them on the griddle, adding a little more cinn/sugar on top as they cooked. They were delicious! you don’t even need syrup or anything while they’re hot.

    • Thanks Shaina! You can always share in the comments. Those pancakes sounds amaazing! I’ve done several pins that I got the idea from pinterest but then made up my own of doing it. “Inspired” is a good word!

  2. Love the Lightsabers! I think the pretzels are a great idea! You’re so smart! :D

    Stephanie @ Ladywiththeredrocker.com

  3. Robyn S. says:

    Yep, made a blog so I could Pin for the Wednesdays! Don’t read it, because I am not a brilliant writer; I just wanted somewhere to put pictures of stuff I’ve done.

  4. Made an easy cheap compost bin this week! Woohoo!

  5. ACMommy3 says:

    Girl, I’ve totally been there with birthday party goodie-making adventures! :-P Don’t have a blog either, but yesterday I tried a cookie recipe I pinned called Cream Cheese Filled Snickerdoodles, from the blog – http://cookiesandcups.com/cream-cheese-filled-snickerdoodles/ – yum! BUT, wow, kinda hard work making them, what was I thinking to make them on a weekday?!? :-D These cookies were good warm, but awesome cold from the fridge, delish for sure! Just don’t make them on a day when you have too many things going on! :-D

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