My darling Isabelle and a friend hosted a surprise birthday "fiesta" for another friend. Of course, I thought about cookies but couldn't find any cutter at local stores and I didn't have time to order any.
I SWEAR that I see southwestern cookie cutters all of the time, but when I actually needed some it was
Not being in the mood to hand cut a bunch of cactus, serapes, and pinatas, I decided to go the cupcake route.
This was super easy to do, and I think they turned out kind of cute. First I baked a batch of funfetti cupcakes, and after they had cooled, I cut the centers out with a knife.
I bought some brightly colored candies and sprinkles.
Then I stuffed the hollow of the cupcakes with the goodies.
Took the top of the cut out pieces, and plugged up the hole.
Now all that had to be done was the frosting. I colored my frosting three shades of festive, and then piped it to resemble the crepe paper pieces that make a pinata.
You can even top each cupcake with a pretzel rod which can be the stick to whack the pinata with.
And just like a real pinata, when you break it open, you get a shower of candy!