Today is my daughter's 15th birthday!
Her request for chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting met with approval from the enchanted menfolk around here.
The best recipe I have ever found for chocolate PB is The Barefoot Contessa's which you can find here. It is deeeeelicous! The only adjustment I made was to add an additional cup of powdered sugar to the frosting so it would be a bit stiffer for piping.
I hurt my brain trying to come up with how to decorate these cupcakes. I didn't want to make them Easter themed - this is HER big day, and brownish peanut butter frosting isn't exactly a looker on it's own.
Isabelle has always LOVED marshmallows, so I wanted to somehow incorporate them into a decoration.
And then it hit me - my poor aching brain had a good idea!
Decorate a marshmallow to look like a tiny birthday cake and put it on top of the cupcake.
Here is how you do it.
Poke a toothpick midway through a marshmallow. Decorate the sides like you would a cake.
The toothpick allows you to turn the marshmallow while decorating and also serves as a "pick". I had a block of floral foam sitting around, so I used it to hold the marshmallows while they dried.
Next, I broke a toothpick in two and pushed it into the top of the "cake".
Taking white icing, I covered the bottom part of the toothpick to make it look like a candle.
Then I used yellow icing on the tip to simulate a flame.
Cute, cheap, fast, and very easy to do! The designs on the sides of the marshmallows can be as simple as you want - squiggles, stripes, polkadots, or whatever floats your boat.
Once they dried, I just stuck them into the frosting on the cupcakes.
All I had to then, was add one birthday girl!