One thing that I’ve noticed about purchasing anything in excess is that it becomes much more acceptable when it is something that you “collect”.
Basically, “collect” is a free pass to buy as much as you want of something and not get in trouble with your husband.
So, I am hereby declaring myself a collector of shoes, purses, clothes, makeup, jewelry (especially of the owl variety….can I get a hoot hoot?), aprons, baking pans, cupcake liners, cupcake toppers, and all kinds of cute and colorful sprinkles.
Oh…… and cookbooks. DUH.
Of all of my collections, I’d have to say that cupcake toppers, liners, and sprinkles are the cheapest to purchase….which means that I have a huge drawer and an entire cabinet dedicated to cupcake supplies. The thing about my toppers though, is that they are so cute that I can barely stand to use them. When I give away cupcakes with toppers, I’m honestly very tempted to ask for them to wash and return the toppers when they are done. Very, very tempted.
It’s a difficult time for me when that happens.
This weekend though, I found a solution to my problem. I created very cute and edible cupcake toppers that can be made in minutes and are extremely inexpensive. No longer will you have to pry topped cupcakes from my hands while my eyes well up with tears…. you can have ’em!! Better yet, I’ll teach you how to make them yourself.
All you need are miniature Reese’s Cups, small sprinkles (I used these mini pastel confetti ones from Bake It Pretty), and the frosting of your choice. I also used these Mary Englebreit cherry sprinkles that I found at Michaels. I had never seen them before and absolutely needed to add them to my “collection”. If you can’t find them, just use something similar or omit the cherry altogether.
Just unwrap the Reese’s cup, leaving the paper liner on. Pipe frosting on top like you would a cupcake. I used a #21star tip and did a swirl, but you could easily just pipe a big star or put your frosting in a ziplock bag, snip off the corner, and pipe a swirl or a neat little blob that way. Add miniature sprinkles…and voila…you just took your cupcake to an awesome new level.
Not only are these cheap and super easy, but you can change the color of frosting/sprinkles to suit any occasion. How cute would pink frosting and mini red hearts be (I’m a sucker for Valentines, it’s the whole pink and chocolates thing).
These babies really make your cupcake.
But, I’d have to say that they are pretty cute on a cookie too.
Just add a dab of frosting to the bottom and they stick just fine.
Also, my son is happy just to eat them by themselves. Tiny candy appetizers perhaps? Just an idea.
I’m off to do some online shopping…er…”collecting”.