I used to think that Summertime was fun.
But that’s coming from a woman who once wore parachute pants to school.
So basically, I used to be an idiot. Because parachute pants are ugly (even if it was the early 90′s, there’s no excuse for those things), and really……. summer just sucks.
Especially in Arkansas.
It’s stinkin’ hot, people. I’m talking 100s…and it’s a humid heat.
And let me tell you, I’m not comfortable being sweaty. Call me crazy, but being covered in sweat just goes against the whole “nice smelling and dry” thing I have goin’ on.
So in the Summer, I hide.
Sure…I come out sometimes. When I have to.
But mostly, I hide inside my air conditioned little bubble. And I’d like to say that I miss the outdoors, but you know what?
I totally don’t.
Currently, my grass is brown and my flower beds are a shriveled up mess. Just looking at it makes me feel all desert-ey (desert, not DESSERT), which is just plain stressful. So to tell you the truth, I’m not missing much.
Besides, I can make my own flowers. Pretty ones.
That I can eat.
So there, Summer. Who’s awesome now?
Wanna know how to make your own flower cupcakes?
Get some green Laffy Taffy. You will probably have to buy a whole bag of assorted Laffy Taffy and pick out all the green ones. This is fine, because you can eat all the banana, grape, and strawberry ones for lunch.
Using a leaf cookie cutter, cut the green Laffy Taffy. If you don’t have a leaf cutter, free hand it with a small knife.
Now you need red Fruit Roll Ups. Just the plain kind, not those weird ones with the tongue tattoos on them or whatever. Cut the Fruit Roll Up in half.
Fold the halves in half lengthwise, pinching together. This does not need to be neat and even. You want it to be bumpy and a little messy. Loosely roll up one of the folded halves so that it resembles a rose.
Take the other folded half and wrap it around where your first one ended. Slide the painted lollipop stick into the bottom of the rose, pinching the bottom of the flower around it.
I baked my cupcakes in these silicone flower pot molds that I bought at Michaels. If you don’t have any, or don’t have a Michaels nearby, these would still be super cute in a regular liner.
Frost your cupcakes with chocolate frosting and dip the top in a bowl of Oreo crumbs. I used my food processor to crush the cookies but you could put them in a Ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin, if you prefer.
Push the roses into the cupcakes and stick a leaf on the bottom of each. You don’t need to use anything to make it stick, just push the Laffy Taffy on and wrap the end around a bit. The candy is sticky enough that it works great without anything else.
Once you get going, you’ll find that these are really so, so easy to put together. My 5 year old son even made a few himself and had a blast.
I hope you love them!
**I am linking these up to Hoosier Homemade’s Cupcake Tuesday and Cupcake Challenge. Click on over to check out the goodies and link up one of your own!