So, remember last week when I made Tangled cupcakes because a reader emailed me and promised me fruit snacks if I would?
Well. She didn’t send me the fruit snacks, but that’s neither here nor there (in her defense, I didn’t give her my address because helloooo, odds are that at least ONE of you is a crazy axe murderer) but apparently she started a new trend.
Because not a day or two later I got an email from ANOTHER reader desperate for…NERF cupcakes. And THIS lady promised me candy!! Which, no offense fruit snack girl, but candy is a bit of a step up. Might want to up your game is all I’m saying.
Anyways, I obviously couldn’t say no. I mean, I already said yes to the Tangled lady so if I said no to Nerf then I’d look like I am prejudiced against Nerf (Which I sort of am, because I spend about half my time cleaning suction marks off our windows and moving the couch so Jon David can look for missing darts, but man is it fun shooting him in the face with those things).
So, I Googled Nerf cupcakes and honestly, nothing really good popped up.
Nerf birthday parties are sort of a good idea. You’ve got crazy stinky boys, hopped up on sugar… the next logical step is giving them fake weapons to unleash on one another, right? So, it was settled. Nerf cupcakes needed to happen. For the good of humankind and birthdays everywhere.
Want to know how to make these? SO so easy.
You’ll need cupcakes. Frosted with bright orange and yellow frosting. I used my standard Buttercream Recipe, colored with Americolor Electric Yellow and Electric Orange. I drizzled some melted black candy melts over the frosting, just for some fun contrast.
For the targets, I bought a pack of cheap coconut cookies at Walmart and dipped the flat side in black candy melts. If you can’t find black, use chocolate or dark chocolate and color it with black candy coloring. I can always find candy coloring at Hobby Lobby with the candy making supplies. It’s oil based, so it’s safe for chocolate.
I cut the target rings from flattened Laffy Taffy. The green and yellow are the perfect Nerf colors.
The darts were super duper easy. And realistic. Jon David came home from school and thought I’d raided his supply. Which would serve him right for all the times he borrows my good fine tip Sharpies and forgets to put the lids on.
(I only like to write with fine tip Sharpies. I think it’s because I’m a delicate artist)
The darts are made from Pirouette cookies. Did you know I had never eaten a Pirouette cookie before? Those things are darn tasty.
Just cut the cookies, dip them in melted orange candy and let dry. Once the candy is set, attach a bit of Laffy Taffy to the bottom and dip in the melted black candy so that it covers the taffy and goes up the side of the dart just a little.
Orange and black candy melts should be fairly easy to find this time of year. Sometimes Walmart even has them, so take a look where they have the Halloween baking stuff.
Enjoy the cupcakes, you crazy kids!!
Have a happy Wednesday and thanks for reading!!