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Monday, August 13, 2018

Pool Inflatable Donut Treats


So I've been a little obsessed with all the trendy bird inflatables that are so popular right now.  I don't even know why (we don't even have a swimming pool - we just mooch off of our good friends) but I just love the way they look.  


I've seen some flamingo donuts that also look like the pool inflatables so wanted to try to recreate them and some others too. I got a bit carried away with my bird theme! 

Can you guess what they are?? And why ostriches and peacocks are in the water I'll never know!

Clockwise from center: Flamingo, Great Crane, Black Swan, Ostrich, Peacock, White Swan, and Canadian Goose
Start with some baked mini vanilla donuts


Glaze them with the colors of your birds (or whatever inflatable you love!)


I made the heads with some melted candy melts in various colors.  Trace them on some parchment paper and let harden. 


Attach them with some toothpicks and more melted candy and decorate the donuts like the birds.  I also attached them to some graham cracker bases to float them in "water" aka dark blue vanilla candy melts.


I thought they needed someone to ride them so gave some teddy grahams sunglasses and swimsuits!


And add a decorated bear to each of your pool float treats!


Super cute for a summer party or to say thank you for letting us use your pool over the summer!


Can you believe it's already mid-August?? 

I say this every single year but time moves even faster than the previous year.  Is that even possible? Well enjoy even the crappy parts of your day as you'll forget about it soon enough!  

Enjoy the edible pool floats and thanks for swinging by!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Cute Animal Madeleine Cookie Pops (a la Trendy Animal Cakes)



Do you love all the trendy animal themed cakes going around the interwebs? 

The most famous is the unicorn cake of course.  

I recently made one for my daughter's 11th birthday along with a Marvel themed cake for her twin!


I really wanted to make all the animals in cake form but then I got realistic and decided on madeleine cookie pops.

I have a madeleine pan that my sister gave me years ago and I love using it.  1) Because the madeleine cookie recipe is so simple and 2) Madeleine cookies are one of my favs because they are more like little cakes!


Once baked and cooled I used various colors of candy melts/chocolates and sprinkles to transform them into cute animals.  

Fox & Bear


Bunny Rabbit & Sheep


Deer & Llama


 And of course a Narwhal & Unicorn!


I love seeing them all together and if I had more time would have loved to add other cute animals to the collection! Don't forget to add those trendy closed eyes with eyelashes!


Wrap them up and bring them to a summer party or use as party gifts.


Which is your fav animal??

Thanks for swinging by - is it summer or winter where you live?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Flag Shaped Coconut Macaroons



Any coconut fans out there? How about coconut macaroons?

I'm not talking about the super trendy macarons that are everywhere now.   I mean macaroons, the sweet and mostly coconut-y treats that I personally love!


I thought red, white and blue macaroons would be fun and I wanted to shape them into US flags for the 4th of July holiday.  Start by making a batch of macaroon batter divided into 3 bowls.  Leave one bowl as is and tint the other 2 with red and blue food gels.


Shape into flags and add non-pareil sprinkles as "stars" or use star sprinkles if you have them.


Bake until just done for about 15 minutes (depending on size of your flags and your oven) but watch them and take out at the first sign of browning of edges.


If you have coconut fans then these fun flag shaped macaroons will definitely be a hit!

flag shaped coconut macaroons by sugarswings.com

Bring them to a party for a unique sweet treat!

Happy Fourth of July to those who celebrate! How do you plan to spend your 4th of July??


Red, White and Blue Flag Shaped Macaroons

Ingredients:

1 and 1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
2 large egg whites
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
red and blue food gel
white small non-pareil sprinkles

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Add all ingredients (up to vanilla) together in bowl and mix well
  3. Divide mixture into 3 bowls
  4. Add red gel to one of the bowls and blue food gel to another
  5. Shape into flags using the mixtures (use spoon to drop mix onto baking sheet and butter knife to keep edges straight)
  6. Add sprinkles as "stars" on to blue section
  7. Bake for 15 minutes (depending on size of your flags and your oven) but watch them and take out at the first sign of browning of edges.
Prep time: 30 minutes Yield: about 12 macaroons.  Stores 1-2 days at room temperature (or 2 weeks refrigerated - you can also freeze them to last longer)


Other coconut treats you may like:









Sunday, May 20, 2018

HBO's Westworld Cupcakes


Any Westworld fans out there? 


Westworld is HBO's series about artificial intelligence, robots, and how they're being used for parks and recreation in addition to other dark and mysterious projects.

Spoiler alert!!! Do Not read on if you aren't caught up!


In this second season we've learned that the robots aka "hosts" are powered by a "brain" that you can extract and view their programming and memories.  Host brains or power sources are white.  

They are also attempting to clone humans and actually upload a person's consciousness.  Those are the red "brains".


As soon as I saw them I thought they looked like cupcakes so just had to make some host and clone "brain" cupcakes!  I know it's a little weird and dark but they do!


You can see more about how these white "brains" work here and apparently you can take them out and hook them up to any tech.  They must have universal ports!


Also what we're learning is that there are orbs inside that are printed with a human's "consciousness".  They may be called chestnuts and we've only seen the red ones.  I don't know yet if the robot hosts also have orbs but I made them anyway (out of cake bite mixture) for symmetry!

Red orbs are red velvet cake bites and white orbs are funfetti cake bites - well because the robot hosts are more fun at this point in the series.


Take each of the cake bites and put them in the center of the cupcakes aka power sources.


Then bake up as normal


Frost with some red frosting for the clone "brains"


And white for the host brains


Then enjoy!


The series is exploring some really deep stuff like what does it really mean to be human.  Or should humans live forever.  Or if robots evolve to consciousness do they become human.  Really deep stuff that makes my mind hurt sometimes thinking about these things.  That said the show is great and I really enjoy it immensely each Sunday! (and yay it's Sunday!)


Maybe the better solution is a little bit of both

Have a great week and thanks for swinging by!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Alice in Wonderland PEEPS Pops



Time to make the PEEPS Pops again! 

Over the years I've made a bunch of stuff out of marshmallow PEEPS.  They are one of my fav brands to create with.  My go to edible craft is making pops out the Spring bunny PEEPS.  

See more of my PEEPS crafts here!

And another of my favorites is Alice in Wonderland! Hopefully you can recognize some of the characters in PEEPS pop form!


Start with bunny PEEPS and add a popsicle stick to them (secure the stick with a little melted white chocolate)


 Then dip them in melted white chocolate chips.


 The rest of the detail is done with mostly melted candy melts in an assortment of colors and various types of candy sprinkles.


All the characters are awesome and unique and remind me of my childhood since I watched the cartoon movie (circa 1951!) a lot as a kid.   

The Cheshire Cat, Caterpillar, Alice, and the White Rabbit are my absolute favs!


The Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts came out a little wonky - but that's ok they are kinda wonky characters anyway so it fits! 

Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum plus a couple Eat Me/Drink Me PEEPS round out the set.


Who's your favorite Alice in Wonderland Character? 

Thanks for swinging by and Happy Easter to those who celebrate!

See more of my PEEPS crafts here!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Candy Dipped Marshmallow Bunnies for Easter


Although we just got about 2 feet of snow dumped on us from all the Nor'easters the past couple of weeks it actually feels like Spring is around the corner as we have had some bright and sunny days lately.  

Plus with daylight savings back in effect, it's staying light longer which is always nice.  I hate leaving for work when it's still dark outside and getting home when it's already dark!  


Making some cute bunnies have been on the "to do" list and since we were snowed in one of the weekends it seemed like a good time to do some marshmallow dipping!


Anything in many or rainbow colors gets me every time, like these fruit flavored marshmallows I found in my local food store.


I have melting candy wafers in almost every color so I melted up a bunch and got to dipping!


Bunny ears where made ahead of time by adding some of the melted candy to a zip lock bag, snipping an end and pipping "ears" onto parchment.  Once they are hardened (only takes about 5-10 minutes) you can pick them up and add to the top of each dipped marshmallow.  Do this while the candy is still wet.  After a minute or so the ears should stand up on their own.

Use white vanilla melted candy (or white chocolate) to add to the top of each bunny around the ears.  Before it hardens add your favorite sprinkles - I used rainbow sugar sprinkles.


And because I love those popular unicorn cakes - I did similar faces for these bunnies! I just dipped a paint brush (I only use for food) into some black food gel and paint the closed eyes with lashes.  You could use an edible food writer but I find they don't work as well on candy melt coated stuff.


I was going to use cute mini heart sprinkles as bunny noses but alas did not have any so went with pastel colored non-pareil sprinkles for a button nose.  These are cuter than the heart sprinkles!


Paint on some more melted candy for the ear detail.

And don't forget the cotton tail! (more melted white candy)


Oh and check it out if you add them to cupcakes they look like little bunny ballerinas!


Cutie McCuterson!


I love when you bite inside you see the pastel color marshmallow too! 

These little bunnies are perfect Easter baskets or to welcome Spring back! 

What's on your Spring to do list??