Sunday, January 22, 2012

gnome cupcakes .....!


 ...more specifically homemade chocolate cupcakes with swiss meringue buttercream with edible gnomes....i think gnomes are the new zombies...!

...so we've all been sick...sick, sick, sick.....which sucks....so i made cupcakes for the kids...and i guess me too.....you know you forget how bad it is to have broken sleep day after day.....we're going on a week or more with coughing, puking, nebulizer treatments....and just grumpy kids and mom/dads all around....fun!

...so saturday i had a little energy spurt so i made martha's one bowl chocolate cupcakes and tried swiss meringue buttercream for the first time too....

gnome cupcakes

....the gnomes i made a couple weeks ago...they are made out of these....


....when i found the chocorooms in a dollar store...i knew they were going on some cupcakes!....and every time i see bugles...they remind me of gnome hats so figured i'd give it a go....dunk them in some melted red candy waters/melts....(tap off the excess)....and let dry on some wax paper ....


.....the heads and bodies are made from hershey bells (found on sale post christmas--so score!).....dip the bottom of the bell in blue (or whatever gnome color outfit you prefer)....and the top in skin toned candy melt (i just added a little orange to white until i got an ok color)....


...then attach the hat with some candy melt...and add beards (white candy melt)....nose, arms (skin toned candy melt)...and eyes are made with an edible food writer....and you get youself a little gnome army!....

candy gnomes

....also a note about swiss meringue buttercream aka SMB (which is basically a meringue with lots of butter added in)....lots of sites say this stuff is the bomb...totally different than regular buttercream and once you go SMB you'll never you back....so had to try it (finally!)....most recipes say you can't really mess it up---even if it looks like you are.....

....the recipe i used i cut in half....and it came out great....!.....first time making it and all....it's light and silky as everyone says....not super sweet....i was icing the cupcakes the next day so i stored it in the fridge.....most recipes say you can do that and to just let it come to room temp and re-whip it.....i did this and it looked like lumpy wet soup!...wish i had the pics, and i was about to toss it and call it a learning experience when i did a last google search to see if i could find any info....one site said to take 1/4 of the icing and nuke it for 10-15 seconds....then add it back to the bowl and whip it up....i was kinda skeptical...but it totally worked!....go figure...because it really looked like a loss cause.....


gnome cupcakes 

...and you get some really cute and totally edible gnomes with some mushroom friends sitting ontop some luscious swiss meringue buttercream grass....

...oh and since valentine's day is coming up...figured my gnomies needed a lady friend to hang out with....!

...thanks for stopping by and have an awesome and healthy week! 

p.s. for those of you with kiddos....this frosting was not a hit with my kids....it's not very sweet like regular buttercream and the silky texture threw them off a bit.....so we'll be sticking with good old buttercream around here for most of the treats....that said the 40+ year old really liked it....said it reminded him of whipped cream.....and maybe i'm a kid too because i think i prefer regular buttercream....don't get me wrong.....these cupcakes with SMB were really good....but i think for cupcakes i like it a little sweeter....i do think this would be great on cakes though...just my 2 cents!

oh and if you like them, vote for them over at Celebrations...the voting is open Jan 30th-Feb 13th! Thanks!!!



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33 comments :

  1. These are totally adorable! SO creative and talented :)

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  2. These are adorable! You did such an awesome job making the gnomes too! We prefer regular buttercream around here as well! Hope you all feel better soon! Have a Sweet Monday!

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  3. ok, for real..you are the bestest. I laughed and snorted out loud when I saw these, they are so darn cute. What is IT about that darn gnome?! Last week, I bought a mini gnome cookie cutter...like what the HECK for?? All those "gnome cupcake" requests I get?? Ummmm no...I have no idea why. The end.

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  4. These are absolutely adorable!!! My co-worker LOVES gnomes but there's not way I could make these for her. I wish! You are a cupcake decorating genius!!!!

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  5. Those gnomes are so cute- what a great idea!

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  6. How cute these are! We have a serious gnome obsession in our house!! I would love to surprise the munchkins with these after school one day!

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  7. I am in love with these cupcakes! How ingenius to use Bugles for hats! You've got me thinking about all the events I could make these for. Maybe a Gnomeo and Juliet party? Maybe just an after school snack? I don't know, but I am so making some! I found you through Skip to my Lou. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  8. So, so cute! Very creative! I would love it if you would stop by and link up to my Super Bowl Eats and Treats Party!
    http://www.thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2012/01/super-bowl-eats-treats-blog-party.html
    Thanks!

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  9. These are adorable! I love anything gnome :o) G

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  10. Amazing cupcakes and what a cute idea. Great for a children's magical party!XOXO

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  11. These are so cute! You have to submit them to our Celebrations.com Cupcake Crown competition: www.celebrations.com/cupcakecrown.

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  12. These are so absolutely cute! And so creative. Love it. So glad I found you at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party! Following you now - can't wait to see what other creative things you come up with. Hope you feel better.

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  13. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing. Love your space.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  14. Your cupcakes are adorable! Some of the cutest gnomes EVER! Like the llittle pair too:) Bugles sure are versatile, and I love them as gnome hats! You really are so creative, Michelle!

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  15. I've been wanting to make gnome cookies for a while and now I'm re-inspired.
    These are some of the cutest cupcakes I've seen in a while.

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  16. These are SO cute...going to feature them today!

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  17. These are so adorable! I've done Bugels dipped in candy melt and they are divine. This is just too clever!

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  18. Found you on Skip to My Lou. Could you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-8.html

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  19. I can't get over how amazing these are! They are so cute and so much fun!

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  20. Adorable! Love the Valentine's Day version. You know what they say, Gnome is where the Heart is! <3

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  21. what did you use to put on the beards?

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  22. Melt vanilla candy wafers in a zip lock bag and snip off one corner. Pipe on the beard :)

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  23. These are awesome - gee I wish we got Bugles in Australia.

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  24. So cute! I've been seeing Gnomes around lately, love them!
    As always, thanks for sharing on Cupcake Tuesday!
    ~Liz

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  25. Oh My Goodness! My daughter loves the Gnomeo and Juliet movie. I sense a Gnomeo theme party coming on!!!! Thank you so much for this adorable idea!

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  26. Wow,This one is really wonderful.Cup cake creations are so fabulous.I really impress and i try to make it.

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  27. Do you have any suggestions about something to use in place of the hershey candy?

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  28. I was originally going to use a Hershey's kiss, cut off the very pointy tip then attach a malt ball as the head...attached with candy melt, then dip to cover in candy melt. Then I found the bells and it saved me a step! Good luck!

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  29. I just made 8 gnomes followIng your directions. It took me hours! My gosh! It was so hard!!! You should have a warning here: Do not attempt to try at home, for professionals only... However, I truly admire your creativity and hard work on this project but as for me I will never make it again for sure.

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    1. Hi! Glad you attempted! Sorry it took so long! I have a lot of the candy melt in bags ready to go and sometimes I do these projects in steps. Like hats one night body the next etc. it probably took my about 2-3 hours to make 12 or so. And since I've done gnomes, leprechauns and uncle sams all using basically the same process I'm getting it done a little faster. Anyway thanks and send me a pic!!

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  30. these are ADORABLE! Love every little detail! Thanks for sharing with the world!

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  31. So creative! I loved them. And I find working with candy melts so finicky but you make it look easy! I also made SMBC for cupcakes for my nephews birthday. I learned real quickly as well that little kids do not like it. Funny how we are all conditioned to like to sugary stuff. :)

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