Monday, April 18, 2011

spaghetti and meatball cupcakes

Yummy note: Recently, my little one went digging through my cookbooks and found probably one of my cutest books on the cookbook shelf, the "Hello Cupcake!" book. As she was rummaging through it a few caught her eye.. it was a toss up between the corn on the cob or the spaghetti and meatballs cupcakes. We decided on spaghetti and meatballs! These cute fun cupcakes were easy and quick to decorate, not to mention a good centerpiece with friends. Our version was modified a bit from the original, as the original recipe called for hazelnut chocolates (Ferrero Rochers) to be used for meatballs, but since my daughter is allergic to tree nuts, we had to find an alternative route. This is what the original in the book looked like. So we searched our pantry and found malted milk balls would work and give our "sauce" some texture. Plus she said "we can make just sauce with no meat on top." :) So that is what is great about decorating, you can do what you wish and have fun!

Spaghetti and Meatballs
Ingredients:
cake mix
vanilla frosting (I used this recipe http://itsyummytomytummy.blogspot.com/2010/05/buttercream-frosting-icing.html) or you can use a canned frosting as well
sprinkles/other candies for decorating
small plastic baggie
food coloring
1/2 - 1 tsp cocoa powder

Directions:
Prepare and bake cupcakes as directed on box.


Assemble cooled cupcakes on a serving plate, so that the sides touch each other. I did like a row of 4, then 5, and then 4 again. Make frosting as directed or have a can of vanilla frosting ready to prepare. Tint about half of your vanilla frosting by using a 1/2 teaspoon or so of cocoa powder and about 3 drops or so of yellow food coloring. Next spread a thin layer of frosting on the cupcakes. Put the remaining frosting in a plastic baggie and snip a tiny hole from the corner. About an 1/8 inch corner is good. Pipe the frosting all over the cupcakes, squeezing the bag slightly to create your "spaghetti" looking texture.


Next, take the other half of your frosting and tint it with red food coloring. Keep adding red food coloring drops until the color of sauce you'd like to achieve. I honestly do not recall how many drops we added, but make sure to stir the color in well so you can see your results. After coloring is achieved, you can add any candies you'd like to the "sauce" for texture or just spread it as is on top of your "spaghetti". Be careful to not let the spaghetti frosting set up/harden to quickly or else it may be more difficult to spread on the top layer of frosting without some cracking.

Once again, be creative and have fun!
Here's an ABC local news story link for original recipe and directions.
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