We’ve created three adorable, yet easy DIY mini-cupcake designs that are perfect for corralling the kids into the kitchen for a new project. All it takes is the Babycakes Cupcake Maker from the Discovery Store, and creative topping ideas to fully engage their attention and get the family working together.
This tutorial will teach you how to make three cupcake designs: Baby Chick, Spring Grass and Little Lamb!
Supplies you’ll need:
• Chocolate chips
• Shredded coconut
• Chocolate eggs and/or mini jelly beans like Jelly Belly brand
• Sticks of bubble gum
• Yellow and green food coloring
Use any batter you’d like in any flavor. We used a vanilla box mix. Spoon the batter into the Babycakes Cupcake Maker using a cookie scoop: it measures out the perfect amount. You want to be sure the batter does not overflow. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, a regular spoon will work. Parents: Be sure you don't let kids touch the Babycakes Cupcake Maker - it can get very hot. But little hands can help decorate!
After your cupcakes are baked and cooling on a platter, you can get started preparing Baby Chick toppings. First, you’ll fill a baggie with shredded coconut and add a few drops of yellow food coloring. Mixing the food coloring into the coconut is a fun job for the kids. Hand them the baggie and ask them to mash it all up together. Every piece of coconut needs to be yellow!
Next, cut triangles out of the sticks of gum to make the Baby Chick’s mouth.
After spreading your favorite buttermilk frosting—or frosting from a can—place the yellow coconut on top of that. We recommend white frosting so you’ll have a basic background upon which to build your Baby Chick cupcake design.
Your final step for the Baby Chick cupcakes will be placing the chocolate chip eyes along with the bubble gum mouth! Push them into the frosting a bit so they stick.
Next up: Spring Grass Cupcake Design!
Make your green grass frosting by adding a couple drops of green food coloring to the frosting bag. Use the star tip for the desired effect. You’ll then squeeze out little grassy stars all over the surface of the cupcake.
Last but not least: Little Lamb Cupcake Design
First, cut the mini marshmallows in half horizontally. These will become the lamb's wooly face.
Then you’ll spread a thin layer of frosting across the surface. Place your cut mini-marshmallows on top—you’ll make two rings of marshmallows to create the face.
Leave a space for two chocolate chip eyes, and a bubble gum nose. Cut the marshmallows in half vertically to make little lamb ears!
NEXT WEEK’s DIY PROJECT:
Making Baby Chick Cups using the Discovery Kids Giant Activity Box!