Bug Cupcakes!



My sister-in-law made some cute bugs and flowers for a cake.  I used her idea for my son's 4th birthday. 
It was very fun!




 

Problems

Chocolate temperature
hot chocolate- the chocolate will spread too much while forming the bugs if it is too hot.  Wait until it cools down or run the piping bag under cool water. 
burnt chocolate- I have burnt the chocolate while microwaving it and it had clumps in it.  I didn't want to waste the chocolate, so I used a hand blender to smooth it out.  It worked great!
cool chocolate- if the chocolate is too cool it will be very hard to pipe.  Run the piping bag under hot water to soften it.

Removing from parchment
It is best to remove the chocolate from the parchment paper right after taking it out of the refrigerator.  It can soften quickly especially in a warm kitchen.  The legs can break or the bugs can bend or stick if they get too warm.

clogged tip- use a toothpick to unclog any clumps that may form in the tip.

The chocolate is best used within an hour.  It will start to solidify at room temperature and be difficult to use. 


cupcakes
classic frosting
1 c chocolate chips
green food coloring

piping bags & tips
M&Ms- mini, regular, and large (peanut butter or pretzel)
Reeese's Peanut Butter Cups

Bugs & Spiders

1.  Melt 1 c chocolate chips in the microwave 2 minutes. Transfer to a piping bag or tool.  Stir until smooth.


2.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Pipe chocolate onto the paper to shape the bugs.  You can place a template to follow underneath the parchment.  Place an M&M on the chocolate.

3.  Refrigerate until solid about 10 minutes.  Carefully remove from parchment paper and place on cupcakes.  They freeze and refrigerate very well.  Be sure to package them carefully.

Flowers
1.  Make frosting and color with food coloring.  Transfer to a piping bag. 

2.  Use a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup as the base.  Pipe petals around the top edge of the candy.  Place on cupcakes.  Carefully push the middle down to make it stick.  These freeze and refrigerate very well.  Be sure to package them carefully.


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