Wednesday, July 20, 2011

These are probably the worst cupcakes in London.

I let my two-year-old pick the next cupcake project from the book, and of course she had to pick one of the most complicated. So, here are the results:

First, I had to sculpt a realistic corpse finger from marzipan. The author of the book suggested ivory food coloring, but that looked a little too fresh, so I used a teensy bit of yellow and a teensy bit of brown. Then, using my own natural sculpting talents and a ton of willpower to not just start shoving marzipan into my mouth by the handful, I made those corpse fingers, damnit:

The nails got a brush with piping gel. As per the instructions, I set them aside in an airtight container while I whipped up a batch of chocolate cupcakes.

It took literally all my willpower not to leave this...
...on top of the trashcans at the funeral home down the street. But I managed.

After the cupcakes were cooled and vanilla frosted, it was time to make some marzipan pie lids. I finished construction while singing along to "The Worst Pies in London", "A Little Priest", "God That's Good" and "Joanna". The Patti LuPone/George Hearn version, of course. After a little experimentation with methods (though the book instructs you to put the entire thing together before decorating with luster dust, I found it was easier to brush them with gel food coloring for better contrast and then put the entire thing together) and thickness of marzipan, I they came out looking more or less all like this:

They were a hit with the kids, and bigger hit with me, since the kids didn't want to eat the marzipan fingers and gave them to me.

I am surprisingly enjoying the aesthetics of them sitting on my baking rack in little rows. It's like a bunch of cupcakes flipping me off every time I walk past.


2 comments:

  1. Marzipan is awesomeness. When I was preggers with my daughter, I volunteered to decorate the Halloween cake for work. German chocolate inside, clad with graham cracker shingles, and a very large and pissed-off jack-o-lantern off to the side. The jack-o-lantern I made out of marzipan. Also, the legs and feet of the kid the pumpkin was eating.

    Unfortunately for my workmates, they never beheld my fucking fabulous cake because I went into labor in the wee hours of Halloween and missed work.

    But marzipan is nummy (have you tried this? If not, you are sooo missing out. http://www.igourmet.com/shoppe/Ritter-Sport-Dark-Chocolate-with-Marzipan.asp ) and those cupcakes are epic.

    A whole army of middle fingers to do your bidding.

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  2. What book did these come out of?!? I must know! Omg I hope I don't forget by Halloween....

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