Archives for September 23, 2010

The Luau Cupcakes {Chocolate Ganache, Hummingbird, & Chocolate Samoa)

These were the cupcakes I made for my daughter’s luau themed birthday party a few weeks ago.

Since it was a luau, I tried to stick with Hawaiian flavors and ingredients, hence the coconut, macadamias, and pineapple.

From left to right,

  1. Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting and Fondant Flower;
  2. Hummingbird Cupcake with Cream Cheese Icing and Pineapple Flower (adapted from Martha Stewart); and
  3. Chocolate Samoa Cupcake with Coconut Pecan Frosting and Fondant Flower (adapted from this recipe)

Here they were just before we sang happy birthday. Cupcake stand is from Target. Ruffled Baking Cups are from Wilton.

Lollipop Party Favors

For my daughter’s birthday, we gave out giant lollipops as party favors. To make them more personalized, I added handmade labels and big striped ribbon. The lollipops were placed in a vase fitted with a block of floral foam and filled with sand.

To make the labels, I stamped “thanks” from Thank You Kindly in Rose Red ink. Below that, I stamped the heart from Something Sweet in Pumpkin Pie ink. Along the top, I used the curved sentiment from Something Sweet stamped in Old Olive ink. Using the clear mount version allowed me to bend the stamp into a tighter arch, fitting perfectly in a 1 3/4″ Circle Punch. That was layered onto a Chocolate Chip 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.

The ribbon is the 1 1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie, and Rich Razzleberry.

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