Sunday, July 11, 2010

Pig Cupcakes

This weekend I attended a birthday party with the theme 'Rough and Dirty', and there was going to be a big roasted pig! I decided to try making some cupcakes inspired by the roasted pig to bring to the party for dessert.  I am pretty happy with how they turned out, and they were really fun to make!

First I made vanilla cupcakes and tinted them pink.  I used the Buttermilk Cupcake recipe from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book, but a box mix will work great too.  Then after the cupcakes cooled, I cut each jumbo marshmallow in half and stuck them onto each cupcake for the snouts.  The marshmallows were the perfect size, and they stuck really well to the cupcakes which made icing much easier than I thought it would be.



I also tinted the icing pink with liquid red food colouring.  I smoothed the icing all over the cupcake and the 'snout' to make a nice pink pig! I used swiss buttercream icing, and it was really easy to work with.  The recipe for Swiss Meringue Buttercream is also from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes, but the 'whipped' vanilla frosting that you can get at the grocery store would also work really well.


For the nostrils I used candy coated sesame seeds (you can find them in the bulk food section).  They come in so many colours!  For the eyes, I used Cake Mate Scribblers, which can be found in the baking aisle of any grocery store.  They are great to work with, come in a ton of colours, and the icing sets really well so it wont run on the buttercream icing.  Lastly, I used chocolate chips for the ears!
One cute pig, ready to go! 

Pig Cupcakes
  • 2 dozen white or vanilla cupcakes
  • 3 - 4 cups vanilla or buttercream icing (or two containers of whipped icing)
  • 1 dozen jumbo marshmallows
  • Cake Mate Scribblers
  • candy coated sesame seeds
  • chocolate chips
  1. Tint the batter of the cupcakes and mix thoroughly.  After baking, allow cupcakes to cool completely
  2. While the cupcakes are cooling, cut each marshmallow in half and tint the icing pink
  3. Stick the marshmallows on the cupcake just below center for the snout.  If the marshmallows are not sticking to the cupcakes you can use icing to stick them on
  4. Cover the cupcake and the marshmallow in icing using an off-set spatula or a butterknife
  5. Use the candy coated sesame seeds for the nostrils on each pig
  6. Create eyes with the candy writers, and finish off the pig with chocolate chips for ears!



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