Mark’s birthday was last week and as a fun (and super easy) dessert for his birthday the children decided that they wanted to make “Spaghetti and Meatball” Cupcakes.
We got this idea from the adorable book Hello, Cupcake! After the kids and I had so much fun making the hamburger and ant cupcakes that we made for Memorial Day, I saw the book ‘Hello Cupcake’ in the store and purchased it for Sadie, our 6 year old gourmet wannabe.
This book is perfect for children because it doesn’t require special, hard-to-find tools or ingredients and the techniques are simple and explained clearly.
Ingredients we used to make 20 cupcakes/2 platters of spaghetti:
- Vanilla cake mix
- White frosting
- White cupcake papers
- Cocoa powder (for tinting frosting)
- yellow food coloring (for tinting frosting)
- sandwich bag (for creating the pasta)
- hazelnut chocolates (Ferrero Rocher)
- low-sugar strawberry preserves
- 2 TBL white chocolate
We tinted the frosting with a bit of cocoa powder and yellow food coloring until it looked the right color for pasta
For the ‘noodles’ we spooned frosting into a sandwich bag, cut a very small hole in the corner and squeezed ‘noodles’ all over the frosted cupcakes ( I was nursing the baby and didn’t get a picture before the kids started adding meatballs).For the meatballs we opened the hazelnut chocolates, tossed them with strawberry preserves
and spooned one onto each cupcake.
For the finishing touch we finely grated some white chocolate and sprinkled over the top of the ‘spaghetti and meatballs’. Next we topped each plate of ‘spaghetti’ with birthday candles and served to the best husband/daddy in the world.
This post is linked to Cupcake Tuesday at Hoosier Homemade.
Happy Birthday, Mark. I’m very grateful to be able to grow OLD with you. ♥