After years of not being able to make fun, pretty birthday cakes, the kids and I are completely addicted to crafting adorable cupcakes thanks to Hello, Cupcake! (Check out our hamburger and ant cupcakes and the spaghetti and meatball cupcakes.) So for Nicholas’ third birthday we decided to do both cowboy and horse cupcakes.
These cupcakes are simple, but oh so cute and they are fun and easy to make with kids (as a matter of fact, the kids completely did the cowboys while I supervised the horses). Cupcakes are definitely the way to go when it comes to decorating with kids. All ages enjoy helping and when someone has an “oops” you just grab another cupcake and start over. I typically make more cupcakes than we need for that very reason.
Here is one tip that will make your life easier, make the cupcakes the day BEFORE the party, trust me!
For our variation of 12 cowboy cupcakes you’ll need:
- 12 white cupcakes (we used a cake mix and made 12 cowboys and 12 horses)
- Chocolate frosting
- Vanilla frosting
- 12 Pringles – Make sure you buy extra because they’re easy to break!
- 12 large yellow gumdrops – we used those gumdrop like wedges, that are shaped like orange or lemon slices
- 12 pretzel sticks
- 24 blue M & M’s
- 24 Cheerios
- 12 small jellybeans for the nose
- Red and Blue fruit rollups
Bake the cupcakes, allow to cool and frost with vanilla icing.
Add M & M eyes, a jelly bean nose and Cheerio ears.
Spoon some of the chocolate frosting into a small baggie and clip 1/8 inch off of one corner. Pipe some chocolate frosting from ear to ear on the top of the cupcakes to make hair.
With the tip of a small knife or toothpick, drill a hole (large enough to insert a pretzel stick through) into the center of the 12 chips. Put a pretzel stick through the potato chip then into the bottom of one of the yellow gumdrops or wedges.
Cut red fruit roll-ups into 1/4 inch strips to make hat bands and wrap around the gumdrop. Trim the pretzel so that only an inch or so remains and stick into the ‘cowboys’ hair.
Cut crescent shaped mouths out of the red fruit roll-ups and add to the cupcake.
For the bandannas cut the blue fruit leather into 12 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 triangles and 12 triangles with all sides 1 inch long. Cut a jagged edge along one side of the smaller triangles and pinch the opposite edge together to give the appearance of the bandanna being tied. Add the bandannas to the cupcakes.
Enjoy, preferably with cowboy hat, boots and bandanna! (fire pit optional)
For more do-it-yourself ideas, cupcakes and other crafty fun visit my tutorials page.
Linked to Cupcake Tuesday @ Hoosier Homemade.