This St. Patrick’s Day, we’re hosting a baked potato bar for our neighbors and friends. A nice, buttery potato is dessert to me, but the kiddos will probably not agree. What says St. Patrick’s Day (besides a creepy leprachaun)… a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Ever since I saw this rainbow tape-like candy I’ve wanted to use it. Have you noticed how many weird candies are out there for kids lately? They just scream “garnish” to me. Yes, the children will actually eat them the gummier, sourer, the weirder the better.
Here’s what you need…
~ Tootsie Rolls
~ Airheads Rainbow Belts (I found these in the dollar section at Target. I’ve also seen them at the candy store in the mall, and Powell’s, our old-fashioned candy store, so I don’t think they’re too hard to track down.)
What to do:
Frost a batch of cupcakes with your favorite buttercream, or just use the frosting from the jar from the grocery store. You may cringe, but kids love it and it’s a time-saver. To create a cloud-like effect, pipe using a medium sized open tip (I used Wilton # 12 ). Gently sqeeze the piping bag to make a round dollop on the cupcake. Without lifting the bag up completely, shift the piping bag over and continue making dollops, so that they join together to make a puffy cloud.
Cut a rainbow belt in half and gently insert both sides into the cupcake.
To make the pot of gold, do the following on waxed paper: Cut a tootsie roll in half. Use a paring knife or a toothpick and carve out some of the center of one side. Shape the tootsie roll if you need to. Add the sprinkles to the tootsie roll pot before placing on the cupcake, otherwise you may end up with loose sprinkles on the white clouds. Important note… Do not add the tootsie roll pots until you’re ready to serve, and definitely do not add them the night before. The tootsie rolls will start to melt into the butter cream. I learned this lesson the hard way when making puppy ears for puppy cupcakes for a little one’s party a few years back.
These cupcakes were a test run for our party next week. We served them at our family celebration last night. My mom and the Naughty One just had their birthdays. Does my mom not look amazing in her sixties? The Naughty One is not looking so amazing right now. We haven’t told her that spring training begins soon. We hope to burn off some of that little belly.
Wishing everyone a wonderful & warm weekend!