Do you know Bird? Yes, of course you do. Wait, there’s one or two of you who don’t? You must immediately. She’s an insanely talented party gal. This is the Bird’s Party blog. And she also works her techno-graphic magic to create fantastic magazines, available both free online and as a paper copy for purchase. You’ll want to see the latest issue for Spring/Summer 2012, and I’m not just saying that because yours truly is honored to have a couple of her own ideas in there. I’m saying that because it’s 182 pages of bright and colorful ideas and how-tos for birthday, Olympics and graduation parties. Oh yeah, and also 4th of July, golf, mother’s day and Spring parties. And a pancake brunch and a circus party and a street party. Themes range from rustic to modern, classic to whimsical. Think fondant chickens, pie pops, candy keys, clown or mermaid cupcakes and pineapple centerpieces. All in one issue.
I was lucky to contribute some Olympics treats. First, I made these mini Olympics cupcakes with fondant toppers that represent (almost) all of the sports and a couple for the host town, London.
How to make Olympics mini cupcakes
store-bought or homemade white rolled fondant
circle and/or square cookie cutters, size 1 to 2-inches
food coloring pens
mini frosted cupcakes
*Find the fondant and cookie cutters at the craft store or specialty cake decorating stores. For food coloring pens, I suggest the Americolor Gourmet Writer Food Decorating Pens set of 10 and the FooDoodler Food Coloring Markers 10 Pack Fine-Line, both available in specialty stores and online.
step one: cut out your fondant toppers
Briefly knead the fondant into a ball (work with a handful at a time). Roll the fondant about 1/8 to ¼-inch thick between two pieces of wax paper or on a surface dusted with confectioner’s sugar to prevent sticking. Cut your circles and/or squares from the fondant, and place on a baking tray lined with wax paper. Let stiffen several hours to overnight. (TIPS: If fondant gets sticky when kneading, let sit uncovered at room temperature about 15 minutes until easily pliable. To prevent unused fondant from drying, wrap very well in plastic wrap.)
step two: draw your toppers
Use the food coloring pens to draw your designs to represent the different Olympic sports or scenes from London. Set aside on wax paper.
step three: assemble your cupcakes
Prepare standard size or mini (shown) cupcakes, and set a topper on the frosting just before serving.
I also made some sparkly Olympics rings cookies, a bigger version of bite-size cookies I made a couple years ago.
For how-tos on making Olympics rings cookies, click HERE.
The how-tos for both the cupcakes and the cookies are also found in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Bird’s Party Magazine.
Enjoy!! And thank you to Bird!