Straight from Pinterest – Minion Cupcakes and Zombie Cake
The last few weeks have been a little bit of a blur for us, which explains my absence from blogging for a while. It’s all good things, but we seem to have hit our busy time of year. Traveling, birthday parties, getting the shed set up… busy, busy, busy!
I know you’ve seen my other shed, but we bought another shed off of Craigslist and had it delivered.
I never thought about how much preparation was needed to move a shed, especially one of this size. I’m glad it’s over and done with now, but while it was happening, it was crazy stressful. We are now in the process of getting it ready to be painted to match the other one, but we’ve already started moving things around to make things easier to paint and re-upholster. So very excited about it!!
We went to NJ to visit with family and meet the newest additions to our little tribe.
New babies are always such a blessing, but when they come in multiples, it just makes it so much more special <3
Before we left NJ, we hit the Camden Aquarium. If you are ever in the South Jersey area and need something fun to do with the kids, this aquarium is pretty cool. Lots of hands-on experiences, beautiful creatures and a great view of Philadelphia from the NJ waterfront.
Then to Washington, DC for my husband’s CME and site-seeing with my son.
When we got home, preparations had to be made for my daughter’s 19th birthday, and Easter dinner at our home. There was painting to be done, cleaning, present buying, cooking and baking… which is where the newest pins I’ve tried comes in…
First pin… zombie cake!
I just used butter cake mix, added food coloring to make the cake red – well, no matter how much dye I added it only got pinker. Have to find a food coloring that will make it RED! Then I improvised to decorate it. I used canned frosting and food dye to make the green and pink frosting, M&M’s for the blood and eyes and chocolate frosting for the details. Tori loved it!
Next pin: Minion cupcakes!
This was the pin my daughter used as her “pinspiration”… but it doesn’t track back to the original post. The website doesn’t exist anymore.
She used Tastykake Dreamies instead of Twinkies. Make cupcakes as you usually would, cut the Dreamies in half, stick in frosting. We used blue food dye to make the frosting/pants, and used chocolate jimmies/sprinkles for the hair. The brown frosting we used came from a premade tube and the white for the eyes was from the remaining bit that we didn’t dye blue.
They were a hit at the birthday party! (one note: make sure you store them someplace airtight until the party because the Dreamies dry out super fast)
We used some of her pins for ideas of what to get her for her birthday presents too!
When they were delivered, they came with this little finger puppet monster on the top – LOVE unexpected surprises! Will order from them again!
Since every 19 year old could always use money, we combined this fun pin with the usually “boring” gift of cash.
We tied the money to the ends of the balloons that we floated in her room. Much more fun than cash in a card 🙂
(again, the original pin didn’t go anywhere but to a spam site, so I didn’t include the website with the photo – sorry).
And finally, a few weeks ago, for my friend’s Mardi Gras themed baby shower, I found this pin for the recipe to make King Cake.
If you know anything about King Cake, you know that there are a million different versions of the recipe. Since I’ve never had King Cake myself, I tried to find a traditional recipe that had a lot of positive reviews. This one did. I made two of them – one with a cinnamon filling, and one with a cream cheese filling. Both were a hit! The only thing I would change from this recipe is the recipe for the frosting. It didn’t go well with the cake – it was too lemony.
So, that’s all for now. Have you tried any pins lately??
Thanks for stopping by!
I’m getting ready to move into our new place and have been browsing thru my pins to see what I could use…sooooo many options and I’ll be posting the ones I used on MY blog after we move in next weekend!! …..BTW- WILTONS GEL coloring makes foods RED…and it doesnt take a lot of it- well worth the money you spend on it. Other colorings just dont do it at all for me- I wont use anything BUT the WG. Your cake looks lovely tho- Hubby is into Zombies…may have to take a page from YOUR book as well!!! 😀
Miss Kitty says
You HAVE had a lot going on! I’m glad that you took photos along the way to share with us. You don’t look old enough to have a 19-year old…are you using an old picture of yourself on your blog? I haven’t had much time for blogging lately either.
A Pinterest Addict says
Awww.. thanks! That picture is about three years old. I am pretty young to have a 19 year old (39) or at least that’s the way it feels! 🙂