Mardi Gras Cupcakes

 Mardi Gras Cupcakes from The Crafty Squirrel

This was my first paying cupcake gig, and I hope for more to come! I had so much fun making 84 cupcakes, all with plastic babies inside. Yes, you read that right. The client asked for naked, plastic babies inside of each of these cupcakes, to go along with their Mardi Gras theme! I used a cupcake corer that I purchased from Hobby Lobby for less than $2 and it was worth its weight in gold! I was able to pull out the center, place the baby inside the cupcake (lol) and then pop the cake back in on top of the baby (lol). It saved me a ton of time.

Mardi Gras Cupcakes from The Crafty Squirrel

 

Mardi Gras Cupcakes from The Crafty Squirrel

They also asked for each cupcake to be individually packaged – this was no easy task. As usual, I had a couple of small baking catastrophes before things started rolling smoothly, but I had so much fun and so many opportunities to get creative! The client loved the cupcakes and are already discussing Cinco de Mayo cupcakes with me.

Mardi Gras Cupcakes from The Crafty Squirrel

Mardi Gras Cupcakes from The Crafty Squirrel

The cupcakes were assorted flavors; vanilla, strawberry and chocolate and the icing was a marshmallow buttercream. I used box mixes for the cake, but added pudding mix to the batter. This makes the cake super moist and delicious. The recipe for the icing is below. I adapted this recipe from this Twinkie Cupcake recipe, which I’ve also made and they are amazing! After trying this recipe, pudding mix in the cupcakes and marshmallow buttercream are my go-to favorites.

Marshmallow Buttercream

7 oz marshmallow fluff
2 sticks softened butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
32 oz bag of confectioners sugar

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the fluff, butter and vanilla until combined & creamy, about 2 mins.
Gradually begin adding powdered sugar in, about one cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy.

For the quantity of cupcakes I was making, I had to quadruple the recipe. I made 2 batches, using a 15 oz. jar of marshmallow fluff, 64 ounces of confectioner’s sugar, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 4 sticks of butter for each batch. 

Mardi Gras Cupcakes from The Crafty Squirrel

I found these adorable free printables to use on for the cupcake toppers, and I punched them out with a 1-3/4″ circle punch, and mounted them on glittered card stock that I punched with a 2″ scallop punch. I attached the toppers to bamboo forks with hot glue. For the individual packages, I bought short plastic cups and punched holes in them with my Cropadile, then tied the top cup to the bottom cup with curling ribbon. I got in a little over my head, but in the eleventh hour, my mom, sister and niece came and bailed me out! Sometimes I just don’t know what I’d do without my family. I paid them in pizza, extra cupcakes and my undying appreciation.

Mardi Gras Cupcakes from The Crafty Squirrel

The packaging was the most time consuming part, but I was pleased with the end result, and more importantly, so was my client!

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