Monday, March 18, 2013

Alligator Baby Shower

The theme for my sister-in-law's baby shower was alligators with primary colors because she found a cute nursery set from Pottery Barn with alligators, so we decided to keep with that theme.  You may have seen lots of fun cupcake designs for kid parties and we were able to find one of an alligator...

Here's how we created it:

(we cheated and used) 1 chocolate cake mix (make as directed)
2 cans vanilla/white frosting
Green food coloring
Nabisco 100 calorie chocolate cookie wafers
2 large marshmallows
2 Junior Mints
Yellow & Brown Jelly Beans (or you could use banana runts)

Directions: Cook 22 cupcakes (as directed on the box) and let cool.  Mix the 2 cans of frosting together with food coloring to desired color.  We filled Ziploc bags with frosting since we didn't have cake decorating tools.  Just cut a small hole in one corner to squeeze the frosting out of.  Then make small dots starting from the outside of the cupcake and going around until the entire cupcake is filled in.  Follow the cupcake layout in the picture above for arranging them.  Next we pushed the chocolate cookies into the cupcakes, then put the fingernails and nose on (jelly beans).  I put the two marshmallows side by side, as the eyes, and carefully squeezed frosting over the sides, but not the end.  I used a knife to smooth out the frosting.  Last, we squeezed a tiny bit of frosting on the Junior Mints and placed them on the ends of the marshmallows as the eyes!  Pretty simple, and took us about 30mins to do the decorating once the cupcakes were baked.

The rest of the party posts will be about the decorations and games as well as a post about our menu and one more sweet recipe!

Happy Monday!  Sweet & Simple!

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