This weekend was Essie’s 5th birthday party! As always, I was pressed for time but wanted to make a special cake for her. Flipping through the most recent Better Homes and Gardens I found a quick and easy idea that worked beautifully!
Grab a bag of marshmallows. I used large strawberry ones, cut each into a four to five slices.
Then I arranged them on wax paper with a small space in the middle for a dollop of candy melts. (For once I actually followed the directions – sorry I couldn’t find a link to the magazine recipe itself. Guess you better go buy a ‘zine for yourself.)
Flowers have leaves. So I added a little bit of green food coloring to the candy melts, scooped up a bit with the BACK of the spoon, and then smeared it across a piece of plastic wrap stretched across a cookie sheet (yes, I ran out of wax paper). They peeled off nicely and added a punch of green to the cake.
I hate wasting…and I didn’t want to lick the candy melts pot. By mixing in about a cup of shredded coconut I was able to make an addition topping. Per the birthday girl’s request, it was only put on a few of the cupcakes.
I covered the cake with the flowers and petals, it really looks like you spent a lot of time on it and no one has to know differently. For the cake we used Pillsbury’s new Pink Lemonade cake mix. It was delicious, and I’m not usually a mix kinda gal. One warning…as you might expect, marshmallows and candy melts are NOT knife friendly. You’ll have to remove them to cut the cake or get creative cutting it into pieces.