We attend church on Friday nights so that we have a full day on Sunday to do things together as a family that we don’t seem to have time for during the week. It is so nice to have one day in the week that is relaxing and quiet with time enough to come alongside our children and try something new together that they find interesting or exciting. One of the things I think our girls look most forward to on Sundays is baking. Recently, they found the FREE Hello, Cupcake! app for iPhones and iPads and have been chomping at the bit to try some of these creative, kid-friendly ideas.
Today, with very little help from me, they created these delicious spaghetti and meatball cupcakes, thanks to the great teachings of Karen Tack and Alan Richardson made available through their Hello, Cupcake! app.
If you have an iPad or iPhone and you have children who are interested in baking and decorating, this app is one you should download. In addition to this cupcake decorating idea, they have many others, walking you through how to create it, step by step. They also have valuable video technique tutorials that can help anyone become a better cupcake decorator. Who doesn’t love a cupcake? And one that is decorated in a creative way. . . . simply too much to say no to!
If you don’t have an iPad or iPhone here is the recipe in a nutshell: You simply need some quart-size ziplock baggies, cupcake liners, store-bought cake mix (chocolate or vanilla), store-bought vanilla frosting, a small bit of yellow food coloring as well as some unsweetened cocoa powder (to make the frosting look pasta-colored), a red jam (we used Raspberry), Ferrero Rocher balls, and powdered sugar. The key to making these cupcakes is using the ziplock baggie frosting technique: Once you have filled the baggie with frosting, you cut a very small diagonal in one of the bottom corners and squeeze. It is better to be conservative with the snipping; if you snip too much of the corner off, the drizzle comes out in too fat of a line and doesn’t resemble pasta noodles. This app also recommends to add an extra egg and use buttermilk in place of water when making the cake mix.
Once frosted, you roll the Ferrero Rocher ball in the name and place it onto of the “noodles,” drizzling some extra overtop for the sauce. Finish with a sprinkle of powered sugar and you’ve got a spaghetti and meatball sprinkled with parmesan cheese as a cupcake. SO FUN!