June 2011 archive

Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

I had every intention of making a cutesy cake for my friend Amy’s baby shower. You’ve seen them. Cakes that look like baby blocks. That are covered in little fondant zoo animals and baby booties. That are pink and blue and scream “THIS CAKE IS FOR A BABY SHOWER!”

I was mentally prepared to roll fondant and shape animals and dye massive quantities of buttercream every shade of blue under the sun.

And then I remembered that I’ve never eaten a fondant-covered cake that I liked. And that I’ve never worked with modeling chocolate before, much less tried to shape it into zoo animals (a project for another day, perhaps). And that Amy’s nursery colors are green, teal, blue, and brown…not every shade of blue under the sun.

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