November 8, 2012

Cake it Pretty: Barnyard Party - Farm Animal Cupcake Pails




I am currently inundated with Holiday photos and articles for Bird's Party Magazine upcoming Holiday Issue, so today's post makes a nice change from all that! ;)

If you haven't yet seen the joint Barnyard Birthday Party I styled for my babies this year, then click here for all the details. Today I'll be showing how I made the cute Barnyard Cupcake Pails for that party. 

I got the idea from these metal pail cupcakes on this party I styled a while back. But to give it a farm look, I used green frosting instead (to look like grass), and shredded wheat cereal to emulate hay! :)





Materials + Ingredients Needed:

* Your fave cupcakes or muffins (to fit snugly inside your chosen metal pail)
* Cream Cheese Frosting
* Gel Green Food Coloring
* Piping Bag + Large French Star Tip
* Shredded wheat cereal
* Personalized, Round Printable Party Tags
* Mini metal pails (from most craft stores) - Cleaned!
* Wooden Cupcake Picks
* Hot glue OR 1" round stickers (from most office-supply stores) to stick animal toppers onto wooden cupcake picks.
* Double-sided tape





How to make your Barnyard Cupcakes:

1) Fit your cupcake inside your metal pails. I actually used large, chocolate chip muffins for a more "farmhouse look", and unashamedly cut corners by buying from my local bakery to save time...

2) Tint your cream cheese frosting a little at time using a toothpick. Best to add small amounts of the gel and mix. Adjust color to your taste, but if making these a day or so in advance, know that the frosting darkens when dry so go easy on the color. Pipe a nice swirl of the frosting on top of each cupcake using your piping bag and tip - you could just also spread it on with a spoon!



3) Crumble on some shredded cereal on top (I got my little helpers involved at this stage)

4) Print and cut each printable animal topper and secure to a wooden cupcake pick with hot glue or the 1" stickers at the back. Top each cupcake pail with a printable Farm Animal Cupcake Topper in the center for extra cuteness! Add a round personalized tag to the front of the pail with double-sided tape to complete the look.







 

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