I was thrilled when one of my friends and old co-workers, Coralee Rogers requested cupcakes for her daughter, Theresa’s Hunger Games theme birthday party. I was freaking a little bit, because I wasn’t sure if I’d finish the book with my busy work schedule and personal life.
Since Hunger Games just premiered last week, I didn’t really have anything visual to use as a guideline for the toppers. SO, good thing I have my trusty free personal baking assistant to fill in and help me with some ideas.
Here were my basic thoughts for toppers… girl on fire, district 12, the pink lady, mocking jays, blood, peeta, arrows, death… now, how do you get those on a cupcake?
And, how about that Mocking Jay? You can’t have a Hunger Games cupcake without it!
These were painstakingly difficult to make, but I basically squealed from the rooftop when I finished…
…now, THAT’S how you make a Hunger Games cupcake!
But, wait! See the arrows to the right of the cupcakes above? Cool, right? I stuck them through the mounds of icing then piped a feathery icing end. I really wanted to stick feathers on the ends, but figured no one would want to pick fuzzies out of their mouth while trying to enjoy that chocolate goodness.
I’ve had some great questions come out of these cupcakes, since they created quite an awesome stir… so I thought I’d share…
“How did you make the marshmallow fondant gold and shimmery?”
I made a yellow fondant, created my mocking jays… then used a little bit of Wilton’s Gold Pearl Dust. I just took a little powder in a small bowl and added a few drops of vanilla extract and water to help the powder stick to the fondant when brushing it on.
Pearl dust is so much fun! You can find lots of colors too!
“Where did you find the molds for the Hunger Game cupcake toppers?”
No molds just my little hands and OCD visual eyes. If I was using basic chocolate as a topper, I could have probably used molds, but why do that when I’m able to work with fondant.
I was blessed with a talent in art and design… and used to work with clay mediums. A good marshmallow fondant is very similar to playing with clay!
“How did you have time to make those?”
Good question. I don’t really know. I basically just set aside a few hours every night to make my deadline for a special birthday girl!
All together now at the Roger’s House! Tyler dropped the cupcakes off for me in Wake Forest that evening, since I was working super late in Winston-Salem and Greensboro.
Tyler said that when he pulled up, there was a huge group of kids waiting for him on the front lawn! They were eagerly awaiting the Hunger Game birthday cupcakes! LOVE.
My heart was full that day knowing Theresa and her friends were SO excited for their cupcakes and that I could help make their day so special.
Thank you again Coralee for inviting me to be a part of Theresa’s birthday celebrations. Your compliments and feedback were more than appreciated and I’m thrilled that the group loved my toppers and buttercream frostings!
My motto for the week: “Winning means fame and fortune… losing means certain death. The
Hunger Cupcake Games have begun!”