Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mermaid Season

Hi there,
I've been loving this early summer weather. It's the perfect potato salad and flip flops kind of lazy day weather that puts me in the mood for a Mermaid Party. Isabel's Mermaid party was a blast and I've sold oodles of the printable party set. Between playing Pin The Tail on the Mermaid and some water play... it's an easy hit with the kids. If there are boys included just add a few eye patches to your goody bags and you're set.
Our Mermaid Cupcakes were topped with Marshmallow fondant sea shells and cupcake toppers from my Mermaid Printable Party Set. Thanks to that fab recipe from Cake Journal I had a great road map to these cute little treats that soon will top our cupcakes.













 

 The Recipe I use from Louise over at Cake Journal:

Ingredients
Makes about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds
White marshmallows (16 oz)
Water (2 tbsp)
Icing sugar sifted (1 to 2 pounds)
Crisco
Heatproof bowl
Spoon
Sift
Food colors or cocoa powder
Flavouring optional
Note: you can of course use your kitchen mixer when mixing in the icing sugar. Just remember to grease the bowl and paddle attachment well with Crisco.
  1. Put the marshmallows in a heatproof bowl and add the water. Put the bowl in the microwave oven and heat it for approx. 2 mins. until the marshmallows puff up like on the photo.
  2.   Stir the marshmallows until they get smooth. This is the time where you can add your chosen food color/cocoa powder or give it flavour. Note: Color the mixture a bit stronger than desired. You can always make the color lighter afterwards by mixing it with white marshmallow fondant.
  3. Now add the icing sugar and stir the mixture with a well greased spoon. Keep adding icing sugar until it looks like a dough. Turn out the “dough” on a greased work board and with your hands greased with Crisco start kneading the marshmallow fondant. Keep adding a little icing sugar at a time until it is not sticky anymore. Be careful not to use all the icing sugar as to much icing sugar can makes it too dry. It is ready when it feels pliable and ready to roll. If you are not using the marshmallow fondant straight away then rub a bit of Crisco on it and wrap it in cling-film and seal it in a airtight bag. 
    Note: Some uses the marshmallow fondant right away but I prefer to let it rest for a day before use. If your marshmallow fondant feels very hard you can always warm it up in the microwave for a few sec. at a time. Then it should be more pliable to work with. If it feels dry then knead in some Crisco or if it is too soft add more icing sugar.
 Louise is a fabulous baker and has some great tips for baking and decorating so be sure to check out her wonderful site.

The decorating was an easy task with my printables. Just print, cut and hang. Which in my book is a winner, don't mind if I say so. I think any printable set, mine or anyone Else's removes all the heavy lifting so to speak from creating a magical party atmosphere.







And here are how the little shell topped cupcakes turned out.

 
And my lovely friend Jeannine sent me a few photos of her little party using my Mermaid Party Printables. She's an amazing photographer. Check out her site.








So Happy Mermaid Partying Friends and be sure to take a break and stick your toes in the water at least a little bit!
Hugs,



 

2 comments:

Sue said...

I have had marshmallow on my "to make" list for way too long! I need to get a move on! Your fondant shells are so cute, and so are your mermaids:)

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