This Alien Cupcake Cake was for my son's 5th birthday party. They were so much fun to make and the kids LOVED them. Granted, they only ate the candy and icing off of them, but that's what usually happens with cupcakes anyway, I guess!
I baked the cupcakes in tinfoil cupcake holders for a spaceship look. I then used a little bit of white icing in the middle to "glue down" a big marshmallow. I used a very small tip to pipe the little green men onto the marshmallow, and used cornstarch to smooth it with my fingers. Then I used a larger tip to ice grey icing all around the marshmallow, making it look like he is sitting in a flying saucer.
I put miniature M&M's (which I finally found in the baker's aisle at the grocery store) all around the spaceship. I got lots of help with that part!
Here is the part where you can LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE. A July birthday in Florida is well, HUMID!! I unwrapped dum-dums and poked them down through the marshmallows into the cupcake. I woke up the next morning to find the dum-dums in various stages of melting all over the cupcakes! It was a big mess. This one was not made until the morning of the party, so it looks better than most of the others. Anyway, wait until the last minute to stick in the dum-dums. Have an Out of this World birthday party!
My son wanted an "Alien" themed birthday this year, and I struggled with an idea for a cake- finally I came up with this Alien Spaceship Birthday Cake! I started with a plain, white iced cake. I used Wilton Kelly green frosting color for the trim, using a #16 star tip.
The large aliens are created by using colored fondant, shaped into arms, legs and a head. I used toothpicks (pushed inside the fondant forms) to stabilize the body parts. This is nice, because when you attach the head, it can actually turn from side to side on the toothpick. The eyes and mouth were also fondant, stuck on with just a little water.
For the spaceship, I used 2 mini bundt pans, cutting off the ridges and shaping as necessary. I used the bottle top to a candy baby bottle (found in stores) as the cockpit to the ship, and a tiny plastic alien as the pilot. I used gray and black coloring for the spaceship fondant.
The ship was set on a round piece of cardboard, on top of clear plastic forks to make it "hover" above the cake. I used a plastic cow as the abduction "victim". I thought about fastening a mini flashlight underneath, but didn't have time. Anyhow, this cake was a hit and all of the kids were fighting over who got to eat the aliens! Enjoy!
After searching through many cake decorating sites, I came up with this Cute Monster Cake Idea for my little boy's first birthday. We call him "Our Little Monster", so it was perfect. This was my first time making or using fondant. I have always thought fondant cakes were so beautiful and finished looking, but was afraid to try it myself. I was so surprised at how easy it was. I had so much fun!
The monsters are all 100% fondant. They were so much fun to create! I just molded them just like I would modeling clay. I placed cotton balls under their arms to make them dry properly. The cake was coated with a thin layer of buttercream before covering with fondant. This posting is meant to be an encouragement to all of you out there who have been afraid to tackle fondant.
I can not express how much fun it was and how proud I was of myself with the finished product.