Ok, so maybe they do look like zombies… wouldn’t you? Must be all that sugar…
Peg and Ellen asked me to help them spice up our Groundhog’s Day celebrations at work today. In honor of a coworker who is actually from Punxsutawney, we were going all out this year. Given that I’m abstaining from unhealthy food, and trying to be a goody two-shoes I decided to make 2 dozen cupcakes!
Wow, what a not-so-great-idea when trying to eat healthy! I sent Sweets to work carrying all the leftover frosting and candy bits to simply get it out of the house. I told him that if he didn’t come home tonight, I’d have the Police look in all the dark alleyways for a man overdosing on frosting.
Searching around for ideas I found some darn funny cupcakes at a Disney site, and my obsessive-compulsive side took over. I figure this is a perverted form of birthcontrol- getting some Soccer Mom energy out (and yes I realize most parents won’t have the time for such food play), by spending hours playing with fiddly candy bits.
The groundhogs are Almond Joy candy bars- some of the candys I cut in half, but most cupcakes got the whole piece shoved in a little hole dug out of the cupcake. The eyes, nose, teeth and some of the ears are from striped colored pieces of licorice cut in shapes with straws and razor blades. I used my food color markers to add details, and almonds were used as ears later on when I got too tired to play with the licorice anymore. Frosting was used to glue on the face parts, and the cupcakes were frosted and coated with green dyed coconut.
Making the faces come alive was the most fun, especially as it got later and later. I know a bit about the Almond Joy machines now… which I must say have gotten really sloppy in their almond placement on the candy. Each candy piece had only one of the almonds placed on the middle (the other sliding off to the side and not centered) and thus was chosent o be the end for the face. And more often than not, this same end would have a tail left from the chocolate outer coating resulting in a groundhog with a little tuft of fur sticking up out of his head. Several of these groundhog candies got named Lenny and Squiggy as I shoved them in the cupcakes, thus indicating to me that I needed to get to bed.