Sunday, January 22, 2012

Joey's Birthday Party (Cars Cupcakes and Double Doozies)

A week ago, my baby brother had his seventh birthday party. For his birthday, he really wanted a Cars theme (as in the Pixar movie). I checked out Disney for some recipes, and found this recipe for "Lightning McQueen Cupcakes". I thought they looked really cute, and Joey liked the idea as well. 

Here's a picture of us mixing the batter:

For the windshields, I first tried squeezing out melted white chocolate into rectangles, but that was very time consuming and the finished product was a little thicker than I wanted. I also tried just spreading out the chocolate on wax paper and cutting it into rectangles after it had dried, but every time I tried to cut them they would crack, resulting in some oddly-shaped windshields!

This is buttercream icing we bought from our local Bi-Lo's bakery. I colored it with red Wilson's coloring gel.

The finished products!

And now for some party pictures!

                                                     Time to eat!
                                                   The big brothers

The birthday boy
                                                    Hanging out
                                       Setting up "Where Is Sock Monkey?".
Opening presents
More presents

Happy Birthday video

Now, we ended up using a lot less icing than we thought we would, so we had quite a bit of it left. One of the BEST things to do with leftover icing -especially left over bakery icing- is to make double doozies, inspired by the ones at The Great American Cookie Place.

The First step is bake some chocolate chip cookies, as uniform as possible. I made ours just from the regular Pillsbury cookie dough.

This is our icing:

Simply frost a good thick layer on the flat side of one cookie and sandwich it with another cookie.

You can keep the cookie sandwiches plain, or you can roll them in whatever you like. We used M&Ms and chocolate chips- both left over from the cupcakes.

We brought these to our church picnic the next day. They went very fast, and we didn't bring home any leftovers- which was sad to me but a relief to my parents, since they are trying to eat healthier!

"This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24

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