Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Snow Globe Coca-Cola Cupcakes

I came across the above on Bakerella's blog and knew I needed to put this on my creative to do list as a future project, although I would opt for make a cake instead of a lot cupcakes or put some of the cupcakes on a cake. Although the look is amazing, with all of the fondant it would be a little too rich to eat and think it needs more of a cake to fondant ratio than what a cupcake alone can offer.
The globe itself is one of the little Coke bottles that you could buy at Walmart over Christmas time for $1. We only have 1 that Kyle got for his collection and I doubt he would sacrifice it for this project, so I am hoping that Coke offers them again this coming Christmas or pick some up at a garage sale. I do suppose that I could make a globe out of sugar by coating a balloon, cut not sure it would durable enough or clear enough.

Instructions from her blog:

You can download a pdf of the recipe from Coca-Cola's website. Go here and scroll down until you see Cola Cake. Click on the link and it will open a pdf that you can print. These were really good. I didn't make the chocolate frosting they recommended with it because I needed snow. So, I used the buttercream frosting one that I use all the time and it worked perfectly.Now, I had about 28 cupcakes in awesome red baking cups from confectioneryhouse.com, but I only used a few for the actual scene.To make the bear:I used rolled fondant and hand shaped the parts - similar to how I did this Care Bear Cupcake a while back except the polar bear is only about 2 inches tall. The eyes were black non-pareils and the noses were black candy heart sprinkles. The mouth was drawn with my ever-so-handy Americolor Edible Black Writing Pen. For the scarf, I bought red fondant this time, because it's really hard to get the color deep red and I didn't feel like mixing it and having my hands look stained.To assemble the snow globe:Make a sugar water spray (recipe here). Lightly mist the inside of the plastic bottle in the areas you want snow. Then, carefully sprinkle sugar inside. You will mostly want it on the sides, bottom, and back. Not too much in the front because you'll want to see your design. Set the snow globe top aside.Take one of your cupcakes, turn it upside down and carefully cut the bottom of the baking cup off. Then spread some buttercream frosting on the bottom (now, top) of your cupcake. Then, sprinkle some white sanding sugar on top of the frosting for texture. Place your assembled fondant bear right in the middle and attach one of the cola bottles with a little bit of water to help it stick. Then place the opening of the bottle right over the bear. The opening should be just large enough to rest on the cupcake without sliding all the way over it, like below."

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