Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mushroom Cupcakes

The piped out white chocolate spots that I flipped over on top of the cupcakes so the flat side was facing up

The shower was fiesta themed so I used colors that fit in with the rest of the decor

My friend Taryn showed me some adorable mushroom cupcakes from her nieces "Alice in Wonderland" themed birthday party and I completely fell in love. So when it was time for her to co-host a baby shower last week she asked me if I thought we could make some for the party. I love a challenge and I thought they would be great for the blog so I said of course. Although the ones she showed me were adorable she mentioned they didn't taste very good, so I first off wanted to make these super moist and use a fresh buttercream for the icing so that they would be cute and taste amazing. I thought about how to make the spots on top for a few days and finally settled on using the white Candy Melts that you find in the baking section of the craft store and melting them down to make smaller spots, this worked perfectly! The theme for the shower was fiesta so we wanted the colors to match the flowers and decorations so we decided on green, blue, and orange... but you can use whatever colors you want. Lastly we did two sizes- mini and regular to really push home the mushroom look, since no mushroom looks like the other :-) And we used chocolate and classic yellow cake so that everyone was happy. In the end these cupcakes turned out to be super cute and a huge success!


Chocolate cupcakes:
Yellow cupcakes:
Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp butter extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
  • 2 tbl heavy whipping cream
  • food coloring of your choice
  • 1 pkg of white Candy Melts for decorating
  1. Cupcakes: Mix and bake your cupcakes following the directions on the back of the package. Let them cool completely on a wire rack.
  2. Spots: Melt the package of white candy melts in a microwave safe bowl according to the directions on the back of the package. Scoop melted chocolate into a piping bag and pipe out different sized round chips on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Let them cool completely. Place to the side.
  3. Make your icing: Cream the butter and shortening until fluffy. Add vanilla and butter extract. Gradually add confectioners sugar, one cup at a time - beat well. Icing will be dry at this point, add the whipping cream until you get the texture you want. (should be nice and fluffy) Separate your icing into three bowls and color accordingly. You can make which ever colors you like or you can always just make one color.
  4. Ice each cupcake. Take your cooled candy spots and gently pull them off the parchment and place tip side down onto the top of each cupcake, this way the flat side of the spots are facing up. place as many spots on your cupcakes as you like. These are best if they are server right away. ENJOY!


  1. Ohh my word these are absolutely adorable:)

  2. u have any tips on piping chocolate. I've never done it but thought that it would be a fun way to make decorations :) Is it really runny???

  3. Hi Bernadetta! When melting down your chips try, go in 30 second intervals and medium power. Every 30 seconds remove your bowl and stir the chocolate with your spoon until you get a melted yet still thick not runny texture. If you do it that way the chocolate shouldn't get too runny and pipe out just fine. Remember to pipe it right away otherwise it will harden in your piping bag, that would be no fun at all :-) Good luck! and thank you so much for reading!

  4. Super cute. My kiddos would say they'd fit right into a Mario party too. : )

  5. They didn't taste THAT bad, Taryn!!! Beautiful re-creation Kellyn! Do you ship? I would love to use you instead of the local supermarket next time I need cupcakes so my sister will be happier with the flavor;)

  6. Haha! Uh oh, looks like Taryn might be in trouble... I wish I shipped, one day in my dreams maybe :-) Thanks for the inspiration, the pics Taryn showed me were adorable, not to mention the rest of the party looked AMAZING. Keep throwing cute parties! -K

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