Somehow, I pulled it off. Here they are. What do you think? I was happy with them, except I wished I had bought the little tube of black icing so I could make a mouth. But, the important part is Sam knew who they were instantly. She kept pointing to them saying "Elmo!" A score for Mommy!
So, now do you want to hear the rest of the story?
These were not the cupcakes I had originally decided on. The ones I found at Cool Cakes.com had red icing piped on like Elmo's fur. (The eyes and nose were as planned.) BTW....the eyes were from a snowman cookie kit I got at CVS on clearance last winter. (We never made them) And the noses are orange jelly beans.
Now, back to the icing. It started out fine......
|Here I am beating the powder sugar with the butter|
|Adding the vanilla|
|And then the milk|
|Adding a little red icing I borrowed from my MIL because I procrastinated.|
I usually use the Wilton gel from Hobby Lobby, but did not have time to go get it.
|And some more|
|The rest of her bottle!|
|Another tube I ran to Winn Dixie to buy! I put in the whole tube all at once!|
I am starting to panic at this point....it's not turning red!
|The I added orange that I had on hand to see if it would make anything better...it didn't.|
|Here it is heading to the freezer. This picture does not give the true color. It's like a bright coral color. I'm thinking I will take some coral frosted cupcakes to Goofy Grits soccer party this week.|
The moral of the story is don't procrastinate so you have what you need on hand...... and don't give up hope because you can usually make something work! I threw together another batch of butter cream icing, piped it on with the half moon tip from my Pampered Chef Decorator, added red sprinkles, and then the eyes and nose. No child was the wiser!