Who is ready for summer? I know we are. My kids still have 18.5 hours of school left and then they are free. At least that’s what they think. I have a To Do List that’s about a mile long for them but we’ll get to that another day.
In honor of preparing for summer, today’s treat is all about relaxing by the pool, in the lake or on the river. I found this idea in What’s New, Cupcake? There are just so many cool ideas in that book and this one seemed appropriate for today.
It looks more complicated than it is. After you get the first one or two done, it’s easy street from there.
All you need are –
- Chocolate Donuts
- Vanilla Wafers
- Dots – gumdrops
- Serrated knife
- A few different colors of icing
First – tint some white icing blue. Don’t mix it real well. This way it looks like you have some white caps in your water. Ice your cupcakes with the blue/white icing.
Next, use a serrated knife to cut up the different parts of your body out of the Vanilla Wafers.
Then insert the body into the donut hole. Depending on your donut, you may have to cut the whole a little bit larger for the body to fit in. Once you have the body in, place the Dot candy behind it, place a dollop of icing on the Dot to “glue” the head on. Then a little bit of icing on the arms and voila – you have what looks like a swimmer. Then add a personality using various colors of icing.
See – really not that hard, just a little bit time consuming at first. Once you have the Vanilla Wafers cut up, it’s just an assembly line from there.
Let the icing “set” for about 20 minutes before trying to move the inner tubes. I found out the hard way that they don’t like to be moved very quickly.
Place your tuber on the cupcake and then if you like, add some flippers. These flippers are made out of Starbursts. Warm them in the microwave for 8 seconds. Roll it out into a 1” x 2” rectangle. Cut in half. Then shape the rectangles into flippers and with the knife “score” the candy to make the web feet.
Now your inner tuber is done!