Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
I love that my kid rocks out at daycare. And with Elmo, to boot.
I was frantically catching up on email yesterday when a note popped up from Aesook, Logan’s mom. Little Logan is one of Mason’s BFFs at school, and he celebrated his second birthday in class on Monday with super cute Elmo cupcakes that Aesook made. After dessert they rocked out to a song from the Wiggles–and she was there to capture it all on camera.
Aesook is the same mom who gave me the recipe for Japanese Egg-Salad Sandwich–she writes the blog Working Mom Cook Fusion–and I loved the cupcakes so much that I asked her for directions on how to make them.
You can start with any basic cupcake recipe. She made a cream cheese frosting (recipe here), and then created the Sesame Street character using a combo of fruit and candy. His body is a fresh strawberry. The whites of his eyes are small marshmallows, with tiny M&Ms for the eye balls. Half an Oreo cookie makes his mouth and a dried apricot is the perfect nose. She used melted chocolate to hold everything in place.
Awesome idea, right? Care to share any of your own creative birthday treats? Post ‘em on High Chair Times’ Facebook page.
Photos by Aesook Kim
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Sunday, May 20th, 2012
My friend Diane hosted brunch to celebrate her son Zann’s second birthday this morning. Like many tots, Z is Elmo-obsessed and Diane went all out to incorporate touches of the Sesame Street star into the party. There were Elmo balloons, wall hangings, favor bags, and finger puppets. Elmo himself stopped by to pose for pics with the kids. (Mason ran right up to him but his mood turned sour when Elmo picked him up–just look at that grouchy little face.) The brunch spread included egg casserole, banana bread, blueberry muffins, ham, and minted fruit, with juice boxes and milk for the kids and mimosas and coffee for the adults.
I really loved that tower of cupcakes. It had three tiers of chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet cupcakes. Twinkling blue lights, a photo of the birthday boy, and an Elmo balloon made it festive. And it was so easy for the kids to eat the small cakes with their little fingers.
We served cupcakes at Mason’s first birthday party, and after seeing this cool cupcake tower (and remembering how much I loved ours last year), I might have to go with cupcakes again at Mason’s second birthday party. I’ve been pretty set on making Mason a cake, but I could always convert a cake recipe into a cupcake recipe. Luckily I have three months to decide! I’m sure I’ll change my mind 10 times before then:)
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