Up first are the Mushroom Pops in Pipes! (I dare you to say that 3x fast!)
Back in June, I saw this idea for Marshmallow Pops that look like mushrooms that was featured on Be Different, Act Normal. The originals were made as part of a smurf party. I loved the idea and decided to make it my own.
Original Project here at My Paper Pony
I wanted to serve them individually in terra cotta pots, but I lucked out and found these little ceramic pots in the Ikea 'As-Is' section for $.10 each! I probably looked nuts as I was squealing with delight and loading up 20 of these little pots in my cart.
I spray painted the outside only with Krylon Fusion in Spring Grass.
The original plan was to put parchment paper inside each pot and bake the cupcakes right inside. Unfortunately I ran out of parchment paper and time, so I baked regular cupcakes and stacked them inside instead.
The mushroom face is a large marshmallow that I drew on with these edible ink markers.
For the mushroom caps, I found some Brownie Bites at the grocery store which were the perfect size and shape.
I melted red candy melts in a deep mug in the microwave and dipped the brownie bites.
TIP: Add some shortening to candy melts to give them a thinner and smoother texture. My caps were looking like that gloppy until I thinned the candy with shortening.
Check out the fail down in the corner. I tried white chocolate chips but the brownies were too dense to push them in!
While the chocolate was drying I placed some yellow sprinkles on half of them to replicate the 'Life Shroom'. The other half I used white pearlized ball sprinkles to look like the regular old mushrooms.
I used some wood skewers to hold the marshmallow and brownie bite together as well as stabilize the two cupcakes in the pot.
They were a huge hit.
Here's little Ms Foxy determined to get at that marshmallow with a fork.