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Decorating with Kids - It's Child's Play!

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They'll Bee Delicious Cupcakes
Blast Off Snack Cake
Her Majesty's Chariot Cookies

(Family Features) Decorating desserts with children can make any occasion (or just a rainy day) extra special. Creating yummy and oh-so-cute treats are easy and fun - great for little helpers in the kitchen.

Young stargazers will shoot into space when they make a blast-off snack cake, complete with astronaut and candy flames. Bee-utiful bee-topped cupcakes are sure to bring on quite a buzz, while princess-ready chariot cookies will sweep any mini-majesty off her feet.

Ready to get started? These tips for decorating with kids will help.

  • Be prepared. Get organized and assemble all the tools and ingredients you'll need before you start. Keep towels handy for quick and easy cleanup.

  • Keep age in mind. Preschoolers have shorter attention spans and like instant results, while elementary age children can handle more involved tasks.

  • Consider kid-friendly products. The Wilton Kids(tm) line offers a variety of fun tools and supplies. Mini pans, vibrant-colored icings and flexible silicone stretchy cutters - no sharp edges - make creating scrumptious sweet treats a cinch.
     
  • Think sprinkles. Kids of all ages love this go-to decoration. Set out sprinkles in a variety of colors and shapes and let imaginations run wild with creative decorating ideas.

  • Have fun. Turn up some music, take plenty of pictures and enjoy the quality time.

Visit www.wilton.com for more kid-approved projects and to order products from the Wilton Kids line.

They'll Bee Delicious Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • Mega Cupcake Tote
  • 12-cup Standard Muffin Pan
  • Favorite cupcake recipe or cake mix
  • 9-inch Angled Spatula
  • White Ready-To-Use Decorator Icing
  • Create-N-Color Primary Fondant Treat Kit

Preparation
    1. Place baking cups from cupcake tote into muffin pan. Prepare cupcake batter following instructions; fill baking cups 2/3 full. Bake following instructions; cool completely. Using spatula, ice cupcakes smooth with white icing.
    2. Dust face mold from fondant kit with cornstarch; fill with yellow fondant. Unmold. With edible color markers from kit, draw eyeballs and mouth.
    3. Using dark green fondant from kit, make a teardrop-shaped body, about 2 inches long x 1 1/4 inches wide. Attach head to body with icing; place on cupcake top. Using red fondant from kit, make six 1 1/4-inch-long logs for legs; bend in half. Attach three legs to each side of body with icing. Roll small red fondant balls for feet; attach.
    4. Using yellow fondant from kit, make a 1/2-inch triangle for tail; attach to body with icing. Position bee on top of cupcake.

Serves
Each cupcake serves 1

Blast Off Snack Cake

Ingredients
  • Rocket Mini Pan
  • 1 package (9 ounces) small cake or snack cake mix
  • Ingredients to prepare mix
  • Color-N-Swirl Bright Icing Kit
  • Cornstarch
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Mini candy-coated chocolates
  • Color-N-Swirl Primary Icing Kit
  • Regular and large spice drops

Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray Rocket Mini Pan with vegetable pan spray.
    2. Prepare cake mix following package instructions. Pour into prepared pan, filling 2/3 full. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.
    3. Trim off top and engine detail from cake. Reserve trimmed pieces for another use such as a pudding topper or for cake balls. With spatula or butter knife, ice smooth using violet tube icing from icing kit.
    4. Using round tip and orange tube icing from icing kit, pipe space man face. Pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch. Cut marshmallow in half for eyes. With cut sides down, attach to space man face. Pipe pupils and mouth with blue tube icing from icing kit. Attach mini candy-coated chocolates with icing.
    5. Using star tip and yellow tube icing from icing kit, pipe star pattern on cake. Cut regular spice drops in half. Attach to cake, cut sides down, with icing. Cut large spice drops into slices to resemble flames. Attach to cake with violet tube icing from icing kit.

Serves
Serves 6

Her Majesty's Chariot Cookies

Ingredients
  • Create-N-Color Bright Fondant Treat Kit
  • Cornstarch
  • Roll-Out Cookie Dough (recipe available at www.wilton.com)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Stretchy Cutters Set
  • Color-N-Swirl Bright Icing Kit
  • 9-inch Fondant Roller or rolling pin
  • Oval Fondant Cut-Outs

Preparation
    1. Make two flower wheels by kneading and softening a small amount of pink and the purple fondant from fondant kit. Dust flower mold from fondant kit with cornstarch. Press pink fondant into swirl portion of mold. Using violet fondant from kit, fill remaining portion of mold. Unmold.
    2. For crown, dust fondant mold from kit with cornstarch; press violet fondant from kit into crown mold. Unmold.
    3. Prepare and roll out cookie dough. Cut cookies using large round cutter in set. Bake and cool cookies following recipe instructions.
    4. Spatula ice cookies smooth using pink tube icing from icing kit. Press fondant flower wheels on the bottom of the cookie.
    5. Roll out violet fondant to 1/16 inch thick. Cut door using medium oval cut-out. Cut out windows using small oval cut-out; cut in half. Roll out pink fondant 1/16 inch thick. Cut oval using medium oval cut-out; cut oval in half. Place pink half over bottom of violet door. Roll small piece of violet fondant into ball and attach for door handle. Place door and windows on cookie; add crown to top of cookie.
    6. Her Majesty's Chariot: Press pink then purple fondant into flower mold to make wheels.
    7. Press violet fondant into crown mold.
    8. Smoothly ice cookies with pink icing.
    9. Use oval cut-out to make door and windows.

Serves
Each cookie serves 1

SOURCE: Wilton Enterprises



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