Once Upon a Time….There was a Fairytale Baby Shower!

So, I love all things fairytale and when I heard my cousin was having a fairytale baby shower and I was invited to do the dessert spread…I went a little crazy. I had to tone it down and choose just a few ideas.
The whole event was super fun and it turned out cute. Here are the spoils. 
First up we have Fairy Godmother Wands made from yellow star cake pops.
(I suspended the cake pops in sea shells representing The Little Mermaid)
Then we had Cinderella’s Lemon Poppyseed Cupcakes with blue pearl necklace beads to adorn classy buttercream.
My personal favorite was the Upelkuchen and Pishsalver. You may be think….”Whhhhhaaaa???”
These are the real names of the “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” foodsnacks in Alice and Wonderland. I used chocolate dipped oreos and black cherry and grape bottled drinks. It was super cute and really easy.
I absolutely had to have a jar of Pinocchio’s Taffy… because he “stretches” the truth… get it… get it…?img_3678
Jack’s Magic Beans were a no brainer! Too Easy.
A few bigger pictures of the spread.
To make the cake pops, I crumbled up the baked yellow cake and put just enough frosting in to allow the cake to hold together. I taste tested to make sure I had the right texture and enough frosting. Then I smashed it into a pan and used a star cookie cutter to cut out the shapes. I stuck a 6″ stick into the bottom and put them on a pan, covered in plastic wrap and stuck it in the fridge overnight. Putting it in the fridge until it is firm enough to dip will also be sufficient. Make sure you allow the cake to warm up a little bit if you freeze it (about 20 minutes) before dipping or else your beautiful star will get big cracks in the coating. Dip the stars in melted vanilla wafers (colored yellow with oil based food color- Do NOT use water based food color in chocolate, it will seize) and allow the excess to drip off. Sprinkle as desired with nonpereils or any other sprinklable glitz. Stick the stick into a foam block to allow the cake pop to dry upright. Voila!

To make the Upelkuchen (oreos), color your melted vanilla wafers with violet oil candy color and then dip oreos using a dipping tool (easier and nicer looking than using forks I think- easily worth the $9 investment). Let the excess drip off and lightly scrape the bottom of the oreo against the side of the bowl. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Once the coating has hardened, write EAT ME on the top. To do this, melt dark or semi sweet chocolate in a ziplock bag until just melted. Do this in 10 second intervals. Be careful not to melt right through the bag….don’t laugh. Once melted just enough, zip the top and clip off a very small tip off the corner. You can go bigger but you can’t go smaller so be conservative. Twist at the top of the chocolate and you are ready to write. PRACTICE before you do it on a cookie….or else give that cookie to your hubby or child or dog….it took me a couple cookies to make it look right. The key was to let it cool enough so it is easier to write with. If it is too runny it will look weird…..so let it cool another 30 seconds or so.
To make the other fancy looking ones you need a chocolate transfer sheet available at orson gygis, Baker’s Cash-N-Carry, Amazon.com, or a plethora of other online bakery retailers. (They don’t come cheap though.) Get one that is fun! These are essentially plastic sheets designed with cocoa butter colored with powdered food coloring. These (minus the plastic sheet) are completely edible. I cut my transfer sheet into squares that just fit the top of the oreo. So after you dip the oreo and place it on the parchment paper, take a transfer sheet square and place it on top of the oreo (while the chocolate is still melted). Press lightly to make sure there are no bubbles and the transfer sheet is in complete contact with the chocolate. Allow to dry and carefully lift off the plastic. Done! Super cute. Be careful with these dipped oreos because they melt really easy. Keep them real cool until you need them.

General Tip:
To melt vanilla wafers or chocolate wafers, you can throw them in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave them or you can use the double boiler system. I like to get the water boiling then take it off the heat and put the top bowl on (with the wafers inside). Be sure not to get condensation in the chocolate. Allow the wafers to melt for a few minutes and stir. If needed reheat the water and repeat (depends on how many wafers you have).

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