In anticipation for the release of ParaNorman in 2D and 3D theaters everywhere on August 17th, check out this DIY decorating kit which allows you to create your very own ParaNorman-themed party dessert that you can share with your kids and would be sure to cheer up even the grumpiest zombie !
Look what celebrity chef Annette Starbuck created!
Chef Annette Starbuck, owner of Goodie Girls Cupcakes in Glendale, CA, is the winner of Season 3 Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” Kentucky Derby. She has also been featured on Season 6 Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars Champions”, CBS “The Talk”, Fox’s “Wednesday’s Child”, and the face of the 2012 Las Vegas Chocolate Festival at the Venetian Hotel. Annette is a self-taught baker and through passion and persistence has developed amazing cupcake flavors and combinations. Goodie Girls is currently working on opening their second location in La Canada, CA which is planned to open January 2013 – www.thegoodiegirls.com
Make your favorite white based frosting and tint the frosting any shade of your favorite green for ParaNorman. To make the frosting sheet decorations, cut out a round piece of fondant with a same size cookie cutter round as the frosting sheet in the ParaNorman Cupcake Kit. To apply the frosting sheet to the fondant, dampen the fondant slightly with a little water and peel the frosting sheet from it’s backing. Gently place the frosting sheet on the fondant and smooth out with your fingers. Set aside on a piece of Parchment Paper to dry for 24 hours or until the fondant becomes hard. Tip: place frosting sheets in freezer to allow easier ability to peel the frosting sheet from the backing. Frost the cupcake using a round frosting tip (you may also use a butter knife or spatula to frost if you do not have a round tip). Once frosted, but before the frosting dries, place your dried fondant piece on top.
To make Norman’s head cut out, roll out a brown piece of fondant. Use the Norman cookie cutter in the ParaNorman Cupcake Kit and cut. Place fondant piece on Parchment Paper and allow up to 24 hours to dry or until fondant hardens. Frost your favorite baked cupcake (Tip: bake your cupcakes in a normal cupcake liner and place the cupcakes once baked in a ParaNorman liner) with your green frosting in a round tip (you may also use a butter knife or spatula if you do not have a round tip). Once frosted, but before frosting dries, place the hardened Norman head on top.
Our Take: Well we do things a bit simpler than Chef Annette, I’m not even sure where I’d find fondant! So my girls got excited to make cupcakes and who doesn’t? My oldest took the mask and played around while she mixed up the batter. The frosting was tinted green and due to the HOT nights we’ve been having, patience was short and the frosting was melting, but we placed the frosting sheets on top of the cupcakes and ate them immediately!
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