Friday, October 26, 2012

Mars Alien Cupcakes not Pluto

Have you seen any aliens lately? I figure I'll see a few next week on Halloween. Well, my sister made these aliens and brought them over. My daughters thought they looked adorable. I'll remind them of their comment when if we are invaded. Cute? Not scary?
One thing about these aliens are they are tasty. I know some people are into trying strange cuisine but I don't think I'll ever try real alien in my lifetime. Would you if they were edible? Or would you be finicky and only prefer aliens from Mars but not Pluto?
Alien Cupcakes
24 cupcakes
2 cups of frosting

1 package of candy melts

4 strings of black licorice, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 black food pen or candy or sunflower seed (for the eyes) 
  1. Crumble 12 cupcakes in a bowl.
  2. Stir in 1 cup of frosting into the crumbled cupcakes. Mix well.
  3. Roll the cupcake mixture into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls.
  4. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Take the cake balls out of the freezer and add a little frosting to the bottom of the ball. 
  6. Place the frosting side down onto a cupcake. Press well.
  7. Place the cupcakes with the cupcake ball into the freezer for at least 1 hour or overnight. 
  8. Add water to pot with a heat proof bowl on top of the pot to make a double boiler.
  9. Place the candy melts in the heat proof bowl and stir until melted. Remove from burner.
  10. Take a few of the cupcakes from the freezer.
  11. Dip the chilled cupcake upside down into the bowl quickly into the melted candy to coat. 
  12. Carefully place the cupcake onto a plate to cool. Be careful not to remove to many of the cupcakes from the freezer at a time of the cake ball will fall off the cupcake. 
  13. Stir the melted candy melts between cupcake dips. If the candy starts to harden, reheat or make goblins or crazy looking aliens. 
Recipe adapted from Hello, Cupcake! cookbook by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.

One year ago...........I made Vanilla Buttermilk Cupcakes.
Did you already know...
-Currently, Mars can be seen low in the southwest at dusk.
-The surface of Mars can be seen in detail from Earth.
-This month, NASA's rover Curiosity is taking samples of soil on Mars and analyzing it.

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