Today I’m listening to Pocket Full of Rainbows by Elvis… This song has been stuck in my head for a few days. It was on the movie “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” which I watched the other day, and I just can’t shake it. Don’t want to really. What a charming notion… to have a pocket full of rainbows. I could pull one out whenever I needed something beautiful to look at.
I love bubbles. They relax me. Well, most of the time they relax me… when I’m cleaning up spilled bubble solution, or sorting out an argument about who’s bubble container is whose, or calming a screaming toddler who is angry that bubble time is over- that’s not so relaxing.
So summer time is almost over and with the kids starting school next week, I wanted to find some fun projects to finish out August. Today I grabbed up a pyrex baking dish, some bubble solution, some Joy dish soap and two metal hangers. I bent the hangers into bubble wands and filled up the baking dish with bubble solution and dish soap (it made the bubbles more stable) and sent my oldest two out to blow the biggest bubbles they could make.
We had a blast running around the yard chasing giant sized soap bubbles. My favorite part? The look of wonder on my kids’ faces each time those bubbles formed. We all enjoyed our moment of wonder.
The First Bubble
Look! The bubbles are the size of my HEAD!
I love baking (as you know if you’ve read some of this blog) and I’ve been dying to try out some of the cupcakes from the book Hello, Cupcake. I received this super fun cupcake book for my birthday and have been waiting for an opportunity to see if making these creative treats was as easy as they make it look in the book.
This weekend’s deck party inspired me to bring some of the beautiful (and complicated-looking) butterfly cupcakes.
The showpiece topper of the cupcakes are the butterflies, made from candy melts. I had never worked with candy melts before and I was a little apprehensive. However, by following the easy, clear instructions in the book, I soon created a plate full of wings and antennae.
Bits and Pieces
It’s convenient that these can be made in advance and stored in a cool, dry place before use. When working with candy melts, I do recommend making small batches of parts as the candy hardens quickly!
The next morning I baked up a batch of double fudge cupcakes, frosted them and started my assembly. The book showed piping chocolate frosting for the center of the butterfly, but since I didn’t want to whip up a batch and I had plenty of chocolate melts left, I just used that to pipe down the center. It seemed to work better in my opinion, helping the wings to hold their position. (the m&m’s underneath each wing didn’t hurt either!) With just a little time, I was able to create these amazing cupcakes!
My only other advice would be to keep these in a cool, dry place until you are ready to serve them. On the short walk from the house to the car in 90 degree heat, the delicate antennea melted. Soon after the wings started to droop. However, as soon as I got them inside again, the candy melts firmed right up.
Candy melts can be found at many baking supply and craft stores. They come in an wide variety of colors and these cupcakes would be amazing with rainbow hued butterflies.