It’s that time of year again! The holiday season is upon us and it’s time for wrapping presents and baking goodies for our loved ones. This is Kos Check’s first holiday blog post and our first edition of Kaylie’s Kitchen. We’re kicking it off with some tasty treats for the not-so-hairy buddies in your life. We’ve all seen the "Pinterest Fails" of various designs for baked goods and some of us have even been the victim of it. This will be a fool-proof, fun and easy design for the busy pet owner who wants to make a special treat for the holidays.
The Snow Pupcake
What you will need
- White frosting (Homemade or store bought both work)
- Jumbo Marshmallows
- Pocky (can be found at the grocery store in the Asian Foods section)
- Mini M&Ms
- Wilton decorator icing bags and icing tips (size 8 round tip and a drop flower tip)
- Baking cups
- And cupcakes of course
Make sure your cupcakes have cooled overnight to ensure they will be easier to handle and to prevent the icing from melting. For this design, the recipe you use for the cupcake can be pretty much anything. I chose to go with red velvet cupcakes, as they are festive and yummy. If you are in need of recipe suggestions here are a few to get you started.
Spread a layer of icing over the top of the cupcake to a medium thickness. You don’t want it to be too thick because then things will slide from the weight.
Place your marshmallow vertically on top of the cupcake. Make sure it is nestled in the icing well enough to keep it secure.
The first step in making our cupcake look like a pup will be giving it legs and a tail. Take a stick of Pocky out of the package and using a knife, cut off pieces to use as two front legs, two back legs and one tail for our snow pup. Place the longer sticks as the back legs along each side of the marshmallow, tucking the back of the stick under the marshmallow. Next, tuck the top under the front of the pup for both front legs so that legs stick out in front. Then stick the tail on the backside of the cupcake so that it is wagging happily.
Get out your icing tips and bags! It’s time to give this cutie a face and ears! Using the small circular tip, put a little dab for two eyes and a bigger dot for the snout/nose. Then make a little square patch of icing on either side of the pup’s head for the ears.
Cut six small pieces of Pocky to be used as ears and pick out your M&M’s for the face. Place three pieces of Pocky on either side of the head and place the eyes and nose on top of the icing.
Now we need to give this little fluff a hat! Grab the icing tip we used before and make a ring going around the top of the marshmallow. Then grab the icing tip with the grooves so that we can give the hat some texture. Using the drop flower tip, squeeze out icing into a circular pattern up to a point. Think of how you would do frozen yogurt as an example. Then go around the edge with mini M&M’s and one to add the little fluff ball to the top of the hat.
Now you are done and you have an adorable and unique treat to bring to holiday parties or give to friends! Decorating all of the cupcakes should be an easy and painless process. The most important part is to have fun and enjoy the holidays. So cuddle up with your family, both furry and not furry, and enjoy this holiday season!
We would love to see pictures of your Snow Pup Cupcakes! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #GAF_Kaylieskitchen to share your pictures with the community. Happy Holidays from all of us at Kos Check!