Thursday, February 13, 2014

Can You Even See These Cupcakes?



There is a bake sale today to raise funds for Eric's employer's Employee Crisis Assistance Program.  It's super nice to have a place to take baked goods so we don't "have" to eat them all at home or constantly foist them off on the few neighbors we have annnnnd we get to contribute to a cool thing.  In this case, I got to try to make these fun-looking Camo Cupcakes!




And since these went to RMEF (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation), it seemed appropriate to utilize some free clip art Elk and Wapiti!

FUN FACT:  Another name for Elk is "Wapiti."  From Wikipedia:  The name wapiti is from the Shawnee and Cree word waapiti, meaning "white rump". This name is used in particular for the Asian subspecies (Altai wapitiTian Shan wapitiManchurian wapiti and Alashan wapiti), because in Eurasia the name elk continues to be used for the moose.  You see "Wapiti" used in business names and such around here.

And if you've been following along with this blog or do much in the way of animal watching in the wild, you know that wild animal poop (scat) is important and worthy of note.

NOTE: All feces depicted on these cupcakes is faux feces.

They will sell small treats like these, cookies, etc. at some set prices and then have a silent auction for the larger baked goods.  Eric has been instructed to look for and bid on a good looking pie if there is one.  I don't know how often they have these fundraisers, but I do know that last month they held a chili cook-off to raise funds for the program and Eric is considering contributing his famous-ish pork chili next year. I think he has a shot; that stuff is delicious.



9 comments:

  1. I love these cupcakes! You are so creative and twisted!!

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  2. Thanks, Becky! I can only take credit for the ideas behind the elk-on-a-stick and, well, the poop.

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  3. Tara these are fun!! I bet people did two things immediately, laughed then dug out their wallets! The poo is great, such a funny touch! The inside camo part came out perfect! Are they hard to make?

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! The are not difficult, but they are kind of tedius and somewhat messy. I think that the original tutorial suggested using pastry bags to fill the cupcake tins, but the batter is so runny I can't imagine that not leading to tears and who wants salty cupcakes? If I had to do it again, I'd used a scratch recipe for 24 cupcakes and divide it to flavor and color the batter. Two boxes were TOO MUCH batter.

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  4. Those are fantastic- great job! (And thanks for the idea...something like this might turn up with some toy soldiers on 'em for Thing One's birthday this year!)

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    1. Thanks! They're perfect for a toy soldier!

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