As I mentioned in my weekend in review post yesterday, my eight-year-old and I made homemade Flag Cupcakes together on Saturday. We used the One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes recipe from Martha Stewart and the Vanilla Powdered Sugar Frosting from All Recipes. Both were easy to follow and turned out pretty well.
The dilemma came in decorating the cupcakes. We mixed blue food coloring into part of the white icing and my daughter piped the dots onto the cupcakes. The red stripes were supposed to be red licorice, which neither of my girls like. I thought it would be easy enough to substitute a red fruit roll-up cut into strips and laid on top. (In retrospect, I should have just tinted some of the white icing red and piped it on in lines.)
I do buy the packaged fruit snacks from time to time, but don’t know that I’ve ever bought fruit roll-ups – and at this point doubt that I will again. I unrolled one, thinking that I could just lay it across a plate and use a sharp knife to cut it into strips. Nice try – the whole thing adhered to the plate and I could not get it off!
I finally put the plate in the sink and had to soak it in hot water to get the fruit roll-up to come off. Meanwhile, I’m thinking “If it does this on a plate, what does it do to your insides when you eat it???”
My next idea worked a bit better; I unrolled part of a fruit roll-up and laid it on a piece of aluminum foil. After several attempts, I was able to get enough little pieces cut for my daughter to lay three on each cupcake. The finished product looked fine, but I must admit to lifting off the red stripes when I ate my cupcake!