I can’t believe my little man is four today! The time is just flying by, it seems like he was just born. He is the most precious gift and my life would not be the same without him in it.
As with all birthdays in our house, we celebrate all week long and his celebrations started on Friday at preschool. There were cake pops and Spiderman and he came home so happy that he got to celebrate with his school friends.
For his actual birthday, I wanted to ensure that it was extra special and the cake always has a part in that. For the cake, I loved the idea that I saw on Sweetapolita with the doodle cake. I knew Q would have a blast decorating his own cake. I decided to make cupcakes with individual toppers which we all decorated together. It was a lot of fun and it gave us a project to do on Monday evening.
The toppers were made with fondant which I cut into circles with a cookie cutter. I’m not sure why, but fondant really scares me. Well, it did anyways until I found this fabulous recipe via Pinterest. A fondant made with only marshmallows and icing sugar via Clockwork Lemon. It didn’t take long to come together and, when it did, it was perfectly smooth for some of Q’s (and mamma’s) artwork.
I decided to forego on the icing and instead use a glaze. I’ve been using this recipe for years and it’s so simple to make.
The resulting cupcakes are perfect for celebrating a 4 year old!
3 TB water
2 TB butter
3 TB cocoa
1 cup icing sugar
Place the water and the butter in a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Take it off the heat and immediately mix in the cocoa. Gradually add in the icing sugar and keep mixing until you get the proper consistency.
1 cup mini marshmallows
3 TB water
1 to 2 cups icing sugar
Place the marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl and coat them with water. Warm them up in the microwave in ten second intervals until the marshmallows puff up and can be stirred. Slowly add icing sugar into the mixture. When it starts coming together, grease your hands with butter and knead the mixture until it stops being sticky and can be rolled out.