These were really simple easy and cute cupcakes to make!
After baking you can fill, dip or do nothing to them before you ice. I just like really flavorful cupcakes so here I dipped French vanilla cakes in dark chocolate Ganache and homemade lemon curd filling. I also filled them with the same.
Crush some chocolate cookies SUPER fine (the finer they are the more they look like dirt). Crush the cookies as much as you can and then sift the larger pieces away to get smooth, fluffy, dirt like consistency. Using 1/4 tsp drop a small bit on each cake (doesn't matter where, you'll see why in a moment).
Roll out some green fondant and just using an exacto knife randomly cut out wavy pieces. Use a piping tip to punch out the ball hole and a toothpick to punch a hole for your flag to sit. Roll some more red, green or yellow fondant to be about 1/8 inch thickness or thick enough to push a toothpick through for the flags and begin cutting triangles. I used Americolor edible markers for the numbers.
Color some frosting green and using a grass tip, fill a piping bag and Pipe grass around dirt...
Place your shape on cake with hole laying over dirt. Roll out tiny balls of white fondant. Using a needle, stick in each ball while using a toothpick to put indents in to make it look like a Golf ball. I used a golf ball candy mold for my ball toppers.
This was my very FIRST Topsy Turvy cake and it made me nervous! To intentionally make a cake crooked is to defy gravity...but, it can be done.
cakes: Bottom: Dark Chocolate Ganache, Center: Red Velvet w/Cream Cheese, Top
Hat: Confetti with homemade lemon curd. Not that hat gave issues! Oh my! I got
a little happy with the lemon curd filling, stacked the cakes, dirty iced them
to cover with fondant, went back to the freezer and it had shrank and was
nearly laying down...opsies! So I had to bake the cake over and be sure not to overdo
the filling...lesson learned. Besides, it won't go to waste, a friend picking
up her cake is happy to take the catastrophe off my hands LOL!
Last I heard, a stomach can't
taste "ugly" :-).
The birthday girl seemed happy with it so...works for me!
The "ten shillings and sixpence" (10/6) represented on the Mad Hatters hat I changed to represent the birthday girls actual birthday which is 15/6...that worked out pretty cleverly if I say so myself :-).