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Friday, February 22, 2013

Pokemon Party: Food (with printables)

We are at the final installment of the Pokemon How-tos!  Food!  Here I will share some of my favorite party recipes and tell you how I made some of my super cheap food trays!  Oh yeah, and there are some more printables for you too!

Cupcakes

What's a party without cupcakes, right?  Usually, I will decorate my cupcakes with the theme of the party.  But this time, Jaimee made some cupcake toppers for me which was so much easier!  It let me go crazy on some of the other stuff!  But I will share with you one of my favorite cupcake recipes.  It can be easily modified to your taste or party, and they always come out super moist and yummy!

This recipe comes from The Cake Mix Doctor who is a pro at turning a cake mix into a fun, gourmet dessert.  If you don't own one of her many books, you should!

Ingredients
1 package cake mix (whatever kind works with your party)
1 1/2 cups yogurt (your cupcake will take on the flavor and color of your yogurt so pick a flavor that suits your theme)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 large egg whites

For the Pokemon party, I used white cake mix and vanilla yogurt.  I just wanted them to be white.  I've used fruit flavored yogurt before and it is delish! 

Heat oven to 350.  Mix all the ingredients together at low speed for 30 seconds.  Scrape down the sides then mix at medium for 2 minutes.  Using an 1/4 cup ice cream scoop,  fill a lined cupcake tin with batter.  Bake for 17-20 minutes or until cupcake bounces bake when lightly pressed.  

Easy and delicious!

For the frosting I tried a new recipe that I am pretty sure will be my go to recipe from now on!  I love the idea of homemade frosting, but I don't like the taste of the butter creams made with a bunch of powdered sugar.  I actually prefer a store bought cream cheese frosting to that.  But then I found this Easy Marshmallow Frosting by Lil Luna.  It was perfect!  Super easy and really tasty!

Just beat 1 cup room temp butter and 1 cup powdered sugar until fluffy.  Add a 7oz jar of marshmallow fluff and 1 tsp vanilla and mix until creamy! you can add food coloring if you want to change the color.

After the cupcakes were made, I just printed off Jaimee's printables and taped a toothpick to the back.  Easy Peasy!  And so clean looking!

Pokeball Candy Tray

I'm patting myself on the back for this one.  It was so easy and turned out perfect!  And it only cost me $1!  Which in my case is a totally win!

You will need
red chip tray from the dollar store
black electric tape
white bandaging tape

When I saw the dip tray at the dollar store, I knew instantly I wanted to make it into a Pokeball!  I briefly considered painting it but then figured it wouldn't be food safe then.  That's when I came up with the idea of using tape!

You don't need to cover the entire thing, just line the top.  The rest will be full of candy so you won't see the bottom!

Using the black electrical tape, cover the middle line.  Use short pieces to go around the middle circle.  Trim and excess areas.

Then, using the white tape.  Cover the tops of the bottom lines and around the bottom half of the circle. If you use thin tape, you might need to do two layers.

Fill tray with white and red candies and you are done!  Just a hint, the swedish fish were a HUGE hit!

Pokeball Oreo Balls

I love oreo balls!  Especially at parties!  I love the idea of cake balls and the cute things you can do with them, but it doesn't make much sense to me to make cake balls when you already have cupcakes.  So oreo balls are the obvious answer!

They are super easy.  Take an entire bag of oreos and grind them into a very fine dust.  Food processor works great for this!  Mix the crumbs with a pack of softened cream cheese.  Roll in balls and dip in chocolate!  Very easy and come out great!

To make Pokeballs, I first dipped them in melted white chocolate.  You can use Wilton's chocolates for this, but if you want cheap, high quality melting chocolate, go to WinCo.  Their bulk section has the best chocolate for cake balls!  

Use a fork to drop the ball into the chocolate, roll it around until it's covered and scoop it out.  Give the fork a couple taps on the side of the bowl and slide the ball off onto wax paper.  Let harden.

Once hard, melt Wilton's red melting chocolates.  I used those here because I tried to mix red food coloring in with the WinCo chocolates and it was disastrous.  Break off any chocolate that spread from the ball.  Using your fingers, dip the ball halfway into the chocolate.  Set on wax paper.  

Melt dark chocolate in a ziplock bag in 20 second intervals.  Clip the corner of the bag.  Carefully draw a line across the middle of the ball.

Now, this part I didn't do because I made these up until the last minute and couldn't get the to harden in time for me to finish the button on the Pokeball.  But if I had the time, I would use the ziplock to make a black circle and then the whit chocolate to make the white.  But it worked out fine the way they were!

Candy Tray

I made this quick, easy candy tray for just $3.  So I thought I would share it with you!  

I kind of did it backwards, so I will share the right way to do it with you!

All you need are two candle holders and a set of burner covers.  I bought it all from the dollar store.  Some e6000 helps too.

First thing, glue the candle sticks to the top side of the burners.  You want the top side because the bottom is where you are putting your food.  You don't need to paint it because it's already white!

Once the glue is dry, paint the trays.  Paint all surfaces except the part that is already white.  Do a couple coats and paint a layer or varnish on it to keep from chipping!

So there you have it!  One Pokemon birthday party!  Hope you have enjoyed it all!  I know I have!  Now I have to wait all the way until June to do my next birthday party.


Want to see the whole party?

And here are the cupcake toppers I promised you!



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