Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lego Ninjago Cupcakes

Have you seen the new Lego movie yet? I haven't, but I heard it is awesome! I'm hoping to see it next week. I've seen the YouTube video for "Everything is Awesome" and whoa, talk about a catchy song! I had that song stuck in my head for days. I heard a rumor that a Lego Ninjago movie is planned next. Let's hope so! 

When a friend asked me to help out with Lego themed cupcakes for a 6 year old boy's birthday party, I immediately thought of Ninjago. There are many ways to decorate Lego cupcakes, but I finally decided on fondant circles that were decorated to look like the ninja faces, a few of Sensei Wu, the standard yellow Lego face, and some that looked like Lego plates.

How to Make Lego and Ninjago Cupcake Toppers:

Step 1: I recommend going easy on yourself and purchasing pre-colored fondant and white fondant. The pre-colored fondant matches the Lego colors perfectly. (Note: There is also a black ninja. I didn't have black fondant so I skipped him, but you might want to include him. I would suggested buying pre-colored black fondant.)

Step 2: Make templates out of paper or card stock. (I like card stock because it is thicker.) I cut out the pieces using an x-acto knife. 

Step 3: To make the Ninjago faces, roll out the yellow fondant until it is pretty thin but not so thin that you can see through it. Use a biscuit or cookie cutter that is about the same diameter as the cupcake to cut out the circles. 

Step 4: Roll out the red, blue, green, white, and black (if using) fondant in the same way and cut with the same biscuit/cookie cutter. Using the template, cut out the slits for the eyes using a sharp knife or x-acto knife. Discard the slits and immediately glue the remaining piece on top of a yellow circle using water or sugar glue (1/4 tsp. tylose in 2 tbsp. warm water). Set aside to dry flat. (I like to dry mine on a parchment lined baking sheet that has been lightly dusted with cornstarch.)

Step 5: To make the Lego yellow faces, roll out the white fondant until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Use a biscuit or cookie cutter to cut out circles. 

Step 6: Roll out the yellow fondant. Using the template, cut out the lego head. Glue them to the white circles using water or sugar glue. Set aside to dry flat.

Step 7: For the Lego plates, roll out the red, blue, green, and yellow fondant until they are about 1/4 inch thick. Use a biscuit or cookie cutter to cut out circles. Cut the small circles out of the leftover fondant using the tip of a size 12 cake decorating tip. Glue the small circles onto the large circle using water or sugar glue. Set aside to dry flat.

Step 8: For Sensei Wu, use the same biscuit/cookie cutter to cut out yellow circles for the head. Using your template, cut out the remaining parts for his head and face using white and tan fondant. Glue them to the face. 

Step 9: Draw eyes on using a black food safe marker. Get creative with the yellow Lego faces - there are so many options!

Step 10: Allow these to dry completely before placing them on the cupcake. I would give them at least 2 days to dry. If you make them ahead of time, store them away from direct sunlight so the colors don't fade.

Step 11: Frost the cupcakes as desired and top with the fondant cupcake toppers. I recommend doing this the same day the cupcakes will be served. 

About the cupcakes...I made half chocolate and half vanilla, and topped them all with a big swirl of vanilla buttercream. I smoothed down the tops of the frosting so that the fondant toppers would lay flat. I used bright cupcake liners that matched the colors of the toppers. I've also seen Lego cupcake wrappers that would be cute.

At the party, the cupcakes were displayed on a tiered cake stand (cupcake tower). Red, yellow, green, and blue M&Ms were placed around the cupcakes for fun. Kids can never have too much candy, right? I'm sure the parents were happy that I loaded their kids up with both cupcakes and candy. :)

Please leave a comment or email me you if you any questions. I'd love to help!

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