Slider and Popcorn Cupcakes for a Carnival Party

A couple of years ago, we decided to host our daughter’s birthday party at a local indoor amusement park. A carnival theme fit perfectly with the party venue and there were lots of potential party ideas to explore. Since the venue didn’t require much in terms of decor, I focused my efforts on the treats and loot bag items. In keeping with the carnival theme, I decided to create slider cupcakes and popcorn cupcakes. Of all of the cupcakes that I have created to date, these were the most fun. I baked vanilla cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes to make these mini-sliders. The vanilla cupcakes were cut in half and I used part of the chocolate cupcakes as the burger. The ketchup and lettuce were made of coloured buttercream and I used orange fondant to create the cheese slices. I think the sprinkling of sesame seeds really sells the burger! Watching the delightful reactions of our guests eating sweet sliders was priceless.

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The topping on the popcorn cupcakes was made out of fondant and highlighted with edible yellow and brown dust powder. Each individual kernel was formed using the Wilton fondant/gum paste small and large ball tool.  A friendly word of warning if you’re thinking about making fondant popcorn at home: this was way more time consuming than I anticipated so be ready to spend hours creating the individual kernels if you want to give these a try! It’s likely easier just to use real popcorn as the topping.

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In addition to the cupcakes, I wanted to create a batch of carousel themed cookies. I looked high and low for a small carousel pony to make a fondant mold and eventually used my daughter’s My Little Pony figurine to create the mold. After piping flood consistency royal icing onto the cookies, I placed each fondant pony on the cookie to set. To finish them off, I painted each pony with edible gold dust powder mixed with lemon extract.

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While brainstorming other themed treats, I knew I had to include candied apples. It’s such a classic and well-loved carnival treat. Instead of making traditionally sized candied apples, I opted for mini apples and followed a candied apple recipe that I found online. The key to making a bright and shiny hard candy shell is using red food colouring and heating the sugar mixture to 300 to 310 degrees (149 to 154 degrees C) or until a small amount of the syrup turns brittle when dropped into cold water.

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I hope these ideas provide some inspiration for your next party. Happy party planning!



'Slider and Popcorn Cupcakes for a Carnival Party' has 2 comments

  1. October 11, 2016 @ 5:06 AM Gina

    The popcorn cupcakes are soooo realistic!!! I love then great job!!

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    • October 14, 2016 @ 11:55 PM The Inspired Hostess

      Thanks so much! They’re incredibly fun to make. Appreciate the feedback and thanks for following my blog!
      Gail

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