For whatever reason, my company choose little rubber duckies as its mascot. The urban legend is that we wanted to bring a cheap giveaway to a trade fair, and Oriental Trading Company was the only place that could deliver en mass in time. So, we bought a bajillion of the little guys, and gave them away. I don’t know if they were a success or not, but I do know that they have been laying around the office since my first day.
So, when my team had to work over the Fourth of July weekend, I thought a cupcake version of the ducks would be appropriate, and I’ve named them Duckcakes.
- 1 batch of Vanilla or Lemon Cupcakes
- 2 batches of Frosting (lemon worked well)
- Large Marshmallows, like for S’mores (1 for every 2 cupcakes)
- Donut Holes (1/cupcake)
- Yellow Food Coloring
- Dark Chocolate, small amount (for decorating)
- Orange flavored Starburst, or other chewy candy (1 for every 2 cupcakes)
- Cool cupcakes completely
- Cut large marshmallows on the bias
- Frost cupcakes and immediately add a donut hole and a marshmallow as pictured. You may want to add some extra frosting to secure these in place. Chill in the freezer.
- Cut the orange chews in half, and working like silly putty, form into beaks
- Microwave remaining frosting in 15 second intervals until liquidy, stirring between each interval. Add food coloring to desired color.
- Put a cookie sheet into the freezer, flat.
- Working quickly, dip the cupcake with the donut hole and marshmallow into the melted frosting, letting excess drip off. Add the beak to the donut hole lump. Put into the freezer on the cookie sheet (this was my idea and kept the beak from slipping). Work one at a time until finished.
- Melt chocolate, and pour into a ziploc bag or piping bag.
- Once the ducks have set (5 – 10 minutes), remove the tray from the freezer. Using the chocolate, decorate each duck with eyes as desired.