Rainbow Trout Cupcakes
Today was one of those days that validate my career decision. I may bake all week, but I still woke up this morning wanting nothing more than to make these magical cupcakes. If food manages to hold this much interest for me, I must have made the right choice. Don’t you love those moments?
Now, on to the good stuff.
First, bake twelve cupcakes of your choice. We opted for Funfetti, since they’re super colorful. You should also make about 1 cup of your favorite frosting. We used cream cheese frosting that was left over from a cake earlier in the week.
Then, flatten Starburst with a rolling pin… or, my favorite substitute, an empty wine bottle.
My rolling pin is recyclable. Yours may not be. If you want to protect yours a little more than I did, I would suggest rolling out the Starburst between two sheets of wax paper.
Then you can cut the flattened Starburst into vaguely fin-like shapes and score them with the back of a paring knife.
Once the fins are ready, you can leave them in the fridge or freezer until the final assembly of the cupcakes. (The original recipe called to melt white chocolate to help the fins stick to the cupcake, but we didn’t bother. It was a good choice.)
Then you reserve a little bit of white frosting and dye the rest with neon colors. We opted for blue and green because they’re sea colors!
We also decided to leave all of the cupcakes in the fridge except the one we were decorating, which helped the frosting stay firm.
Then you decide on a color scheme for your fish, using M&M’s as scales.
Cover about 2/3 of the cupcake with the scales. Starting on the right makes it easier to overlap the scales the right way.
Then pipe a small dot of the reserved white icing and top with a brown M&M to make a cute eyeball. The original recipe called for mini M&M eyeballs, but I think the full-size ones make the fish look extra adorable.
Press four fins into each fish, and then use a small shaped sprinkle to form a mouth.
Alternatively, if your cupcake was caught naked and scale-less, you can pipe a small surprised mouth and arched eyebrow. You know, whatever floats your boat.
And in the end, you’ll have a school of fish that would impress any visitor. Enjoy!