Bacon and Legs - Mimic anxiety and comfort cupcakes, Avengers-Style
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Recipe type: Avengers cupcakes
 
Ingredients
  • 24 prepared cupcakes*
  • white icing (store-bought or recipe here)
  • food coloring
  • easy marshmallow fondant (recipe below)
* You can buy these, make them from a box, or use some awesome family recipe. Any flavor goes. Since I was putting in extra time decorating, I shortcutted and used a box mix for dark chocolate cake. I replaced the water with a porter. Beer cupcakes are always better than not-beer cupcakes.
Materials:
  • cupcake wrappers
  • Avengers stencils (download here!)
  • knives, scissors, etc
Easy marshmallow fondant
  • 8 oz (about 4 cups) mini marshmallows
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (plus more for dusting)
  • cooking spray, Crisco or rubber gloves
  • food color, and lots of it
Instructions
  1. First get prepared. Get out all of your tools and ingredients. Dust your work surface with powdered sugar.
  2. Separate your whipped frosting into three bowls. You’ll need to dye it, 1 part Hulk-green, 1 part Iron Man-red and 2 parts White Man-peach. Cover the bowls with plastic wrap and set aside.
  3. Next, prepare your fondant. Place your marshmallows and water in a large microwave-safe bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Microwave on high for a minute. The marshmallows will puff up. Stir with a rubber spatula so that they are smooth. If it still looks lumpy, microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir again. Add in the powdered sugar and stir with a spatula. Stir until only the Hulk would be able to keep stirring. Scrape all of it out onto your work surface. (It’s ok if a lot of the sugar isn’t incorporated yet.) Dust your hands with powdered sugar and start to knead it like bread. Work it until it’s a smooth ball and not sticky anymore. Use more powdered sugar if needed. (Just not too much, you don’t want it to be too stiff.)
  4. Once you have a smooth-ass ball of fondant, divide it up into sections. You’ll need the following:
  5. White: you’ll need plain white for Captain America’s A, Hulk’s mouth and Iron Man’s eyes but also leave some more white in case you don’t get the right color out of one of your colored batches. You do NOT want to be mixing up more fondant and you’ll have plenty to play with here.
  6. Captain America’s Blue: a few drops of blue, and one drop of black
  7. Black Hulk Hair (and bunches of eyes): several drops of black, you may need to add more as it’ll look gray at first.
  8. Thor’s Golden Yellow: a few drops of yellow, one drop of orange or half drop of red
  9. Iron Man’s Deep Gold (also used for Thor’s Eyebrows): a few drops of yellow, double the orange or red from Thor’s batch, go slowly and add in as you need it, it changes fast
  10. Iron Man Red: You can mix up some red to match your iron man frosting for his mouth, or you can just use black like I did. Much easier and no one will notice.
  11. Pick your first color to work on. Flatten the fondant into a round disc with your rolling pin. Rub crisco on your hands so they don’t get as-dyed (or wear rubber gloves ... I think it’s easier to work without gloves and I don’t mind some blue fingers for a couple days). Add in your food coloring into the middle of the fondant. Fold it in half so the dye is enclosed. Begin to knead the ball like you did before until the color is fully incorporated. Repeat for each color.
  12. When you’re ready to decorate, roll out the fondant with the rolling pin. You’ll want it to be pretty thin. Using the template, cut out each piece from its appropriate color. If you put a little crisco on your knife, it cuts a lot easier. Smooth out the rough edges of your piece with your finger or the flat side of a knife. Set aside on a baking sheet and cover until ready to place on your cupcakes.
  13. Frost your cupcakes with their appropriately colored frosting and assemble with fondant pieces. If you have any fondant-on-fondant action (i.e. Captain America’s eyes on his mask) just put a tiny bit of frosting on them as glue.
  14. Cover and store until ready to devour. You might want to hide them from your kids. And by kids, I also mean significant others and friends.
  15. Avengers, assemble!
Recipe by HoboTrashcan at http://www.hobotrashcan.com/2015/04/23/bacon-and-legs-mimic-anxiety-and-comfort-cupcakes-avengers-style/