At 7:30pm tomorrow night, my family and I will be glued to the TV watching the Opening Ceremony at the Sochi Winter Olympics! Truly- we cannot wait! So just as we did for the Super Bowl- we plan to make a family party out of this special event, and set up a buffet of goodies to eat and allow the kids to enjoy their dinner and dessert in front of the TV. I wanted to include a special dessert to fit the Olympic theme, and inspired by similar ideas I saw on Pinterest, I created these Olympic Torch Cupcakes!
To create these cute cupcakes, I simply baked a batch of regular cupcakes from a boxed cake mix using liners in muffin tins, and once they cooled, I removed the paper liner and popped them into a flat-bottomed Ice cream cone.
Okay…. truth be told- at first I attempted to create my cupcakes by actually baking them inside of the ice cream cone…. but this happened:
They looked nice and puffy coming out of the oven, but as they cooled- they fell back into the cone and became all mushy. Bummer. So trust me- bake them separately and add your cupcakes to the cones once they are cooled.
I used a large sheet of foil over a 13×9 pan and cut 12 X’s in the foil to create a way to hold the cones in place as I decorated them.
I made a big batch of my favorite cake/cookie icing and used food coloring to create yellow, orange, and red icing for the Olympic flames.
I used a large spoon to place the icing in the piping bag- trying to keep each color in it’s own third of the bag.
And remember- it is always easier to fill a piping bag by first placing it inside of a tall cup!
I piped “strings” of the swirled icing from the bottom up, leaving the top of the cone spiky- just like flames shooting up from the torch! It takes quite a bit of icing to create the flame effect… but the kids sure don’t mind having the chance to goggle up plenty of extra icing!
Tomorrow I’ll share with you a round-up of other ideas you can use to celebrate the start of the Winter Olympics with your family. And you can check out the entire Olympic Games TV schedule here!
What events are you most excited to watch with your family? (At our house- it’s snowboarding, skiing, hockey, and figure skating!)