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Friday, April 13, 2012

Hunger Games Cupcakes

As I've already made clear, I'm a big Harry Potter fan.  When the final movie came out over the summer I admit I was a little bummed that such a big part of my childhood was coming to a close.

As for Twilight, the other big teen book series that came out after HP, I honestly couldn't even pick it up.  It just wasn't my speed.

I kind of just resigned myself to the fact that I would never love another book series as much as I loved Harry Potter, and that was that.

Then one day, I went to the movies and while watching the previews I was subsequently struck by the awesomeness of the Hunger Games trailer.


I knew that even if I hated it, I had to read it.

Long story short, I didn't hate it.

In fact I really loved it.  I'll save my comments on the story for another time. (Because let's be honest we all know I'm bound to make some more Hunger Games cupcakes at some point or another) but out of the series of three books, the 2nd "Catching Fire" is my favorite and the 3rd "Mockingjay" is my least favorite.

For all of you who haven't read the book or seen the movie (which has already made over 300 million dollars so the odds are you probably have) the Hunger Games takes place in the futuristic country of Panem where every year children are selected from their district to fight to the death on national TV.

To all of you who have read the books, making these cupcakes made me feel like a combination of Cinna and Peeta, in the best way possible obviously.

This week has been crazy busy so I'm going to do a how-to post on how to make these cupcakes either over the weekend, or next week, so if you would like to make your own Mockingjay cupcakes stay tuned for that.  I just couldn't wait to share these with you any longer as is though.  I love them.

And maybe some Effie and Haymitch cupcakes are in your future too.  Only time will tell.

But for now, enjoy and may the odds ever be in your favor.

..... come on. We both know I had to.

Hunger Games Cupcakes
Servings: 12

-12 cupcakes any flavor
- 1 batch vanilla buttercream
- red and orange food coloring
- 12 oreos
- 1 bag of chocolate candy melts (or chocolate chips)

Bake 12 of any flavor cupcake from any recipe in red foil liners.  Let cool completely.  Tint one batch of buttercream half red and half orange.  Place in refrigerator until ready to use.

To decorate, lay out a sheet of wax paper.  On a piece of plain paper draw an outline of mocking jay symbol.  Or print one out, an example being here. Place under wax paper.  Melt chocolate candy melts in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water.  When melted ladle into a plastic squeeze bottle.  Working fast, fill outline of mockingjay with chocolate.  Move paper under wax paper and repeat until 12 mockingjays have been made.  Set aside to set (or place in freezer to speed up process if desired). 

Split oreos in half and cut up into small irregular pieces.  Set aside.

Using a butter knife, swirl red buttecream over cupcakes.  Swirl in orange buttercream slightly, not mixing so much that the colors blend together completely.

Place oreos around the rim of each cupcake and top with each mocking jay figure.


Recipe Inspiration: A Mary Original (Although there are a ton of Hunger Games cupcakes out there at the moment!)

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