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Luna the Lamb Cupcakes

It seems like Pinterest has exploded within the past several months with decorating ideas, parenting tips, and fashion solutions. So, why not use it for Girls Ministries? Click here to check out these adorable cupcakes (featured on the Martha Stewart website) that were spotted on Pinterest! They resemble our Coins for Kids' mascot, Luna the Lamb. You could make the cupcakes for any Coins for Kids event or fundraiser you plan.Here's how to make them:

The night before baking:
For the faces of these cute little creatures, you will need to make fondant. Marshmallow fondant is more tasty. To make marshmallow fondant you will need the following ingredients:
• 1/4 cup of butter
• 1 16 ounce bag of small marshmallows
• 4 tablespoons of room temperature water
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
• 2 pounds of confectioners' sugar, divided

Once you have the ingredients:

  1. Place the butter in a bowl, and set it aside.
  2. Empty the bag of marshmallows into a large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on medium heat for 45 seconds to 1 minute to start melting the marshmallows. Stir the water and vanilla extract into the bowl of marshmallows, and stir until the mixture is smooth. Slowly mix the confectioners' sugar into the marshmallow mix, a little bit at a time, until you have a sticky dough. Reserve 1 cup of confectioners' sugar to put on countertop for kneading.
  3. Rub your hands with butter because the dough will be very stiff and begin kneading the sticky dough. As you knead, the dough will become easier to handle. Place the dough on the countertop dusted with confectioners' sugar and continue kneading until the fondant is smooth. The fondant should not be sticky to the touch anymore. This may take as long as 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Form the fondant into a ball, wrap it as tightly as you can in plastic wrap, and refrigerate the ball of fondant overnight.

The day of baking:
To create these sweet treats, we suggest you use large muffin pans for design purposes. You can either use a box cupcake mix or make the mix from scratch, but make sure you add enough mix to each cavity so that you have a rounded top. While the cupcakes are baking, cut small marshmallows in half and set them aside.

After the marshmallows are cut, you will need to take the fondant out of the fridge to shape the faces. (Make sure you have confectioners' sugar on your hands so that the fondant doesn't stick!) Once the faces are molded, place them on a cookie sheet and leave them in the fridge until needed.

Once the cupcakes are cool to the touch, frost the cupcakes with vanilla icing, making sure that there is a thick enough layer to hold the decorations. Stick the faces on the lower front of the cupcake top and marshmallow halves all over the top of the cupcake.

Voilà! Luna the Lamb cupcakes!


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