Baking Date: February 20, 2014
My oldest son’s birthday is February 21. I actually had to be out of town on business that day and wasn’t arriving back home until very late. That evening, he had baseball winter workouts with the kids from his travel and All Star teams, in addition to a few other kids. To celebrate (even though I wasn’t there) I made cupcakes the night before for his dad to take to the workouts.
These cupcakes were devils food, with vanilla frosting. On top, I put a lion paw candy melt (the team name is the Lions) in blue/gold, which are the team colors. Actually, royal blue and gold are the colors of the elementary, middle, and high schools, but the recreational sports go with royal blue/white/yellow. The candy melts don’t offer a royal blue, so I used dark blue. I was out of white candy melts, so yellow it was!
First I created the candy melt paws. This can be a tedious job, especially if you are working in dual colors. You need a great deal of patience to fill the small paw pad section with one color. As you can see, sometimes you get an explosion when you use a plastic bag to pipe the candy melt in!
But the final product turned out pretty well. I did some with blue paw pads/yellow background, and others with yellow paw pads/blue background:
Alex and his friends enjoyed the treats after 2 hours of intense practice.
Editor’s Note: There is one kid on Alex’s team with egg/flour allergies, so I always make sure I have Jolly Ranchers, Twizzlers, Skittles, or Starburst for him.