My darling baby cousin, Kylo, recently turned 1. My Aunt asked if I would bake up something for his Dr. Seuss themed party instead of getting him a gift….I gladly complied. I mean seriously, what do you get the 1 year old who has everything? I am not a huge fan of fancy-dancy decorated cakes, and super cutesy stuff downright annoys me. However, it isn’t fair to deny an adorable 1 year old a cute birthday treat.
So, I began to scour the internet (finally kind of understanding the draw of Pinterest) and found a perfect compromise. Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes with cotton candy hair! Cute but not cutesy – perfect. No fussy fondant or specialty cake forms required. They were simply red velvet thing 1 and thing 2 cupcakes, with butter cream frosting and blue cotton candy. The hardest part was finding cotton candy when there is no carnival or fair happening anywhere nearby. After asking the interwebs and a receiving few leads from some helpful FB friends (thanks pals), I knew that I could pick up bags of cotton candy from (gulp) The Dollar Store. I reluctantly visited the DS and picked up $6 worth of cotton. Upon opening a bag in the parking lot, I discovered a clumpy hard mess of multicolored clown vomit. Awful.
Then something deep in the recesses of my brain synapsed and reminded me that a caramel corn store in mall maybe sells cotton candy. Turns out they do and it is the real stuff too, bright blue and as fluffy as cumulus clouds! I found the Thing 1 and Thing 2 logos online and printed rows of them on heavy card stock. Once the cupcakes were baked, I adhered the tags to the front of the cupcake papers and topped them with butter cream frosting. Thankfully, I had seen a tip on the internet that said the cotton candy would melt down if you applied it too soon, so I brought the cotton with me and applied it just before serving. Kylo was skeptical of his cupcake at first and promptly removed the cotton candy throwing it aside like yesterday’s trash. He still wasn’t sure the cupcake was actually food and completely deconstructed it before getting a taste of the buttery frosting. Once he forcibly tasted the frosting, he was hooked. He destroyed that Thing 1 cupcake leaving no crumb unturned. And so the little Thing enjoyed turning One and would you believe, even I had fun? (Do you see what I did there?) Those sweet cheeks stayed pretty clean for a first birthday. Good work, little man. OhEmmGee he is such a cutie.