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April Fools' Day ~ Just Desserts 
 
Mar. 26, 2011 8:14 pm 
Updated: Apr. 1, 2011 11:58 pm
Spaghetti and Meatballs Cupcakes
 
I was asked to donate cupcakes for a spaghetti dinner for my son's high school baseball team.
I tossed around a number of ideas, then turned to the Recipe Exchange, er BUZZ (sorry, old habits die hard) for assistance.  Some really great recipes were suggested, but then, in another post,
Koriekiss suggested making "Spaghetti and Meatballs" cupcakes. I checked out the link she posted, then found several others. That's when I realized the idea was from Hello, Cupcake, one of my favorite idea books. Unfortunately I have either misplaced it or lent it out - I can't seem to locate it. That didn't matter, though, since there was enough information floating around the internet to get me by.
The original recipe calls for boxed cake mix and canned frosting. Don't get me wrong - I have nothing against either. My oldest son, however, is very spoiled and won't eat canned frosting.
I was going homemade.
In the book this idea calls for strawberry jam. I had a brand new jar of seedless raspberry on hand, so I decided to use that instead. Lemon goes well with raspberry, so I ran with that.
 
I had a difficult time trying to decide what to do about the "meatballs".  Ferraro Rocher candies are big, bumpy, and round. That's what was called for and what I ended up using. My main concern was the nuts, but I printed a sign detailing exactly what each cupcake consisted of and taped it to the delivery box.
 
 
 
 
Lemon juice and lemon zest...
 
make the lemon cupcake batter  oh so tasty!
 
This goes into the pans. I used red cupcake liners.
 
Here they are with the finished cupcakes inside.
If only you could have smelled my house while these were baking.
So naturally I HAD to sample one while they were still warm.
(The recipe makes 30, I only needed 24.)
 
A thin layer of frosting went onto each cupcake. The recipe I used is linked below. I tinted it with yellow food coloring and a tiny bit of cocoa powder. I could have used just a tiny bit more yellow, but this worked. The frosting looks white in the photos, but it was really more pasta-colored.
Danged indoor lighting.
 
Then spaghetti is piped onto the top of each cupcake.
I made sure to let some droop over the sides for effect. 
 I used a Wilton tip #5. It worked well, but I'd probably go with a #4 next time.
 
Spaghetti...

Spaghetti...

And MORE Spaghetti!
 
Lots and LOTS of Spaghetti!

I chose to leave the cupcakes separate, but the original idea calls for placing them close
together to look like one large platter of spaghetti. Originally from the "April Fool's" section
of the book. I peeked at this in Michael's. 
 
Ferraro Rocher hazelnut "meatballs" in raspberry "sauce".
The sauce is raspberry jam (seedless) warmed slightly in the microwave, whisked smooth,
allowed to cool, and thinned with a bit of light corn syrup. The corn syrup wasn't in the orignal plan, but I felt the jam was just too thick. The corn syrup worked really well here. I added a few drops of red food coloring. Not sure if I needed it, but it didn't hurt.
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Grated white chocolate for the cheese on top.
 
These were VERY well received and disappeared quickly!
 
You might say they went like Hotcakes!
 
 
 
Links:
 
Lemon Cupcakes (I used just the cupcakes from this recipe)
Rick's Special Buttercream Frosting ( I made 8 servings. I omitted the
vanilla extract and used lemon extract and lemon juice)
Butterfly Cupcakes and New Beginnings - another Hello, Cupcake blog I did last year
Spaghetti and Meatballs Cupcakes - for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser
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Comments
Anissa 
Mar. 26, 2011 8:21 pm
Beautiful job girl! Where is the Italian Bread?
 
bett 
Mar. 26, 2011 8:38 pm
Those are so great looking,its looks just like spaghetti. You did a great job!!!
 
Mar. 26, 2011 8:44 pm
Thanks! I've been trying to fix this blog. I can't get rid of the jibberish and one of my pictures won't show up (it belongs where the jibberish is).
 
Puck 
Mar. 26, 2011 8:50 pm
Wow- what a neat idea! I love it, very cool :) Can you send me a dozen, I have not the patience for baking, let alone decorating!
 
Mar. 26, 2011 8:51 pm
Love the job you did on the cupcakes. I want to eat one!
 
Mar. 26, 2011 8:53 pm
I have been following your posts and could not see how they would look like spaghetti and meatballs, but they surely do. Beautiful job, as always.
 
Mar. 26, 2011 8:53 pm
Pam, What a lucky family you have!! Those cupcakes are adorable. Thanks for sharing.
 
zeebee 
Mar. 26, 2011 8:55 pm
those look great, pam! sweet idea for april 1st for sure. ;)
 
Mar. 26, 2011 9:15 pm
They look great! What a good idea!
 
Mar. 26, 2011 10:13 pm
That is amazing!
 
Denise 
Mar. 27, 2011 2:15 am
Great job Pam! They look amazing! :)
 
Mar. 27, 2011 3:29 am
I bet those were wonderfully received! So creative!
 
Mar. 27, 2011 5:26 am
Wow! I just started on the morning coffee and at first thought those were real meatballs & pasta. Looked closer and thought "Oh, how clever!" The cupcakes look great and I so wish I had one right now with the coffee :)
 
Mar. 27, 2011 5:47 am
Those are just beautiful! I think I may have to try to train my non-artistic brain into thinking it can make these! Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial, too!
 
Janet 
Mar. 27, 2011 6:59 am
Your cupcakes looks wonderful. Very creative, I bet they were fun to make. What size of tip did you use in the icing bag?
 
Mar. 27, 2011 7:27 am
I like the red you added. I'd maybe do a red frosting under the spaghetti to make it stand out a bit more.
 
Mar. 27, 2011 9:17 am
Wilton #5 tip
 
Saveur 
Mar. 27, 2011 11:25 am
How cute are those! You are so creative :)
 
Mar. 27, 2011 12:26 pm
So cute!
 
Mar. 27, 2011 12:27 pm
And what a great idea for the meatballs!
 
Mar. 27, 2011 5:30 pm
I am SO loving these! Great job!
 
Mar. 27, 2011 8:04 pm
Great job! Our small town is having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser in June. I'll have to pass the idea on to someone who actually has artistic talent. I can bake the cupcakes for them! Thanks for the idea.
 
Mar. 28, 2011 6:19 am
LOVE the final product & all the pix. I am not much of a dessert person, but I know I couldn't resist these.
 
Mar. 28, 2011 6:26 am
So cute! Great job. :)
 
Mar. 28, 2011 6:28 am
How cute! Thanks for sharing this. It made me hungry for a cupcake! My son's birthday is this coming Sat. April 2nd. I may surprise him with the spaghetti cupcake!
 
Mar. 28, 2011 6:31 am
So cute! hat a great idea for April Fools!
 
lisa 
Mar. 28, 2011 7:03 am
Soooo cute! Love them!
 
Mar. 28, 2011 11:22 am
Great job!
 
Mar. 28, 2011 5:08 pm
Thanks everyone!
 
K-Dub 
Mar. 29, 2011 8:42 am
Those are really awesome! Thank you for including the links. I have been wanting to make something fun for April Fools Day and now I have a ton of ideas. LOVE your blogs Pam....keep them coming! :)
 
Mar. 29, 2011 10:01 am
Super cute! I own that book. I'm thinking I will make some spaghetti cupcakes for apr1 :) p.s., I love the dancing cupcake at the end and put it in my email signature! LOL <3
 
Mar. 29, 2011 2:35 pm
Those are so cute!
 
Mar. 29, 2011 5:00 pm
My 6 year old will be 7 in a few weeks and spaghetti is her favorite food. I think these are a must for her birthday party!!
 
Mar. 29, 2011 5:45 pm
I want a bite! Please????? They are adorable, what a brilliant idea!
 
Mar. 29, 2011 7:56 pm
My son is just looking at the pictures and licking his lips! If he decides to help, perhaps we will make them for Dad`s birthday this weekend. Awesome!
 
Mar. 29, 2011 10:41 pm
too cute!
 
Gitano 
Mar. 30, 2011 4:43 am
amazing talent you have their Miss Pam... :D they look AWESOME! Great job!
 
Mar. 30, 2011 8:16 am
Pam, those are awesome! Great idea!
 
Skoo 
Mar. 30, 2011 2:29 pm
How cute! LOVE IT!
 
Mar. 31, 2011 9:58 pm
Very cool! They just look fantastic!
 
DonnaL 
Apr. 1, 2011 8:52 pm
All I can say is "WOW" They look fantastic and appetizing. I'm sure the kids really appreciated your effort.
 
Apr. 1, 2011 11:58 pm
How cute are those?!? Very good job, you are much more creative than I am.
 
 
 
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I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
My cooking triumphs
I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
 
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