Dance of the Cupcakes

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week. I really enjoyed being back home and spending time with all of my brothers. I saw Frozen on Friday and really enjoyed it. The story was adorable, the songs were catchy and the animation was incredible- seriously unbelievable. They have truly come such a long way in animation. To watch the snowflakes form in Fantasia and then in Frozen is remarkable. What is also amazing is how Fantasia was made almost 75 years ago and is still impressive. Never one of my go to movies but when I sit down and watch it the artistry in Fantasia never ceases to amaze me.

Still stuffed with turkey from last week we took it easy on the food for Fantasia. I picked a few items that reminded me of different pieces and focused on the sweets. It was only my boyfriend, my brother and I for dinner but treats I could make a ton of and everyone loved me at work today ;-)



The Design-

There is so much going on in Fantasia and so many different elements you can include. I tried to represent them in the menu as opposed to the design so it didn’t look to busy and cluttered. I choose to go with the Sorcerer’s Apprentice as it is probably the most well know of the Fantasia sequences. I used buckets from the dollar store and filled them with blue and silver basket filler to mimic the water splashing. I also used blue and silver tinsel on the table top to have a similar effect. I chose to use a large cupcake tower accented with blacks and greys to mimic the “cliff” Mickey climbs as the water overtakes him. It also reminded me a little of bald mountain.

The Menu-

My original plan was to make a dish that represented every segment in both Fantasia and Fantasia 2000. I came up with a lot of great ideas but didn’t want to go through all that work for only a few people. That may make more sense for a larger gathering or party. If you would like some ideas on what to make don’t hesitate to reach out.

What I did make:

Conductor’s Batons (Chocolate Dipped Pretzels)

The Nutcracker Suite- Dancing Mushrooms (Cubed Mozzerella and halved cherry tomatoes)

Carnival of the Animals- Flamingo Sandwiches

Dance of the Hours- Hippotatoes and Cupcakes

Night on Bald Mountain and Rite of Spring- Lava cakes

Sorcerer’s Apprentice- Mickey’s Hat Cupcakes

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Flamingo Sandwiches-

I was inspired by the flamingo picks you sometimes get in drinks or sandwiches- but of course I went bigger! I was going to make them with my brand new Cricut but I was having some issues with Craft Room so I just printed them and cut them by hand.

The recipe I found online is no longer there. I am going to see if I can find the print out before I share so I can give credit where it is due- watch for an update!  Both my boyfriend and my brother LOVED them! They probably gobbled down 6 sandwiches between them- so much for my lunch today ;-)

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The Hippotatoes were a lot easier than I had thought.

I baked potatoes as usual, waited until they cooled enough to touch and cut a line at one end where I wanted the mouth to be- once I had a big enough gap I used a melon ball to CAREFULLY scoop out the bottom of the mouth.

I placed toothpicks with chives for the teeth and peppercorns for the eyes. I used the same melon baller to get a shallow scoop from the bottom of the potato that I cut in half and used for the ears. As a last touch I added a pad of butter for a tongue- be sure to do this last or it will melt.

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Check back later this week for a tutorial on the cutest cupcakes ever!















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