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March 7, 2014 7:08 AM   Subscribe

Succulent cupcakes that look like succulents. And how to make your own!
posted by moonmilk (25 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
They're certainly cool looking. But, all that fondant and icing...my teeth ache just looking at them.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:12 AM on March 7 [5 favorites]


Yeah, I think they're more for looking at than for eating. But so cute!
posted by moonmilk at 7:16 AM on March 7


O.K....so where are the "nailed it!" recreation attempts?
posted by yoink at 7:20 AM on March 7 [4 favorites]


O.K....so where are the "nailed it!" recreation attempts?

That was my first thought as well. The photos make it look so easy, but I predict blobs and smears.
posted by Dip Flash at 7:22 AM on March 7


(bursts into the "looking instead of eating" cupcake appreciation party like Fight For Your Right-era Beastie Boys, begins shoving cupcakes in his mouth)
posted by Ian A.T. at 7:22 AM on March 7 [8 favorites]


(fails to realize there were actual succulents on the table for comparison)
posted by Ian A.T. at 7:23 AM on March 7 [8 favorites]


Next up, how to make imitation-cupcake pots for your succulents. Nothing could possibly go wrong.
posted by rory at 7:26 AM on March 7 [2 favorites]


imitation-cupcake pots for your succulents

Found one!

And here's some dirt cupcakes.
posted by moonmilk at 7:32 AM on March 7


That sounds like a threat. "Keep your mouth shut or you'll be eating dirt cupcakes."
posted by moonmilk at 7:33 AM on March 7 [5 favorites]


Cupcacti.
posted by maryr at 7:35 AM on March 7 [4 favorites]


Jimmy Kimmel can get parents to prank their kids with these, using real cacti covered with icing.
posted by orme at 7:37 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]


So strange, I'm into cacti and succulents and find that most people hardly know what you even mean when you say "cacti and succulents". But for some reason this cupcake thing is burning a path across the web. I think it might just be the cupcake part?
posted by Napierzaza at 8:01 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]


I love these, but also feel like "mold a hunk of fondant" should never be a step in a recipe. I feel like a twinkie would make an ok base.
posted by FirstMateKate at 8:07 AM on March 7 [7 favorites]


rory: "Next up, how to make imitation-cupcake pots for your succulents. Nothing could possibly go wrong."

This would be a marvelous setup for a Mitchell & Webb "Get Me Hennimore!" sketch.
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:19 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]


Next up: Fondant 3D Printing

WOW YOUR GUESTS WITH MANDELCUBECAKES!
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 8:21 AM on March 7


Something tells me professional cake-decorators get their giggles out of inventing impossible-for-the-amateur-cook-to-recreate concepts like this and posting them about the internet with these cheery, breezy "step one...step two" type instructions just so they can laugh at the catastrophic failures produced by the poor saps who get taken in by it.
posted by yoink at 9:11 AM on March 7 [2 favorites]


Ikea do white 'lacy' plantpot holders which remind me of cupcake papers.

My aloe plant, which I thought was dead (though the cuttings are thriving) appears to now be about to grow a flower stalk. Wonder if they're edible?
posted by mippy at 9:48 AM on March 7


FirstMateKate: "I love these, but also feel like "mold a hunk of fondant" should never be a step in a recipe. I feel like a twinkie would make an ok base."

I got to "fondant" in the ingredients list and closed the tab

Seriously has no one ever tried to "eat" fondant? Or heard of marzipan? I blame the cake shows on tv.
posted by danny the boy at 10:16 AM on March 7 [3 favorites]


Except in a botanical context, "succulent" is a word used almost exclusively by people trying to sell you something.
posted by Flexagon at 10:22 AM on March 7


When I lived in Philly, I used to go to the Philadelphia Flower Show every year and buy lots of odd, fantastic succulents. So yeah, succulents sell!

danny the boy: Marzipan cactus with almond sliver spines!
posted by moonmilk at 10:40 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]


Like a lot of food on the web, more for looking than for eating. Maybe we need to start calling stuff like this "edible decorations" instead of "food".
posted by benito.strauss at 10:59 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]


The idea of using a twinkie as a base instead of fondant is genius as is using marzipan instead of fondant! Sadly, I have no reason to make cupcakes, let alone ones that look like dessert plants!
posted by vespabelle at 11:49 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]


dessert plants!

One of us just had a laugh at the other's expense.
posted by howfar at 4:59 PM on March 7 [1 favorite]


I have no reason to make cupcakes

Not quite "never used baby shoes", but still a pretty sad single-short-sentence story.
posted by benito.strauss at 6:06 PM on March 12 [1 favorite]


Fondant is the two-by-four of the cake decoration world; boringly common, reliably useful for structure, and sometimes breaks teeth.
posted by Sunburnt at 4:53 PM on March 14


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