I’m always looking for easy, creative ways to spice up birthday cakes and cupcakes, and while you’ll never find me creating spectacular fondant cakes, I knew I had to make these cupcake kebabs as soon as I happened across them on Flickr. Fortunately, my six-year-old loved them as well, and I made them this last weekend for her birthday party!
I’ll admit I made mine from a box mix, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use your favorite homemade recipes instead. They’re also shorter than the originals because we also had a pinata, and I didn’t want to load the kids up on too much sugar.
- 1 box cake mix
- 1 jar icing
- food coloring (if you want colored icing)
- 1 container sugar crystal sprinkles, any color
- 1 bag marshmallows, any flavor
- 1 package wafers, any flavor
- small skewers
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
Each of my kebabs used 1 skewer, 2 cupcakes, 1 marshmallow and 3 wafer squares. Decide on your pattern and then calculate how many of each element you’ll need.
1. Start by preparing your cake mix and baking as many mini cupcakes as you want. Be sure to fill them only halfway so that your cupcakes are mostly flat on the top. (I made about 72 mini cupcakes from my box mix.)
2. While those are baking, prepare a simple syrup by heating 1/4 cup of water with 1/4 cup sugar until all of the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is clear. Remove the syrup from heat and let it cool a little so your marshmallows don’t melt in the next ste
3. Pour your sugar crystal sprinkles into a small bowl. Begin by dipping the end of a marshmallow into the simple syrup and then immediately into the sugar crystals. Turn them upside down so that the dipped side is up and set them on a cutting board or other flat surface to harden.
4. Next, cut your wafers into thirds so that they are squares.
5. Once your cupcakes are cooled, add food coloring to your icing and then begin icing each cupcake. Be careful not to over-ice them since they get squished together on the kebab.
6. Begin threading your elements onto the skewers. Start with a wafer square and hold it firmly in your fingers as you screw the skewer through it. This was definitely the hardest part of the process because the top layer of the wafer kept wanting to break. Next, add the first cupcake, another wafer square, the second cupcake, the last wafer square and, finally, the marshmallow.
7. If you have styrofoam or a cookie rack with holes, set the skewers into it so they can stay standing up. Otherwise, line a baking pan with parchment paper and carefully lay the skewers on their sides. We created two layers this way and then tightly wrapped it all in plastic wrap, and it made the one-hour drive to town (where the party was held) just fine.
8. Enjoy! (And be sure to remind the kids not to stick the point into their mouth to eat them. Slide off the pieces instead!)