Pinterest is one of my favorite sites on the web. I use it for house decorating ideas, craft projects, Mother’s Day gift ideas, birthday parties and recipes. I have been shocked at how awesome some of my projects have turned out, and how many compliments I’ve gotten on them.
Pinterest is almost like a verb now….I go to my kids school with amazing octopus cupcakes made with gummy worms and gum drops and the moms are like “wow, those are amazing! Pinterest???”
So many times I’ve used Pinterest, and so many times I’ve been please at the outcome. But this past month when I wanted to impress my 3-year-old son for his birthday and do Thomas the Train cupcakes…I utterly failed! While he may not have noticed…the stark difference from what I was trying to do and what I did create was quite drastic. I set out to make a gluten-free vanilla cupcake with homemade butter cream icing and a Thomas face on the top. What I got was a black and white swirled mess of fondant and eye balls.
I knew I had to first do the cupcakes, and make the icing and then do the fondant. But never having made fondant before I wasn’t totally sure what I was doing. I imagined fondant to feel like playdough…but it felt like clay nearly dried and stiff. It was really really hard to work with. I used a marshmallow fondant and mixed it up, and was kneading it all together. Then I decided to separate my white fondant into 3 balls (I needed black, grey and blue). This is where I utterly failed! What I should have done was make 3 separate, small amounts of fondant and added my food coloring paste to the mixture prior to heating it. This way it would be mixed through and through to make a smooth uniform color. I didn’t do this, and ended up with a black Thomas with swirled white through his face! Not exactly like the real thing.
Lucky for me my son is 3, and Bubbers didn’t notice. He just thought his mom was amazing and made him Thomas cupcakes for his 3rd birthday. So all in all, I guess I didn’t fail too bad…but to me, it was a tragic Pinterest fail!