I don’t know if you noticed, but My Little Pony made a huge come back in 2011.
Whether there was an actual departure is unclear, but regardless, I heard a lot about MLP. Lots more. Such as, apparently MLP expanded its viewing demographic from grade school aged girls to . . . 20 to 30-ish year old guys? That’s right, the bro-nie. The dawn of the bro-nie rose at the same hour at which swanky new cupcake technology appeared on the horizon. Coincidence? I think not. So began my inspiration for the Bro-nie Cupcake!
Many of you are probably ahead of the curve on the cake decoration concept – spray cake colors, edible glitter, pearl dust, etc. For me, however, it was a revelation. Previously resigned to ordering glam cupcakes, a visit to my local craft store was a revelation: I can do this! My first creation, of course, was naturally an adorably glam, but not stuffy, MLP themed cupcake. Something that would appeal both to the MLP core demographic, and, well, a bro-nie.
To make the Bro-nie Cupcakes, I used a Betty Crocker brownie mix, and preparing with the “cake-like brownie” directions, pouring about 1/4 cup of brownie batter into each muffin liner.
Next, frost the cupcakes with Betty Crocker Cake Frosting in white.
Pink spray (concentrating on one side of the cupcakes) was next.
Purple spray (concentrating on the other side) followed.
Apply lavender pearl dust with a small mesh sieve (just tap, like you would for a dusting of powdered sugar).
Next, a sprinkle of white edible glitter.
Sugar flowers in pink, blue and yellow finish the cupcakes.
You’ll have to let me know how I did, theme-wise. I was pretty happy with the end result – a rich chocolate brownie serves as a manly cupcake base, for the bro-nies. But on the other hand, who loves chocolate more than little girls?
Anyway, I had a blast decorating these cupcakes. As we enter a new year, it seems the possibilities (birthdays, graduations, any celebration) are endless! Hope you enjoy some sparkly fun in 2012 with your own extravagantly decorated cupcake creations!
Happy New Year…bro-nie!
Michelle Palm created the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog after discovering a lack of cocktail-style jelly shot recipes. Look for her posts here, and check her Tablespoon member profile often to see what she’s already gelled up!