Kermit and Constantine Cake #MuppetsMostWanted

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I love the Muppets, I always have, I own EVERY movie they have made and my kids love watching them too!  The latest movie, Muppets Most Wanted is no exception, it’s HILARIOUS!  Mrs. Piggys is, of course, a favorite.  I have always had a thing for pigs, and she’s just great, a strong woman who goes after what she wants, and she wants it all.  Gotta love her!

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But this movie is all about Kermit and his Doppelganger, Constantine, the worlds number 1 criminal!  It’s seriously so cute!  My kids have already watched the Blu Ray 4 times since it came in the mail (on sale August 12th, yay)!  And I have found my self singing the songs all weekend!  I think my favorite scenes are with the singing prisoners, Tina Fey is brilliant as always…

Oh no wait… Ty Burrell and Sam the Eagle, Aaaaaaah, their song is AWESOME, and I love their scenes together.  Seriously brilliant, and he’s always so funny, such great comedic timing.  And of course Ricky Gervais is fantastic.  I love the blooper reel, he just keeps laughing through scene after scene!

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Makes me think about how fun it would be to be a part of a  Muppet film (any film would be fun, but how much more fun would this be!!!). My husband and I played a game, name the most celebrities (I won).  You know they all had a blast!

SOOO I decided to make a cake and I let me my kids help me design it!  I debated doing a wedding cake (yet another Piggie and Kermit wedding, love her dress!). They all voted for Kermit, but I couldn’t just do Kermit… We had to have Constantine there too. So we did both!

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For a challenge I decided to make them standing. Yup, standing on those skinny legs with a heavy body.  So the issue became how to make it stand!  I decided by connecting them so that two legs becomes 4 so we would have more stability.  I put them back to back so each side of the cake is a different view.

Structure
Supplies
Wooden circle with a notch – lily-pad base
4 dowels 12 inches long
2 wooden ovals (3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches) – bottom
4 dowels 3 1/2 inches tall
1 wooden figure 8 (two ovals together 6×10 inches) – waist
2 dowels 3 1/2 inches tall
2 wooden circles (2 1/2  inch) – neck
foil
tape
20 nails

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Cover the wooden flat shapes with foil, tape them down. The structure is like the bones of our frogs.  Nail the lily pad, legs and bottom together, along with the middle dowels. the rest (the waist, upper dowels and neck) we’ll attach later.  But you can see it all together here…

Supplies -
Cakes -(for each frog, so double)
2 eight inch cakes (totaling 3 1/2 inches tall)
wonder mold pan (cut it to 3 1/2 inches tall)
4 inch cake
6 inch cake
half a ball pan cake

2 batches of ganache
5 lbs green fondant
4 paper straws
8 pin
some yellow fondant
some white fondant
some black fondant
vodka or clear vanilla

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On the left is how I’ll stack the cakes (although I forgot the 4 inch cake “neck”), and on the right is the 2 eight inch and wonder mold’s stacked and carved into a body shape.

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Slide it down the dowels add ganache, and add the second cake.  Do this for both bodies and add the waist board and nail it to the dowels (notice the next dowel tier is already attached).

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Slide the wondermold cake down now!  Frost with Ganache, let it set and smooth it down.

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Cover both bodies with fondant (I used one piece and wrapped it around, but you could use 2 pieces if that’s easier for you.  Attach the “neck” circles and we’re ready to add the heads!

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This is where things changed a bit, Constantine has more of a sneer (left) while Kermit is happier (right).  So I tried to carve them differently.  Also they both have strong cheeks, with deep crease lines.  They have a triangle shaped head, rounded.

Carving is a bit of a learning curve.  The best advice I can give is to “glue” the pieces together with ganache.  Then freeze the cake.  Carve frozen and just a little at a time.  Don’t go for the big cuts right away.  You can always cut more, you can’t cut less.  Once your happy with the shape cover it with ganache and let it set!

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Next up, covering the heads with fondant, and using a dull tool mark the smile lines and cheek lines.  Do this while the fondant is fresh and still soft so you won’t crack or rip the fondant.

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For Constantine this is the time to create that sneer (and of course the cheek lines too).  The sneer shape is awesome, watch the movie a few times before you create it, he has a great sneer.  In fact I spent most of the movie trying to figure out how someone’s hand could create that sneer.

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For the arms, I needed something lightweight, so I went with paper straws.  I bend them in the middle, then I covered them with green fondant (use vodka/clear vanilla to make the fondant tacky and stick) and let them dry.

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I used pin’s to attach the arms, Kermit’s by his side, and Constantine’s in front of his body.

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On the left you can see the pin head in the straw, and the pin going into the body.  I rolled out some fondant and cut the hand shape, then dried them.  Constantines around some tennis balls, and Kermit’s around a rolling pin.

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I covered the legs with thin green fondant, then rolled out some thick green fondant and cut a flipper shape for the feet!  (you can see I already covered the board and drew lines for the lily pad)

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And here you can see the leg’s finished!  I let the hands dry overnight before I attached them.  And they are the most sensitive and tricky piece’s so wait to attach them until just before the unveiling.

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The collars, Add some yellow fondant to the green fondant and cut the collars.  Notice Kermit’s collar has longer points and narrower.  Use the vodka/clear vanilla to stick the collar to the body, but leave it of the points, I like to let them curl a bit, add’s some depth.

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Here you can see Constantine’s collar (wider and shorter points) and you can see his hands.   He’s EVIL hands, bwahahaha.  I used a fresh fondant blog to attach the hands at the wrists and toothpicks to hold them in place.

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Add white large eyes and cut out the “pupil” shape.  Notice Constantine’s eyes are more angled in, more “EVIL”.  And Kermit’s are angled out, it’s a happier look.  Don’t forget to add Constantine’s mole! (I used brown fondant, cause I have every color there is, but you can use black since you’ll have some for the eyes.

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You can see Kermit’s hands here, I wanted them to look puppet like so I was very careful with how I set them up for drying.  I attached these the same way, a bit of fresh fondant, vodka and toothpicks (placed into the hand, along the palm then into the cake)

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And the unveiling of the cakes!!!!  Baby Boy LOOOOOVED them!  All the kids were tickled by it.  Even my husband loved them.  I am so happy with how it turned out, I love the back to back, there is no real back to the cake, every side and angle is wonderful!  I put them on a turn table so we could easily see whatever side we want.

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Baby Boy loved both, not that you can tell with these faces, but he really was thrilled!

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Princess loved them too, especially Constantine and his evil smirk.  So when it came time to cut into the cake she wanted the first piece!  We went with HUGE pieces cause, well why not, I have enough cake for 100 servings and only 7 of us… anyone want to have cake come on by anytime the next few days!

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And just to prove that it’s all real cake… I do get questions about it all the time!  Don’t forget Muppets Most Wanted is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD August 12th at Disney.com  Adults and kids alike will laugh and and have a ball watching it together!

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S’more Ice Cream Recipe

It’s the final day of this years S’more week and I have found yet another new favorite!  I seriously didn’t even want to share this with my kid’s cause I knew they’d love it and eat more than I’m willing to share.  I see more of this ice cream in my future, like LOTS more.  I will make ONE change, still looking for the best graham mix in…

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This is actually a mix of two different ice creams and some mix in’s.  By doing it this way you get ribbons of flavor and while it’s a bit more work it is worth every second of it.  I will say if you will want to have an ice cream machine that came with 2 freezer bowls, or buy a second bowl.

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Basic Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Everyone needs a good basic chocolate ice cream recipe!  It’s great alone but because it’s not super rich and heavy there is so much you can do with it, so many mix in’s, toppings, etc…  Seriously the possibilities are endless, Rocky Road, Chocolate brownie, S’more and more!

A delicious basic chocolate custard based ice cream recipe

Because it’s custard based it’s super creamy.  I know a lot of people are scared of custard based ice cream, but I promise it’s easier than you think.  This is one of those recipes that I always have the ingredients on hand for so if I’m in a sweet mood I can easily get it ready during the day for a sweet treat that night!  And then add whatever candy I have on hand and create something new (or make up some peanut butter sauce, Mmmm chocolate and peanut butter are a favorite of mine)!

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This uses cocoa rather than chocolate so if, heaven forbid, I have run out of chocolate (I have a 12 gallon bucket that I keep stocked with different chocolates so not likely) I can still have a chocolate treat with this.  I like to mix both dark cocoa and regular cocoa (but you know I love to mix chocolates for a better flavor) and I LOVE the end result!

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Basic Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Basic Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 Lrg eggs
  • 2 Lrg egg yolks
  • 2/3 C cocoa
  • 1/3 C dark cocoa
  • 1 1/2 C whole milk
  • 1 1/2 C cream
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla

Directions

  1. In a food processor blend the sugar, eggs, yolks, and cocoa's until it's smooth (if you don't have one you can use the blender or a hand mixer, but the food processor will be the smoothest/easiest)
  2. In a sauce pan bring the milk to a simmer
  3. While the food processor is running slowly pour the milk into the mixture.
  4. Pour the entire mixture back into the sauce pan and cook over low heat, STIRRING CONSTANTLY, until it thickens slightly (don't let it boil)
  5. Allow it to cool slightly then strain the custard into a bowl.
  6. Add the cream and the vanilla
  7. Stir well and refrigerate overnight (or 4-6 hours).
  8. Stir it well then run it through your ice cream machine according to the directions, about 30 mins
  9. Serve immediately for soft ice cream and freeze a few hours for firmer ice cream.
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S’more Donut Recipe

Time for another S’more recipe!  I seriously had the hardest time NARROWING down the recipes I wanted to create and share for S”more week!  I”ll eventually try them all but for now I wanted to share a recipe that is two loves in one, S’mores and donuts in one, Mmmm

Easy to make S'more donut recipe.  Homemade donuts filled with chocolate and marshmallows topped with a graham cracker crumble

Start out by using this homemade donut dough recipe.

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When it says to roll the dough out to 1/2 an inch roll it out to 1/4 of an inch instead.  And rather than using a donut cutter use a round cookie cutter or a glass.  I went with 3 1/2 inch circles.

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Next brush milk over half of the circles.

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Then add marshmallows and chocolate (I used MINI marshmallows and mini chocolate chips, but you could add chocolate bars and half a large marshmallow if you want too).

Then place the other half of the circles on top, press down and pinching the edges around the circle. This will spread out the circles a bit.

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Then take the same cutter or glass and recut the donut, this will totally seal the edges so you won’t have to worry about the insides coming out when your frying the donuts!

Now go back to the instructions, let them proof and then fry them.

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Now your ready for the glaze, pour it into a wide bowl.  Press the donut into the glaze, twist, then life and let it drip off.

Vanilla Glaze

Vanilla Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C powdered Sugar
  • 2-4 Tbsp Milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Mix the powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp milk and the vanilla. Stir with a whisk or fork until smooth, add more milk if the the glaze is too thick 1/2 Tbs at a time.
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Now time for the graham crumble!  Make sure you sprinkle it on while the glaze is warm!

Graham Cracker Crumble topping

Graham Cracker Crumble topping

Ingredients

  • 4 graham crackers crushed
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter

Directions

  1. Mix the graham cracker crumbs and sugar.
  2. Add the melted butter
  3. Mix!
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That’s everything! Mmmmm  I think I’ll add even more marshmallows next time, I was a little hesitant to overfill the first time, but lets face it, you can’t go wrong with more marshmallows!

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And there you have it!  Don’t forget to check out Monday’s Peanut Butter Cookie S’more Sandwiches! And all the S’more recipe link’s from all the other amazing bloggers!


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Chocolate no bake Peanut Butter Bars

This recipe is my husbands favorite treat. AND it couldn’t be simpler. SERIOUSLY, this one came from my aunt years and years ago. It made it’s way into our yearly Christmas treat rotation and never left! I always have the ingredients for this one around so when we want a quick treat it’s one that frequently get’s made.

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You can make it with creamy or crunchy peanut butter, it doesn’t make a difference, the only thing that changes is one has a smoother texture, one has the crunch! So it all comes down to what your preference is. My husband likes the crunchy so that’s what we usually make. But when my daughter makes it she likes the creamy.

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Chocolate no bake Peanut Butter Bars

Chocolate no bake Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pkg graham crackers
  • 1 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1 C melted Butter
  • 1/2 C peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • 12 oz milk chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Crush the graham crackers, you can do this with a rolling pin over a freezer ziploc bag or in a food processor for smoother texture (my favorite)
  2. Mix it with the powdered sugar
  3. Pour in the melted butter and mix until it's crumbly.
  4. Add the peanut butter and mix until combined
  5. Press into a 9x13 pan
  6. Melt the chocolate and pour over the peanut butter, smooth it out as best you can.
  7. Let the chocolate set then cut and enjoy!
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As for the chocolate you can make it milk or dark, whichever you like.  Use your favorite chocolate, or like me, use a mix of chocolates so it doesn’t have the flavor of one brand.  Wait until the chocolate sets to cut it into bars, you can refrigerate it for awhile to help it cool, but not too long, otherwise when you go to cut it the chocolate will shatter.

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My sister uses this recipe to make homemade peanut butter cups.  Personally I just don’t have the patience for it, the bars are SO easy it’s a great way to go.

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Fourth of July Dessert Party Favors

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Hey everyone! It’s Mel again from So Festive! Can you believe that the Fourth of July is just one month away? I’m sure happy that June is here, but since the Fourth of July is probably  my all-time favorite holiday, I just had to share something patriotic today.

Will you be hosting a BBQ? Or would you like a fun Fourth of July gift idea? I’m combining my favorite holiday with one of the most popular summer treats. Let me introduce you to the Patriotic Smores!

Fourth of July dessert smores are really quite easy to put together.

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What you need:

1. Homemade Graham Crackers (recipe is over on SoFestive! today) shaped into stars

2. Starmallows aka star-shaped marshmallows (can be purchased at your local grocery store)

3. Your favorite chocolate

4. Skewers, striped bags, and the Smore Fun printables

The How-to:

Let’s twist up the good ole’ Smores and have them Fourth of July style! Simply put them all into a striped bag, fold the top over, and staple the Smore Fun printable on top.

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Let your party guests take them home or have a bonfire right in your own backyard.

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If you love the 4th of July, check out these other festive ideas from So Festive!

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