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Koala Kupcakes

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

Sometimes I get tired of being sick and tired. Annoyed with poorly designed studies, bullying, and kids who are put on diets or are forced to eat. So, for something completely different and fun (I do that kind of thing too, though maybe need to more often) I thought I’d share my recent culinary adventures in birthday cupcake decorating! Enjoy!


M is totally obsessed with Koalas. It could be worse. So, there was a koala-themed party. I decided to make koala cupcakes. Here is what I used… Store-bought mix (on sale), store-bought white frosting, a tube of black glittery frosting, left-over pink sprinkles, mini Oreo cookies, a fork, a knife. (I wanted to buy black jelly beans for the nose, but didn’t want to spend $8 on a bag of assorted beans to get 12 black ones… ) I mixed a little black frosting with white and spread it around. Then broke open the Oreos, tossed the half without frosting, Stuck these into the frosting and into part of the cake. Used a fork to schmear on a little white “fur” in the ears, and added a touch of pink sprinkles. Then used the black tube for the facial features. I should have put them in the fridge right away as some of the noses “ran” into the mouth… (I was inspired by a cupcake of a cat that I saw in a magazine that used about 15 different kinds of candy. That’s what makes me a little crazy about many craft or decorating projects, they can pull it off because they have hundreds of dollars of inventory at their disposal!) I’d guess my final bill was under $15. (Including the crazy eyes I tossed. See next photo…)


Here was my first attempt. I think you’ll agree, not cute, and a waste of $3.99 (or so) for candy “eyes.”




Oh, and guess what one of the games was that we played…


Happy Birthday M!I really enjoyed making the cupcakes. I’m a bit of a frustrated crafty, artsy person, so this was a joy.

Alas, M said it was the “worst party” because there were too many kids and it got kind of crazy. My first instinct was to try to convince her it was great! After all, I spent a lot of time trying to make it really special for her. I stopped myself from guilt-tripping her, and agreed it was a little loud and boisterous, told her how sorry I was that she was disappointed and we agreed (10 kids was a lot for my quiet-loving kiddo) we will do things differently next year.

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  1. Twistie

    I’m more about the flavor than the design when I bake, but I have to tell you those koala cupcakes are too flipping adorable for words!

  2. Bobbini

    The only hint I have is our rule: you can only invite same the number of kids as your age–the 7 year old can have 7 guests, etc. It makes the parties much more manageable and affordable.

    My son wanted to have his 7th birthday party at the nearby hibachi restaurant (fire! flying food!) and it turned out great. We went for lunch, when the prices were low, and the kids all really loved it, and loved the food–they could pick their meat and watch the chef cook it, add as much or as little yum yum sauce as they wanted, and eat as much as they liked. Plus, there were punch drinks with little umbrellas. It was a big hit.

    • katja

      Agreed! Usually I try the same #’s rule. It was weird, every kid we invited came, even though usually half are busy. Also, the plan was to be outside, but it was inside in our mew home, with no furniture, and long, empty hallways and it admittedly got a little nuts… ten 6 and 7 year-olds, sigh. Well, you live and learn, eh? Love your idea!

  3. Nebet

    “Pin the nose on the koala”? That’s ADORABLE! So are the cupcakes. :)