Thursday, January 19, 2012

Valentine's Day Inspired Jack Skellington

A few weeks back I was asked by a reader (Thank You Sophia) if I could make Jack Skellington cupcakes, similar to the method I used in making the Monster High cupcake toppers. I responded that I would do something after the holidays.

Just an FYI to my readers....if there is something you want to see or want me to make...let me know and I will do my best to make it....I love a challenge :)

Now if you don't know who Jack Skellington is....well where have you been????

Just kidding...really, I am :)

Jack Skellington is a character in the Tim Burton Film, A Nightmare before Christmas. A weird, freaky, stop motion kind of animated flick, in which Jack, the main character tries to save Christmas.

I love making new things, but for the life of me I had no idea how to fit Mr. Skellington into this winter (or really un-like winter if you live in Long Island, NY) season.

Then I started seeing all the Valentines day posts....(really people its only January....just kidding....well slightly.) which kick started my obsession desire to catch up to all the other really prepared people blogging about the "love" holiday taking place on February 14th, so It would appear that I too am prepared...which of course I am not...ha ha!

And what I discovered is that with a little tenderness anyone can become a messenger of love! And you too can become a messenger of love with these cupcakes.

This is what you'll need....

  • Cupcakes...duh
  • 2-3 decorating bags 
  • 2-3 couplers 
  • Jack Template (I can help you with this)
  • Wax Paper
  • Royal Icing
  • Pink & black GEL food coloring
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Decorating tip # 1, 2 and 1M
  • Toothpicks
  • Time and Patience
Any supplies needed to make these cupcakes are available {HERE}

If you've been reading any of my other how to posts like this one or this one, then you will have a basic idea of how I make toppers like these. 

This, for the sake of not becoming a recording of sorts stuck on a loop, is an abridged version, BUT if you need any help, please do not hesitate to leave a comment with your question or just send me and email.

First I printed out the template of Jack I created and taped it to my wax paper. The Template for this topper can be downloaded here ---> {Jack Template}

Make your royal icing separate into 4 bowls and color one portion..
  • Gray ( You will need piping consistency)
  • Black(You will need piping and flood consistency)
  • Pink ( you will need flood consistency)
  • Keep a portion white (You will need flood consistency)

With your gray royal icing outline the bottom portion of Jack. And use the black royal icing to outline his head, fill his eyes, draw his mouth (NOT the stitches) and to outline the outer portion of the topper. 

I used a PME 1.5 tip (because I love it) but you could also use a #1 or 2 tip, whichever is easiest for you. Keep in mind, it's a small image, so it will be a bit annoying to outline him or at least it was for me.

After the outline has dried, flood the topper with black, white and the pink icing, in the appropriate areas. I tend to use a 2 to flood, but if it's a really small area I will use a smaller tip. To get into the little crevices, you can use a toothpick to coax it along

Let it dry :) An hour should suffice.

To get the details around his mouth, I used a dab of black royal icing and a toothpick and gently added in the stitched around his mouth.

Do not remove toppers from the wax paper, until it is COMPLETELY dry. When you do it will look something like this.

With the toppers done, get your cupcakes ready to frost! I typically use a 1M tip, but I also use another favorite 2D...think ruffles :)

Pipe a swirl onto the top of your cupcakes.

Gently....place the topper onto the cupcake and press down with gentle, but equal pressure. If you feel inclined you can add sprinkles to the frosting, but do this before you add the topper!!

How fun are these??

Just a little twist of fun added into a holiday that is typically so far removed from skeletons as humanly possible!

Hope you enjoyed this! If you have any questions or just want to say hello, please feel free to leave a comment below to let me know you were here!

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