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Cryptozoology Party Dessert?

gildeddawn Sep 16, 2013 11:13 AM

So, a friend of mine is having a cryptozoology-themed party (read: Loch Ness monster, yeti, Bigfoot, unicorns, mermaid, giant squids, etc.).

I'd like to bring a dessert that fits the theme, but I can't quite think of anything that's convincing.

Cupcakes or shortbread sprang to mind, since I enjoy making both, but the last thing I want is to draw in frosting or use any kind of fondant, which is the only way I can think to make cupcakes fit the theme - by adding fondant or frosting monsters.

Anyone have ideas on how to fit the theme?

Loch Ness shortbread might work because shortbread is so heavily associated with Scotland, but where's the monster tie?

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  1. DuchessNukem RE: gildeddawn Sep 16, 2013 11:52 AM


    (Just google images of 'octopus cupcake', 'squid cupcake', and/or 'tentacle cupcake' for ideas. Go for simple.)

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      cayjohan RE: DuchessNukem Sep 16, 2013 03:57 PM

      "Cupkraken." I love that! Thanks for the snicker!

      I agree with simple, and I'll riff off that and the cupcake thought: why not some Yeti cupcakes? A little shredded coconut on top, some candies for eyes and teeth? Some images here: https://www.google.com/search?q=abomi...

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        thimes RE: DuchessNukem Sep 17, 2013 11:39 AM

        I love this idea just for the name of it . . .

        If you went the Yeti route (coconut cupcakes) you could buy some "pre-fab" eyes (I think wilton makes them) to just put on the cupcakes - who says a yeti needs a blue face like the pictures - would cut down on the decorating time considerably and still get the idea across.

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        pine time RE: gildeddawn Sep 16, 2013 12:01 PM

        Not that I'd ever make it in a million years (nor eat it in a million and a half years), but Pinterest is all over that "cat litter box" cake. I think there was a thread here, too.

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          small h RE: pine time Sep 16, 2013 01:00 PM

          Cats are imaginary? I must be going insane, because I can see one sleeping on my couch.

          How about fairy cakes?


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            pine time RE: small h Sep 16, 2013 02:15 PM

            Oops! I've been pet-less way too long.

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              small h RE: pine time Sep 16, 2013 03:44 PM

              All we need to do is rename the cat litter box cake. Maybe orc litter box cake (that'd be a big cake).

        2. greygarious RE: gildeddawn Sep 16, 2013 12:29 PM


          This is a recipe for cornet cookies filled with fresh fruit. You could call them "unicornets" and fill with anything from whipped cream to cannoli filling to ice cream, since unicorns are white.

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            youareabunny RE: gildeddawn Sep 16, 2013 12:48 PM

            Bake a whole fish, cut the head off and put a cabbage patch head.

            Ok dessert you said, can you shape the short bread? If you can roll it, then cut them into 2-3 inch strips, then shape them in a bit of an S... That can be the head and neck of lochness. Then bake cupcakes and ice with... I suppose blue icing then put the heads in.

            1. hotoynoodle RE: gildeddawn Sep 16, 2013 04:47 PM

              mermaid cake:


              unicorn cake:


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                gildeddawn RE: gildeddawn Sep 16, 2013 06:00 PM

                These are all great ideas, but I was kind of hoping for something that involved a little less heavy-duty decorating. I like baking. I don't really care for decorating.

                So something not very fussy? Even if I just came up with a good explanation why a particular dessert somehow connected with one of these mythological creatures?

                The yeti thing might work.

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                  cayjohan RE: gildeddawn Sep 16, 2013 07:59 PM

                  I'm an incredibly lazy decorator, too. But I do find that the simpler things come off better. As far as a Yeti cupcake goes? Dispense with the eyes/teeth decoration altogether. Folks will still get the idea. Heck, call it the Abominable Hostess Sno-Man and fill chocolate cupcakes with pastry cream, a little seven-minute frosting and coconut on top. No "cute," but I'd bet it'd be good, no?

                2. girloftheworld RE: gildeddawn Sep 16, 2013 06:53 PM

                  melt some chocolate with shreaded coconut and dride fruits and nuts and poor it in piles on wax paper and let it harden.. take it and say it is Sasquatch scat(poop)

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                    buzzardbreath RE: girloftheworld Sep 17, 2013 06:06 AM

                    Love this idea!

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                      youareabunny RE: girloftheworld Sep 17, 2013 08:57 AM

                      That is a great idea. I think even double chocolate cookies with some nuts for color (or white chocolate) would be suitable as poo too. Just depends what type of poo you're going for.

                    2. jill kibler RE: gildeddawn Sep 16, 2013 07:49 PM

                      Shortbread with a print of Bigfoot's foot. Done! LOL!

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                        MidwesternerTT RE: jill kibler Sep 16, 2013 08:27 PM

                        Or large cutout cookies, foot-shaped. Slivered almonds for "toenails".

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                          gildeddawn RE: jill kibler Sep 17, 2013 11:18 AM

                          Nice! That's an excellent idea!

                        2. Paprikaboy RE: gildeddawn Sep 17, 2013 08:31 AM

                          Roc cakes?

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                            gildeddawn RE: Paprikaboy Sep 17, 2013 11:18 AM

                            Very clever. I like that.

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