Inspired by the movie: High School Musical
Wondering what to contribute to the classroom bake sale this year? Here's an idea inspired by East High's star basketball players that makes a lot of cents. Just whip up a batch of your favorite cupcakes and have your child help top them with numbers worn by his or her school's athletes. You can either pipe on the digits using tubes of decorator's frosting, or shape them out of marzipan like the ones shown here.
- Small can marzipan (check the baking aisle at the grocery store)
- Food coloring (preferably paste)
- Paper or parchment paper
- Rolling pin
- Kitchen knife
- Batch of baked white cupcakes
- White frosting
- Waxed paper
1. First you'll need to tint the marzipan to match one of the school colors. Start with a 2-inch ball and press your finger into the center to create a small well. Insert food coloring into the well and knead the marzipan to evenly distribute the color. Repeat until you have the desired hue.
|2. Place the tinted marzipan between two sheets of wax paper or parchment paper and roll it to about a 1/8-inch thickness. Then slice the marzipan into 3/8-inch-wide strips.|
|3. Help your child shape the strips into numbers, working on a clean piece of paper. Don't be shy about folding a strip or piecing together short strips, if a digit requires it. Marzipan, like clay, is easy to mold. To make the number 3, for example, first form the upper curve; then fold the strip back on itself and form the lower curve. For the number 4, simply fit together and layer shorter strips. In both cases, finish by trimming any ragged edges with a kitchen knife.|
4. Frost the cupcakes, tinting the frosting first if you need to create a second color other than white. Then transfer the numbers to the cupcake tops. If the marzipan has softened too much to handle, chill it for a few minutes.