Somewhere Over the Rainbow Cupcakes

Somewhere Over the Rainbow cupcakesMy friend Kate would say that every New Year should start with cupcakes.  And 2014 did! I have a family tradition of eating blackeyed peas, collard greens, cornbread and ham on New Year’s day.  Our belief is that if you eat these things you’ll have money and good luck for the coming year.  Blackeyed peas symbolize silver, collard greens are dollars, and cornbread is gold- the ham is a German tradition of bringing good luck for the coming year. So every New Year’s Day I invite neighbors and friends to come over for an open house event to celebrate New Year’s Day.

This year the New Year’s Day open house became a celebration of my graduation from college on Dec. 14, 2013.  I wrote an article for one of my classes comparing my journey toward healing as being like Dorothy following the yellow brick road.  So my graduation party theme became “The Wizard of Oz”.  And if you’re going to see the Wizard, you need Somewhere Over the Rainbow Cupcakes!

The recipe is so simple;

Funfetti cake mix

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vanilla frosting or aqua blue funfetti frosting- I couldn’t the blue so I used vanilla with blue food coloring added

blue frosting

Airheads Extreme Sour Patch Rainbow Berry belts

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can of white decorative frosting

cupcake icing

Follow the directions to make the cupcakes from the cake mix.  After the cupcakes have cooled frost with blue frosting.  Cut each rainbow belt in half and use each half to create a rainbow on the cupcakes, the belts will not hold their shape well, so don’t panic.  Use the can of white cupcake icing to make “clouds” on each end of the rainbow belt closest to the cupcake- this will help the rainbow hold it’s shape.  Finally- serve and enjoy!

Because the cupcakes were so much fun, I decided to decorate the whole table in the style of “The Wizard of Oz”.  Here is how it all turned out!

Emerald City using Dollar Store vases filled with water and green food coloring.  Dollar Store poppies placed in florist foam.

Emerald City using Dollar Store vases filled with water and green food coloring. Dollar Store poppies placed in florist foam.

Wizard of Oz balloon using florist foam, chopsticks, Dollar Store poppies, Dollar Store basket, and FTD Ornament vase turned upside down.

Wizard of Oz balloon using florist foam, chopsticks, Dollar Store poppies, Dollar Store basket, and FTD Ornament vase turned upside down.

Crow with diploma for Scarecrow, tin can with aluminum foil wrapped funnel for Tinman, and crown with medal for Cowardly Lion.

Crow with diploma for Scarecrow, tin can with aluminum foil wrapped funnel for Tinman, and crown with medal for Cowardly Lion.

Wizard of Oz Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion

Dorothy's shoes, a house ornament, Wicked Witch of the West ornament, Dollar Store poppies and Sunflower

Dorothy’s shoes, a house ornament, Wicked Witch of the West ornament, Dollar Store poppies and Sunflower

On the entry table I added the Wizard of Oz dolls that inspired it all- and a beautiful scrapbook created by my friend Shannon.

On the entry table I added the Wizard of Oz dolls that inspired it all- and a beautiful scrapbook created by my friend Shannon.

The table from above- complete with Yellow Brick Road

The table from above- complete with Yellow Brick Road

Everyone who came to the open house, enjoyed the atmosphere.  I’m glad I got a chance to celebrate the new year with such great friends.  Here’s hoping that my yellow brick road leads me someplace over the rainbow, where skies are blue…

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