Monday, January 30, 2012

Valentine's Day Warm Fuzzy Cake Balls and Cupcakes


When someone you love does or says something that warms your heart, makes you melt, or gets your heart aflutter, you've been given a warm fuzzy. Usually it is just something you feel, but on occasion someone will actually give you a warm fuzzy, a pom pom with feet and antennae often with a heartfelt message attached. For Valentine's Day this year, you can make your Valentines feel warm and fuzzy inside by presenting them with edible warm fuzzies - the kind that just might make your loved ones giggle, sigh, or even say "ahhh."

When I was in high school I had a teacher that would draw warm fuzzies on our papers and tests when we did well. She started a trend among my friends; whenever we gave each other notes or cards, we'd draw a warm fuzzy. I was looking at my high school scrapbook a while back and remember seeing all sorts of these furry little creatures throughout the book. It got me thinking about how I could make an edible version.

I thought Valentine's Day was the perfect occasion for this project. I spent the past week trying to narrow down my choices of recipes to use. At first I thought about dipping a doughnut hole in frosting and covering it in colored coconut, then coconut cream chocolate truffles came to mind, but I finally settled on making them out of cake balls, as I haven't really done too many of those projects and I know so many of you like to make them. You could even turn them into cake pops. It's fun to add a  personalize message to your warm fuzzies. Just print a sweet note on a strip of paper and attach it to it's feet. If you want to make something even more elaborate, add one of these sweet little fellows on top of a cupcake. I even designed a printable wrapper for that.


You can get creative with your warm fuzzies, by changing the style of their antenna,  their color, and the personal message. If you have kids or adults that absolutely hate coconut, you could shave chocolate and use it instead, like I did for my Pink Fuzzy Slipper Cookies (directions here) or coat your cake balls in red or pink jimmies (sprinkles.)


Each of these little guys was made with a different style of antenna. I think the hearts look great on the red warm fuzzy, but prefer the swirl on the pink one. Which you do like best?

Don't ya just want to hug him?

Warm Fuzzy Cake Balls
               (makes either 40 warm fuzzies or 15 cupcakes with warm fuzzies on top)

Ingredients to make 40 warm fuzzies:

1 baked cake
1/4 cup - 1/2 cup white frosting
24-32 ounces melted white confectionery coating/candy melts*
warm fuzzy feet template
4 cups shredded coconut
liquid food coloring - neon pink or red (the grocery store variety is fine)
80 candy eyes
optional antenna decorations: red hearts and pink confetti

Ingredients to make 15 cupcakes and 15 warm fuzzies:

24 baked cupcakes
white frosting (2-3 tablespoons for cake balls and more to frost cupcakes)
12-16 ounces melted white confectionery coating/candy melts*
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
liquid food coloring - neon pink and/or red
30 candy eyes
printable warm fuzzy cupcake wrapper (pink warm fuzzy or red warm fuzzy)
optional: pink and purple confetti

*Before you begin, if you don't have experience using confectionery coatings, read my Chocolate Making Tips (here.) Each brand of coating has different qualities, some are thicker than others, so I've given you a general idea of how much you should need for this project.  If you have leftover coating, just spread it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and freeze until hard.

Supplies Needed:

mixing bowl and spoon or a stand mixer or food processor
disposable pastry bag, zip top bag, or a squeeze bottle fitted with a small round pastry tip
parchment paper
baking sheets that fit in your freezer
zip top bags used to color your coconut
optional: #18 mini ice cream scoop (a heaping tablespoon)
fork or chocolate dipping fork

Instructions to make 40 warm fuzzies:


Break up cake into a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer (my preferred method**) or a food processor. Add 1/4 cup white frosting. Mix to combine.  If the mixture holds together well and you can easily form balls, then stop, if it crumbles, add up to another 1/4 cup frosting. Set aside for 30-45 minutes while you make your warm fuzzy decorations.

**By using a stand mixer your cake balls will have a smooth truffle like consistency. If you do this by hand, you will probably want to mix it with your actual hands to get it smooth.


Fill a squeeze bottle fitted with a small round pastry tip (#3,4, or 5) or fill a disposable pastry bag (either fitted with a tip or just snip off the end leaving a small opening) or fill a zip top bag and snip off one tip. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Pipe your preferred style of antenna making extras as several will break while you are working with them. I piped straight lines and added small red hearts on some and added pink candy confetti on others. I also piped a line with a curved end. You could just pipe straight lines and add a dot on top or pipe a heart on top. Once you've filled up your baking sheet, place it in the freezer for about 3 minutes so the white coating hardens.


Click here to download the warm fuzzy feet template. Print out template. Set the printed warm fuzzy feet template under a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Fill a squeeze bottle fitted with a small round pastry tip (#3,4, or 5) or fill a disposable pastry bag (either fitted with a tip or just snip off the end leaving a small opening) or fill a zip top bag and snip off one tip. Pipe feet. I found it easiest to get the best shape by making dots for the toes, then piping around the outer edge and filling in the center of the feet. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes to harden. You can, unless you are making cake pops, attach the two feet together with some white candy coating.


Break up any clumps in your coconut then place coconut in a zip top bag. You may want some of your warm fuzzies to be red, some pink and maybe even some of another color, so color just what you need. Color your coconut by adding 3 drops of neon pink per cup of coconut or 5 drops of red per cup of coconut. Seal bag and shake until coconut is uniformly colored. Add more coloring until you reach the desired shade.


Scoop out 40 heaping tablespoonfuls of the cake mixture. A #18 scoop makes easy work of this. Roll into balls pinching together any big seams. Set one ball into melted white confectionery coating/candy melts. Use a fork or candy dipping fork to submerge the ball in the white coating. Set the fork under the ball and lift it out of the coating. Tap the fork on the side of the bowl to remove the excess candy coating. Set the dipped ball into the colored coconut. Sprinkle and press the coconut all over the ball. Remove and immediately press two antenna into the ball (if you wait, the white candy coating will harden and you'll have to use a toothpick to create holes before pressing them into the warm fuzzy.) Once you've created all of your warm fuzzies, use some white candy coating to attach the two feet to the bottom of each warm fuzzy.

If you are going to make cake pops, dip a lollipop stick into the white candy coating and insert it into a cake ball and allow to dry before dipping, coating, and decorating them.


Use white candy coating to attach two edible candy eyes to each warm fuzzy cake ball. Now you can package them as is or if you'd like you can attach a special message. Either print a message on a strip of paper and "glue" it to the warm fuzzy with a dab of white chocolate (don't add too much, you want the paper easily removable) or cut strips out of modeling chocolate or fondant and write your message using a food coloring marker; that way the entire thing is edible.

Top cupcakes with warm fuzzy cake balls. 


Start with 24 cupcakes. Reserve 15 cupcakes and crumble the remaining cupcakes into a mixing bowl or stand mixer. Add 2 tablespoons of frosting and mix to combine. If the mixture holds together well and you can easily form balls, then stop, if it crumbles, add up to another 1 tablespoon of frosting. Set aside for 30-45 minutes while you make 15 warm fuzzy cake balls according to the directions above. Download and print the pink warm fuzzy cupcake wrapper template and/or the red warm fuzzy template on to white card stock. Note: they are big files and may take a few minutes to load.

Cut out the printable warm fuzzy cupcake wrappers. Wrap each cupcake with a printed wrapper, taping the edges together. Frost your cupcakes. Set a warm fuzzy cake ball on top of your cupcake. Add pink and purple candy confetti, if desired.

As I mentioned in my intro, you can use doughnut holes in place of the cake balls. If you need 24 cupcakes, just buy some doughnut holes and dip them in the white confectionery coating and proceed as above to make your warm fuzzies. You may need to use a toothpick to poke holes so that you can easily insert your antennae into these.


If you like this recipe, please share it with others by using the share buttons below. I really appreciate being Stumbled Upon and Pinned, and am always grateful to those of you that share my ideas on your website. I do request that you don't post my entire tutorial, but rather share a picture with a link. If you make this recipe, I'd love for you to send me a photo to beth@hungryhappenings.com so that I can share it in my Reader's Gallery. I link up to lots of websites that are listed hereThank you for visiting Hungry Happenings - Beth 

Items used to make this project.




89 comments:

  1. I know I have said it before...but you have the BEST blog EVAAAAH! so so so so sooooooooooooo cute.

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  2. These are adorable! I always loved those "warm fuzzies" with the sticky feet. :)

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    1. Thanks! I used to stick them on my locker door in school. I'd see their sweet faces every school day.

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  3. Are amazing! I'm in love! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Candy, they are easy to fall in love with, aren't they?

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  4. OMG, these might be the cutest things I have ever seen!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. Every time I look at a picture of one of these guys, I smile:)

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  5. These are amazing! I loved these little guys as a kid!! I remember having them all lined up on our desks in grade school!! Great job!

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    1. Thanks Lizy. I always loved the little pom-pom guys too.

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  6. boa tarde, cada dia que passa acho mas encantado seu blog, bjs.
    chocolatesdocemel.blogspot.com

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  7. I was just wondering what I could do that was different than a heart topper...something really unique. This will be SUPER CUTE for my daughters 5th grade class!!! ☺ THANKS!!!

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  8. Thank you for bringing back some fun memories. I loved those puffy little guys, too! You did a really great job on this! They turned out so cute! Pinned you!

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  9. Geeeeez....you seriously come up with the CUTESt things ever! Love these guys :)

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  10. you blow my mind!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Can't wait to share link on my site!

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

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  11. These are beyond cute Beth!! Love these little fuzzy creatures Julie B.

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  12. Those are so cute! They look just like the little guys my mom had around her office. I used to play with them all the time. Love them!

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  13. Very cute! Adorable! I'll have to get my stock of pink and red candy melts early, the stores ran out every 2nd month of the year. Thanks for sharing this post!

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  14. So adorable. Love the fuzzy feet template. I have to make these. So cute - pinned!

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  15. These are so incredibly cute! I am thinking they would make a great classroom Valentine! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Super cute! So glad I stopped by Something Swanky's link party!

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  17. These are by far the cutest cake balls I have ever seen.

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  18. Gorgeous! Love them and all the creative things you are doing! One more fan from Bulgaria :)

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    1. Thanks DiDi and welcome! I'm so happy to be reaching out to Bulgaria.

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  19. Beyond fabulous idea and your tutorial is just spectacular :-)

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share at Pin'Inspiration Thursday. Hope to see you on Saturday to help "Beat the Winter Blues". Have an awesome day.

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  20. Absolutely adorable! Very cute
    And you are very creative!

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  21. Any ideas on how to package these adorable Fuzzy Cake Ball Critters to give as a gift??

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    1. I packaged 8 of them in a box to bring to a friend. The antennae are a bit delicate, so a cellophane bag might not work too well. You could dip pretzel sticks in white chocolate to create more sturdy antennae. It would be cute to fill the bottom of a Chinese take out box with coconut and pack a few of these little guys inside.

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  22. These are sooo cute! What kind of white frosting did you use? And where can I find the cake recipe for these Fuzzy Critters? I am hoping to make them for Valentine's Day.

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    1. Thanks. I just used a box of Duncan Hines Devil's Food cake mix and a tub of Duncan Hines vanilla frosting to make my Warm Fuzzy Cake Balls. You can use any cake recipe that you like and use any type of frosting. I like chocolate cake with a bit of vanilla frosting, but you could use chocolate frosting or even Nutella.

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  23. I can't believe how cute these are! A lot of work, but definitely worth it.

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    1. Thanks Nicola, yes, they did take some time, but the reaction from the people I gave them to was worth the effort. The kids especially loved them.

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  24. I just found your blog. Loved them when I was in high school and love that I can recreate edible ones. Do you think I can use cream cheese instead of frosting?

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    1. Thanks! You can really use just about anything that will hold the cake ball together: cream cheese, Nutella, peanut butter, lemon curd, sweetened condensed milk, caramel apple dip, jelly, or homemade chocolate ganache.

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  25. I never thought you could top the Polar Bear Cookies and you did! These are adorable! Just featured them on our Fun Finds Friday... http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/fun-finds-friday.html

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  26. What about adults that hate coconut ;) These remind me of these fuzzy things I used to play with in school..how cute are they? I love playing with those little eyes, and I love that you put where you can buy them. These would be a great activity, yummy too, for the children I nanny for. You're blog looks amazing, can't wait to check the rest of it out! I'm your newest follower!

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    1. HI Bridget, thanks! For people who hate coconut, I recommended that you make these either using sprinkles (jimmies) or shaved chocolate as I did to make my Pink Fuzzy Slipper Cookies (http://www.hungryhappenings.com/2011/05/how-to-make-pink-fuzzy-slipper-cookies.html) Either way you'll achieve a somewhat fuzzy effect.

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  27. these are great! I'm going 'lazy' and using the cake-ball pan but decorating idea is so cute!

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    1. Hi K, I almost went an purchased a cake ball pan just to make these. I'm sure I'll purchase one soon enough. I think it is a great idea!

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  28. Thanks everyone for such wonderful comments. I'm happy to see so many people have memories attached to warm fuzzies:)

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  29. Oh my I saw this cute little thing over at TT&J and had to come visit. What an adorable little idea :) So cute!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jessica. I'm glad you like my little fuzzies.

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  30. Thanks so much for the adorable idea! I featured it on my blog: http://www.organizinghomelife.com/archives/1998

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    1. Thanks for the feature Ginny. I'll add your button to your page on my Featured On page:)

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  31. Oh my goodness, these are so cute!! I loved these little fuzzy guys when I was a kid, what a wonderful idea for a cake pop! Visiting from TGIF :)

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  32. How cute! Great job! I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party if you haven't already.
    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/01/i-heart-projects-linky-party.html

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  33. Oh my these little critters are the cutest. Good luck from Bacon Time!

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  34. Ok seriously, the second link that I clicked on over at Bacon Time's Contest and its your's again. Girl you come up with the best ideas! These are too cute!!

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  35. These are so darn cute! Amazing job!

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  36. These are beyond adorable! I love them! Just wanted to stop by and invite you to link up at my Sharing Time Link Party, here: http://heathernow.blogspot.com/search/label/sharing%20time
    Have a great day!
    ~Heather

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  37. Too cute!!! Thanks for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday.

    ~MiaB
    www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

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  38. Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time :)

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  39. I seriously need to try to make cake balls - these are so cute! Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

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  40. Instead of liquid food coloring when dying the coconut, do you think I could use the concentrated gel that you'd put in frosting to color?

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    1. I'm really not sure the gel will work because it might be too thick to really completely coat the coconut. I'd put 1/4 cup of coconut in a zip top bag and try a small dab of the coloring to see if it works before doing the whole batch. If there is water in the ingredient list of your gel coloring, you could thin it out with water. If you have any liquid candy coloring, that would work well. It is thicker than the grocery store variety, but it's thin enough to work.

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    2. It worked! I just thinned the gel coloring with a little water and was able to color the coconut just fine. You do need to use a bit more of the gel. I used red get coloring and it turned out a light pinkish-red color which was just fine with me. I also used donut holes since I didn't have time to make a cake and they turned out adorable. I can't wait to give them away and see people's faces of these cute little Valentine's. Thanks for the idea.

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  41. wow!!I love this....You are so creative..I cant wait until I give a try.thanks for sharing

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  42. Saw these on Party Frosting and LOVE them. Super cute!!! New fan through Party Frosting.

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  43. Hey Beth...What can I truly say that everyone else hasn't all ready said...I guess one more big "THANKS" for all your great ideas isn't going to hurt ya any..... LOL...I did have one quick comment tho..As far as the cake balls go...I used to use doughnut holes for all kinds of goodies but over the last few years I have noticed that you really can't find a good doughnut hole...I'm finding big ugly shaped huge holes...I think it might be because most don't do the old school yeast hand cut doughnuts...Ahhh the good ole dunkin doughnut munchkins days...Now they are huge oddly shaped globs of almost a cake type doughnut...Anyhow...Now days we can whip out cake balls instead..I know I tried a machine that actually bakes little so called cake balls..I tried the recipe that came with this machine...one word description YUK...Little rubbery dense cake balls with no flavor...I guess there is no easy shortcuts for a good uniformed doughnut hole or cake ball...So if ya need me I'll be in the kitchen rolling my own cake balls for this project!!...Take care and keep em coming....Oodie

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    1. Hi Oodie, It is always nice to hear kind words, so thank you! I know what you mean about the doughnut holes. I was tempted to buy a cake ball machine, but read way too many bad reviews. So, it's scoop and roll for me too! I hope you have fun with the project.

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  44. These are so incredibly cute. So happy to have just found your blog via Verusca's Cakes!

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  45. I found your website last night and am so happy I did! I had been looking for something different to take to my husbands military unit this weekend and this is perfect. They have been missing the homemade goodies the last few months from me because of a very crazy life. Lets just say I love these little guys. My toddler had lots of fun helping me build our little "army" of warm fuzzies. I am praying the little guys travel well tomorrow.

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    1. i'm glad to hear you and your child have fun making your little army of warm fuzzies:) I hope the guys like them and appreciate all you do for them. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

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  46. You just gave me the best idea to pipe little blue baby feet for cupcake toppers for my baby shower. Thanks sooo much!!!

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    1. I love how one project can inspired another! Good luck with your little baby feet.

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  47. I immediately thought about when Domino's Pizza started and they had the fuzzy thingies. This is a totally adorable idea.
    I cant wait to try this. really nervous about cake balls.

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  48. OMG!!!
    Fuzzy Cake Balls & Cup Cakes looks magnificent...
    Recipe sounds good. I will try on this Valentine's Day.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  49. what's the diameter of the baked cake that you used in this recipe?

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    1. I used one baked cake from a cake mix which makes one 9 x 13 inch cake or two 8 or 9 inch round cakes.

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  50. what's the diameter of the cake you used for this recipe?

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  51. hi is this coconut dry or fresh shredded coconut?

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  52. hi is this coconut dry or fresh shredded coconut?

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    1. I used store bought shredded sweetened coconut. I would think it would work with fresh as well, it just wouldn't be as sweet.

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  53. alright thanks a lot and i am madly in love with ur blog i want to try each and everything u make but unfortunately certain ingredients are not easily available in my city like corn syrup which is made for moulding chocolate can u suggest other alternative I'm really excited to try out your other creations thanks a lot lots of love

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    1. Thank you, Kritika. I'm happy you love my blog:) As far as modeling chocolate goes, I have I have successfully used honey (http://www.hungryhappenings.com/2011/05/how-to-create-school-books-using-corn.html,) jelly (http://www.hungryhappenings.com/2013/05/strawberry-basket-gifts-for-mom-teachers-friends.html,) dulce de leche (http://www.hungryhappenings.com/2011/06/celebrate-end-of-school-year-by-making.html,) and even peanut butter (http://www.hungryhappenings.com/2012/11/chocolate-peanut-butter-fudge-or.html) to make modeling chocolate. Take a look at these posts to see how I did it.

      I hope this helps so you can have fun making fun food using modeling chocolate.

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  54. I love this...I just don't have the time or patience for this for 22 kids at school. I was thinking about doing the cupcakes with the fuzzy frosting and pretzels dipped in white chocolate for the antenna, the eyes on the top of the coconut, and cut out little feet and use your template for the outside of the cupcales. Do you think it would work...AND be cute??

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    1. I do actually think that would work and I'm betting the cupcakes would be adorable! I'm sure the kids will love them:)

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  55. I love this...just don't have the time for it. Do you think I could pull it off with doing cupcakes as the fuzzy creatures? I would do the top with the fuzzy icing and eyes, use pretzle stick dipped in chocolate for the antenna, use your template for around the cupcakes, and then cut out feet and glue on the bottome of the cupcakes. What do you think?

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