Monday, July 30, 2012

How to turn a Twinkie into Beaker for a Muppets themed party.


Since I started creating themed cuisine for this blog, I haven't crafted a single food item into a cartoon or movie character. Not that I haven't wanted to, I just wasn't sure if I was allowed. Honestly, I'm still not sure, but I just couldn't resist sharing this project.

Recently I've been having a great time turning snack cakes into edible crafts. I had several boxes of snack cakes sitting on my kitchen counter and every time I walked by them I would hear this strange sound, "Meep, Meep." Beaker was just dying to explode from the box of Twinkies. 


I've not been sponsored or paid to create this craft, but would really get a kick out of seeing my Beaker Twinkie on the Hostess box. Doesn't he look great there?

Beaker Twinkies 

You'll need:

Hostess Twinkies (or similar snack cake)
modeling chocolate (see recipe here)
food coloring - orange, red, black
black edible ink marker
powdered sugar for dusting cutting board
rolling pin
knife
clay extruder (or a very clean garlic press)
white frosting or melted white chocolate

Instructions:


Make one batch of white modeling chocolate using the recipe, here. Pinch off pieces of white and roll them into balls for the eyes. Use a black food coloring marker to dab a dot in the center of each eye for the pupil. 

Sprinkle some powdered sugar on a cutting board. Roll out some white modeling chocolate quite thin. Cut it into 1" x 5"-6" strips to form the shirt. 

Color some modeling chocolate orange. Pinch off about a tablespoon size ball, roll it into a log, insert it into a clay extruder fitted with a multi hole insert. Then insert the plunger and press out the orange clay into long strands for Beaker's hair. You can achieve a similar result using a garlic press. Separate the strands of orange clay and cut into varying lengths between about 1/4" and 3/4". Pinch a bunch of pieces together to form Beaker's Hair.


Color some modeling chocolate red and black. Roll both out on a powdered sugar dusted cutting board. Use the edible marker to draw a mouth on the red and cut out around it. Cut out ties from the black. 

To assemble. Unwrap your Twinkies. Use white frosting or melted white chocolate to adhere the modeling chocolate to your Twinkies. Place two eyes near the top of a Twinkie. Adhere a mouth a bit below that. Place the nose in between, overlapping the mouth. Cut a hole in the top of the Twinkie. Fill with frosting or chocolate, Stick the hair down into the hole; add more hair if needed to fill Beaker's head. Spread some frosting on the back of the white shirt piece. Wrap it around the bottom of the Twinkie, allowing it to cover the bottom of the snack cake completely. Leave it open so the snack cake shows through. I wrapped one completely around the bottom of the Twinkie and it didn't look good. 

Make sure to keep these stored in an airtight container or the Twinkie will dry out. Serve at your Muppet themed party or just for fun.


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55 comments:

  1. That's fantastic. I hope you do get the cover. He looks like a nature on the box.

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    1. I have one of these sitting in my kitchen on a shelf, and every time I walk by it, Beaker makes me smile =)

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  3. You've really outdone yourself with this one Beth, Just AWESOME. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

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  4. OMG. That. Is. Awesome. Best muppet food I have seen. EVER. Love it!

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    1. Wow, thanks! It was a challenge to come up with something that hadn't been done already.

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  5. Oh, golly, that's a winner! Everybody loves Beaker. You could easily make this a series: Miss Piggy is a Snowball, Rowf is a Devil Dog, Red Zinger for Animal, etc., etc.

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  6. This is another amazing twinkie idea - and I LOVE the muppets! You should be a twinkie spokesperson!

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  7. Hi Beth! I adore this! It definitely belongs on the Twinkie box, though with Disney's nutritional guidelines I'm not sure they'd allow it :(. Make a healthier version and pitch it to them! I made Swedish Chef pops little while back as part of a marketing campaign to promote the Muppets movie. There's a video of the Swedish Chef making them (with my help) here: http://www.dashrecipes.com/recipes/dr/s/swedish-chef-pops.html

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  8. Hi Beth! These are absolutely adorable, and I think they definitely should be on a Twinkie box. Disney does have strict nutritional guidelines, though.. so I'm not sure if they'd allow it! That said...I do see cake pops and cupcakes on there site. I made Swedish Chef pops earlier this year as part of an advertorial/marketing campaign for the Muppets movie (http://www.dashrecipes.com/recipes/dr/s/swedish-chef-pops.html). Seeing your post brought back those fun memories! Recreating characters is so much fun, but you're right in that it can be a bit tricky with copyright issues. Even after working with the Muppets, I'm still not clear on what I can and can't do should I blog personally!

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    1. Hi Shannon, I remember seeing the Swedish Chef Pops and the video a while back and thinking what fun that must have been to do. I think the video and the pops are so cute. I have been so hesitant to put any characters on my site. I know bakeries can't sell anything without a license, but I'm not selling these Beaker Twinkies, I'm just showing people how they can make them in their home kitchens. I do wish I knew what the rules really are regarding this issue. So many bloggers are creating really amazing projects featuring characters, and I'd sure like to make more. I really appreciate your input.

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  9. You are so creative! I don't think I've had a twinkie in years...they actually sound good right now.

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    1. Thanks Angela, I hadn't had a Twinkie either until I decided to make these snack cake projects. Eating it surely brought back childhood memories.

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  10. If there was ever a muppet born for the internet, it's Beaker. LOVE these, saw his hapless face on Tastespotting and just had to come by and comment - took me right back to childhood :)

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    1. I'm happy you stopped by Rachael and thanks for taking time to comment. I appreciate it =)

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  11. This is so adorable! You're so creative! I'm on my way to check out this modeling chocolate... it looks like the possibilities are endless.

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    1. Thanks, Janine. I absolutely love working with modeling chocolate. It tastes great and you can sculpt it, cut it, and wrap it just like fondant.

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  12. That is too awesome! It looks so much like Beaker!

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    1. Thanks Melanie. I was really happy at how realistic he did indeed look.

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  13. This is the coolest thing I've seen all day. I just love coming here! And you know I'll be linking! =)

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  14. meep meep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good gosh this just made me smile and laugh so hard. I just might have to make one just because it will be so much fun!! MEEEEEEEP!

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    1. I can hear that Meep every time I look at him! I always had a soft spot for Beaker.

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  15. This is so cute it makes me almost want to eat a twinkie (almost!--they're just so icky).

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    1. I hadn't had a Twinkie in years. My husband gobbled up several.

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  16. Love this- I will never look at a twinkie again without seeing beaker! Great Idea!

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  17. He is way too cute!!! I agree - I will always associate twinkies with beaker now!

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  18. I've really enjoyed seeing your snack cake ideas and Beaker is so cute!! Thanks for sharing at my link party! Pinning.

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  19. I've really enjoyed your snack cake ideas and Beaker is so cute! Thanks very much for sharing at my link party. Pinning!

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  20. He's so cute I had to laugh! I love this little guy! Your posts are like little spirit lifters.. :o)

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    1. It is so nice to hear that my ideas life your spirits. That makes me feel like what I do is worthwhile!

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  21. Seriously, the cutest thing ever!! I'd love to have you share this at Mom's Test Meal Monday's link party!

    Have a great day!

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    1. I just have to say again how much I love these! I can't wait to explore your site more!! Thanks for linking up to Mom's Test Meal Mondays!!

      Have a great weekend!

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  22. This is incredibly fun Beth! Beeker was one of my all time favorite characters on Sesame Street!

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  23. Love this Beth! Featuring this week at Mom On Timeout and pinning of course :)

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  24. I love this! Great job. Beeker is the best muppet!

    I’d love it if you shared this at my linky party on Friday at OneCreativeMommy.com.

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  25. This is AWESOME!!! Where in the world does all your creativity come from! I am always amazed not only at your creativity but how polished and professional your creations come out!!! My hubby, a Muppets fan, loved this one =-) I am featuring this at TGIF this week: http://www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2012/08/tgif-linky-party-42.html - Thanks for linking up to TGIF & I look forward to seeing you again this week,
    Beth =-)

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    1. That is so nice to hear. I was blessed to live in a creative household; my mom always encouraged us to do something artistic. I'm happy to hear that your husband liked my Beaker Twinkie and thanks for the feature =)

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  26. That is so adorable!! Stopping by from Something Swanky

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  27. How cute is he! I hope The Muppets see this and some how get you in their next movie :) and yes, Hostess needs to sponsor you :)

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  28. I LOVE Beaker! He's so cute! I adore these, I think I'm going to make them for my birthday party.

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  29. I thought I would share Sue & I's story when we tried to make Beaker. He still turned out pretty cute! http://joandsue.blogspot.ca/2012/09/the-beaker-expedition.html (Thanks for another great idea!!)

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