Olivia: A recipe for success

Since cupcakes are Olivia’s favorite food, why not bake some for a party?  I recently had the opportunity to bake some cupcakes to celebrate my niece’s birthday.  She is a huge fan of Olivia the Pig.  I went looking for good recipes that I might find, especially cupcakes with an Olivia the Pig theme.

I did find one, which I would love to share!  Here is a recipe for Olivia the pig cupcakes, courtesy of Nick Jr.’s website:

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. Dutch cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 bottle (1 oz.) red food coloring
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups pink candy melts (like Wilton® Candy Melts® available at party supplies stores)
1 can (16 oz.) vanilla frosting
Red food coloring
1 tube chocolate or brown decorating frosting

Muffin pans (for 24 cupcakes)
24 cupcake liners
Olivia Cupcake Templates
Wax paper

Directions:

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

Step 2
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat the butter and the sugar in another bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition until well blended.

Step 3
Combine the buttermilk and the food coloring in a measuring cup. Add the flour mixture to the butter and egg mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Combine the vinegar and the baking soda in a small bowl and immediately stir into the batter until well blended.

Step 4
Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 12 to 17 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Step 5
Meanwhile, melt the pink candy melts in a medium bowl until smooth, about 45 seconds. Spoon into a resealable bag. Place the ears and nose template on a sheet pan topped with a piece of wax paper. Snip a very small corner from the bag with the melted chocolate. Pipe outlines of the ears and nose and fill in with more chocolate. Repeat to make 24 sets of ears and 24 noses. Reheat the chocolate if it becomes too thick. Place the chocolate pieces into the refrigerator until set, about 5 minutes.

Step 6
Tint the vanilla frosting a light pink with the red food coloring. Remove 1/3 cup of the frosting and tint it a darker pink with the red food coloring. Spoon the darker pink frosting into a resealable bag. Spread the light pink frosting on top of the cupcakes and make smooth.

Step 7
Peel the chocolate pieces from the wax paper and insert the ears into the sides of the cupcakes. Add the nose in the center. Snip a very small corner from the bag with the darker pink frosting and pipe outlines on the ears and the nose and pipe the mouth on top of the cupcakes. Pipe the chocolate frosting for the nostrils and the eyes.

I have to say that every last cupcake was eaten at the party. The kids loved them as did the parents.  I had also bought this book for my niece, which she loved!  I can’t wait until the next party.  Keep reading my posts in the future for more options on how to plan a party.  For more options on what to choose for a themed party, check out our kids party supplies. For more birthday gift ideas, check out Olivia toys.

 

The Kratt Bros. endorse the scientific method

Kratt BrothersWild Kratts is a show that was developed to help interest kids in science.  Kids in America have generally shown a lack of interest and engagement with science as compared to children on an international level.  The show targets 6-8 year olds and helps to build on their natural interest in animals.

The show intentionally has a diverse cast of characters to reach a magnitude of audiences to further help a greater variety of children engage in the show. The Kratt Brothers love to research and explore the world around them.  They present their research in a fun and exciting way. Whether it’s revealing clips from whales that dwell in the deep sea or discovering why earthworms come out of the ground when it rains, count on these gents to stir your interest in the wild and unknown!

The National Science Education Standards (NSES) lays out the curriculum standards for science content. It is especially important for this age group to discover the scientific method, which includes asking questions, forming a hypothesis, making observations, and presenting results.  This inquiry-based approach is a central part of the story and the Kratt Brothers model it in each and every episode.  The Kratt Brothers also use this model to succeed, while the unsuccessful villains do not.  This inherently shows children how valuable it is to use critical thinking skills and the inquiry-based method not only in science, but also in life.

 

Your One Stop Shop for Party Supplies

Does your child have a birthday coming up? Are you helping someone plan a birthday party for his or her child? It can be frustrating to find everything that you need in one location.  Let Ty’s Toy Box be your one stop destination for all your party supply needs!  If you order from Ty’s Toy Box, you won’t even have to leave the house.

Ty’s Toy Box was created to meet the demand for finding rare toys and party supplies. We have a vast selection of Yo Gabba Gabba party supplies, Caillou, and Super Why, to name a few. We have Yo Gabba Gabba wall decorations, piñatas, and even the glasses that DJ Lance himself wears (Don’t be surprised if your kids act just like DJ Lance with them on!).

For Caillou party supplies, we actually have a Dinosaur Edible Icing Cake Topper! We also have a lovely Caillou Centerpiece. Party favors include sticker sheets that come with 6 scenes from Caillou.  Who doesn’t like stickers? It’s a fun favor that’s sure not to disappoint!

You can make each child feel super awesome when they receive their Super Why Birthday Invitation.  We also have birthday yard signs that will announce your child’s party, which can be personalized.  Last but not least, help your little man make his Superhero entrance with our Super Why! Birthday Boy to the Rescue! Red Super Tee!  This comes with a removable cape, to make him feel extra special and let everyone know it’s his big day.

Who are you gonna make feel special today?