Chloe's very first request with her Merida party was the cakes. Not the costume, not the bows & arrows - the cakes. She wanted cakes EXACTLY like the one in the movie that Merida gives her mom. Perfect - except she was SO picky and it had to be exact - and I have no clue how that fictional animated cake came to be. I did exhaustive research into pastries, cupcakes, all sorts of variations.
"Magic" Merida Cakelettes
1 box yellow cake mix
1 3 1/2 oz box instant pudding mix (I used vanilla - could use lemon)
1/2 c oil
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Fill greased cupcake pan with batter (a little more than 1/2 full for each cup). Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes (fork needs to come out clean - make sure they're done, my first batch had extremely doughy centers)
2 C powdered sugar
1/4 c lemon juice (scant fourth, don't over-do it)
1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp water
Mix glaze together while cakes are baking.
After cakes are done, remove to rack to cool slightly. While they are still warm, dip/coat/drizzle with glaze. Back to the wire rack for cooling thoroughly. (tip - put wax paper or something under the wire rack, as the glaze drips)
1 c chopped strawberries
1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
Combine ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over low to medium heat. Boil on low for about 2 minutes until filling thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool.
Some of the cooled and glazed cakes will have centers sunken enough to add filling to as-is, but most will require a little extra shaping. Using a spoon, scoop out a small divot in the center of the cake. Add about a Tbsp of filling to each cake's center, keeping it neat and round as possible if trying for the Merida cake look-alike. (if not, no worries!)
For Decorations, draped dark brown burlap and plaid fabric look both rustic & Scottish. Coordinated color napkins, etc, of course. I bought supplies to make clan banners, but settled for throwing up a few Brave posters we had on hand when we ran out of time. Oh, and I came up with a digital decor that was a huge hit. Using my AppleTV, I downloaded a ton of pics from Brave and streamed them one of the slideshow options, together with celtic music from our iTunes. It ran on the TV in the background and provided a constantly changing decor and atmosphere.
Super simple craft: headbands from the dollar store, black cardstock, metallic markers that color on black, and a hot glue gun.
Kids cut out "ears" and decorated them with their markers to have fuzzy centers. Some were silver, some were pink, some purple - really cute. Then I just glued the ears to the headbands - right side of the ear to the wrong side of the headband, then folding the ear up to stand. The kids loved them and were adorable too.
FINALLY - the Dress.
For more pics of the dress and cloak: Halloween Costume post
That's it! I did say that I had a ton more ideas though, and here are some of them that I ran out of time, energy, cash.....for. Still, I'll pass them along in case anyone is interested. Super cute stuff!
|This and other Merida Party Ideas|
|Disney printable and craft ideas - BRAVE themed|
|Bear mask, in case you prefer it to ears.|