Cute as a Button Cupcakes

Welcome!  Come on in!  Today you're attending a baby shower.
{Yes, you your're at a baby shower.}
Our baby shower today is in honor of Jenny from Picky Palate.  Jenny is the creator of such lovelies as Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies, and Pumpkin Ice Cream Glazed Donuts, and she has a cookbook *just about* ready to come out. Jenny always has her two precious boys helping in the kitchen (I love that), and is currently cooking up another little helper. ;)

Now, when I was asked to "bring something" for the shower (and if you must know, my household of 3 ate them all), I first thought of these Cute as a Button cookies, and thought, "I'll turn those into cupcakes!"  I then realized that maybe I had seen something like that before and lo and behold, Button Cupcakes are in Meaghan's book, Sugarlicious.  So, maybe I didn't come up with such an original idea after all.

The cupcakes are just a simple one-bowl chocolate cupcake from Martha, topped with Shelly's vanilla buttercream and fondant buttons.

You'll want to make the buttons ahead of time (the instructions are here), and let them dry a bit before using.  Place them on the cupcakes as close to serving as you can and don't refrigerate the fondant.

I used Satin Ice brand fondant, and tinted it in three shades of blue using AmeriColor Sky Blue gel paste food coloring.

Be sure to have some more baby shower snacks with the other hostesses!

Amanda: i am baker Special Cake for a "Picky Palate"
Angie: Bakerella Baby Faces
Bev: Bev Cooks Horseradish Deviled Eggs
Bridget: Bake at 350 Cute as a Button Cupcakes
Cheryl: TidyMom Salted Caramel Cupcakes
Gaby: Whats Gaby Cooking Blueberry Buttermilk Cake
Heather: Heather's Dish Perfect Pancake Bites   
Julie: The Little Kitchen Mixed Berry Mint Slushies
Kathy: Panini Happy Baby Oreo Ice Cream Pies
Kristan: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen Homemade Animal Crackers
Lauren: Lauren's Latest Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes
Maria: Two Peas and Their Pod Cookies 'n Cream Sheet Cake
Marion: Sweetopia Baby Shower Cookie Favors 
Marla: Family Fresh Cooking Blueberry Mint Agua Fresca
Michelle: Brown Eyed Baker Shrimp Nacho Bites 
Robyn: Add a Pinch Blue Velvet Cake
Shaina: Food For My Family Ginger Plum Preserves
Shelly: Cookies and Cups Oreo Pop Baby Rattles
Teresa: Blooming on Bainbridge Pom-Pom Cupcakes

Happy new baby, Jenny!!!  We're all so excited to see your newest little kitchen helper!!! ♥

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