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When my kids were little, my husband and I started a tradition to give ourselves a chance to date once in a while, without having to hire a babysitter. We’d get the kids in their PJs and cook a bowl of popcorn, then let them watch a movie. My husband would then run out and grab takeout for us and we’d eat it together and watch a show ourselves while the boys watched their movie upstairs. This started to be a tradition that we kept every single Friday night and I don’t know who looked forward to it more, us or the kids.
Now our kids are older and we can actually leave them home when we go out, but they STILL love to have a movie night. Whether it’s just the four of them or the whole family (which we also love to do), we love a good family movie night! When SING was recently released on DVD and Blu-ray, my kiddos got pretty excited. To add to the fun of watching that movie, I got creative with some cupcakes to match a character:
Porcupine Cupcakes! Too cute-right? They’re made to look like Ash from SING and my kids thought it was a hoot to eat a cupcake that looked like one of the characters from the movie! (OK, she’s maybe a little cooler than these cute guys, but they are inspired by her.)
I’ve got to tell you, I love doing little things like this to make life in my family fun. Little things that they will remember down the road. And while life has gotten crazier and crazier as they’ve gotten older, I still want them to get to be kids and have sweet memories of their childhood. And I love that they still love to be together to watch a show-even though their ages range from 14-5 now. I also love when we can let them watch a funny, musical movie with great characters and cast. Something they can all love to watch together. SING Special Edition (60 minutes of bonus content and mini movies) is in stores now on Blu-ray and DVD so that you can plan this fun movie night for your family too!
And these cupcakes are not too hard to make! I promise!
Let’s make them so that you can grab SING and have a movie night of your own.
Porcupine Cupcakes Recipe:
- Chocolate cupcakes (I’ll share my favorite recipe for them below, but you can use any you like)
- Peanut Butter Frosting (or Caramel)
- Pretzel Sticks
- Edible eyes
- Chocolate chip (for the nose)
- Chow Mein Noodles
Bake your cupcakes.
Here’s a really great cupcake recipe that’s just a cake mix made fancy. (Although you can use any recipe for this part.)
- 1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix
- 1 5.9 oz. box of instant chocolate pudding
- 1 C sour cream
- 1 C vegetable oil
- ½ C water
- 4 eggs
- 1Tbsp vanilla
Instructions for Cupcakes:
Combine the above ingredients and mix until smooth. The batter will be fairly thick.
Spoon into 24 paper lined muffin tins.
Bake for 18-22 minutes (err on the side of shorter-I do 18 minutes exactly) at 350 degrees.
Allow your cupcakes to cool completely.
Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe:
- 3 sticks of butter
- 4-6 C powdered sugar
- 1 C peanut butter
- 1/4 C milk
Note-the above ingredients can be modified a little. If your frosting seems dry, add a little more milk. If it seems too wet, add a little powdered sugar.
OK, let’s assemble the cupcakes and get them looking like cute little porcupines!
Put your frosting in a Ziploc bag and pipe some onto your cupcake.
Stick your eyes in and a chocolate chip nose, then top with Chow Mein Noodles and about 9 stick pretzels towards the back. Try to angle the pretzels back a little. Here’s a view from above:
And you’re set!
Here’s a peek at the movie and what to expect:
You know what to expect when you watch this movie? Lots of giggles from these guys:
Also, over 65 hit songs including a fun one from Stevie Wonder called Faith. And for you moms, it’s about an overworked mom of 25 piglets (25!) who needs to let her inner Diva out! Fun right?!
I’d love for you to have a fun family movie night like us and I want to hear about it when you do!
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