There’s something about the last week of June that just brings with it a certain magic. For kids, school is almost out for the summer (and I freely admit to watching “Kamp Krusty” the other day and bemoaning that I no longer get to enjoy that last-day euphoria). For adults, the long weekend is imminent; an extra day off work to celebrate your country with barbeques and street fairs.
In my dad’s case, he got the best of both worlds, since he decided to retire at the end of June. I sighed, and told him what a lucky bum he was: it’s like graduating, only without the worries of university in the fall or finding a job. Since he first announced his intentions, it’s been a running joke in our household that he’s going to turn into Oscar Leroy – with all this time on his hands, he’ll find all sorts of little things to complain about and generally become a crotchety old man. Naturally, I thought this momentous occasion required some sort of festive dessert, although “crotchety old man” is really hard to convey in cupcake form. (Just for kicks, try Googling “Oscar Leroy cupcakes”. They don’t exist.) So I did the next best thing:
It’s an Oscar, he’s grouchy…it’s not such a stretch, really!
I used the basic chocolate cupcake recipe (love it!) from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, and made a massive batch of buttercream to do the fur and eyebrows. I finally got to use my grass tip! I had bought a tube of black icing from Wilton to do the mouth and pupils, but when I went to do the first mouth I realized that, colour-wise, it was difficult to tell the icing from the cupcake, and so just left the mouth unfrosted. Note: the eyes and tongue are both marshmallow and therefore are not vegan, but I was under time constraints and this was the path of least resistance. If you have a little more time, the frosting could be further split and coloured to pipe on eyes and tongue.
My dad loved them! So much so, in fact, that he was inspired to wear his Oscar the Grouch t-shirt the next day. Fashion inspiration from cupcakes…strange.
Up next….Cookie Monster cupcakes – a Muppet after my own heart!
P.S. Happy Canada Day, everyone!