Saturday, May 5, 2012

Avengers Cupcake Toppers

The Avengers movie is out! 

My husband, being the fun-loving Marvel fan that he is, purchased tickets online, and I, being the crafty-loving Marvel fan that I am, made peanut-butter ice cream brownie sandwiches with Avenger cupcake toppers to celebrate.  

No, we don't have kids. And yes, I did make cupcake toppers and brownies for me and my husband. Festivities know no age. Nor does Avengers. I would know because a baby was in the 8:45 Friday night showing.
Materials: Papertrey Ink paper, images from google of the individual Avengers, program to adjust image size, color printer, 2" hole punch, glue, toothpick. I used tape to hold the toothpick in place before I glued, but it's not necessary.

We tend to make things from scratch around here.  Here's what I did.

Peanut-Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches: The brownies were not easy to make since I used an old school from-scratch recipe. My husband and I made the peanut butter ice cream earlier this week based in Thomas Keller's ice cream recipes. Also not easy. But stacking the sandwiches were after the brownies had cooled. To replicate this yourself, I recommend the quick-fix kind if you don't have ample food problems like me: buy the ice cream and brownie batter, make the brownies, cool them, and stack the sandwiches. Man oh man were they delicious! 

Cupcake Toppers: The toppers are incredibly easy to make and require minimal supplies. I googled images of 5 characters: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, and The Black Widow, saved them to my computer, resized them to fit a 2" punch (available at Michaels or any crafting store), printed and punched. I also punched 5 extra circles for the backs and misted them with primary colors (not shown). As my final step, I taped the toothpick to the back of the Marvel circles and glued the image+toothpick to an extra circle. Hold for a few seconds, and it's done!

A few disclosures:
  1. I do not have copyrights to the Marvel images. These were made for my personal use at home, so I'm ok with that. I, do however, feel a little bad about placing them on the internets, but this post is about the toppers, not the images.
  2. You will notice that the Black Widow is not a cartoon. That is because these were a surprise for my husband, and it would be cruel to make her a cartoon when he's so smitten with the actress.

Now go see the movie! It's amazing!


  1. Hi Julie just stopped by from Pins,Needles & Hooks facebook page...your brownies look amazing and I'm sure the hubby & I will be checking out the movie!!

  2. Oh, this is amazing, Julie! The brownies look scrumptous. Is there anything better than chocolate and peanut butter?!?!? If we lived closer, we could have had an Avengers party and eaten delicious food together. One day soon I hope! Miss you and Tom.
    P.S. Making things from scracth. . .you are the best wife ever!