Counting Sheep

There comes a time in your life when you realize you’re “older”.

Not gonna say “old”.
But “older” is accurate.
My time happened a few weeks ago at the birthday dinner for my very dear friend.
After a dinner soaked with wine she decided that it would be fun to go out to a local bar.
We are more the game-night fair, not so much the bar-type, but hey, it’s a celebration and we’re dressed, so why the heck not?
Here’s why:
– We pulled up to the bar in a minivan
– My friend’s husband was carrying a cake container…not really a “cool guy” accessory.
True Colors was playing on said minivan’s radio loud enough for the smokers standing outside to hear.
– My “local” is rural-ish NJ.  Form your own opinion.
All of these things were what they like to call “warning signs”.
We recognized them all and still set forth.
Upon entering the bar I looked around recognizing that the clientele was largely made up of divorcees, old people and a local band.
Still…we bought drinks.
We were gonna make this happen.
Surrounded by animal heads on the walls and people transported from the 80’s we were determined to have a good time.
Then we saw the lead singer of the band.
Look , I’m not saying that I am better than anyone, but I DO know that if you were “of age” when Jimmy Carter was president you should NOT be wearing bootie shorts.
When an uninhibited fellow started Riverdancing all by his lonesome we decided it was time to leave.
I guess I’m not really the “going out” type…
never really have been, so I know I judge harshly…
but I will take a good game of Taboo any day of the week if it means I don’t have to go to another “local bar”.
Call me a fuddy duddy, but I prefer to embarrass myself in the privacy of my own home..because you KNOW I have tried to Riverdance.

That night I had trouble falling asleep…visions of feathered hair and leather vests kept me awake…so I turned to the tried and true “counting sheep”.
You know where I am going with this…
because I am clearly psychotic and cannot think outside the frosting can, these are the sheep that I counted…

I thought with Easter coming up, they would be perfect.
What makes them the most perfect, though, is that they are SUPER easy.
Watch and learn…

I bought mini powdered donuts
regular sized chocolate chips
pretzel sticks (broken into smaller pieces for legs)
mini Oreos
and not pictured:
White frosting to cover cupcakes and also to use as “glue”.
Mini marshmallows for tails.
Frost the cupcakes however you would like (fancy swirls would be pretty or tinting it green and using your grass tip would be cute too!)…I just slapped on some white frosting and dipped into green jimmies.

You don’t NEED the edible googly eyes because you could just dot on some icing, but c’mon how cute are they??  Also, the heart sprinkles are super cute and let me tell you that you will use them for EVERYTHING!
Hop over to Sweet! Baking Supply and order some.


next you…

Now the fun part

It’s coming together…

If you’re feeling cute put him on a stick.
I needed to trim the stick a little bit so it stood nicely in my cupcake.

Slowly press the lollipop stick into your donut lamb and insert into frosted cupcake
Now..give your lamb some junk in the trunk with some more frosting and a mini marshmallow…

That’s it!!  If you don’t want to worry about the sticks, the little lambs can rest atop of your cupcake…how cozy.

So there you have it…

Happy Spring!

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June 7, 2013 4:16 pm

Hi, Shelly! I LOVE your Counting Sheep dessert!! Stopping by to let you know that I’ve featured you in a blog post today in celebration of National Donut Day!
Thanks for sharing this adorable and delicious treat!! Have a fantastic weekend!

March 26, 2013 8:23 pm

These are PRECIOUS! So detailed, yet easy to make, too!

I think your sheep and my lambs ought to get together!. 🙂 I’m afraid mine would want to graze on your cupcakes, and would come empty-handed. (Er, pretzeled?) You’d also have to exercise due caution with Mr. Bear, but he generally sticks with the raspberry jelly. ha 🙂

Our company made these to entertain our customers. Here are the lambs:

Great blog, thanks so much!

Marie M.C.
October 29, 2012 7:47 pm

Next time I can’t sleep I will put on my creative hat and try to think up some cute cupcakes. Then I will email you so you can do all the work! These are sooo cute! I now understand why you and Kristan (Confessions of a Cookbook Queen) are BFF.

July 6, 2012 10:39 pm

My 7-year-old daughter wants to be a lamb farmer, so everything is “lamb” around our house. For her birthday on Monday, we’re visiting a lamb farm that is an hour away with 6 of her friends. These cupcakes will be a great treat to come back home to and eat before PRESENTS!

4D Ultrasounds
May 3, 2011 6:42 am

They are so cute!!!Keep Sharing more >>>>>>>>

April 11, 2011 7:51 pm

We made these last week at my daughter's kindergarten party. The kids loved them! Thanks for sharing such a fun idea.

Lapiz de la Guerra
April 11, 2011 7:26 pm

It's a good thing I'm not drinking anything, because if I were, I'd be sending you a bill for a new keyboard, seeing as how I would have shorted mine out. And these dang Apple keyboards is es-spensive! You totally need some sort of warning label on your blog about the hilarity contained within. I'm dying here! And those sheep are seriously adorable!

Mormishmom @ Funky PolkaDot Giraffe
April 5, 2011 12:34 am
The Addicted Baker
April 1, 2011 5:20 am

Just wanted to let you know that I referred you in my favorite blogs. Could you return the favor? Thanks dear!

March 30, 2011 3:49 pm

Holy moly! Your blog is awesome!! I saw a link to these sheep on "One Pretty Thing" (blog) and had to check them out. Your blog was hilarious, too by the way. I can totally relate to the "rural bar", I live in eastern Washington. 🙂

Thanks for sharing. I think I'll make these for Easter!

March 29, 2011 5:32 pm

COOL! Great idea! Thanks for the detailed tutorial:)


Lisa (Berksgirl)
March 29, 2011 4:53 pm

I have been a faithful follower of your blog and have recently nominated you for the Stylish Blogger Award. Congratulations! I look forward to continued reading of your blog!

P.S. The lambs are simply adorable!

B's Mommy
March 28, 2011 5:10 pm

LOVE this idea! And the "Junk in the Trunk"… LOL! LOL!
So clever. 🙂 Happy Week!

March 28, 2011 1:49 pm

These are really cute! Just found your blog, and I will be checking back in! These are going to be fun to make with the kids! Thank you!

March 28, 2011 12:13 am

These are adorable! Just found your blog and love it!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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