4th of July Meatball Party!

Every year on the 4th of July we celebrate my niece Sarah's birthday a few days early. Sarah is very proud of being Italian and at age 14 a bit of a meatball, so what better way to celebrate than to make spaghetti and meatball cupcakes!

Sarah had to blow out utility candles since that's all we had at the cabin. She also knocked over the Jenga tower.
Sarah liked her cupcakes so much she had two. That's another meatball in the background, her brother Thomas.

Sarah's sister Anna helped put the meatballs on the cupcakes, and their sister Stephanie demonstrated the proper technique for dismantling a meatball cupcake. Always the independent thinker, brother Lawrence decided to invent his own cupcakes with toasted marshmallows.

Here's the whole gang saying Happy Birthday to Sarah. Hope you enjoyed the meatballs.

Keep on cupcaking,


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  • March 30, 2009 Beth wrote:
    Has anyone come up with a "meatball" substitute that doesn't contain nuts? I was thinking of trying rice krispie treat balls coated in chocolate but would love a simpler solution. Thanks
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    1. March 30, 2009 hellocupcakeblog wrote:
      We have had lots of suggestions. Rice Krispie treat balls is right up there. We suggest using cocoa rice krispies with dark chocolate frosting to hold them together to save the step of dipping them in chocolate. Tootsie rolls rolled into meatballs also work well. You could even the tootsie roll meatballs in crushed cocoa rice krispies or crushed chocolate morsels or chocolate jimmies to give them a rough meatball surface. Malted milk balls make perfectly great meatballs, although a little smooth. One creative reader told us she used nut-free chocolate truffles, that was very high end spaghetti!

      Hope that helps and send us photos.

      Alan and Karen

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