We got a little chick once after my daughter incubated an egg and it hatched. The excitement of the cute little chick actually hatching in the science class overshadowed my better judgment! So we went home with a chick in a cardboard box and gave it its own bedroom on the back porch. Click here to jump to the recipe.
It seemed that when you turned your back on that chick for two or three hours, the box shrank and the chick grew! Every few days, we were searching for a bigger box. To our chagrin, we used all our old and sometimes new, unread newspapers to line the bottom of the boxes so the little chick had a clean floor. I don’t think the newspaper stayed clean for longer than 10 minutes after a change. I didn’t know chicks had such good digestive systems!
Then one day the little chick was a teenager and soon to be adult that could fly right out of its box! So we put our not-so-little chick in the car and headed to the country and chicken house of our relatives. On the way, the enormous chick ran around the car while my daughter alternated between crying at the thought of separation and trying to catch the gangly half-grown chick. In the end, the little chick, who was not a city dweller, fared much better in the fresh country air with room to roam with the rest of the chickens. But to this day, we all have a soft spot for little spring chicks!
Make your own chicks and place on a cupcake. I guarantee these chicks are way less trouble than changing newspaper in a box a hundred times a day.
These were experimental feet. None of them are even close to being matched, yet once they are under a chick, they look perfect! Squeeze out a base of white chocolate (colored with yellow and orange food coloring) in a dot on parchment paper and then pull three lines from it. Once dry, pull a foot off the parchment paper and stick under the chick. Make several in case you break a few.
These chicks can be made days ahead of time and they keep for a long time. I even left these out for a couple of weeks or longer because they were so cute.
The amount of chicks this recipe makes depends on the size of chicks you want. You can easily decorate a dozen cupcakes but should be able to make many more.
Although children love these chicks, I was surprised when adults showed just as much interest.
Try your hand at this treat!