Great Bento Idea: Flowery muffins by Emily

One thing that has been bugging me for some time is that I really haven’t reached out to the general online bento community as much as I’d like to. I’ve attempted to do interviews of bento bloggers in the past, but they tend to take a very long time to put together ^_^;. So instead I’ve decided to start a little Great Bento Ideas feature, which will periodically highlight a nice bento-related idea I’ve seen elsewhere.

And this is the first Great Bento Idea - simple yet pretty decorated muffins by Emily Ng.

Muffins with flower

As Emily explains on her blog, she bought a selection of muffins, and decorated the tops. What I like is that she’s used really simple shapes cut from vegetables and cheese to make plain muffins look really pretty. The pink and white petals on the one in the middle of the bottom row are are squished marshmallows. I bet the decorations didn’t take that much time to do, and they’re far less messy, rather healthier, and much easier to transport than iced cupcakes. This is something anyone could do I think to brighten up a bento box, using either homemade or storebought muffins. And it doesn’t have to be just for kids, either!

Look out for another Great Bento Idea next week!

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Re: Great Bento Idea: Flowery muffins by Emily

how did she get the decorations to stick?

Re: Great Bento Idea: Flowery muffins by Emily

Thanks Just Bento. Thanks Maki. Thanks for posting up the post here. ^.^ Really appreciate the write-up.
@Susan: I used mayonnaise, can use butter too, but only veggies need to use this, cheese can easily stick on the muffin. :)

Re: Great Bento Idea: Flowery muffins by Emily

Thank you for letting us know your secrets Emily! ^_^

Re: Great Bento Idea: Flowery muffins by Emily

Thanks, Maki. Is alright...it is not a "big" secret, just use what I have only. :)

Re: Great Bento Idea: Flowery muffins by Emily

Oh that's clever! I'm looking forward for the next Great Bento Idea!
And btw I just tagged you on my blog! It's here:http://lalicornemangeusedarcsenciel.blogspot.com/2010/08/je-me-suis-fait-taguee_24.html
Feel free to tag 10 other people if you have some time :)

Re: Great Bento Idea: Flowery muffins by Emily

Nice idea!

ano, you say muffins with these decorations are "rather healthier" - hm, "squished marshmallows" sound like pure sugar to me. ^^

greetings

Re: Great Bento Idea: Flowery muffins by Emily

That's why I added the qualifier "rather" ^_^ At least they don't have all the fat in buttercream icing, which is typically used in the U.S. at least for cupcakes. (then cheese has fat so...ah...well the vegetables ones are cute and healthy!)

Re: Great Bento Idea: Flowery muffins by Emily

The marshmallow one is for diabetic emergencies. It's purely medicinal. LOL

Re: Great Bento Idea: Flowery muffins by Emily

Hahaha I love that ;)

I love this idea and it came at the right time, I was contemplating baking wholewheat mini muffins with the muffin cases I bought with for my bento mmmm. Now I can decorate them.

Re: Great Bento Idea: Flowery muffins by Emily

Maki and Emily, what great ideas!!!
Maki, great idea reaching out, you've got some very talented followers.
And Emily, these are amazingly cute! Very clever!

Re: Great Bento Idea: Flowery muffins by Emily

Thanks, Alie. :) Glad to know that you like it. Once again, thanks to Maki for the post.

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