Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Domo Birthday Cupcakes


As a surprise for our Publicity Manager at work, our "Marketing Department" asked if I would make cupcakes for her birthday. As if I needed to think about the answer! So, we debated decorating cupcakes with something publicity related (ex: a phone), but I also suggested Domo-kun which I knew she loves! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Domo-kun, he is a mascot from a Japanese television station.

It was settled once I forwarded the above photo of Domo to Marketing. Even though the blue snake gave her the "heebie jeebies" (I love that word and I totally laughed out loud when she told me).

The "heebie jeebies" snake!

Domo is this cute and funny creature who was hatched from an egg on the first episode. His favorite food is Japanese-style meat and potato stew - yum! No apples though, due to his unexplained DNA. Domo communicates by producing a low-pitched noise but other characters appear to understand him. Domo loves watching television. Best of all, Domo-kun is known to pass gas when he is nervous or upset!

Domo lives in an underground cave with an old wise rabbit named Mr. Usaji. He loves to watch television and drink green tea. Not surprising, Mr. Usaji's favourite food is carrots.

Also living in the cave are two bats: a mother named Maya and her child Mario. Maya's favorite foods are seasonal while her least favorite food is alcohol. Mario's favorite food is Japanese-style tomato spaghetti, while his least favorite food is Shiitake mushrooms. Mario also loves sports. (I acknowledge that their tiny feet and antennas are missing in their fondant form.)

Tashanna is a female weasel who wants to be a fashion stylist or model in Tokyo. She always uses the latest technologies (television, cell phone, digital camera, laptop). Tashanna's favorite food is apricot and mint tarts, and her least favorite food is sea urchin. Fun fact: she once called Domo-kun a "weird-looking chocolate."

Hee (Flower One) and Haw (Flower Two) are pixie twins. To everyone else, they are regular flowers and Domo is the only one who can see them.

Domo-kun and friends laying on the grass, looking up at the sky (or my camera).

I also got the idea for the Domo-Kun cupcake faces from justJENN Recipes. The one twist I added to the appearance was making the surface of the cupcake liner a square.

Okaaay fine, point out that it is squarish. To get this lovely squarish effect, simply pinch the cup to create four corners! Love the versatility of these baking cups! Then, bake your chocolate cupcake, put on some dark brown frosting, add your fondant Domo mouth and use candy for the eyes.

Tashanna, Domo-kun, and Mr. Usaji.

References:
Domomode, Domo (NHK), and Domo Nation. You can also watch some of the Domo episodes by searching on YouTube.

21 comments:

  1. That little guy is cute and creepy all at the same time.

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  2. That is just ridiculously cute! I love that you did some of the stories too!

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  3. Haha, love it! Each character cupcake is adorable in its own way!

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  4. I always look forward to your creations. These treats are hilarious!

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  5. These are so cute. You're really talented. And thanks for the Japanese cartoon lesson. There always seem to be new ones popping up :)

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  6. Those are the best cupcakes! I kind of love the snake one the best, mostly for the heebie jeebie story, I think :) (saw your photos on Flickr!)

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  7. Nichi - Hahaha, yes the perfect way to capture Domo!

    Jennywenny, apparentlyjessy, and Jen - Wow the three J's! Thank you so much for the lovely comments and for visiting us time after time!

    Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] - Thanks! And no problem, I agree that its hard keeping up with all the new cartoons!

    tofugirl - Our publisher was the brave one who was willing to eat the heebit jeebie snake! Thanks for the great comments! =)

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  8. I hope your coworker loved these, they are definitely putting a smile on my face.

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  9. wheee! Domo!! so awesome! i love how everyone is perched atop that adorable green grass. awesome collection!! :)

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  10. Love it! They are so cute and clever. And I love the grass, awesome stuff!

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  11. I have to agree, the snake gives me the heebie jeebies too! The cupcakes are awesome though :-)

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  12. Esi - She did! Since it was a surprise party, she didn't have her camera. So she used her cell phone camera!

    lyndsay - Thank you! I like the daydreaming on grass look too! =)

    Cherry Blossom Cupcakes - Thank you thank you!

    Maag - Heebie Jeebies!! Hahaha, still love those words. Thank you! =)

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  13. I was wondering how you store your cupcakes after you put the fondant model on top, and does your fondant get soft if you do? I'm new to fondant, use homemade MM, everything was fine until I stored them.

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  14. sandi Oh - Hi! Once we finish decorating our cupcakes, they are placed in the bakery box. Room temperature usually works fine for us. But depending on the climate, hot days will cause the fondant to soften. Fondant also needs air to stay firm, if you seal them, they will start to get soft as well. Hope this helps!

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  15. BWAHAHHA those are too AWESOME!! Domo-kun is so cute, love it!!!

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  16. ISHY - Thank you! Domo is too cool. During my Cupcake Crawl in NYC, I went to Seven Eleven for the Domo slushies and straws. =)

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  17. FANTASTIC job! These are really fun, and nicely detailed! The idea of having all the Domo-kun characters 'cloud-watching' in the grass together is very creative. The square cupcakes are fun, too. Resourcefulness and creativity are key! Thanks for sharing! =)

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  18. Thanks Ashley! Glad you liked them. =)

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  19. Wow! These are so amazingly cute!
    I love the stories behind each character and you have truly captured their essence in your cake toppers.

    Thanks for sharing these, Sylvia.

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  20. Purty Cupper cakers

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