GIVEAWAY: ParaNorman Sweet Treat Kit Plus Gourmet Cupcake Decorating Plan

On Friday, August 17th, the stop-motion animated comedy/thriller ParaNorman opens in theaters, and “Adventures by Daddy” has partnered with Focus Features to giveaway eight ParaNorman – themed sweet treat kits.  You can use it to make Norman shaped cut-out cookies and decorate cupcakes.  In addition, Focus Features has provided us with a step-by-step guide for decorating the cupcakes by celebrity chef Annette Starbuck, winner of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.”  Continue reading for all the details on how to enter the giveaway, and also be sure to check out George Gensler’s spoiler-free review of ParaNorman to learn more about the film.  Check out this post if you want to see our family’s ParaNorman cookie creations.

Entry for the giveaway starts today and ends on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at midnight ET.  A winner will be chosen by random selection from the comments below (using, and announced on this post on Friday, August 17, 2012.   The ParaNorman cupcake kits will be shipped to the winners by Focus Features.

To Enter:

1. Leave a comment below with how being weird helped you win.  For example, I grew up a HUGE “Star Wars” fan that continued into adulthood.  Last year, I organized a fundraiser for the charity Give Kids The World during the grand opening of the re-designed Star Tours attraction at Disney’s Star Wars Weekend.  When actor Anthony Daniels, the voice and embodiment of C-3PO himself, found out about the fundraiser, he donated one-of-a-kind items for our auction, stopped by, and posed for photos with everyone in attendance.  Yahoo!  Weird Wins!

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It’s OK if you already “like” and “follow” us (Thanks!) – just mention that in the comment you leave below.

4. You can earn extra entries by sharing the giveaway on your twitter or facebook accounts, but you need to leave another comment on the post.  Tweet or Share something like this – I just entered @AdventuresbyDad #ParaNorman sweet treat giveaway, and you can too!

Make sure you include the link to this post in your tweet or share.  That’s it.  Have fun!

Continue reading for tips on decorating your ParaNorman cupcakes by Chef Annette Starbuck, “Cupcake Wars” champion.

Chef Annette Starbuck, owner of Goodie Girls Cupcakes in Glendale, CA, is the winner of Season 3 Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” Kentucky Derby.  She has also been featured on Season 6 Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars Champions”, CBS “The Talk”, Fox’s “Wednesday’s Child”, and the face of the 2012 Las Vegas Chocolate Festival at the Venetian Hotel.  Annette is a self-taught baker and through passion and persistence has developed amazing cupcake flavors and combinations.  Goodie Girls is currently working on opening their second location in La Canada, CA which is planned to open January 2013.

Make your favorite white based frosting and tint the frosting any shade of your favorite green for ParaNorman.

To make the frosting sheet decorations, cut out a round piece of fondant with a same size cookie cutter round as the frosting sheet in the ParaNorman Cupcake Kit.  To apply the frosting sheet to the fondant, dampen the fondant slightly with a little water and peel the frosting sheet from it’s backing.  Gently place the frosting sheet on the fondant and smooth out with your fingers.  Set aside on a piece of Parchment Paper to dry for 24 hours or until the fondant becomes hard.  Tip: place frosting sheets in freezer to allow easier ability to peel the frosting sheet from the backing.

Chef Annette Starbuck’s assembly: frost the cupcake using a round frosting tip (you may also use a butter knife or spatula to frost if you do not have a round tip).  Once frosted, but before the frosting dries, place your dried fondant piece on top.

To make Norman’s head cut out, roll out a brown piece of fondant.  Use the Norman cookie cutter in the ParaNorman Cupcake Kit and cut.  Place fondant piece on Parchment Paper and allow up to 24 hours to dry or until fondant hardens.

Chef Annette Starbuck’s assembly: Frost your favorite baked cupcake (Tip: bake your cupcakes in a normal cupcake liner and place the cupcakes once baked in a ParaNorman liner) with your green frosting in a round tip (you may also use a butter knife or spatula if you do not have a round tip).  Once frosted, but before frosting dries, place the hardened Norman head on top.

To make Chef Annette Starbuck’s Official ParaNorman Cupcake:

Frost your favorite baked Cupcake with your ParaNorman green frosting using a piping bag and large round tip.  (Chef Annette Starbuck uses an Ateco #809).

Once frosted, add yellow rock candy and purple sanding sugar to make a mound for Norman to stand on.

To make the ParaNorman sign, roll out brown fondant.  Brush fondant lightly with water.  Place the frosting sheet provided in the ParaNorman Cupcake Kit on top of the brown fondant.  Take a small bone cookie cutter (or a cutter of your choice) and cut out the ParaNorman Logo.  Place the cut out on a piece of Parchment Paper to dry for 24 hours or until hardened.

To make Chef Annette Starbuck’s signature Norman head, roll out brown fondant.  Once rolled, cut out Norman’s head with the provided Norman cookie cutter from your ParaNorman Cupcake Kit.  Brush fondant gently with water.  Dust the Norman head with gold Disco Dust.  Allow to dry on Parchment Paper for 24 hours or until hardened.

Chef Annette Starbuck’s assembly: Take your Cupcake frosted with the ParaNorman green frosting topped with your sugars and place the Gold Disco Dusted Norman head towards the back standing up.  Place Norman’s friends toothpicks in back of the Norman head sticking out.  This will also help keep Norman’s head in the upright position.  Place the ParaNorman sign cutout right in front of the sugars on the frosting.  Place the Norman toothpick on top of the sugars.  To finish the cupcake “Goodie Girls” style, dust the top with Royal Purple and Black Disco Dusts for the added sparkle!  And that is how Chef Annette Starbuck from Goodie Girls Cupcakes makes the Official ParaNorman Cupcake.

What you will need: Your ParaNorman Cupcake Kit.  Your favorite baked cupcakes.  A white based frosting.  Green food coloring. Purple Sanding Sugar.  Yellow Rock Candy Sugar.  Disco Dusts in the following colors: Gold, Black, and Royal Purple.  A small bowl of Water.  A small Bone Cookie Cutter.  Fondant roller.  Silpat.  Parchment Paper.  Brown Fondant.  A standard small paint brush.  A fan paint brush.  Piping bag.  Ateco #809 Round tip (or you may use a butter knife/spatula).

Thank you to Focus Features for supplying the ParaNorman cupcake kits for this giveaway.  For more family movie news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.