Wait, What?! How Many….?
Anyone that knows me, knows that I get ideas. Sometimes they’re good ideas and sometimes they’re good ideas, gone crazy. Ok, so sometimes they are bad ideas but who wants to focus on those times? 😉 I also love to stay busy and have multiple projects going at the same time.
Lets back up a couple of weeks and I happened to come across a great cupcake idea and I (almost) became obsessed about it. With Teacher Appreciation Week coming up, I was planning to make 3 for Shawn’s teachers. The Friday before the Teacher Appreciation Week, Shawn came home with a paper asking for donations for the luncheon. They listed needing desserts and before I knew it, I was emailing the coordinator about it.
I figured if I was already making 3 cupcakes, it wouldn’t be too hard to make some more. There are only 15 teachers at his preschool and I knew I could certainly handle that. The coordinator emailed back a thank you and we need 50 cupcakes. Wait, what?! 50 cupcakes? For who? I had already volunteered and I didn’t want to back out, so I mentally prepared how I was going to do this; and changing what cupcakes I was making wasn’t happening. I
needed wanted to make them badly (why I obsess over baked goods, I don’t know.).
I couldn’t make them days ahead of time (they wouldn’t be fresh) and I had our Cinco de Mayo Dinner that Sunday to prepare for, so this just added to the situation. I went out shopping for supplies and made my game plan. I baked all of the cupcakes on Monday night and Tuesday night I would decorate them.
Needless to say, the cupcakes took a lot of time to make and I was up super late decorating them the night before. However, they turned out SO cute and the teachers loved them. A few days later I was a chaperon for Shawn’s field trip and the teachers were telling me how good they were. It was certainly worth the time and effort but next year, I think I will pick a less time intensive dessert to donate. Or so I say now… I am known for my BIG ideas!
Here’s a pretty basic idea of how I made them….
I used a boxed cake mix because I was making so many of them in a short amount of time. I used up a bunch of random cake liners because you wouldn’t see them in the ice cream cup anyway. I was actually pretty happy to get rid of the leftovers.
I made a standard buttercream frosting and scooped it out on top of the cake. Then I melted chocolate wafers in the microwave and spooned it over the frosting and while it was still warm, I put sprinkles on them and finished it off with a red gumball for the “cherry”. They were fairly easy to make but it took forever because I was making so many of them at a time.
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream
Mix together sugar and butter until blended and then continue at a higher speed for 3 minutes. Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat for 1 minute more.
You want the frosting to be thick, so it will keep its shape on the cupcake. I had to double this recipe to make all 50 cupcakes.