Today’s post is all about giving you star mom power, without sacrificing much time. I’ll give you two cupcake ideas, that will impress kids, cost little money or time. In fact, your 8-year-old, if she knows how to bake from a box, can do these herself.
Do you ever promise to do something for your kids and then wish you hadn’t? I like to be creative, but not in a time-consuming repeat-over-40 times way. Last spring I promised to make Bird soccer cupcakes to take to school (yes, at her school you can still bring homemade baked goods). I did it, even made enough for the soccer team, but it took over 6 hours. While the end results were awesome, I didn’t want to sacrifice that much time on consumable food again.
Bug’s birthday followed a month later. She wanted cupcakes with equal wow-power. I couldn’t give up so much time again. We found two cupcake designs, with high wow-factors that took very little decorating time. Even better, Bug and Bird were able to decorate several themselves without sacrificing quality. Since school is in full swing in every city (well, not Chicago…). And birthday girls and sports teams LOVE wow-factor cupcakes. And moms LOVE to serve them but don’t have the time, let me share.
For both cupcakes, I used Betty Crocker, butter recipe yellow. Because, well, they are cupcakes, and need to taste good and butter makes all baked goods better. For added wow-factor, find cute cupcake wrappers, my girls were excited about shiny foil. (I didn’t show them the more expensive and fancier wrappers in Wilton sections at Michaels.)
Adorable monkey cupcake. Super cute. I found this image on Clyde’s Cupcakes (the original site had a few other cute pictures if you want a monkey-themed party) and just imitated it. I made a nice chocolate butter cream frosting, used squeezable gel tubes for the eyes and mouth. The nose is a vanilla wafer and the ears mini vanilla wafers (I found snack size ones at Kroeger). Simple. Bake cupcakes. Decorating took enough for a class took less than 15-minutes working with my Bug.
Fish Cupcakes. This year was Bug’s turn to have a friend party for her birthday. She wanted to go swimming. Easy (I didn’t even need to clean the house). But she wanted fish cupcakes. Hmm. Thank goodness for the Internet. The design I found was from Family Fun magazine.
It was spring so pastel M&Ms were easy to find. I wanted pastel because matching the color of the frosting to the M&M would be easier. The mouth is an M&M cut in half (yes we bought the pastel and the regular M&Ms). The tail is a gum drop fruit slice, easy to find in a generic brand at most gas stations and drug stores. I bet you can’t guess which fish I did and which ones my daughter did?