Saturday, December 5, 2009

200+ Christmas Cupcakes!

This was a huge undertaking but I enjoyed every minute of it especially the memories that were created working with these 2 cute girls. They must love me for getting them involved in this. I was asked to decorate 220 cupcakes for our church party. I didn't have to bake them just decorate them, sounds easy right? Well I knew I would need help so I asked Danielle and Alisha to be my helpers. We had a few others come in for a few minutes and help as well (even Alisha's husband helped with some.) They must have thought I was crazy. So the night before Danielle came over to my house last minute to help me get things organized. We put ribbon on all the platters and started making the cream cheese frosting. We ended up having to make a Wal-Mart run at midnight to buy more red food coloring. I am so thankful for Danielle. She is one of those amazing friends that would be there for you any night you needed to make a midnight Wal-Mart run. I love this girl. So I didn't get to bed until 2:30 the next morning, but hey all 10 batches of frosting was made. I was at the church at 9:30 am and didn't finish decorating until 5 pm. I am so thankful for the 2 Lisa's in my life. My sister-in-law Lisa for watching my kids all day so I could do this and also for the Lisa in my ward for bringing me food to get me though the day since I forgot to eat breakfast and for getting all my ingredients to do this.
We had 24 tables to display our cupcakes on. We borrowed several peoples cake stands for the center pieces and displayed 8-10 cupcakes on each one.
These were some of my favorite cupcakes. I got the idea online. The H's were done with chocolate letters but before they dried I put sprinkles on them. I liked the texture it gave them. The first HO's frosting was done by painting stripes on a parchment bag with the red and green food coloring and placing white frosting in the bag and then piping the 1M swirl.
I also got this idea online. His snout is a Nilla wafer, nose M&M, antlers is a pretzel. I can't take any credit for these. I showed Danielle how to do them and she did all 24.
We didn't have enough room on some of the platters for 8 cupcakes so we put some on the tables. Is it obvious that I like doing chocolate letters on cupcakes?
Some of the other designs we did were:
wreath- used star tip for leaves, sprinkles for berries, and tip 3 for ribbon at the top
holly berry- M&M's for berries, leaf tip 352 for the leaves
ornaments- peanut butter cup with broken off pretzel coming out of the top for the hook
1M swirls in every color with either sprinkles or crushed up peppermint
star tip- plain or swirl

This was the cutest cake platter (Danell's) it looks like a bell. The picture doesn't do it justice but I had to put it on here because one day I want to own one just like it.
**Thanks to Danielle for taking these pictures. Your camera is amazing and you are much better at taking them than me. Can I hire you and Lisa to take all my pictures?
I wish we would have thought to get a picture of the mess in the kitchen with cupcakes everywhere but we were too busy to think that far ahead.

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