Monday, August 23, 2010

A Spontaneous Cupcake Party

Everyone loves a party, but not everyone loves to throw them. The prospect of the planning, the prep and the mess can sometimes discourage people from hosting gatherings. Parties don't have to be labor intensive. Here's one idea for a simple party...A Cupcake Party. Who doesn't feel happier with a cupcake in their hands?

To make a Cupcake Party you will need:

*A single or tiered display pedestal from one of my collections. Try Decor Bon Bon-White, Decor Bon Bon-Colors, Le Gateau or White.

*Some pretty paper napkins.

*A box of your favorite cupcake mix. ( I like Dr. Oetker's Organic Mix)

*Baking supplies.

Assemble and bake the cupcakes. Frost them using my homemade frosting recipe (see below.) Arrange them on the pedestals and use as your centerpiece. This party is so easy to put together that you could even make it an impromptu gathering and invite friends on the spot. One of my favorite ways to decorate cakes and cupcakes is to use fresh flowers...whatever is in season and outside your door. They really make the desserts stand out.

Homemade Pink Frosting
3/4 stick of butter
2 cups of powdered sugar

3 tablespoons organic whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/8 teaspoon salt

Red food dye

Cream the butter until very light. Add the powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of whole milk (you may need to add more liquid, but be mindful of the fact that if you add to much your frosting will be too thin. If this happens, add more powdered sugar.) Add the vanilla and salt along with 1 to 2 drops of red food dye (depending on how pink you want the frosting.) Frost the cooled cupcakes and serve on tiered cake pedestals. If they're meant for a birthday, don't forget to garnish each cupcake with pastel candles!

A cupcake party is one of my favorite parties because their is barely any mess to clean up afterwards. The cupcakes are self-contained and they make people happy. What could be more perfect?

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