Wednesday, April 29, 2009

upcoming cupcakes

Recently, I was a bit dismayed when I was told that the bookstore would prefer that I not serve any food at my book launch. It was understandable (they had had some messy mishaps) but I was distressed. How could I have a book party without cupcakes? I couldn't do that!

So, after much thought, I decided that my book party WOULD have cupcakes, but they would be favors to bring home in the goody bag. To make it more fun, I am thinking about baking a coin inside one of them and whoever gets the cupcake with the coin will win a prize.

But even without the prize, I want each cupcake to be a treat. As you may know, cupcake decorating is a little dream of mine so I've been trying to think of some themed cupcakes that fit my book (a Chinese-folktale fantasy, not a lot of cupcakes in it). After searching the internet, I decided I would go for something like this:

But, now I needed the decorating skills to do it! (Enthusiasm does not equal skill, unfortunately). So enter in last night's CUPCAKE CLASS!

This is a class I signed up for long ago, and even though it came at a horrible deadline time, I still (guiltily) went. But it was a blast. I learned the basics of pastry bags and cake tips.

Experimenting with each tip, we made fun designs:

and I finally learned how to make a frosting rose!

By the end of the class, I felt like I would be able to make some pretty decent cupcakes for the launch. That means you'll come, right?


jama said...

*cupcake drooling*
Wow, I'm so impressed -- your cupcake designs are adorable. Wish I could go to your launch party. Have you seen the book, Hello, Cupcake (Houghton Mifflin)? Some cute decorating ideas in there.

Lissy said...

Lily wants to know if you will teach her how to decorate cupcakes too...