We recently went all out for the boys’ birthdays and had their birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. This is, of course, not keeping in with our trying to be a bit more frugal. But, we decided that since they rarely have a birthday party (especially one with friends), and since we were able to have them both be “the birthday boy” (they allow this for only about $5 extra), we thought it would be a special treat.
Speaking of treats though, knowing that we were spending so much on the actual party, I couldn’t imagine spending another $20 (or more) for either a cake from the store or multiple Chuck E. Cheese cakes to feed all 12 kids that were at the party.
So, knowing that I had all I needed to make cupcakes at home (I did have to buy more cupcake liners), I asked the boys what they thought of that. Not only did they agree, but they were thrilled! (Jack said, “I love that frosting you make, Mom.”)
But, there’s a problem. I can’t decorate cakes and cupcakes. I’m such a flunkie in that department. So, I went with an easy but fun decoration — spin art (or tie dye) cupcakes. Here’s what I did:
(Oh, quick note: Don’t pay too close of attention to the cupcakes. I didn’t take all of the pictures, so this is a combination of two different cupcakes.)
First, obviously, I frosted the cupcakes. I’ll have to share my favorite vanilla frosting recipe soon!
Each time, I drew three rings on the cupcake, and then one dot of gel icing in the middle. This doesn’t have to be perfect. (Especially when, like me, you’re making 18 – 24 cupcakes.)
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