Saturday, August 9, 2008

It's in the bag!!!

I know I'm a bit old fashioned...well, perhaps a lot, but I admit to having a difficulty with the trend of making up party bags for the guests at the end of parties. After all, a slice of birthday cake wrapped up in a napkin was good enough for us. However, that's my stuff and not wanting to put Little One in a difficult position I think I've come up with an ideal solution.....the Thank You cupcake!

Firstly, I made a batch of 12 cupcakes using a standard victoria sponge mix, that is

4 oz butter
4 oz sugar
4 oz self raising flour (plus 1/2 tsp baking powder if you're doing the all in one)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence

Put everything in a food processor and blitz until smooth. Add a little milk to slacken the mix if it's too stiff.
Spoon into 12 large cake cases and bake for 10 -15 mins at 180 degrees. The cakes are done when they are spongy to the touch.
Leave them to cool and they should look like this.

I then sliced the tops off to give me a flat surface and smoothed buttercream icing to act as glue because the piece de resistance was then applied. I'd ordered a set of 12 edible cake decorations with a jolly photo of Little One and 'Thanks for coming' printed on. These were put on the cupcakes and the join was iced over with mauve butter icing rosettes.
I had a bit of an upset as I'd wanted to wrap them in cellophane but there would have been too much wrapping swamping the cakes so after a quick dash out to the $2 shop I put them in cellophane nests in little carrier bags spruced up with a bit of shiny ribbon.
Now the cake is done and the party bags ready...bring on the party!!


Anonymous said...

What a great idea Jilly, looks excellent too :)

Rhyleysgranny said...

They look lovely. Very clever idea.
Can I come to the party..................Please :):):)

JillyB said...

Thanks George, they went down well.
Granny, you may come to the party but you have to be willing to hang upside down from a high trapeeze!

Linda F said...

What a neat idea and a good compromise for what has become an idea that I think is too out of control- I am just plain mean and dont do them, but this is lovely and a nice 'replacement'

Maria said...

Great idea Jilly and they look delish!


Coby said...

Oh MUCH nicer idea than some of the party bags I have seen. I love this and might do something similar when it's time for our next 'do':)

Rosie said...

This is such a great idea Jilly for party bags!!

Rosie x

Tina said...

They look great - what a lovely gift.

You have very lucky guests.

Tina xx

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

You're such a cool mum! Cupcakes are a great idea. Oh and I ADORE that snake cake below too :D