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Spring Cupcakes

We had a charity bake sale last week at work and I donated a dozen cupcakes.  I was planning on my making chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing but then I thought since it was the 2nd day of Spring supposedly I would do something along that theme.

I went with vanilla cupcakes with an Oreo in the bottom because to me plain vanilla is just boring.  Of course I'm making these decisions in the evening on the eve of the sale.  I discovered I had 15 Oreo cookies, which was great.  I needed 12 for the bake sale and I could use the remaining in extra cupcakes for bribery at work. :)  At 10pm when I decided to get down to business I went to the Oreos and saw that some were missing; 4 to be exact which left me with 11!  Grr!  I went to Mr. T and casually said "Please tell me that you didn't eat the Oreos that I was using for the cupcakes."  A look of horror spread across his face and then resignation.  However, without hesitation he said"I'll be going to buy some more now."  In a perfect world I would have made this discovery 20 minutes before when the convenience store in our building was still open instead of actually having to take the car out to find a store that was open.  Oh well, lesson learned; stop procrastinating the task by 9:45pm.

For the icing I made butter cream and dyed it green.  I used the Wilton grass tip to make the grass.  While I was waiting for Mr. T and the Oreos I actually made good use of my time and cut out the flowers and centres from fondant.  Before I added the grass effect I did add a crumb coat of icing first to help make the "grass" look fuller.

I am always on the look out for different trays or cake stands to display my endeavours.  A few weeks ago I was out with my friend Hannah and we went to this very cool vintage shop in Bowmanville, Country Chic.  I bought this sweet serving dish there.  We had fun looking around and chatting with the owner who was part of Million Dollar Neighbourhood Season 2 on Oprah's OWN network.  There was a lot cool items in the store.  I'm still thinking about a few items that I hope might still be there when I go back... :)


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