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Daintiest Butterfly Cupcakes

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My kiddo’s birthday is coming up and I’m all about special birthdays. The one thing she asked for was a butterfly cupcakes for her class. I’d done the Hello, Cupcake butterflies before for her first birthday but wanted to try out a new technique. This one was super challenging as the wings kept breaking, but I finally managed to get them done. I present the daintiest butterfly cupcakes I’ve ever done.

They ended up looking gourmet, but I kid you not, that’s Pillsbury Funfetti cake there (from a box). So yellowish cake with some sprinkles in it and plain ol’ vanilla frosting. The butterflies were done with this technique with melting candy wafers. They turned out lovely but really, I should’ve practiced more. Some tricks and tips for these cupcakes:

  • Pipe enough on the outlines so that they don’t break at the edges and thin on the inside so that they make the lacy effect. It takes some playing around and careful hands.
  • As soon as you’re done piping and you are folding the wings together, make sure you aren’t pushing down hard to get the mirror impression (for the other side of the dainty wings). I got a bit of a technique down by doing half the wings, folding them, flipping them to the other side and just lightly tapping on all parts of the wings so that they stuck to the other side of the wax paper (and then opening them, as the tutorial goes).
  • I let the wings set three ways: Open air, in the refrigerator, and in the freezer. The freezer worked best. Since the wings were so thin, sometimes they wouldn’t set correctly on the counter. In the fridge they took a bit of time (and I was in a hurry) so I put them in the freezer and that seemed to work best.
  • It also helped to peel them in the freezer (me standing outside an open freezer door, holding the butterflies in the freezer).
  • Food tweezers! Again, so thin, these butterflies were melting at the touch of my hand… so to set them in, I used food tweezers/tongs. Much easier.
  • I think next time, I’ll probably try the dual color ones or perhaps adding non-pareils for a more delicate touch.

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A My Little Pony Birthday

My kiddos have birthdays at the beginning and at the end of the summer. For one birthday, the kiddo was in school. For the other birthday, our family will be away. So we decided to pick a day in the summer and make it a double birthday bash ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s actually one of my “off” years as I usually do birthdays up big. This year it’s at a bouncy house type place, so they’re taking care of the entertainment, the food, and the clean up while I take care of the party favors and the cupcakes. The girls are really into My Little Pony (which I have LOVED since they first came out in the ’80s when I was 5) so they wanted a MLP themed event. I didn’t do decorations but I did match the cupcakes and favors to the theme. MLP FTW!

The K-Kiddo (1st grade kiddo? Hmmm…) loves Rarity and the Preschool Kiddo loves Rainbow Dash (I, myself, love Twilight Sparkle and Doctor Whooves, but I digress). So I made them each a special cupcake with their respective ponies. I had originally planned on making 50 with the ponies on them (25 Rarity/25 Rainbow Dash) but that nonesense was soon dashed when it took me over an hour to make each pony head… so I compromised and made the other cupcakes with each pony’s cutie mark. And here they are! The toppers are fondant and the cake itself was funfetti white cake with vanilla frosting.


I wanted to go minimal on party favors this year so I designed a little coloring book for the party (a “Pony Journal”) and threw in a small box of crayons. I also made these little pony bead bracelets that change color in the sun to go along with the theme of ” MLP: Friendship is Magic.” ย Here are the front and back covers of the Pony Journal:


Here is how the bracelet changes color in the sun:

Seriously love the bracelets. More than the kids do!

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Today, we graduated Kindergarten


I say “we” because it was a journey fraught with ups and downs, but a good experience for all nonetheless. We couldn’t have asked for a better K teacher than Ms. R and we will miss her. They held the celebration today along with the awards assembly. I brought these for my big Kindergarten graduate ๐Ÿ™‚ I totally got them off Pinterest, I won’t lie. The hat is made from a mini- Reeses cup and a Ghiradelli square; the button is a mini-M&M and the tassel is part of a sour belt! All glued together with some extra melting wafers I had. I didn’t eat one but they looked yum!

Bake Sale Cupcakes and a special Birthday Cupcake :)

Today, my group of friends put on a bake sale. It’s something we do every year to raise money for our Relay for Life team. I volunteered to make mini cupcakes and made these little owly guys to tempt some kiddies ๐Ÿ˜‰


Yesterday was also my friend Alisa’s (from Sweet Party Treats) birthday and I knew I’d see her at the bake sale today. She’s a big fan of Hello Kitty and I wanted to make her a little something special ๐Ÿ™‚ I think she liked it! The topper’s made completely out of fondant and the cake is triple chocolate with chocolate frosting.

Zombie Cupcake ๐Ÿ™‚ A special extra from the graveyard batch that had arms coming out of the cupcake (dripping in red gel blood) and holding a fondant brain! The little flower is fondant too.ย 

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End of Summer Sunshine cupcakes on a cloudy day. I was hoping to make these candy corn (read: simple, fast) suns, but the candy corn was too heavy for my mini-cupcakes, so I had to make up a template for some rays and hand pipe them instead… it was the only thing I could think of doing at 1:30 AM! It was too late to change designs. Oh well, improvise!ย 

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Baby turtle cupcakes. Came out super cute! Been wanting to try them since I saw them on the Disney Family site, so not my design, but it was good practice learning how to use gumdrops and gumdrop consistency materials. I had leftover gumdrops and a couple of cupcakes left over, so I played a little and made multicolor butterflies and some simple flowers.ย 

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The Reign of the Fairy Dinosaur Girly Birthday Party

So M wanted a dinosaur party. A pink girly dinosaur party. With fairy wings and crowns. And since I couldn’t find a set of pink fairy dinosaurs, I had to make my own and here it is:ย 

The Dessert table:

The Banner right above it (done custom by my friend Alisa at Sweet Party Treats)

and she made some cupcake toppers for us too for the volcano cupcakes ๐Ÿ™‚

We tried to have fun foods like these dinosaur claws (madeleines with almond sliver “claws”)…

And some foods for tiny fingers, like these yogurt raisins we called “Tiny Dino Eggs”

Some of the table details like the pink dinosaurs (spray painted dollar store dinos, for decoration only — don’t want the kids sticking them in their mouths and chipping off paint!) and the succulents for a pre-historic greenery feel)

Madame M’s personal cake, which she requested be different from the other regular cupcakes. Fondant dinosaur with fairy wings on milk chocolate cake with pink strawberry frosting.ย 

The party was held outside, where we set up everything in pink and green. I got a store-bought pinata in the appropriate colors at a local Mexican food market and ripped their images off the front and put M’s Fairy Dinosaur logo on it.

The table weights were a particularly good find at the dollar store… they’re supposed to be palm tree balloon weights for a luau party but they looked really prehistoric and had the added bonus of keeping the tablecloths from flying off the tables.ย 

We also wanted to have balloon hats of long-necked dinosaurs. My mother has taken a couple of balloon twisting classes and with the help of youtube and other online stuff, we came up with this design. I wish the long tails were visible!ย 

Some of the activities we had for the kids. The Dino Stomp:ย 

A Faux Fossil Forge (using play doh and some skeleton dinosaurs, the kids could make their own “fossils”)ย 

We also offered custom coloring pages, which are always a big hit. I drew them since I couldn’t find any out there. The first is just a Fairy Dinosaur scene to color; the second is a maze; and the third is a picture of the birthday girl herself to color in. I’m thinking about offering these custom face coloring pages on etsy, but haven’t decided yet.ย 

Ah and last but not least, the favors. We had simple bags and tissue paper and inside each was a dinosaur with fairy wings attached (felt wings on ribbon tied around the dinosaur); a mini play doh and skeleton dino (for fossils at home) and a dinosaur glider (which was really super fun to fly).ย 

And here is kind of a funny shot of when I was making the dinosaur wings for the dinos. Here they are migrating up my treadmill, lol.ย 

I did do face paintings at the party but didn’t get any pictures. All in all I think it was a fun party ๐Ÿ™‚ M really liked it and told me so. And I’ve had my party fix for the year!

Done before, now with little candy butterflies, my easy Easter twist.

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