Posted by on Sep 18, 2011 in DIY, Life

Princess Tea Party and a Cupcake success story!

Last Friday was Joslyn’s Rapunzel party. We had a tea party, decorated tiaras and pained. I cannot count the number of girly screams followed by jumping up and down repeatedly that took place. Everything was super feminine, and covered with princess stuff (which slightly makes me want to vomit, thus the real reason why it was all coupled in floral designs and fun serving platters).
On the menu we had: heart shaped PB&J sandwiches, cucumber party canapes, grapes, cantaloupe, grape tomatoes, peanuts, M&Ms, vanilla wafer cookies, pink lemonade and English tea. (I’ll give you one guess as to who made the menu)

We really enjoyed making tissue Dahlia flowers too :) Here’s the tutorial I used.

She went a little over the top in all her girly sweetness. This is her posing in her post-cupcake and present opening state of hysteria:

While the whole evening was a success, my real success was the cupcakes. I don’t claim to be a cake person. I mean I like to eat cake, but to bake a cake……..I’d rather pay someone.

(Yes I’m a total hypocrite!) Between finding the perfect recipe ( I feel like a box is cheating, even if they are good), prepping the pans, getting the cake OUT of the pan, and making the icing look perfect, its just not worth it. I have spent lots of money on cakes that just don’t turn out. (So you can see why Beth’s Bake Shoppe is my friend OR now you know why I have asked any number of friends to do the cake and I’ll take care of the rest!)

But this time one of my alternate personalities was thinking and I decided to go for it. Besides, if I failed miserably there is a Rapunzel cake at Wal-Mart we could grab a few minutes before the party started.

I consulted the cake genius, Sarah, on finding a yellow cake recipe. She sent me to her favorite yellow cake here on her blog, Desserted Planet. I followed it exactly (except I used salted butter, so I cut the salt to 1/2 tsp. Baked at 350 for 20 minutes) and it turned out fantastic!!

The only thing that could have been better is um……not over-filling the muffin cups. Getting those suckers out of the muffin pan in one piece was a challenge.

Then I topped them with a purple buttercream frosting. I happen to be a buttercream lover (thanks to my friend Cinnamon for introducing me to the real stuff at the bake shoppe)- but who doesn’t love a good concoction of butter and sugar??

Singing the birthday song is Joslyn’s absolute favorite thing. In fact, we sing her “Happy Birthday” all year to pretend, and apparently it never gets old (for her!). Obviously, she was having a great time :)

We had a great time, but I’m not gonna lie- I’m birthday partied out! Glad it’ll be another year before I have to do this again.

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