Cupcake Decorating

I have been doing mostly kid programming but I did want to do a little bit with adults so I proposed a cupcake decorating program. I actually ended up having some adults bring teens and smaller kids to it, which ended up okay as really everyone had about the same level of experience with buttercream frosting.

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The funny part about this program is that I am not a huge fan of cake or cupcakes to eat. I mean I won’t turn one down, but I am much more of a brownie or pie person. I love the aesthetics of cupcakes though and followed several cupcake and cake blogs for a few years.

I started the evening with a presentation about the history of cupcakes from the first mention of cupcake to the rise of cupcake culture. I also shared a recipe for buttercream frosting, instructed people on how to dye their frosting with food coloring, and set up a photo area for their completed cupcakes. Then I set them free to decorate for the next half hour and they really decorated until the frosting was gone.

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This starry cupcake was one of my favorites.

Overall the program was a success and I still have people come in to ask when I will do cupcake decorating again. I would like to do it, I just need to think about when and how.

Attendance: 28
Presentation: A History of Cupcakes
Activity: Cupcake frosting & photography

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