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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
This year Gabe’s birthday seemed to go on for weeks! He just turned 11 at the end of the school year. We had to postpone celebrating, because everyone was too exhausted from 5th grade graduation, Honors Day, class party, and the last day of school celebrations! So, we had a family dinner with cake right after his birthday and a celebration with his friends a couple of weeks later. I wasn’t up for baking another cake. And to be completely honest, I HATE store-bought cake! I like bakery cakes, but they are expensive! So, building on this super-cute idea I saw at Flamingo Toes where she featured these push pop cupcakes by Lady behind the curtain, I came up with a little something different for the party. I admit and will continue to admit (in hopes of being cured) that I am a total procrastinator! So, this idea came together 2 days before the party. There was not enough time to order the push pop molds, but I’d love to get my hands on some of those beauties! I just need to plan ahead….
~Yellow Cake mix for cupcakes
~Double fudge brownie mix
~ 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
~ 12 oz. white chocolate chips
~ chocolate fudge pudding
~ vanilla pudding
~ Whipped Cream
To put it all together:
~16 oz. clear plastic cups
~clear cellophane party bags
~clear plastic spoons
~mini-flags (source: Little paper dog)
Basically, I baked up some brownies and cut them into tiny squares (so I could eat some without anyone noticing). Then I baked the vanilla cupcakes and mixed up the batches of pudding. In each cup, I layered white chocolate chips, brownie pieces, vanilla pudding, chocolate chips, chocolate pudding, and the vanilla cupcake. I then filled in any empty places with whipped cream and topped with sprinkles. Everything is better with sprinkles- don’t you agree?
We were going to a laser tag/arcade type party place, and we were only allowed to bring in cake. I wanted to make it easy on the kids, so I decided to put their spoons in the cake cups. Hmm…a little too blah. Never fear! A quick search of the internet turned up these adorable little (free) printable flags. So, at 11:30 the night before the party, hubby is cutting out little orange and white flags, and I’m happily attaching them to the spoon handles.
To keep everything nice and contained, I just slipped each completed cup into a clear cellophane party bag and tied it around the spoon and flag with a ribbon. Super easy!
Now to transport these little gems safely and keep them cool:
Hubby found a box and cut some holes to fit the cups. I covered the box in cute paper and cut x’s over the holes. I left one side open with a flap, so we could put a few ice packs inside to keep things cold while we drove to the party.
Ta-da! They turned out great! And kids and adults loved them! I loved 2 of them myself- ha!
Oh, and I almost forgot…I let them add their own extra whipped cream! They made the most of it!!
Happy 11th Birthday Gabe!