My daughter, Katie, and I have have been wanting to take a cake decorating class for the last few years. This week, she started her summer break from school, and we thought it was a good time to find a class. We looked on Groupon for some options, but then we thought, “what the heck, we can just teach ourselves!” So we searched YouTube and found the Cake Style channel, which was really helpful. With lots of inspiration, we headed to Michael’s craft store, where we bought pastry bags, tips and fun food coloring choices.
Armed with all of our supplies, we started our own DIY class. Katie and I both love succulents, so we decided to try our hands at doing succulent cupcakes.
The cake recipe we found makes a denser cupcake, and the frosting uses a lot of shortening, but both are needed to make sure the cake doesn’t crumble and the frosting stays in place! In the beginning it was rough, as our frosting kept melting in the heat of the kitchen.
But, gradually we got better at it. And we realized that the braver we got, and the more we experimented with colors, shapes and different size tips, the better the results. We are working our way toward making a succulent garden cake!
This week’s cupcakes turned out so well that we decided they’d make sweet little gifts. So, we bought some brown cupcake travel boxes and put together a garden of cupcakes in a box!
We had such a fun time … learning something new and seeing our cupcakes garden take shape. And it just goes to show you that you are never to old to do crafts with your daughter (and it’s always fun to stroll the crafts aisles at Michael’s).