I had the pleasure of teaching gorgeous Erin and her friends, sister and cousins the art of cupcake decorating this weekend for Erin's 5th birthday. Parties like Erin's make me feel so blessed to be able to do what I love, and at the same time be appreciated for what I do. It truly isn't "work" when you have so much fun.
Erin originally requested a Frozen themed party, but decided in the end that she really wanted a pirate minion party. Her very clever mummy created a huge pirate ship cake using wafers, chocolate chip cookies and even rice crispies... It was amazing!
I loved how very specific Erin's theme was, and I tailored my Cake Me! kids class to fit the theme. Erin was turning 5, however her nine party guests ranged from 18 months to 8 years of age. So to suit the age group of my students, I designed two 2D minion cupcakes.
Although we kept the class to 2D decorating and not 3D, to show Erin and her friends what they could make with fondant, I also made Erin a teeny tiny sugar sculpted pirate minion to go into the pirate ship cake that her mum made.
Erin and her guests were so excited and couldn't wait to start. They diligently washed their hands and put their aprons and hats on in record time. As usual, I was blown away by the level of fine motor skills and precision that some of these young kids had, and at the same time, the kids were in awe of what they could create. The mums and dads of the younger ones were fantastic and helped guide their children so they could keep up with the older ones. What also made me especially happy was the wonderful feedback from some of the parents there. I was so pleased to be able to break down the barriers and resistance to using fondant for some parents, so I'm really looking forward to seeing some wonderful new creations from these mums and dads in the future!
At the end of the class, all the wonderful cupcakes were boxed in our take home bonboniere boxes. Poor little Erin was frantically searching for the minion she had put so much love into creating for the past ninety minutes. She was trying to fight back tears at the thought that someone else had taken her prized possession. We opened each of the twenty boxes to search for this one minion, and I was so worried that someone else may have accidentally claimed it as their own. I thought Erin would have been heartbroken, she was probably planning on cherishing this minion forever. I felt this huge sense of relief when we eventually located it, and we quickly got a pen and wrote her name on the box. Erin's eyes lit up, almost sparkled from the tears that were welling in her eyes, she grabbed it out of the box and ran to the couch and devoured it.