Yesterday started out just like any other day.
I woke my son up as annoyingly and obnoxiously as possible. Blinking overhead light? Check. Armpit tickle? Check Check. Yank off his covers? Don’t mind if I do.
I had a Pop Tart and Diet Coke for breakfast.
I did computery things and cleaned the house.
Then came time to pick my son up from school. And as I stood outside the school waiting…I started hearing those words that every parent dreads.
“Blah blah…running late…blah blah….FUNDRAISER ASSEMBLY”.
(Insert sobbing and contemplating running away from the school without my son)
Fundraiser assembly day is like my least favorite after school day EVER. Because it’s the day they get my kid all pumped up about PRIZES! that he can WIN! if HIS MOM AND DAD! sells 500 of these REALLY COOL! things.
First off, when I was a kid I had to tromp around and sell the mess myself. And I know that’s not safe anymore (thanks, freaks and weirdos of the land for THAT) so the school says to have Mom! and Dad! sell it for you. Which is why I am wondering… why are the prizes neon frisbees and fake ATM machines?
What about…a spa certificate? Maid service for a day? A lifetime supply of Sour Patch kids?
Do you really mean to tell me that my motivation in asking “friends, co-workers and church members” to buy this stuff is that my son could win a pretend electric guitar?
So basically, they want to PUNISH me for helping my kid sell stuff.
No thank you.
And I realize that schools need money. Trust me, I am willing to pay it. Just don’ t make me sell anything.
Please. Anything but that.
Also, you should know that my son took his Fundraiser Prize Sheet to bed with him last night.
I don’t stand a chance, do I?
I’m a little late on the Back to School Treat train, but inspiration struck kind of late (hello…I’m an ARTIST, I have no control over my gift) and I know that some parts of the land haven’t started school yet, so there’s hope yet.
So how about Pencil Cupcakes??
These aren’t the fanciest, but they are super duper easy. There are a few different ways of doing the “pencil” liner part:
1. I only had white liners on hand, so I baked the cupcakes in white liners, then made pink and yellow wrappers from THIS TEMPLATE that you can print, and some pink and yellow scrapbook paper. I wrapped the pink first, then the yellow over it so just a bit of the pink showed underneath. I then cut strips of foil and taped it on where the pink and yellow overlapped.
2. You could also bake the cupcakes in pink liners, make a yellow wrap to go around (leaving some pink exposed at the bottom) and fasten a strip of foil or tie a silver ribbon where they overlap. Or just forget the silver all together.
2. You could bake the cupcakes in yellow wrappers and cut the top 2/3 off of pink cupcake liners. Set the yellow lined cupcakes in the pink, and tape silver tape around where they meet (this is probably how I would have done it if I was more prepared and not too lazy to run to the craft store).
Then make your buttercream (for 24 cupcakes, you will need to make 2-3 batches of this):
2 sticks butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
4 cups powdered sugar
In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter, vanilla and milk on medium until smooth and well blended. Slowly add powdered sugar and beat on medium-low until just mixed. Increase speed to high and beat for two minutes.
Set aside a very small amount of frosting and color it black. To the rest, add a drop of pink and a drop of tan, or any beige-ey color.
Using a large open star tip, pipe the beige/tan frosting, spiraling it around a few times. Using a round tip (I used #5) pipe a sharp tip in black (Hold your piping bag at a 90 degree angle…squeeze a good dab of frosting then slowly pull up as you continue piping. When it gets to desired height, stop piping FIRST, then lift tip up)
That’s it!! Easy peasy.
(Do you live in the Fort Smith, Arkansas area? Are you interested in purchasing a super awesome School Partners discount card, worth at least TEN TIMES it’s weight in gold?? Please email me at cookbookqueenblog(at)gmail(dot)com for all the fabulous details. Also, you should know that this will further my son along in his goal to win a pretend ATM machine that I will probably have to fill with money myself).
Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope you have a fabulous day!!