Well, it is the week that (I’m guessing) most schools, at least elementary, celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. I’m the ‘room mom’ for Luke’s PreK class…I got an email this morning explaining that tomorrow is the day our librarian would like a special treat for the children for the birthday celebration…cupcakes were suggested. She profusely apologized, I had inadvertently been left out of the original email several days before. I’m pretty laid back, so I told her “no worries, I am happy to take care of it”…because even if I had gotten the original email, I would’ve still been doing them today :)…not like I would bake or buy cupcakes a week in advance, right? I am not nearly organized enough to plan ahead like that. So I called our local Wally-world…I asked if they did anything with a Dr. Seuss theme, she kinda laughed and explained that it is copyrighted & they can’t…I was the 5th call she had gotten with the same request. Not that I mind baking, it is WAY more economical…I just wanted to be sure that they didn’t have something super awesome for this very special occasion.
So as I drove down a country road (I love saying that!)…this little idea sparked in my brain…cupcakes dressed up like green eggs! I kept thinking as I drove about how to execute said cupcakes…what could I use as the ‘green’…I didn’t want to use green icing. I entertained gumdrops, gummy savers, candy limes (do they even make those???). I was getting excited, because in my brain these were gonna be SUPER cute! I headed over to WW for supplies…I found GREEN SPARKLE GEL! Oh happy day! It was with the cake decorating supplies, in case you’re wondering. I also gathered some other stuff:
I couldn’t wait to get started…well, I could…I painted an antique store find before I started on the cupcakes (it was a frame…I couldn’t help myself!). So while the paint dried 😉 I started on the cupcakes. I decided to add a splash of color to the batter…just thought it would be more fun.
I thought the foil baking cups might be more interesting than plain white ones…some of them baked up like Mt. Crumpet, but I didn’t let that stop me. Fortunately Ethan had baseball practice, the perfect amount of cooling time!
Then I stuffed this handy dandy tool with the store-bought frosting & got to work. It was so fast (would’ve been faster had this little gem held twice as much) I couldn’t believe I finished before the kids finished their dinner!
It has actual decorating tips, but this is the look I was going for…and one less thing to wash. Now I debated waiting until right before I deliver these to add the sparkle gel…but I knew I wanted to write about this, so I went ahead :).
I didn’t know what the consistency of this stuff would be…but I did one…and then did the rest. I seriously don’t think anything could’ve worked any better than this did!
I just love the way they turned out! Pretty much like I imagined they would…that made it even better! I love when I can actually make an idea translate…I just wish it worked more often.
Today’s secret revealed…I have a real soft spot for Green Eggs and Ham, I remember the first time Ethan read it cover-to-cover in one sitting…he was BEAMING with pride.