Occasionally, I seem to forget I work 40+ hours a week and volunteer for a baking project. (smile) Yes, I took on a baking project for work.
Did I mention that I work at a rural, elementary school? No? Well, I do and I took on a now annual project.
It's annual because this is the second time I have volunteered for this particular project. Yep, I know c---r---a--z--y!
Most school districts try to "pump up" the students about taking the annual spring assessment test for their state.
Our school district also participates in this process to excite and enthuse the students about taking an hours long, computerized test.
Last year"s theme for grades three to six was: "Superheros Fly Away With a Good Book."
My volunteer baking project was a trio of half sheet cakes decorated with superheroes and books.
After baking, decorating, and transporting three half sheet cakes, I swore to NEVER take on three half sheet cakes again.
Instead, a single half sheet cake with coordinated cupcakes would be MUCH better! Shaking your head and laughing at me aren't you? It's okay. I am doing the same thing, too. I'm enthusiastically c--r--a--z--y!
Actually, my volunteer baking project turned into one hundred and fifty, ROCK the MAP! cupcakes.
Yes, I thought this all up on my own and the idea was enthusiastically received by my coworkers when I said I could this for......wait a minute.....drum roll please..... $50.
The actual cost? $52.00 and 16+ hours of my evenings at home.
Anyway, my grand plan calls for:
- a cupcake to be placed into a 10 oz. party cup
- pipe orange frosting onto the cupcake
- place a fondant record decoration on top of the frosting
- slip the cup-ensconced treat into a clear treat bag.
- THEN, decorate and close the bag with strands of yellow and black curling ribbon.
- place the beribboned treat bag into a cardboard box
- deliver the cupcakes to work on the Friday before testing starts.
Sunday evening from 6:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.
The grand plan begins with making three pounds of chocolate fondant and coloring it black. That should be enough for 150 - two inch disks wouldn't you think?