I just finished classes last week and exams start up on Wednesday (puke!), but I really didn’t want to pass up the chance to make Easter cupcakes! It was a very last minute Easter Sunday decision, but it all came together! I was lucky that my sister was around this morning as she helped out getting the lemon poppy seed batter started while I made a quick 7-11 run to get last minute supplies (somewhat off-topic side note: 7-11 doesn’t carry vegetable oil, only canola, and it costs an arm and a leg for a tiny bottle :().
Anyways, while the cupcakes were baking and cooling, all I really had to do was make the icing and fondant decorations using supplies that I already had. Luckily, fondant lasts forever…I’m sure they have an expiry date on the side of the box but as long as you put it in saran wrap and an airtight container, I am pretty sure it will last FOREVER! This is a definite plus because that stuff ain’t cheap! (not to mention, it’s impossible not to get sucked into buying all of the cool little tools and shape cutters!) If you are willing to make it yourself, fondant can be less of a financial burden…it also tastes a lot better (warning: recipe-dependent!), and it isn’t too time consuming. To make a long story short, I must say I am quite proud of my growing collection of colourful little fondant chunks :).
I could rant forever, but I think I have procrastinated enough for one day. Time to hit the books! (and perhaps eat a cupcake…or two).
Happy Easter friends!! 🙂