04 August 2007

I know it gets impossibly mundane to read about cupcakes over and over, but get over it. Si, Ry and I made 112 cupcakes for Si's hula halau bake sale. Plus Fruity Coconut Balls. Many thanks again go to Chockylit for her Chocolate Chai Spice recipe. No one in the house thought they would like it but it ended up being one of the favorite flavors! Thanks also go to a new (to me) cupcake blogger - DaisyCakes - to whom I owe thanks for posting recipes for Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Buttercream, Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Rum Buttercream, and Caramel Cupcakes with Espresso Fudge Frosting. They were truly all winners. And also a thousand thanks to DaisyCakes for educating me about the Williams Sonoma Mechanical Pastry Bag. How did I a) not know about this thing; and b) live without it? It sure made four frostings go very quickly. But the biggest hit of the bake sale? Fruity Coconut Balls - Si's original recipe idea that she had seen in Your Big Backyard - the National Wildlife Federation magazine subcription from Keith and Grandma Nancy. Boil dried fruit (whatever you like - we used papaya, mango and pineapple) in orange juice, add crushed graham crackers, and roll in coconut. Simple, easy and SOLD OUT!!! Sadly, not the case for the rest of the baked goods. 112 cupcakes is just never necessary. So we continued the bake sale in front of the house, and if you can read the sign (just click on the photo and it will enlarge for better readability), added a new purchase option to the assortment. We made a few bucks from kindly neighbors, but the bad part of living on a quiet street is the lack of any kind of traffic coming through. So if you need about 60 cupcakes, let me know quick, and I'll get them over to you!

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