This is a busy week for me and many other mom-unteers, with major fundraising activities at both kids’ schools: a Read-a-Thon starting this Friday at one and a Fun Fair this Saturday at the other. (Add a comment to this post or email me for more information on either!)
Sure, the kids have fun and we earn important funds for the schools, blah blah. But what I’m most excited about is the return of the Fun Fair Cakewalk – the musical chairs-like game where you walk around in a circle (with numbers taped to the floor) while the music plays, and when the music stops you hope and pray that your number gets called. If it does, you get to pick a cake or treat from the cake table! I still remember the heart-pounding thrill of winning five cakes at Sunset Elementary’s Fun Fair (many many years ago); I don’t think I left the Cakewalk room all evening.
Making the cakes for the Cakewalk is almost as fun. I’ll be making mine this Friday (freshness is important!); I’m not sure what the design inspiration will be yet, but I have a big bag of JellyBelly jelly beans to use up so those might be incorporated somehow. I’m not going to go crazy, though; I’ve learned from past Cakewalks and Bake Sales that the most elaborate creations are not necessarily the ones that go first. (Kids tend to choose the treats that look homemade.) In full disclosure, I usually use boxed cake mixes – they’re quick, easy and reliable. (My friend Angela asserts that if you bake it it’s homemade – boxed mix or not.) I usually make my own buttercream frosting, however; the results are worth the minimal effort. You can find frosting recipes on boxes of confectioner’s (powdered) sugar, or here: http://www.dominosugar.com/baking-tips-how-tos/advanced-baking-tips/frosting-recipes
For anyone else with a Cakewalk or Bake Sale coming up this spring, here are some ideas based on things I’ve made in the past. Most are original concepts, but some (i.e., slider cupcakes) are blatant knock-offs. For more inspiration and detailed instructions on making Cake Pops and other really cute treats, check out http://www.bakerella.com/.
Daffodil Cookie Bouquet (marshmallows cut in half form the 3-D effect)
Cake Pops with Sprinkles (the white ones went first, surprisingly)
Sliders (vanilla cupcake “buns”, brownie “burgers”)
I absolutely love the cupcake sliders! Those are so fun. Do you use one of those cake pop pans to make the cake pops? I was thinking of buying one but wasn’t sure I would get enough use out of it.
Thanks! (even though they weren’t original) The cake pops were made the standard way: squishing up baked cake and mixing with frosting, then forming into little balls. If you get the cake pop maker I might have to borrow it!
I am one on Linda Overa’s best friends….hence the connection. Where were you about 35 years ago????????????? I love this blog and have passed it on to a friend who is a big momunteer. Thank you and I look forward to your missives.
Hi Johanna – Thanks for the comments, and for spreading the word! Glad you are enjoying the blog.
amazingly creative cakes to say the least! My favorites are the cupcake sliders as well, and I think they will be one of my next attempts!! Thanks for the great inspiration – keep it coming!