This weekend is another bake sale for church. I had intended on making the bird nests for church, but ended up doing them with Rhena for her preschool classmates.
Sticking with things that are geared for kids.. I threw a big whup-whup for days gone by and decided on making cone cakes.
you know.... anyone over 30 has HAD to at least had a cupcake baked in a cake cone at some point during their school years. you know.. before the days of everyone being allergic to everything and no parent being allowed to home-make any treat for the class without a pre-approved nutritional label and ingredient list? NOT that there's anything wrong with that, cause if MY kids were allergic to something, I wouldn't want them digesting something that could.. you know.. cause death or seizing or something.
anyways.. I thought.. ice-cream cupcakes! how fun! how cute!
so with my folks arriving and the deadline for submitting donated goods looming, I opted to just use a box mix, and get to baking.
filled up the cones.
I only did a total of 12, though. halfway into pouring the batter, I thought about how in hell I planned on transporting the cones TO church... as well as how to wrap them/present them for sale. errrrg.
oh well. I pressed on.
after the cakes had cooled, I filled up a pastry bag with frosting and let it stiffen up a little by putting it in the fridge for a little bit. I swirled the frosting around the top, trying to get that 'soft-serve' look.
the first couple didn't turn out so hot. turns out it takes an INCREDIBLE amount of frosting to get the height required to look similar to a real ice cream cone. like.. a "no way would I let rhena eat one of these cause she'd be up for a week from the sugar" amount.
after I had about 6 frosted... something distracted me and I jostled the tray I had the cones on.
PLOP. 2 of my cones. on the floor.
and that's when it hit me. inspiration is funny like that.
I decided to frost the cones, garnish with sprinkles, then "plop" them up-side down in little pie tins.
I was able to easily wrap them in plastic wrap, and transport 9 of them to the sale without affecting the final look of each treat.
I call them the "Oopsie-Daisy"... an up-side down chocolate cone cake. *I* thought they looked cute. I guess I'll find out tomorrow after mass whether or not they're a hit.
lesson learned: top-heavy cupcakes are not very practical. maybe for an at-home party.. but definitely not a transport-friendly item. I might try this project again with a meringue top?
the final result wasn't what I had in mind when I started, but sometimes that just happens.