Ok Technically I spent all morning making these and trying to keep Grant's little hands off the counters. He's a little theif when I'm not looking.
I had a request from a family friend to make cupcakes for her daughter's 16th birthday. I could not have been more excited (and a little nervous) to have a "customer". I love making cupcakes. I love the way they smell when you take them out of the oven and look how darn cute they are. They make people smile, which makes me smile. I am normally a from scratch baker of cupcakes (probably because I watch too much cake boss) but can I say how much I truely value cake mixes. The mother and daughter requested vanilla and red velvet (no pictures, oops) made from cake mixes. At first I was a little disappointed because when a cake mix cupcake tastes great I don't get the same satisfaction as when a scratch cupcake tastes great, as if all the flavor was created by me.
However this order was for 100 cupcakes.
That's right 100! Which may be a drop in the bucket for seasoned bakers but not for me. I'm used to making no more than 40. So the cake mixes were a godsend. Less thought, less room for error, and almost fool proof. I think they turned out adorable and the guest of honor said they looked "perfect". Is there anything better to hear when you put a lot of work into creating something for someone.