Our annual mother-daughter activity was held in my backyard. The girls & moms played get-to-know-you games, cooperation games, and enjoyed each other's company. Everyone seemed to have a great time! We just put large tables & chairs in my grass with yellow roses as our centerpieces. Hubby hung lights & lanterns for us ... when the lights go up, it makes me want to have a backyard party every single night just so I can sit out under the lights! One of the YW leaders is a professional photographer, so we had a fun photo booth ... if she posts photos online, I'll give you a link to check-out.
I was in charge of food, so I decided to do mini-cupcakes. I ended up doing four flavors and actually one was not really a cupcake, but I wanted to make sure I had something that appealed to everyone.
I have a favorite (& pretty easy) chocolate cupcake recipe that I top with a bittersweet chocolate-sour cream frosting. This is always a hit, but I think it got overlooked with all the other fun & different flavors.
The other three flavors I made were all new recipes so the girls & moms were my guinea pigs for the night. Everyone absolutely loved all the cupcakes, asked for recipes, told me I should be on Cupcake Wars (which I had never heard of before that night), etc. Sometimes we take a chance on a new recipe and it's a flop, but I think these three were winners ....
First up ... I wanted something fruity ... Blueberry Muffins topped with fresh lemon curd and a little homemade whipped cream. This was a favorite cupcake of LOTS of people, which kinda surprised me. Some feedback I got was that without the lemon curd, this cupcake would've been too much like a muffin & that the fresh-homemade lemon curd (courtesy of my mama!) totally made the cupcake.
Second up was Peanut Butter & Jelly!! I don't think I would have normally tried this recipe. PB is just OK for me, but the recipe looked fairly simple and I thought this would be something that was different from the chocolate and blueberry that I had already made. I also thought it might appeal to the young girls. Again, everyone loved them. It totally tasted like PB & J sandwiches, only better!
My final cupcake flavor, that wasn't really a cupcake, was Oreo cheesecake. This was another flavor that people kept saying was their favorite.
So...there ya go. The polka-dot cupcake liners were purchased at Michaels. If I remember correctly, they sold mini & regular size liners with that design ... they also had hot pink which I didn't photograph. For the whipped cream, I used cake decorating tip 1M, but a 2D will turn-out similar.