Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Say It With Flowers


My oldest starts Kindergarten tomorrow.  What!!?!!  How did that happen?  How in the world did he go from adorable little (ok giant, at 9 lbs. 9 ozs.) baby to a 5 year old ready to start school?  I keep telling myself I'm ok, he's ok, we're all going to be ok.....then I start thinking too hard about it, and I want to start hyperventilating......

As a Thank You to his awesome teachers at his preschool, I decided to make these adorable flower cupcakes.  They're covered in miniature marshmallows that have been cut in half and dipped in sanding sugar....could you tell?  When they're all put together it looks like you got really fancy with your frosting......when in reality decorating with the marshmallows couldn't have been any easier!!!  Seriously, that's all there is.....just give your cupcakes a light layer of frosting, cut a bunch of mini marshmallows in half diagonally, then dip the cut halves in sanding sugar and arrange on the cupcake.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  I did have some mini-Oreos on hand (since we always have Oreos in the house), so I used those with some yellow sanding sugar to make little sunflowers.  But I think the pink and purple flowers are my favorite since the colors stand out so much.

Because this project involved cupcakes, marshmallows, and sprinkles......my 5 year old even got involved!  This is a novelty for me, because he usually wants nothing to do with what's going on in the kitchen.


He even decided that he wanted to make one of these for Daddy, so I give you, his creation:


I had these large plastic cupcake holders, so I decided these would work great to take to school to give these to the teachers individually.  They actually looked like little corsages once they were all packed up:


Check out iVillage to see where this idea came from.....and check out Glorious Treats for the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe.......Enjoy!!

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25 comments:

  1. VERY cute idea! They look like LOTS of work, s it's very impressive that you say it's fairly simple. Trust you and your firstborn adjust easily to school. It can be tough, but you'll make it...one day at a time. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Those cupcakes are absolutely beautiful!

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  3. love it! I pinned it up on pinterest :)
    http://pinterest.com/pin/121955546/

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  4. Great swipe, Kirsten! These turned out beautiful! What a thoughtful teacher gift!

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  5. Wow! These look so impressive. I can't believe they are just marshmallows. I almost skipped over the entry because I thought it looked too involved. What a great gift! I have boys so I can't do girly stuff often, but I hadn't thought of making these for a teacher. How fun!

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  6. Oh how cute. love this idea!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  7. Looks delish.

    We'd love you to share your recipes with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

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  8. WOW! These are stunning...and what a sweet gift for the teachers~

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  9. Hi Kristen,
    They grow up so fast, and it won't be long and you will be attending his graduation. The cupcakes look so pretty and delicious. Hope you have a great week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come back soon,
    Miz Helen

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  10. Looks so very, very cute and what a great gift. Very thoughtful and creative. I linked to you from Fresh Food Friday. Thank you!

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  11. So cute! Y'all did a great job! Hope things go well on the first day of kindergarten. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  12. These are gorgeous and beautiful. Your son definitely got the artistic gene from you. Lovely cupcakes. Hope he'll have a fun time at school

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  13. Super cute!!! Love your name though I'm sure you probably pronounce it differently than I do! Can't wait to check out more of your blog!

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  14. Oh, and I don't come up with my own recipes either (C:

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  15. Very nice. These came out beautifully, Kirsten. Great packaging and teacher gift idea. This is one of many milestones for your son. :-) I remember the day. It's hard to let go of our babies when we love them. Thank you for sharing this post at Joy of Desserts.

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  16. ok, well I LOVE anything cupcake as a self proclaimed cupcake fREAK! These are cute!

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  17. These are beautiful! What a great idea! Thanks so much for linking them up at Muffin Monday!

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  18. How cute! And they look elegant enough for a tea party! :)

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  19. Hello,
    whow, I would have loved to have a MOm like you. Those muffins llok stunning. Wish your little one all the best for the school beginning.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  20. So cute! I love the pink and purple. Who knew marshmallows could be so pretty? Thanks for sharing :-)

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  21. Fantastic recipe! It looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing. Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  22. Soooo pretty! I love how they look, almost too pretty to eat. Nah nevermind nothing will make me pass on the sweets lol!

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  23. That is awesome! what a great idea, I may need to try it myself some time! :)

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