Saturday, April 2, 2011

Cupcake Stand

I just had one of those stand-back-and-admire-your-kid moments.  Today my daughter and her friend set up a cupcake boutique, "Cutie Pie Cupcakes", during our community yard sale.  My slightly biased opinion is that it was FABULOUS!

It all started a few weeks ago when someone asked my 14 year old daughter what she wants to be when she grows up.  She answered, with all seriousness, "I want to open a cupcake shop." Although I know she has a natural gift for marketing, can be seriously persuasive, and loves to bake, until that moment I had no idea that she aspired to own and operate her own cupcake bakery.  I'm sure our slight obsession with the shows Ace of Cakes, DC Cupcakes, and Cupcake Wars might have a bit to do with her current desire for her future. 

Attempting to encourage my daughter's dream no matter how many times it might change in the future, I suggested that she and her friend, who is also a talented baker and a cake decorator, set up cupcake stand on the day of our community yard sale.  Now just as shocking as the fact that these two girls actually pulled off an amazing and successful cupcake business in our front yard on a muggy Saturday morning, is the fact that my teenager said to me, "Mom, thanks for telling us about selling cupcakes at the community yard sale.  That was a great idea."  Seriously?  I'll take that!

Resisting all most urges to control my daughter as she planned this event, I purchased the supplies that she requested, relinquished my kitchen, and shared my favorite recipes.  Other than that I kept my mouth shut even when my daughter and her new business partner spent thee hours bedazzling the money box and over an hour decorating the table before nary a crumb of cupcake had been baked.  As I'm learning is often the case, teenagers work best when following their own agenda. 

Most impressive to me about this cupcake endeavor were the details.  The girls decorated water bottles with zebra print duct tape, bedazzled their money box, and decorated the table with a zebra striped tablecloth and hot pink boa. In addition they baked three batches of cupcakes (Red Velvet, Very Vanilla, and Chocolate Fudge), whipped up three batches of frosting (Cream Cheese Frosting tinted light pink, Vanilla Buttercream colored chartreuse, and Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate icing), and hand cut three types of fondant details (Easter eggs, pink daises, and zebra striped hearts).  They even hired the ever lurking little brothers to carry things out from the kitchen and drag down the hot pink chairs from the bedroom.  When all was set up and the customers began to arrive my daughter and her friend were kind and courteous using their best manners to serve every one of them.  It was beautiful, really beautiful!   

Now I realize that not all parenting moments are this satisfying, but, for now, I'm going to focus on this day which was as sweet as a cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
          recipe from Betty Crocker's Cookbook 

1 package cream cheese (8 ounces), softened
1 Tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
  1. Beat cream cheese, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl on low speed until smooth.
  2. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until smooth and frosting is a spreadable consistency.
  3. Use to frost 24 cupcakes, one 9x13 sheet cake, or one two layer cake.


  1. Wow! I'm so impressed! This is an awesome looking cupcake stand that your daughter pulled together. My sisters and I are all obsessed with baking and baking shows, as well, so I can relate. :) I'll have to try the frosting recipe sometime soon!

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  2. What a fabulous job they did!! I can't wait to show your post to my daughter!!

    How hard it is to just keep quiet and let them do their own thing, I would have had to lock myself out of the house! haha

    So was it a success? How did they feel when it was all over? LOVE the duct tape on the water bottles - GENIUS .....and the cupcakes all look beautiful!!♥

  3. Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up today! Have a great weekend!

  4. Too cute, that's starting early in sales!

  5. the greens and pinks are so pretty on your table. I LOVE cream cheese icing.


  6. these are all so cute! those cupcakes look yummy! making me hungry!!

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  7. How great!! They did an amazing job! Thanks for sharing on Cupcake Tuesday!

  8. Man, my two kiddos are only 6 and 5 and I have a hard time letting them do their own thing when I think I know better...good for you! Maybe I'll be better at it when my daughter is 14, although I have doubts about that. The cupcake stand came out beautifully as did your lesson in letting her find her own way.

  9. That is a GREAT idea! Cupcakes are all the rage these days, it's a great twist on the old Lemonade Stand idea! Oh and I LOVE the water bottles too :)

  10. That is adorable!!! I love it!! Details, details...tell P. I'm stealing the duct tape on water bottle idea!! lol Seriously! ~Chris Ann

  11. Unbelieveable! I am showing this to my 12 year old and her best friend right now

  12. What a fun and funky table set up! I love the water bottles! I will have to try your recipe. My son has asked for a zucchini bread cake with cream cheese frosting =) I would love to have you share this at my VIP party this weekend =)

  13. This is such an impressive story!! Kudos to your daughter and her friend for taking the initiative and sticking to it. I hope they did great!

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