Here were my purchases:
- Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix $8.95 - It's one of those "you don't know what you've got, until it's gone" things, because I had no appreciation for yellow cake mix in the U.S. and now I'll spend $9 for a box of it.
- Lucky Charms (a big-ass box of it) $14.00- I have never bought these before-- ever, and I'm sure we'll never actually eat them all-- not sure what the hell I was thinking.
- Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix- a bargain at $2.25 a box, I was feeling really good about that one :)-- don't worry I really do know it costs only 25 cents in the U.S.
We chose cupcakes as form in which our precious yellow cake mix would come to life.
And I made frosting--a skill I just can never seem to properly grasp.
The cupcakes took forever to cool, I was totally over it and gave the boys unfrosted, still warm "muffins" (they only qualify as "cupcakes" when they are topped, right?), and refrigerated my famous not-so-delicious-looking buttercream frosting.
Now I've mentioned before that late afternoon is a difficult time for us. Usually on the way home from preschool, my younger one is basically in meltdown mode. He doesn't want to walk to the car, he wants cake (and is letting all surrounding Sydneysider pedestrians know it--and yes, I do know for a fact that they are all looking at me and thinking- obnoxious American and her out of control kid), or he's unleashing some other chaotic antics. But this day, when I announced that we were having cupcakes after dinner-- he got his shit together in about 1 second, put on his big boy pants, and smiled all the way home. Marvelous parenting technique, right? Cupcake bribery... the good news is that I don't usually cave to his demanding cake and cookies, but today was special.
After dinner I made tiny bowls of 100's & 1000's (that's Australian for "sprinkles") in both the multi-colored dot variety, chocolate jimmies kind, and my frosting-that-is-all-wrong with little spreaders.
And they did an awesome job decorating.
My child who is loves cake and cookies in a obsessive-compulsive kind of way.