Phew! With Grace now back in preschool, some end of summer events, and our always growing project list, we have been going nonstop this past week. Nevertheless, I was feeling inspired (by Nienie, here) to throw together a quick back-to-school dinner/celebration for the girls. I had just a couple hours to put something together so it wasn’t a big to-do, but it involved the necessities: homemade strawberry lemonade, crowns, and cupcakes. That, and a well-balanced dinner, were just enough to put the girls over the moon.
I used Cricut to make the crowns, cupcake liners, and cutesy owl and deer toppers. To frost the cupcakes, I used one of my tried and true easy frosting tricks – Pastry Pride. This is a non-dairy dessert topping that you can buy from cake supply stores. It comes in quart-size cartons and I keep a supply in my freezer. Then, when I need a quick batch of frosting, I thaw a carton out, whip up the amount I need (don’t overwhip), and I’m ready to go! It’s great for spreading out smoothly and also for piping swirls, borders, and dots; it isn’t the best frosting for a lot of detail. Frosted cakes and treats need to stay refrigerated. The texture and flavor is similar to whipped cream, not too sweet, and really light and yummy.
Comments & Reviews
You are killing me with the deer cutout. I now have the deer fabric in my cart at fabric.com. I can’t resist it any longer with the cute applique. Maybe we should have a deer themed playdate/momma sewing time 😉
Angee @ Sunshine in my life says
You throw the sweetest parties. Thanks for the Pastry Pride tip.
I feel like you live in some beautiful fairy tale land where everything is sooooo pretty. I wish I could move there~
Kristie-Creating Chaos says
Adorable. I love the cupcake toppers. I kinda have a thing for owls. And those are super cute.
birdie blue says
your girls are absolutely adorable, love the crowns.
Leah Roy says
Thanks for the Pastry Pride name drop. My husband is lactose intolerant and my son has a dairy allergy. I’m always on the lookout for non-dairy treats and substitutions.
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Stef, those toppers are so fun. Which cartridge did you use? Your girls are so precious. You’re a lucky girl.
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I love pastry pride! But I always whop to much, how much pastry pride do you use to frost a dozen or two dozen cupcakes?
haha! yes, you definitely should not whip it too much! I would probably whip up about 1/2 a quart for a batch of cupcakes – depends on how high you’re going to mound them up – you can always whip up the other half of the container if you need more – that’s the beauty of ready-whip!!