Finally… spring is in the air! As much as I look forward to longer days, warmer weather and the smell of flowers, there’s one thing that I dread: Spring Cleaning.
I admit that I am the worst person when it comes to getting rid of things that I no longer need. I always have an excuse to keep those shoes that are a little tight, or that scarf that’s a little itchy, or that sweater that’s two sizes too small.
When it comes to putting items in a giveaway box, I need emotional backup in the form of friends or family. And the easiest way to get them to my house to offer a little help? By offering them a tasty little bribe, like cupcakes!
Sweet treats always make hard work less painful, so in honor of springtime, I decided to make my own cupcake garden with Wilton’s Pink Petal Baking Cups, new Peach Petal Baking Cups, and new Grass Baking Cups. After baking yellow cake in all the cups, I got down to the fun part: decorating.
My sister and I used Wilton’s new pastel fondant colors (pink, yellow, green, blue and brown), flower fondant cutters and the 6 Piece Easter Mini Cutter Set to create some fun and colorful flowers, butterflies and bunnies.
After kneading and rolling each color of fondant to 1/8-inch, we cut out the icons we wanted and used just a little bit of icing to layer them together.
My sister even kneaded multiple colors together to get a bit of a tie-dye effect! They turned out great, but my nephews arrived to “help” earlier than planned and more of our fondant characters ended up in their mouths than on the cupcakes.
For my favorite flower cupcake, I used a star tip from the Tip and Nail Set and a green icing tube to star-tip grass on the top of the cupcake. Then I let the boys add Wilton’s new Daisy Sprinkles all over.
For more impact, we added Wilton Purple Posies Royal Icing Decorations, and used a small dab of icing to strategically attach a Butterfly Sprinkle to the posy. The result was quick, easy and gorgeous!
Our colorful Cupcake Garden was displayed on the kitchen table for cleaning motivation. For every hour of spring cleaning completed, you were rewarded with a cupcake from the Cupcake Garden. After three hours, I had a bag filled with coats to give away, a junk room filled with less junk, and four stomachs filled with cupcakes. Spring Cleaning has never been so sweet!
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