A very special little girl turned 1 last week and her mom asked me to bake cupcakes and sugar cookie favors for her birthday party. The theme of the party was owls with a pink and brown color scheme. I immediately began googling images of owl cookies and decided to follow an adorable idea I found on The Adventures of Sweet Sugarbelle. Her work is always beautiful and I feel so inspired every time I visit her site.
If any of you have decorated sugar cookies with royal icing, you know it is a lengthy process that requires decent time management skills. The main reason I haven't started a side business for baking is that I am a procrastinator and this time was no different! I baked the cookies Wednesday night and I should have started decorating on Thursday, but I was just lazy and didn't start until Friday afternoon. I also decided to bake cookies in the shape of a number one just to make the favors extra special. That meant twice as many cookies to decorate in one afternoon! To say I was stressed would be an understatement, but I think I ended up managing my time nicely and I was pleased with the results.
Luckily, since I had to let the owls dry for a bit before I added the details, I was able to bake the cupcakes while the cookies dried. I saved the frosting until the next morning so that they would be nice and fresh. I decided to bake both chocolate and vanilla since I love both, but I have to say the chocolate cupcakes were the best I'd made! I used my stand-by recipe, which is from my mom, but this time, the cupcakes baked up perfectly. I think they were also the favorite at the party. I had originally planned to make little icing owls to top the cupcakes, but my poor time management skills got the best of me!
As a surprise the the birthday girl's mom, I decided to make a special cookie for family and close friends. I had Aubrey's face printed on wafer paper so that I could put her adorable little face on a cookie. I've always said she was so cute I could eat her up, and now I can! :)
Overall, I was happy with how the cookies and cupcakes looked. Not to brag, but I got rave reviews from the party-goers! I think the birthday girl really enjoyed her first cupcake!