As some of you may know, my sister is getting married in five weeks.
Five weeks!!!! Holy crap!
Last weekend I flew down to California for her bachelorette celebrations. One of Michele's bridesmaids, Shannon, offered up her parent's house in Carmel Valley for the weekend. Michele really liked the idea of a relaxing weekend by the pool with her best girl friends, so it was a go.
Shannon had a hard winter/spring with a cascade of illnesses that had us all worried. She kept telling me that she was determined to be better by the bachelorette weekend, and that she wanted us to keep our original plans, which meant she would be hosting all of us at the house. We crossed our fingers, made contingency plans, and waited.
Then, the weekend before the bachelorette, Shannon got engaged! She was also sounding much, much healthier, and so the party was on.
My sister wanted to do a little something for Shan, a little champagne toast and maybe cake, to celebrate her and all the good things coming her way.
I perked up at the mention of cake, and told Michele that I was thinking of baking cupcakes anyway. So it was agreed that I'd do some engagement cupcakes for Shannon. And it was agreed that I would cheat, so that I wouldn't spend too much time on them.
July 12, 2008
Name of cupcakes: Shannie's Engagement Cupcakes
Occasion: Shannon's Engaged!
Constituents: Chocolate and Butter Cupcakes (from a mix) frosted with Chocolate or Vanilla Frosting (from a tub) with Silver Dragees
There isn't much to blog about regarding these cupcakes as I made them from mixes, and frosted them with tub frosting. I made four different kinds of cupcakes: chocolate/chocolate, chocolate/vanilla, vanilla/vanilla, and vanilla/chocolate. Obviously my favorite was the vanilla cake/chocolate frosting.
I will say, in defence of cheating, that these cupcakes were the best box cupcakes I've had. So if you are going to cheat, use Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe. That Golden Butter Mix requires you to actually use BUTTER, not oil, and that is probably why it was so surprisingly good.
The girls made a significant dent in the cupcakes that night, and many were brought home to their husbands and children. Michele and I brought back 4 to share with mom and dad, and everybody was happy.
Michele's Bachelorette Weekend--a flickr photoset