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30th Birthday - Tier of Cupcakes - Naff, or ok? opinions pleeeeeeeease

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FrazzledFairyFay Wed 27-Aug-08 20:14:22

It's one of my best friends' birthday on Saturday night. Her DH is in a panic as he hasn't ordered a cake and is now too late to get anywhere to make one for her.

I have foolishly agreed to step in. I have guests all day Thursday, a party to go to on Friday morning and am away Friday night until 3pm Saturday - which doesn't give me much time, to put it mildly!

And.... the cake is to be served to 50 people at a 'cocktail party' at her house.

I think the most sensible thing for me to do would be a tier of posh cupcakes - does that sound ok? My friend is very girly and loves Boden, Nigella Lawson, Kath Kidston, pink gingham, etc. So, to avoid me having to go to a proper cake decorating shop which frankly I have zero time to do, I thought I might take a leaf out of Nigella's book and do half each of pale pink and white cupcakes in silver cases - with jelly babies or dolly mixtures to decorate. Nigella has them in her Domestic Goddess book and they look quite nice.

Honest opinions please - Will this be ok, or am I mad???????

bythepowerofgreyskull Wed 27-Aug-08 20:40:04

sounds great smile
look at my profile..
we did cupcakes for M&D's 60th party.

Moomin Wed 27-Aug-08 20:40:51

Fab idea - had similar for my 40th, only not as nice as yours sound! I put them on a cardboard stand which someone gave me a link for on MN and then draped the stand in fairy lights as well. Did take a fair while to get ready though - but then I'm a bit of a sausage-fingers

janeite Wed 27-Aug-08 20:53:04

Sounds lovely. What time do you want us all?

MaureenMLove Wed 27-Aug-08 20:57:47

What a lovely idea! <<makes a note for dd's birthday in 4 weeks time>>

lucysmam Wed 27-Aug-08 21:07:56

oooh yeah!! lovely and girly! I'd be well chuffed if someone made them for me . . . <flutters eyelashes> grin

definately jelly babies too, bestest sweeties ever imo

FrazzledFairyFay Wed 27-Aug-08 21:36:19

Thanks everyone. Now I just have to make them..... grin

lucysmam Wed 27-Aug-08 21:40:17

make me some while you're at it!? they sound lovely, I'm sure your friend will appreciate them smile

bozza Wed 27-Aug-08 21:42:42

Have you got a stand? How are you going to arrange them? I agree btw - good idea.

micku5 Wed 27-Aug-08 21:47:49

If you are looking for some tiered cake stands I got this one from Ikea.

dizzydixies Wed 27-Aug-08 21:50:32

I did it for dd2's christening and my cousin loved it so much she had it for her wedding too in May smile

I also had a retro pic n mix for the buffet at our wedding so I think it all sounds great!

ThatBigGermanPrison Wed 27-Aug-08 21:51:03

You must have those mad red teddy bear and jelly snake sweets, with the jelly snales on the bottom layer and the red teddies on the top layer./


FrazzledFairyFay Thu 28-Aug-08 21:59:40

I don't have a stand and really don't have time to get one, so..... I have two platters, which I have covered in silver wrapping paper. And I have a large can of soup which I've covered in the same paper and I am going to use that as a make-shift stand. I have spent 2 hours tonight baking the chocolate brownie cupcakes and I'm really pleased with them - the icing will take place on saturday afternoon - that's the tricky part.... Watch this space hmm

FrazzledFairyFay Fri 05-Sep-08 20:34:30

Quick update, for anyone that cares wink

I didn't do sweets in the end. I went for silver balls, sugar flowers and sprinkles from Sainsburys. I did pink and white buttercream in various different patterns. they went down an absolute storm and my friend was thrilled.

Thanks for all the advice and support smile

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