It was simply a batch of cupcakes (OK, I can do that) with white frosting (hey! I think I have white frosting in the pantry!) and ‘spring things’ on them like bees, and butterflies made of candy. I told him yes, we could make some as a suprise for Daddy when he gets home from St. Louis.
Upon closer inspection, though, it turns out that I needed some bizarre candy item that is apparently sold nowhere in the Midwest to make the cute little bees. I also needed to learn how to filet a gumdrop in order to achieve the desired ‘butterfly wing’ effect.
My kids were absolutely not accepting a perfectly reasonable alternative: a butterfly shaped cake like the one we had eaten at a birthday party the day before. The reasoning? “That’s for a girl”. Of course. Only butterfly cupcakes are masculine enough for Daddy.
I managed to find enough candy at Horrocks that I thought might work. I simply cut gummy worms in half for the body, and used fruit candy slices for wings, then stuck a couple of licorice pieces in for antannae. Here is the result:
And of course, the man for whom the cupcakes were made was a very gracious recipient. A.P. was so excited he made him walk into the house with his eyes shut for the suprise. We all sat down for our first meal (er, snack) together in a week. He promptly went to ‘rest’ after his long week, but at least the cupcakes were good.