Some of my fondest memories as a child (and last week) are those that have revolved around projects that I like to call “Bake and Do!” The art of combining a yummy homemade confection with handmade decorations. We call this craft the "birth-daisy," but it can be used for any occasion!
The first thing you will need is something to decorate. So dig out your favorite cupcake recipe or start with a boxed cake mix, which can be as tasty as homemade with a few simple tricks.
The first trick is to sift the cake mix before adding the wet ingredients. This removes the lumps, evenly distributes the baking powder, and gives your finished cake a much better texture.
Next, add one additional egg than is called for on the box to give the cake a richer flavor and add loft when baking. Lastly, pour in two tablespoons of real vanilla to give it that baked-from-scratch taste. Follow all the other ingredients and baking instructions on the box. Let the cupcake cool and frost it with a basic buttercream.
For my project, I baked cupcakes in two different sizes: a large cupcake to use as my centerpiece and small bite-sized ones to make rows of posies around my party table.
The baking is done. Now let's get crafting!
Download and print my birth-daisy clipart on white cardstock and cut out the pieces using a small pair of scissors or craft knife.
Daisy heads: Using glue dots, stack the three layers of clipart one on top of the other. This will give the faces lots of dimension... like a pop-up book!
Stems: Apply a coat of green acrylic paint to kitchen skewers (for large daisies) or toothpicks (for small daisies) to create the stems.
Leaves: Use white glue to attach the fronts and backs of the clipart together, then attach them to your pick. I like them placed a little high, so they look like the daisies arms.
Attach the head of your daisy to the top of the pick using white glue.
If you want to add a message to your centerpiece, like “Happy Birth-daisy,” cut out the clipart letters, glue them to a thin wire, and fold the ends onto the leaves like the daisy is holding a banner of salutations!
Brush on some white glue and cover your daisies in glitter if desired. While I do not recommend this (because it can fall in your frosting), eating glitter has not killed me yet! So you decide (or use one of the new edible glitters available in the marketplace).
To complete your party look, print out the clipart for my decorative daisy border and attach it to the edges of your favorite cake plate with double-sided tape.
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