I needed something for a bake sale at church last Sunday. We were raising money for the shipping cost for the Operation Christmas Child boxes the women’s ministry are putting together at an event coming soon.
I had no inclination for what to take. Don’t you hate it when you have no motivation? No ideas? No excitement over anything at all? No new dishes to share?
With absolutely no idea what to do, I stalled all week with grocery shopping for any specific ingredients. On Saturday, as I took stock of the pantry, I realized all the ingredients were at hand for my Best Birthday Cake Ever(!) – plus a fresh pounder bag of M-n-M’s yet unopened. Bonus!
Did you hear it on Saturday? Fingers tapping on the counter…what to make…cake?…cupcakes? Cupcakes! (I always think of kids at Halloween. Don’t you?)
Now for some decorations. Pinterest!! Perfect. Owls came to mind, for some reason. There are tons of owls with Oreo™ eyes on Pinterest. We had Oreo cookies l a s t week. No Oreos today. Something else would have to do.
You can see lots of the cutest owl cupcake inspirations on Pinterest here.
After making the cupcakes with a white cake mix plus additions noted in my recipe (best birthday cake recipe), I made chocolate frosting plus a fourth of the white frosting recipe.
Chocolate frosting covered the cupcakes. I added a dob of white frosting for each eye-ball base. Top each with a brown M-n-M, and you’ve got owl eyes.
A candy corn nose.
Peanut halves made adequate feathers.
Toasted sliced almonds above the eyes for the upper face feathers.
It’s not exactly perfection but good enough to get the “owl” point across. Ha!
Isn’t it fun to create something from your pantry when you thought there was nothing at all useful in there? Ha!
The only problem was that the peanut halves took forever to load onto each cupcake. So, I decided a peanut-less version would have to do.
One cake recipe made enough to sell two boxes of ten cupcakes. I figured no adults would want these, but kids would pester them to buy them. (It worked.)
There were lots of delicious-looking goodies and many Sunday lunch savory specials, too.
Great news! We made enough money to pay the shipping for 170 boxes.
Meanwhile…I’ve got lots of leftover M-n-M’s to share. Hold out your hand…
Don’t you love it when a good plan comes together? What about when you have no plan at all and things work out fine, regardless – and for a great cause? It’s time to celebrate! Where’s that M-n-M bag?