I'm very much into pinwheels these days, so much so that I'm doing a pinwheel theme for my daughter's new bedroom. So, I made a bunch of little pinwheels to top the cupcakes. They are non-functioning as I didn't think it was probably a good idea to put tiny little pins on kids' cupcakes, but they're pretty cute anyway.
I did the pinwheels ahead of time. Since I didn't have any double sided craft paper, and since Michael's only had grown up looking browns and rose colors with huge flowers in their double sided papers, I glued two pieces of paper together with a glue stick. I keep accumulating craft paper packs and never seem to use them, so I didn't really want to buy more. However, it did make for a tedious time of gluing 12x12" paper together. After that little process, here is what I did:
1. cut 2" squares with a paper cutter out of double sided craft paper.
2. with one of the squares as a pattern, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner, then again with the other corners to make an X across it.
3. measure 1/4" from the center of each line.
4. cut from the corner to the 1/4" mark of each line.
5. with all 4 corners cut towards the center, use this as a template for cutting the remaining squares.
6. bring the left cut side of each corner to the center and glue it in place with hot glue or tiny glue dots. I used got glue and a toothpick. I thought it'd be cheaper than using 4 glue dots per pinwheel.
7. hot glue a lollipop stick to the back of each pinwheel.
8. place a dot of glitter glue in the center or glue a small button, sequin or other embellishment in the center of each pinwheel.
And you're done with phase one. It should take you about 4 hours to do 75 little pinwheels. You've got an extra 4 hours, don't you? Who doesn't?
For the cupcakes, I tried to have some fun flavors for the kids:
ROOT BEER FLOAT
These were root beer and vanilla flavored cupcakes with vanilla frosting. They tasted AMAZING - just like the real thing. (yes, I sampled each flavor; judge me all you want.)
MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP
I made these with a white cake recipe, added creme de menthe extract and chopped chocolate pieces. The chocolate frosting rounded out the flavor nicely. I think real mint leaves would be tasty and much more grown up, but like my friend Beth said, the kids probably would have balked at having "vegetables" in their cupcakes.
I think these are the cutest. I used Sixlets to look like gumballs. The flavor was very bubble gummy, so I figured the kids would like them. They did.
VANILLA AND CHOCOLATE
I rounded out the flavors with some basic vanilla and dark chocolate cupcakes. My oldest daughter thought it'd be fun to make the vanilla frosting a "sunshiney" yellow since summer break is almost here. I agreed.
It was a fun party for the kindergartners and their families, and it gave me an excuse to try out some fun flavor ideas so I could brag about myself to you. You're welcome.