Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sailboat Party #1

If you follow my pinterest boards, then you've probably noticed that I've been pinning a LOT of sailboat stuff lately. This is one of the beauties of pinterest, really. If you're interested in something, create a board for it and then everything you find on the internet is nice and organized in one place (and it can't get lost! That's a big plus for me!)
This Saturday I'm hosting a sailboat baby shower for a friend. Thus the sailboat craziness. (And no, I am not attempting the cake above; it's just one of the most wonderful sailboaty things I've found, so I thought I'd share it with you.) What I am making for the shower is cupcakes. Lots of cupcakes. I'm going to put little sails on each one--just a simple yellow cupcake with white icing with a little toothpick sail. The beauty of the whole thing is that, after searching far and wide, I finally found these cupcake cups on Amazon:

So a little white icing on top will, I hope, give the idea of a sailboat perched atop blue waters. Then the little sail will finish the whole thing off.
Now I could just buy box mixes and go with that, but I'm not crazy about eating box mixes, and what if no one comes to the party and I have to eat all 36 cupcakes myself? Sheesh! I don't want to have to down 3 boxes of yellow cake mix! (just kidding, btw) I'm pretty sure I'm going to use this (nice and healthy, ha!) Four Egg Yellow Cake Mix found on Allrecipes. I'm following some of the advice in the comments and changing out the shortening for butter:

  • Yellow Cupcakes
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place paper cupcake holders in a cupcake pan.
  2. Cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Mix well. Pour batter into prepared cupcake holders.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cupcakes test done. Cool.

3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
2-5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, shortening, butter, milk and vanilla. Beat on low speed to combine, then beat on medium speed for a full five minutes. It won't look like Icing at first, but keep the mixer going for a full five minutes, and then you're done!

Hooray for sailboat parties. Expect tons of pictures next week showing off our homemade sailboat party favors, cupcakes (of course), and other party decorations!


  1. beautiful cake- I'd love to try to make one of those ;) I have a homemade fondant recipe that actually tastes good ;)

  2. Such a beautiful cake- I love the colors of blue and how they represent the water! Thanks for linking with us at Kids in the Kitchen. Have a great week! :)

  3. OH that cake does look amazing! Enjoy the baby shower this weekend! I'm sure the sailboat cupcakes will be a big hit!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  4. That cake is gorgeous! Thank you so much for stopping by The NY Melrose Family and leaving such a sweet comment on my pinwheel planter. I host a weekly link party going on now and I'd love for you to come and link up your latest projects at www.thenymelrosefamily.blogspot.com/2012/04/whimsy-wednesdays-8.html. I'm following!