Feeling crafty for Father's Day
2 September 09
It happens about once a year … feeling crafty, I mean. It was about this time last year that I created glorious, too-pretty-to-eat cupcakes.
I’m truly not a naturally crafty person, and it just happens that my urge this year coincides with a marketer’s holiday: Father’s Day. In Australia, Father’s Day is marked on the first Sunday in September, probably because of the dearth of holidays at this time of the year. (We have quite a lot around April, May and June. So the retailers got together and asked, “What can we do to boost sales in September?”)
Instead of going overboard with cupcake decorations, I decided to simplify my ambitions and create an appropriate cupcake wrapper for Father’s Day.
I liked the crown theme and thought it would be easy to turn the cupcakes into crowns. However, I underestimated how difficult it would be to make the template for the cupcake wrapper, mainly because I was starting with a muffin-size case, and I had to calculate the arc of the wrapper that would go around it.
In the end, I devised a wrapper template that suits the muffin size. If you use it, you may need to shrink it if you’re baking smaller cupcakes.
The girls have enjoyed my arty focus this week, as I brought out the paints and later let them cut pictures out of a magazine — very messy!