Naty Posted 27 Sep 2005 , 1:04am
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Hi everyone, I will be making a baked goodie for my daughter's class for Halloween for approximately 27 kids + the teacher. It is easier for me to make my standard 11 x 15 cake, but I hate the decorating part....too time consuming. I was thinking instead of doing cupcakes, since I have the colored Halloween themed sprinkles already; which would be easier to decorate. Don't know which to do. Any ideas for the 11 x 15 that would be easy? or if I make the cupcakes, how do I transport them without messing the up? I don't have a cupcake carrier. What do you guys usually do for school parties? (That is not stop by the bakery).

Thank you,
Naty

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Lisa Posted 27 Sep 2005 , 1:41am
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Cupcakes or a cupcake cake...it's easier for everyone. There are so many cute cupcake ideas too. The Wilton site is loaded with them. For a CCC you could just shape it like a pumpkin or a spider, ghost, etc.

Lisa Posted 27 Sep 2005 , 1:46am
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Sorry...forgot to mention transporting them. For singles, try to get your hands on some of the plastic cupcake containers like the grocery stores use. I hear Kroger and I know the Sam's here will sell them to you.

For a CCC, just place them on a cake board using a dab of icing to hold them in place. Then put them in a cake box.

jennjd Posted 27 Sep 2005 , 1:51am
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As a teacher I would say bring cupcakes. Then you won't need forks or plates or anything just hands. I have carried cupcakes in a cake box before and put a tiny bit of frosting on the bottom so they don't slid. This is also good when little hands are bumbing tables out of excitment.
My class always loves the dirt cupcakes. They have dirt (oreo cookies) worms ( gummies) and ghosts (marshmallows) They think they are sooooooo cool.
Let us know how it turns out.
Jenn

montanakate Posted 27 Sep 2005 , 2:16am
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Personally I love cupcake cakes. They are really easy to do if you have an large icer tip. You just smooth like you would for a sheet cake but you don't have to do the sides. Then decorate the top like you want it. The kids can pull it apart and no plates are needed. They are as easy to transport as a sheet cake because they are "glued" down to cake board w/ frosting.
Good luck, can't wait to see pics.
Kate

smileyface Posted 27 Sep 2005 , 2:37am
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I made these for my son's preschool. I think I got the idea of the Wilton website. They were pretty easy to do. I used store bought fudge icing and buttercream tinted orange for the base icing. I bought a rubbermaid container that I transport my cupcakes in. I think I got it at Target or Walmart for about $4.00 or so. I use it all the time for cakes, cupcake cakes and sheet cakes. It's called a takealongs and is larger than a 9 x 13 cake so it fits at least 24 cupcakes easily. I have 21 on it in this picture and could have fit more.

Hope that helps!
LL

lionladydi Posted 27 Sep 2005 , 2:43am
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Cupcakes are much easier for the kids to handle but like you, I find them difficult to transport. I usually put them in a beer flat (from a case of 24 cans). You can pick one up at any place that sells beer. A dab of frosting on the bottom of each or some a dab of florist clay would work. You're lucky you can take cakes and cupcakes. Our school will only allow store bought individually wrapped items to keep from spreading germs and to stop people who aren't so clean in their cooking to bring food that might be tainted.

Naty Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 2:28am
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You guys have been wonderful. Thank you for replying. I will definately do the cupcakes. Will try to post the pictures. Once my hubby had a scanner and he got rid of it so maybe I can scan them at work on a disk and post them. I don't plan on doing nothing fancy though, just the orange or green frosting with the sprinkles. I love to bake and decorate when I'm in the "mood", I guess since I volunteered so far in advance, I have to get in the mood. So, for now it's the quick and easy decorating. Maybe as the day gets closer I'll get more inspired. Has anyone felt like this after you offered to do a baking project?

Thanks again,
Naty

Naty Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 2:32am
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Originally Posted by smileyface

I made these for my son's preschool. I think I got the idea of the Wilton website. They were pretty easy to do. I used store bought fudge icing and buttercream tinted orange for the base icing. I bought a rubbermaid container that I transport my cupcakes in. I think I got it at Target or Walmart for about $4.00 or so. I use it all the time for cakes, cupcake cakes and sheet cakes. It's called a takealongs and is larger than a 9 x 13 cake so it fits at least 24 cupcakes easily. I have 21 on it in this picture and could have fit more.

Hope that helps!




Hi Tonia, does the container have slots for the cupcakes? The ones I've seen do, so that limits the space. If I could find one that doesn't have the slots it would be great!

Thanks, Naty

vitade Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 10:18am

smileyface, love the cupcakes, they are so cute.

I'm not sure how old you daughter is but how about cookies? They are really nice for not having to worry about a mess, easier to transport and can be cut in any shape. Wilton has a bat brownie idea out. I'm sure you could use the premise to make something without having to buy their kit, but it looks cute.

When I've made cupcakes and such for events at school I usually get those disposable aluminum pans and place a couple of sheets of paper towels on the bottom to help cushion and slip resist. They come with a lid and you don't have to stress about getting your container returned.

Rose

momlovestocook Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 11:04am

I just made cupcakes for my 2 daughters classes last week. I made 12 just frosted and the rest into a cupcake cake(one for each class). I did bct on the top of each cake. I find making the cupcake cake will all the cupcakes makes one huge cake to transport. I have a bunch of foil pans from the dollar store that have high sides and hold 12 cupcakes with no problem. I use those all the time. I use the new syran wrap press and seal on top and they stay put.

If you want cute cupcake halloween decorating ideas, I posted a site a few days ago with some really cute ones.

Sandra

smileyface Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 12:25pm
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Hi Tonia, does the container have slots for the cupcakes? The ones I've seen do, so that limits the space. If I could find one that doesn't have the slots it would be great!

Thanks, Naty




Naty, nope this container doesn't have any slot. It is flat on the bottom. It is pretty high too. I use it for my 9 x 13 sheet cakes also. If I don't have very many cupcakes or I am worried about them sliding around, I put some non-skid on the bottom. It works great and they don't slide or flip over.

Thanks Rose, I had fun making them and the kids thought they were cute since they were all smiling.

Cookies are a good idea also like Rose suggested as are the cupcake cakes Sandra suggested. Basically anything that is easy to give the kids without all the cutting, plates and such the teacher will love. Another idea is rice crispy treats. You can shape them or cut them with cookie cutters while they are still warm. I will post the picture of the spiderman ones I did. They are in the same container, LOVE that container.

I know what you mean about the decorating bit. I always volunteer and make things so complicated on myself. Usually about halfway through I think I am nuts but when it is all done and I see the kids (adults) smiling, it is all worth it.

Have fun!!
LL

cookielady Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 4:21pm

Naty I would recommend to make the cupcakes, just attach them with royal icing to the bottom of wattever you are going to carry them with and they wont move at all.
Hope I can help
LL
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lionladydi Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 4:28pm

Good looking cupcakes from cookielady. My problem is my grandkids won't touch anything with coconut on it! Also terrific looking Rice Krispie treats from Smileyface. My grandson wants anything with Spiderman involved. I will most definitely try these.

flayvurdfun Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 4:33pm

I wish I was planning a Halloween party for my kids like I have every year in school, but this school only does two parties one in the fall (usually around Thanksgiving and one for the spring.) Can't be anything holiday themed....and that just makes me boil.... as it is my sons are not having fun in school... there is no "fun" even in the kindergarten class... its ridiculous.... they dont even like the idea of celebrating the kids birthdays in classes.... I have to be in my quickest wittiest mind to get my kindergartener to go to school... you know whats funny is I was asked/named to be room mom for both classes (K and 2nd ) FOR WHAT?
The one thing they do is have a birthday table once a month at the end of every month where the PTA sets up a bday table with cupcakes and only gives cupcakes to those who HAD a birthday during the month... I was even asked to make a couple dozen cupcakes for that and sit there at the table for 2-2 1/2 hours....during lunches when they do this weird thing... I have to think of something.... this is suppose to be a great school....what they think is great and what I think is great is two TOTALLY different things!
ANYWAY, I have always made cupcakes or a cake for the class ALWAYS and to decorate it makes me happy and the children all smiles and such, but I will tell you for this cupcake table thingy I have to do I am bringing cupcakes in the aluminum pans you buy at the grocery store that have the clear lids.... and as for decorating them...I was told just plain old frosting..... I was so pertrubed that I have decided that I will make choc cupcakes with vanilla frosting, and use color spray and sprinkles.... maybe that is an idea for you. The spraying is very easy....
I just hope it "stirs" up things at this school, because I am ready to let them know what I think. Of course I will be sweet about it, but still!

smileyface Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 4:47pm

Thanks lionladydi, those rice crispy treats were so fun to make. I dyed the marshmallows red so all I had to do was make the web and eyes. It was quick. I used the Wilton Spiderman pan but I think the mini or petite egg pan would have worked too or even hand shaping them.


flayvurdfun, so sorry to hear about the schools there. I can't imagine them being so STRICT especially in kindergarten. What do they expect? These are 5 year olds and this will be their first school experience for a lot of the kids. I hope you can find a way to make it fun for you boys. I think I would talk to your sons' teachers and she if there is anyway you can have cupcakes for all the kids and maybe do it in the class room at snack time. I sure hope it is something they can work with and isn't a ridiculous rule that has to be followed. I can believe the PTA allows them to only give cupcake to the birthday kids, that must make for a lot of un necessary sad kids.

Be a rebel, LOL. Nothing says you can't pipe figures and other things with "plain old frosting" right??

Sorry, guess that struck a nerve with me, I feel bad for your boys. Kids need to learn, YES but they also need socialization and some fun too!! I would be nice but I would have a really hard time keeping my mouth shut.

lionladydi Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 4:48pm

Things just aren't the same as in the old days when my kids were going to school. Actually it started changing when my daughter was in school and she is 30 now. No more Halloween because of the witches, no more Wizard of Oz--same reason. No Christmas parties--God forbid that we step on any toes with those. As for only cupcakes for the ones with birthdays in that month--that is so wrong. It would be like me eating an ice cream cone in front of my grandkids and telling them they aren't allowed. I don't know why everything has to be so stringent these days. I live in a town in the Ozarks with a population of 2000 so I can imagine how strict things are in the big cities. I sent fancy Xmas lollipops once when it was my grandson's turn to bring snacks in preschool (sponsored by our school system) and no one complained. I would love to decorate cupcakes or a cake but unless it is something wrapped from the store, it isn't allowed here.

flayvurdfun Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 4:53pm

trust me I will get around this icon_twisted.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_wink.gifthumbs_up.gificon_lol.gif

smileyface Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 4:57pm

lionladydi, I was wondering about that too. I knew it was okay for my kids preschool because it was private so when my daughter started kindergarten this year I ask. Her teacher said they debated it but it is still okay for now. I understand why they have rules like that thought, I have seen some of those kids in the morning. I feel bad as some don't even look like they have their hair brushed and their faces are messy. I guess that is good since some done even get breakfast. They have free breakfast for kindergarten and sometime my daughter's teacher has to send kids to get some breakfast and they are late to class. She is really nice but it is a shame that the parents (guardians) can't get them there earlier if they can't feed them before the come to school.

Sorry again, guess I just feel bad for the kids again!!

smileyface Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 4:59pm

Good Luck flayvurdfun, I will be rooting for you!! thumbs_up.gif Educate them!! icon_lol.gif

Sophie-Em Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 5:10pm

The schools here in New Jersey are the same about the (christmas party) so I did get around it. Ive been a roomparent back in the 1980's for my first two they are now 26 & 28. Now I am roomparent for my 8 yrs old. We now have a Winter party instead of christmas party. The party revolves around a winter theme and snowmen are the star attraction for the party. We dont do anything with christmas trees or Santa. The kids loved it . You have alot of choices with snowflakes and snowmen. This way you dont step on anyones religious toes. I cant wait until this years party.

Nancy

smileyface Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 5:17pm

I know what you mean, I was pushing it with my spider cupcakes. Our preschool couldn't have a "Halloween" party due to religious reason (it's held in a church in the Sunday school rooms) so it was called Harvest party. There are ways around it, LOL!!

flayvurdfun Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 8:02pm

I get around things that way too....but talking with all parents in every room that I have been room parent with has no problem with it...its the school...its not a DOD school, but it is in military housing and ALL students are military students.......

cookielady Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 3:02am

Dear lionlady none of my cupcakes have coconut is just white stars made with #16 tips...buttercream..

lionladydi Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 12:10pm

Sorry Cookielady. Guess I'm just blind. They're all cute. I usually make some with just orange buttercream and put rubber spiders on them. Kids love it and my son-in-law is scared to death of spiders so they have a good time with him.

flayvurdfun Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 1:44pm
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Originally Posted by Sophie-Em

The schools here in New Jersey are the same about the (christmas party) so I did get around it.... This way you dont step on anyones religious toes. I cant wait until this years party.
Nancy




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Originally Posted by flayvurdfun

I get around things that way too....but talking with all parents in every room that I have been room parent with has no problem with it...its the school...its not a DOD school, but it is in military housing and ALL students are military students.......




I got around it again..... I emailed my sons' teachers they agreed to allow a "party" for Halloween... however in these classes it will be called a special snack... in kindergarten it will be an orange day...everything orange so though its limiting, its ok, there are enough orange colored things out there..... and in my oldest sons class it will be a special snack day and I can do PUMPKIN things just no jack o lanterns...

lionladydi Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 1:52pm

How about calling it Fall Fiesta? We used to have that for our high school when I was young. We had a Sadie Hawkins Day and parade. No dance back then as it wasn't allowed. Would work as a name for a fall party now. Just a thought.

smileyface Posted 30 Sep 2005 , 7:41pm
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Originally Posted by flayvurdfun

I got around it again..... I emailed my sons' teachers they agreed to allow a "party" for Halloween... however in these classes it will be called a special snack... in kindergarten it will be an orange day...everything orange so though its limiting, its ok, there are enough orange colored things out there..... and in my oldest sons class it will be a special snack day and I can do PUMPKIN things just no jack o lanterns...




Kewl thumbs_up.gif , so glad to hear you got them to "bend" the rules so now at least I hope your little guys can have a great time along with the other kids. Way to go Mom!! usaribbon.gif

ThePastryDiva Posted 30 Sep 2005 , 8:03pm

Wow, what ARE we teaching the kids in schools today...?

We have worked CENTURIES ..lol to de-demonize these things...are we back to full circle?

We are not overly religious in my house but we are OVERLY spiritual...we believe in the Golden Rule, Karma, paying it foward and doing good deeds via volunteer work and that sharing is caring....

My kids learned to be strong enough NOT to follow their peers into doing bad things. We are taking away the children's choices when we "HOMOGENIZE" everything. They SHOULD learn there is good and bad things out there and that it's MY job as a parent to arm my child to make the right choices.

Halloween festivities facinate children because it makes something they may fear..(ghost, goblin and witches) cartooney and fun. And, they get candy!

A lot of neighbors don't even get to know each other if it wasn't for the kids ( with the parents) going door to door trick or treating..lol

And eliminating Christmas? Ugh...When my kids got too old to believe in Santa, they shifted their beliefs into Santa being the SPIRIT of LOVE. I made the kids give me a list of the top 5 toys they would like to recieve for Christmas...One of them they had to donate to a toy drive.

I'm digressing...but...This is just driving me nuts! insulating a child from diversity may just grow some intolerant people.

I say...

VIVA LA D' FERANCE!!!

Oh well....opinions are like belly buttons...everyone has one....lol

Fishercakes Posted 30 Sep 2005 , 8:06pm

I couldn't agree more, Diva!! thumbs_up.gif

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