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post #1 of 32
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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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post #2 of 32
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.
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post #3 of 32
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.
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post #4 of 32
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
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post #5 of 32
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
post #6 of 32
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
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post #7 of 32
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.
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post #8 of 32
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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
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post #9 of 32
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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
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post #10 of 32
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
post #11 of 32
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
post #12 of 32
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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
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post #13 of 32
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.
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post #14 of 32
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.
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post #15 of 32
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!
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