I'm leaving my current job to pursue another one that's more challenging. I truly have enjoyed working with the people I've worked with and I'd like to leave a little "token" of appreciation in the form of a cookie/cake/cupcake. I figured cupcakes or cookies would be easiest b/c I could hand them out individually.... but I have NO ideas!!! I worked in Admin at a home for troubled (abused) youth. I didn't have much interaction w/ the kids, so I probably won't be making anything for them - especially b/c they get a lot of candy & cakes & stuff already and don't need the extra sugar. But for the staff I've worked with, I'd really like to do something. I thought about doing something w/ the logo, but I don't have an edible image printer and really don't want to spend a TON of money going to someone else to get that printed for a cookie or cupcake. I just wanted to do something cute, you know? But it can't be too elaborate b/c I am still working full-time and trying to train for this new job. Any ideas? Or should I just bring in some boring undecorated cookies or cupcakes?
Ooh also - flavor ideas? Should I do one flavor or two? just choc. or vanilla or what?
How about making different fillings instead of a lot of different flavors of cake? You could use the pudding packs as fillings and they don't need to be refrigerated. How complex is your company logo? Can you make little FBCTs ahead of time and then put them on the cupcakes the day before?
how about cupcakes with large flowers? Simple and pretty.
toomuchcake - pudding packs? Huh? Like the Jello puddings? I always see them in a little refrigerated section at the grocery...... but that certainly is an interesting idea! And I am supposed to pick up my new Bismark tip (The one for inserting jelly/ frosting/ etc. into cupcakes) from a local store.... I'd forgotten about it until now!! But are those the kind of pudding things you're talking about? Do you think a white cake w/ different pudding fillings??
Yes, except you can also get the pudding packs in the same aisle where the baking stuff is. There are usually (at least in my area) more choices of flavors in the non-refrigerated aisle. My son likes butterscotch and white cake, I like choc/choc or choc/vanilla pudding. When I taught Wilton, and when I was learning, we would show torting and filling with pudding packs, because they were easy to get and didn't need to be kept cold. Two little cups fill a 10" cake.
You might like to look at some of the cookie photos. There are some beautiful ideas there and they aren't that difficult. I like to make cookies and place colored MMF on them while they are still warm. This allows the MMF to adhere to the cookie, makes decorating them pretty easy. Just cut the MMF with the same shape cookie cutter you used to make the cookie with. Let the cookie sit over night to allow the MMF to dry. You can then put royal icing,( with corn syrup added to it), details onto the MMF. I did this technique for a cookie bouquet and they came out beautiful! I happen to like the taste of Penny's Cookie recipe, which you can find under CC's recipe section. If you need more info. on how to cover the cookies with MMF go to the cookie forums and ask away. Everyone is so helpful there. I hope this will help you. I'd offer more info. but I have to leave for work.
I love doing MMF or actual Satin Ice fondant on cookies - that's a good idea - just not sure what shape or something....
As far as the logo, it is a bit complicated simply b/c it looks like a kid's drawing & there are several colors in it I think around 8..... I hate having to make 10 different colors of frosting for something......, remember this can't take a large amount of time.
I just made Penny's cookies last month and I really enjoy them! I would probably use that recipe if I decorate some cookies. Or I'm still open to cupcake ideas too..... the flowers are a nice idea...... I'd really like to do something that seems like it ties into the place itself - a residential home for troubled kids - you know, kid friendly stuff is good even if it's adults that will be eating these, not kids.
I was just trying a free-association with your workplace, and the thing that popped into my mind was a heart with a ribbon tied around it, sort of like tying a broken heart back together, but not as dramatic as that. You could mold the hearts out of chocolate and pipe a little ribbon bow that binds up the troubled heart - which could also mean that you've loved working with these people and your own heart might need a little bandaid at having to leave them.
Just a thought!
Keep your fingers crossed... maybe I can find one! And maybe I can even just use fondant/MMF/ rolled buttercream & some of those fondant writers or food markers..... ooh!!!!
Those little packs of pudding are supposed to be kept in the fridge after they are opened, so your cupcakes/cake would need to be after it was filled. If you read the package, it says to refridgerate after opening!