This isn't in the area I usually find myself blogging, but what do you think: real flower? Or very well crafted gumpaste flower?
It may sound silly, but I think that part of my self-identity as a crafter and designer means that not only do the things I make have to look amazing, the things I eat have to as well. That brings me to the situation at hand. I hate coming to parties with my hands empty, regardless of how much food the host is making. I'm known for baking in particular, so when I was invited to my co-worker Rita's luau party (tomorrow night), cupcakes it was. The dilemma? Making enough cupcakes that looked good on a weeknight.
First thing to go was the homemade batter and icing - sorry dry ingredients, you'll just have to be used another time. Emergency stocked cake mix and icing (yes, I stock emergency mixes and icing...), you're up! I'd also generally make my own fondant decorations at this point, but since that often takes longer than the cupcakes themselves, obviously that had to go to. That's where Pfeil & Holing steps in. The've got a great assortment of gumpaste flowers (I've used several on photo shoots before), and my experience with them has exceeded expectations. The flowers even look better in person than they do on the site.
Why did I share this? I know in my usual cone of vision on this blog, but I thought it would be a fun thing to share. After all, as creative folk, we're always trying to find new things to make our life a little more attractive and colorful, and heaven knows there's always a bake sale or party to think of!
My one piece of advice - if you're buying for cupcakes, don't purchase any decorations over 2.5" wide. They'll be too big for standard sized cupcakes. Another point to note is that P & H has a $50 minimum order - so get your dusting powder and tools at the same time!