I'm throwing a Cupcake Candyland party that promises to be a sugar&booze fueled shindig of over-the-top girliness. I have questions about
, gluten-free cupcake recipes, frosting & decorating, and pink cocktails that utilize
CUPCAKES THAT AREN'T REALLY CUPCAKES: I figure having nothing but a spread of different flavored cupcakes could get pretty monotonous and most people wouldn't even try them all, so I'm trying to think of anything that can be made in cupcake form. I'd like recommendations for savory "cupcakes" as well as other desserts that can be turned into cupcakes.
GLUTEN-FREE CUPCAKES: I'm definitely going to be making G-Free mini brownies from the excellent (and affordable) mix sold at Trader Joe's, but if anyone has any suggestions for recipes that don't require me to buy 9 different types of hard-to-find flours, I'd appreciate it.
FROSTING & DECORATING: I am a cook, not a pastry chef. I'm more comfortably sweating balls over a chipotle oxtail braise than doing royal icing floodwork, and as a human with tastebuds I am morally opposed to fondant. I'd like suggestions for candies or other decor, as well as recipes for fool-proof frostings that don't taste like pure sugar paste. What are the tips and tricks to making cupcakes look adorable with a minimum of effort and/or talent?
) I like cocktails that require a lot of cooking, but not a lot of liquors. For example, my signature drink of 2010, the glorious Gin-Gin Mule
, requires you to make your own ginger beer and chiffonade mint, but you only have to have gin on hand. I really want to make homemade grenadine and and use it to make some cocktails that pair well with desserts and are pink (the grenadine is red so the other ingredients just need to be clear). It's difficult, though, since I'm kind of a girl-drink snob and every terrible drink on earth has Rose's in it.