I was woken early by roadworks. And as I'm likely to do when I have some spare time on my hands, I baked. I have lost many hours of precious sleep to the roadworks happening outside my door and it makes me very cranky so something soothing like baking gives me the balance I need. I noticed that they parked this enormous contraption during the day (a road ripper outer-er?) alongside my building to use it at night when the road is less busy. If I lose precious more sleep, I may have to consider listing the enormous thing on ebay-"to be picked up between the hours of 9-4pm only". That'll teach them to wake me!
Anyway, on to more important matters: cupcakes. I have an issue with florists around Mother's Day and Valentine's Day, the flowers seem to die a lot quicker when you buy them on either of those days as I think they must buy them a day or two earlier than they normally would to ensure that they get enough stock for patrons. So I prefer to save my pennies and buy flowers before or after those days. It annoys me when they only last 3 days and you've paid a premium for them.
Anyway I'm babbling off topic again, back to cupcakes. The foam and skewers are easy to do-all I used was the base from an Edible Blooms bouquet I received although the instructions are pretty simple to use a foam ball and skewers. I couldn't find any hyacinths to stick between the cupcakes as it is approaching Mother's Day and carnations and roses seem to have take over so I had to make do without.
I wasn't able to get any orange rind so I used glace peaches. Cutting the sticky fruit up and placing it was actually the thing that took the longest so do put time aside for that if you're in a hurry. The cake mix is a cinch and I found it made me exactly 24 of the tiny mini cupcakes that cooked in 10 minutes without a drop of cake mix to spare.