Happy Birthday Sweet Lucy!
Jaime Martini’s friend, Stephanie ordered a cake and cupcakes from me a couple of weekends ago for her daughter’s birthday party. She was planning on a Candyland/Lollipop theme with fuchsia and teal colors. Super cute idea!
Candyland was one of my favorite games as a child and I love a fuschia/teal combo, so I was thrilled to start on this project! I couldn’t wait to create lollipops and design the rest of the toppers. Something completely different!
The color fuchsia has always been a color that draws me in. If I could paint the house that color, I probably would… AND this is exactly why Cary NC has lots of town rules in place… to protect my neighbors from crazy painters like me.
Also, through www.ancestry.com and my other relatives research, we found that we were related to Leonhart Fuchs, a 16th Century Founding Father of Botany who was named after the Fuchsia species in the early 1700s when discovered by a French scientist, Charles Plumier. My Grandmother Jesserer is of the Fuchs family! I always knew there was a reason why I loved fuchsia and magenta colors.
So, let’s check out these cupcakes and then I’ll stop distracting you from the end of this crazy baking day……
Yay, for upright lollipops! I whipped up a batch of royal icing and “glued” lollipop sticks to the backs of the braided spirals. I was worried that we may have a casualty in transportation, so I even sent Stephanie with an extra lollipop just in case.
Stephanie requested Cookies and Cream cupcakes with Marshmallow filling topped with a Cookies and Cream Buttercream Frosting… and Fresh Strawberry cupcakes with a Strawberry Buttercream Frosting!
Good thing Tyler picked up a flat of yummy strawberries from the NC Farmer’s Market that week. These babies smelled glorious!
I loved the light pink strawberry buttercream with the toppers! Since, I use a fresh strawberry puree in the frosting the cupcakes have a natural pink color to them. You can even see little bits of fresh strawberry! Perfect for a little girl’s birthday party!
And, what’s a Candyland theme party without ICE CREAM cones with SPRINKLES!?
Super easy to make! I used a pairing knife to cut out little cones, hatched them, then used a flower cutter for the top. I added little edible pearls for the ice cream part to look like sprinkles. Too cute!
All together now!
Oooo, and what about that special separate cake for Lucy? Stephanie wanted to make sure that she had her own little strawberry cake just for her.
Here she is! Complete with Candyland steps, lollipops, and adorable piping along the bottom.
Now, here comes the “slice of humble pie”…
Let’s look at Lucy’s cake again…
Do you see that “2” lollipop on top of her cake?
That was supposed to be a “3”.
And the 6 cupcakes with “2”s on them that you saw earlier?
Hard to breathe Hard to breathe Hard to breathe. Dying.
That night as the evening died down, I was stalking people out on Facebook and noticed that one of Stephanie’s friends had posted several festive pictures from Lucy’s party. My first thought as I was loving on the pictures of sweet Lucy blowing out the candles on her cake, was…
“Wow, Lucy looks older than 2”
My heart stopped beating. I frantically read through my messages with Stephanie and immediately realized my mistake… there is was…
She was turning 3. I died inside. The party started at 2pm and Lucy was turning 3. How could I mix those up? I burst into a huge ball of crocodile tears and immediately sent Stephanie an apology message. I was mortified. I had to make this up to her! How could I do this?
Stephanie is one of the most compassionate people that I’ve ever met. She wrote back the most gracious and loving message. She said mistakes happen and that she was a very satisfied customer. I had a terrible time sleeping that night as I re-played the day in my head over and over again, however was comforted that we are surrounded by amazing people that we’re lucky to have in our lives. Stephanie, thank you for being such a kind woman… I will be forever grateful for you.
I’ll never forget that day. What a hard life lesson to experience, but I am determined to learn from my mistake.
Love to you all.
- raleighwoodrockstar said: awesome job em
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