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I remember seeing something about htis, but I can't find it anywhere. I was thinking of offering this to customers at parties. I thought of giving them a few options of cupcakes and then a few different icings and assorted toppings. What do you think?
Any ideas? How do I go about charging?
I want it to be self serve so i was thinking LOTS of icing.
any creative ideas?
thanks
post #2 of 37
Oh wow that is a really neat idea!!! Would you have the icing in bags or just have them spread on the icing??? I can't wait to see some of the ideas on this site. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #3 of 37
That's a great idea! I would include some more exotic flavors that people wouldn't normally try. I would also put the icing in bags so they can make their cupcakes pretty. Maybe also make up a few already decorated "examples". For decorations you could make gumpaste flowers. If you make the decorations than you can charge the same price as your already decorated cupcakes. When you set up the table do it two sided so the line will move faster, since people will probably take their time. I love this, the ideas are flowing now. Thanks for getting my brain moving today! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #4 of 37
That's a great idea! I would include some more exotic flavors that people wouldn't normally try. I would also put the icing in bags so they can make their cupcakes pretty. Maybe also make up a few already decorated "examples". For decorations you could make gumpaste flowers. If you make the decorations than you can charge the same price as your already decorated cupcakes. When you set up the table do it two sided so the line will move faster, since people will probably take their time. I love this, the ideas are flowing now. Thanks for getting my brain moving today! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #5 of 37
You could have three or four different flavors of naked cupcakes and then three or four different flavored buttercreams. That way people can pick the flavors and have the icing applied right in front of them. You never go to a bar where your Mojito is already mixed and waiting for you.

I love that idea.

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post #6 of 37
What a great idea!! I agree with Sarah, you should charge the same as an already decorated cupcake. Just give them all the pieces that you would use, and leave the decorating up to them!

How fun wold that be?!
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post #7 of 37
Oh, what a cool idea, I am going to HAVE to try it!
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post #8 of 37
this has got to be one of the best ideas i've heard! i've got to try it icon_biggrin.gif
post #9 of 37
I've worked as a banquet server, and bartender, and I have to tell you, I love your idea, but think you should serve them. You could be the "cake"tender or something. People are messy, and really don't seem to care about hygiene when left to serve themselves. I'm only speaking from experience, and I think it would be cool to have you ice it right in front of them icon_smile.gif
post #10 of 37
Kind of like that ice cream place Old stone creamery ?( something like that ) where you pick the ice cream and the add ins and watch them make it ! But just maybe have 1 set price and they can add what( or not ) they want on it !
post #11 of 37
I think it's a great idea too. The only thing I thought about immediatley was what happens when you hand an icing bag to an inexperienced decorator......they usually squeeze the bag & the icing comes out the top! This would probably make quite a mess on both the table & the customers hands. I once did a hot dog cake for a little girls birthday party & the "bun" of the hot dog was unfrosted cake. It looked great like that, but I figured the kids would want to put frosting on it once they were served. I ended up going to Wal-Mart & getting those little red & yellow bottles people use for ketchup & mustard at picnics. I put some colored frosting in them & it worked great (especially with the hot dog theme). If you could find something similar to those bottles, only that you could put a decorating tip on, that might work perfect. Good luck with this idea....it's a good one! icon_smile.gif
post #12 of 37
Lighting is dim. Joe walks to the bar, sits on a stool. Sentimental music plays on the background.

Bartender: What can I get you?
Joe: Give me... a vanilla cupcake with chocolate ganache filling and raspberry buttercream frosting.

Bartender starts preparing the cupcake. Joe holds up his hand.

Joe: Wait. Make it... a double.

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A cupcake bar is such a great idea! icon_smile.gif
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post #13 of 37
I agree with foxymomma re: the mess and grossness of some people. Reminds me of when we did cookie decorating in kindergarden. And a piping bag in the hands of inexperienced people....I see it shooting out the other end! And frosting on the floor, what a greasy mess.

and cupcakeshoppe~what a great bar that would be!! Ha, ha. especially with all the 'margarita' cuppies and other recipes that are listed on the cuppie posts!!

I think it's a great idea but needs fine tuning on this one!!

I've done a 'mashed potato' bar at a cross country party where you provide tons of mashed potatoes and they add all their own toppings to it (carbs for the runners) and I was soooo careful about how everything was handled!!
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post #14 of 37
I did something similar for my grandchildren a few months back. I made chocolate wrapped cupcakes (white chocolate and milk chocolate), then provided whipped cream, chopped nuts, sprinkles, edible glitter, spray-on food coloring, etc. They had a ball decorating their cupcakes! They piled them with toppings then ate them with a fork - on a plate - to avoid making a mess. You could flavor the whipped cream. I found it easier than messing around with frosting.

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I agree with foxymomma re: the mess and grossness of some people. Reminds me of when we did cookie decorating in kindergarden. And a piping bag in the hands of inexperienced people....I see it shooting out the other end! And frosting on the floor, what a greasy mess.

and cupcakeshoppe~what a great bar that would be!! Ha, ha. especially with all the 'margarita' cuppies and other recipes that are listed on the cuppie posts!!

I think it's a great idea but needs fine tuning on this one!!

I've done a 'mashed potato' bar at a cross country party where you provide tons of mashed potatoes and they add all their own toppings to it (carbs for the runners) and I was soooo careful about how everything was handled!!



i'm actually already toying with this idea.
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