Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cheap Fun

Well, this week's events have thrown me off from my routine. I know I was supposed to do a Goodwill Wednesday yesterday, but what I posted on yesterday was supposed to be posted Tuesday, but my internet was totally screwed up Tuesday and half day Wednesday, so this week you're getting whatever I come up with!
Ahhh...now that that long run-on and perhaps rather boring sentence is over, let's get on with today's post.
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Last week I went to Goodwill and found this:


If you click on it, you'll see that it was $2.75.
I really wasn't even sure what it was at first, and I passed it up- only to go back and rip it off the shelf before someone else figured it out.
This giant cupcake mold is made by Wilton and is heavy cast aluminum and has a non-stick coating. Their website sells them for $30.99 plus shipping.
I knew that I would never have given full price for this novelty, but I was certain that I could get $2.75 worth of fun out of it.
My grand kids came over after school yesterday and we tried it out.
Luckily, I got online and read the instructions, because it takes almost 70 minutes to cook. I knew their little nosy noses would be pressed up against the oven door a thousand-millionty times with impatience, so I whipped up the batter and began baking before they arrived.

I sprayed it with Pam really well, as a few reviews said that the cake stuck in the folds and they couldn't get it to slide out. However, the top finished baking before the bottom, so I had to take a wooden spatula and a plastic spoon and pull the top out of the mold so it wouldn't burn. It came out perfect!

The kids arrived and immediately began playing with the plastic liner that protected the pan's finish.
(Yeah..they're a couple of comedians!)

I had asked my daughter to pack two colors of frosting and some sprinkles
with them, but they came over with only one tub of chocolate frosting.
I wanted a different color for the top and bottom because I had looked a several online that other people had baked, and they were really neat.
We improvised and found some white chocolate chips in the freezer for the top.



Here's some examples of what the cupcake should look like after it is decorated:





(The one above shows you how big it is compared to regular cupcakes.)

But, here's how ours turned out:



It may not be pretty to look at, but you can never go wrong with chocolate!

I was right when I figured I'd get $2.75 worth of fun out of that Goodwill purchase.
The kids can't wait to make another one!

4 comments:

Dee said...

oooh, I LOVE it! Chocolate too? IS this Heaven?

Cathy said...

Now that's a fun day with the grandkids! I was at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago but I came home with books. Wonder where this was hiding when I was there! LOL Congratulations on this great find and for having the eye to see the bargain! :)
Cathy

GAIL said...

Oh my goodness...what a lucky find!! the prjects will be endless with that mold. What fun for the grandkids!
Hugs, Gail

sisterlinda said...

And just how many points are in THAT project?