we need cupcakes today


A friend of Saucy's decided to close her fabulous shop of vintage treasures and objects d'art. It was a blow to the entire community... so difficult so see that lovely spot to land, a place to gather and enjoy the simpler things, close its doors forever. Last night there was a gathering to say goodbye.


No average cupcakes would do this occasion justice. They had to be special, like the shopkeeper herself. They had to be classically beautiful with a nod to the past.


They posed for pictures among some of the treasures found over the years at Billie Jo's Petit Maison. Saucy cannot imagine running errands in that area of town and just popping in to see what's happening. It won't happen, because Saucy won't find herself in that area of town, ever again. She went there specifically to be inspired... now it will just be another vacancy.

You can download a handy little template for making your own cupcake wrappers here. You will have to cut one and adjust the template after your cupcakes are baked, to account for different sizes and cupcake rising. You can cut the top edge of the wrapper with a scalloped decorative scissor.


After you have the wrappers cut (Saucy used some magazines found at La Petit Maison long ago but you might also use craft paper or scrapbooking papers), secure them to the outside of your cupcake with a dab of hot glue. This will prevent the wrapper from slipping off.


Add a dash of hot glue to secure the wrapper in place when it is all the way around.


When using cupcake wrappers, they should be secured onto the cake before you frost and decorate...


These fellas are gussied up with vintage buttons.


It might just be the timing, with Saucy's birthday passing passing by... it's all left her with a certain feeling of... uncertainty. Nothing lasts forever, especially a cupcake. Certainly there are people who don't appreciate these little vintage bits of the past, even they can't last forever. Time marches on.

Saucy can't help but wonder: is this some sort of cosmic opportunity for her friend? A chance she might not have otherwise taken, a path towards greater things? As we discussed the possibilities last night of online shops and the other outlets that Billie Jo's creations could have in the future, Saucy was reminded of a song.

Last night after the party, she opened a tender-hearted letter from another friend. It was true:

You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you get what you need.

Reader, let's try. We may not get what we want... but we must ask ourselves, what do we need? Well, the short term answer is this: you need a cupcake.

20 comments:

bamemories said...

Those are beautiful. What brand of white cupcakes do you use? I follow your recipe exactly and when I make chocolate ones they turn out perfectly, but when I make the white ones (french vanilla) they always fall in the middle and become very flat. What could I be doing wrong? Thanks

Jerri-Lea said...

They are gorgeous cupcakes!! They were indeed make with love and friendship, love them!! And the presentation is top notch.
What do I need? Love, friendship and my family (a cupcake or two wouldn't hurt)! As I look around our filled to the ceiling home there is a lot I could do without. We are truly blessed with our two lovely daughters! Life is good!

Sheryl said...

Beautiful cupcakes and yummy vintage goodies. I wish I had known about your friends store, I would have been a regular visitor. I am sorry she had to close her doors. Stores like that are such a treasure. Perhaps she is on to bigger and better things. New and exciting challenges. ;)

Saucy said...

These are actually "golden" cupcakes. I'm not a fan of the vanilla and french vanilla flavours... but when I do need to make them, I really reduce the water now. I think I start with 3/4 cup water although the mix asks for what, 1 and 1/4? I add water from 3/4 cup until it is the same consistency of the chocolate batter - a little thick and creamy, not runny.

Also, I think golden and vanilla cupcakes need less baking time... try about 14 minutes at 350... let me know.

xo

Angela G. Willis said...

yes, I do... a dozen to two.

Heather@PixieDust said...

those are the most glamorous cupcakes!!

Megan said...

Sad about the store, it looked amazing. But fantastic cupcakes! So glam!

Is it sad that I heard the Glee version of the song you posted in my head? hahaha

J.G. said...

Endings are always the beginning of something else, often something better, that we just don't know is waiting for us. I hope your friend lands in just the right spot. Fueled by such cupcakes, I have no doubt she will.

CuteStuffInside said...

Make mine a double!

S.W.A.K.

Angela G. Willis said...

Maybe what I really need is a 'cuptini', or two! Have you heard for these?
http://www.clickthecity.com/clipcast/?v=242
You could do a Saucytini version!

Sandra D said...

So sad to hear about your friend's decision but it was so kind of you to treat her to those beautiful cupcakes.

Krystal said...

So I've been haunted by the same thoughts lately. I was also touched by your last post... you have an insight well beyond a mere 43 years. Happy Birthday!

SOINSPIRED said...

They are beautiful. Well done! Happy Birthday Incredible Girl! My favorite home decor boutique just closed too after 12 years. Enough of this recession.

Billie Jo said...

I am deeply touched and honoured by you! No one but me would know the significance of the gatherings for your beautiful vignette. Thank you!
Those were not only the most beautiful cupcakes, they were sooo
delicious! Only the partakers of them got to find out about the yummy pink surprise in the centre.
(I found out twice)mmmmm
Thank you for supporting me through the years.
Your friend,
Billie Jo

Niki said...

Good luck to your friend. I like to think of endings as oppurtunities for beginnings.
Your cupcake wraps looked beautiful.

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

Amazing cupcakes. I'm sorry to hear about your friend's store. I just posted on Facebook today that even though you may not know why you are where you are right now; this is exactly where you are meant to be. God knows why and that's all that matters. We lost our home back in November and there have been times of doubt...but I'm always reminded of the kindness of people and that we are exactly where we are supposed to be.
Let faith lead the way!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Such lovely cupcakes! Such a sad thing to lose a pretty little shop like that. I hope your friend goes on to a bigger and better venture, but endings make me feel weepy.

Anonymous said...

Those cupcakes are indeed timeless, like your random acts of kindess. Wasn't that YOUR birthday I figure?

Linda Crispell said...

Those are the most beautiful cupcakes I have ever seen!

CIELO said...

Awesome looking cupcakes! Would you share your recipe for that amazing icing? It has the perfect consistency it looks... mine always turn out too watery ;)

Nice blog! Will have to add it to mine...

Cielo