This Saturday, the Cheerios had their first cupcake sale in an actual shopping mall. It was a little nerve-wracking, trying to figure out how many cupcakes to make for that kind of event. Saucy figured it would be pretty busy, being a nice suburban shopping centre - a couple of weeks before Christmas and all. She wanted to make and sell as many cupcakes as possible, without having leftovers.
Leftovers, although they've never happened to us, would not be cool.
What would you do with leftover cupcakes other than eat them?
There were some delicious new varieties, however. The Vanilla Snowball. Those went fast.
The Nanaimo Bar cupcakes were a hit, also.
We always make Grasshoppers and they always sell well.
The Saturday Special was new, the Reese Lover's cupcake: chocolate topped with vanilla buttercream, a Hershey square, chocolate shavings, Reese's Pieces and a miniature Reese's peanut butter cup. We don't usually do anything with peanut but we had some requests so we tried it, and yes, it was also a hit.
The Red Velvets were dressed for the holidays with jaunty, fat little marshmallow gingerbread boys that hitched a ride home from Chicagoland Target with Saucy.
The Salted Caramels were new and they were delicious. So we were told. We didn't get to try any, they sold so fast.
By popular demand, the Breakfast Special made one more appearance this year.
Thankfully, we had all hands on deck Friday night - baking, frosting, decorating and counting. The counting usually trips us up. Don't laugh... *insert cheerleader joke here*.
What are The Cheerios learning by cupcaking? They are learning to be self-sufficient, that things like trips and competitions and uniforms won't just be handed to them because they're so cute. They're learning valuable skills in the kitchen (measuring, finishing, planning, presentation). They're gaining entrepreneurial skills and how to deal with customers. They have to count cash and make change - and on Saturday they even had to go to the bank to change in large bills for smaller ones.
Lastly, it's all about teamwork. A bake sale of this proportion will only work if every single girl comes out and helps out. This is not just a bake sale, people. This is a life lesson, with frosting.
The traditional "money shot" is the best part of the day. The table was empty - not a crumb in sight - in under three hours. In fact, the Cheerios are invited back on December 22nd for another kick at this cupcake and Saucy is left to wonder... how many to make for that event?
On Saturday they pushed 600 cupcakes, but many of them were pre-ordered and picked up at the mall. But, the 22nd is a Thursday and we can be at the mall from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM if we so wish.
So, any suggestions? Saucy will make you eat the leftovers, if there are any.
posted Monday, December 12, 2011