Or how I substituted cupcakes for savoury muffins at a recent 2nd birthday party and got away with it!
In the interest of staving off tooth rot... and too much hyperactivity I decided to try to limit the sugar intake at Harvey's recent second birthday party. Yes there was cake (and an awesome cake at that which I will share with you in a later post), and there was fairy bread (for those who are not enlightened, fairy bread is bread, butter and sprinkles/hundreds and thousands - staple party food for Australian children), and there were 'cup muffins'!
The recipe I used was my own version of a savoury muffin recipe that I got of taste.com.au but you can really use whatever recipe you know that your kids will eat (this wasn't the important bit). The trick was to make them small (almost bite sized for us, but enough to pull up a two year old), put them in colourful patty pans (cupcake paper) and decorate them to look interesting.
To avoid collapse and make things a lot easier, I put the colourful patty pans in a muffin tray then put the mixture in:
I then used writing icing to put number '2s' on each in colours matching the patty pan, but you could of course do any decoration on top to match your party theme. The little bit of sugar (the icing) on top was enough to make them exciting for the kids who munched them down like there was no tomorrow. I know the sweet/savoury thing sounds a bit weird, but they tasted good.
Then you can arrange them in any appealing fashion you choose (I am sure you can be a little more imaginative than my effort:
I froze the excess and my 2 year old still munches on them when we are out and about. Have fun with the idea and be as creative (or not) as you like.