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Monday, April 29, 2013

One Sweet Afternoon

Unlike me, N loves to tinker in the kitchen.  When we received the invitation for a Mom and me cupcake decorating activity by Cupcakes by Sonja, I immediately said yes - knowing how N will definitely enjoy this activity.

We all know how Sonja started the cupcakes craze in 2006 by introducing the gourmet cupcake concept in the Philippines.  I remember visiting the Serendra store and gazing at a variety of cupcake creations.  My favorite back then was the lemon drop cupcake. After more than 5 years, Cupcakes by Sonja has expanded to open more stores - with the first in the new Glorietta 2!  They have also included new flavors in their line-up with my favorites being the choco cream cheese swirl and the banana monkey cream pie!
so many choices!
the cupcake spread
For the afternoon, N and I worked on 4 cupcakes and 2 cookies.  Happily, the Cupcakes by Sonja team helped us [me actually] by preparing kits which made the assembly and decorating fun and easy.

my little lady ready for the afternoon's activity
posing with Mommy Mundo's R and
ManilaMommy's D
I am all thumbs in the kitchen.  Happily, being a good cook was not one of S' requirements when he married me.  When we went on our honeymoon and stayed in timeshare resorts in Bundaberg and Paihia, S cooked our meals during the times when we chose to dine in! Lucky me! Happily, N is quite the opposite and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon's activity.

Aside from matching mom and me hats and aprons, the organizers thoughtfully prepared color guide cheat sheets - perfect for moms like me!

make your desired color of frosting
N was quite the pro - mixing the frosting by herself and spreading them on the cupcakes.  She had already taken baking/cooking classes previously so she knew what to do.  My task was to decorate the cupcakes by sticking the pre-made shaped candies on top.  

our finished cupcakes
I asked and was informed that you can hold small cupcake decorating parties at the Glorietta 2 store.  Cupcakes by Sonja can also bring cupcake decorating kits to your kiddie parties.  N is actually not much of a sweet tooth (yay!) so the cupcakes we made and took home were enjoyed by the adults in the house.
choco cream cheese swirl, decadent choco cupcake
red velvet (N's choice) and banana monkey cream pie
The cupcakes had to be refrigerated but I let them soften in room temperature when I was ready to eat them (I finished all 3 and a half cupcakes!) and they were as good as fresh!  Breastfeeding allows me to indulge my sweet tooth! ;)

SoKids having fun
Despite the heavy workload (decorating 4 cupcakes and 2 cookies is not easy for an amateur like me!), it was a fun bonding afternoon for N and myself.  I'm happy I took time to attend this cupcake decorating activity with her.  As a working mom, I really appreciate activities like these when I'm able to focus on the "fun" side of parenting - without thinking about the need to clean up afterwards :D

the gang!
with Sonja who brought the cupcake craze to Manila
More Cupcakes by Sonja stores are set to open within the year at Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Eastwood City, Greenhills, and TriNoma.  Meanwhile, there is an ongoing Shoot & Share promo which will end on 1 May 2013.  Cupcakes by Sonja will be giving away cupcakes to 5 winners!

You can join by taking photos of your favorite parts of the new Glorietta store and post it on Cupcakes by Sonja’s Facebook page. The top five photos will win a special gift from Cupcakes by Sonja.

 For more information, visit Cupcakes by Sonja online!

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