Small Boy's Birthday Cupcakes

My son was 9 years old last week, he decided that he wanted to make his own birthday cake.  Yes, I knew that after the years of hardwork, just about every single book that Debbie Brown has ever written and 5 days of making fabulous sugarpaste creations for my three children that this day would come.  I just didn't think it would be my small boy who decided to do it himself, I think I figured it was more likely to be his 14 or 11 year old sisters, just because they're older.  How wrong was I?

Small boy wanted to make cupcakes, in beautiful tulip wraps from http://www.splatcooking.net, he made the cupcakes, made the frosting and then decorated them himself.  He even designed two extra special cupcakes for his two BFFs who were coming sledging with us on his birthday then out for lunch. These special cupcakes were then gently placed in cello bags, tied lovingly with ribbon with handmade cards reading 'handmade by ......' and signed. He was very proud.

The rest sat in an unadorned tupperware container ready to be produced at Frankie and Benny's where he'd chosen to have his birthday lunch.

Sledging went well, pretty damned brilliant actually, then Frankie and Benny's.  Small Boy took one look at the menu and declared that it was rubbish and they didn't have any decent food, it was all rubbish food.  Sometimes I'm very proud of my children. However, at 1.30pm with 5 starving children we didn't have much choice, hence small boy had most of my steak.

The manager took the cupcakes to put on a plate, opened the lid and said 'wow, these are wonderful, where did you buy them from', I explained that small boy had made them, she just looked at him in in amazement and I don't think she really believed him until his sisters stuck up for him and said what a fabulous cook he was.  They were taken off into the kitchen and brought out on a lovely plate along with more of the staff coming to congratulate small boy on his decorating techniques.  Frankie and Benny's may make rubbish food but the staff are certainly lovely.

His guests were very thrilled and I am a very proud Mum.