Budget Birthday Cupcakes for the Office

June 28, 2011 2:16 AM

Butterly Betty Crocker CupcakesThey say you have to spend money to make money but sometimes office social expenses can get a little out of hand. Unfortunately, there’s no way to escape the cash contribution for babies and weddings and goodbyes when the collection envelope hits your desk. But when it’s your turn to bring in the birthday dessert and all you can afford is a cheap grocery cake, we’ve got a  much more stylish alternative that costs only $15 and is guaranteed to make you a hero for the afternoon.

You don’t have to be a whiz in the kitchen or the craft department to make these delicious and original cupcakes for your next work party. You just need a little help from Betty Crocker and your local dollar store. Here’s what you should pick up:

1. A box of your favorite Betty Crocker Supermoist Cake Mix (approx $2.50). We like to make one chocolate and one vanilla, which costs about $5.00 and makes about 2 dozen cupcakes.

2. Your choice of Betty Crocker Frosting (approx. $2.50). We use one tin of frosting per cake mix, for about $5.00.

3. Your choice of cupcake liners and decorative toppers from the dollar store. We bought one package of solid colored liners and $4.00 worth of different-sized butterflies from Dollarama, which come on wire that you can trim and insert into the cupcakes.

The toy and craft departments of your local dollar store and WalMart are great places to search for different inexpensive toppers that suit specific occasions.

As for presentation, if your office doesn’t have a cupcake stand or serving platter in its kitchen, put the cupcakes on a plain white plate, at the very least, or place each one on a small colored paper napkin (also available at the dollar store) in a grouping on a conference table.

One day you might be rich enough to hire Martha Stewart herself to make cupcakes for your employees’ birthdays. Until then, you can serve these up to save money in style.


One Response to Budget Birthday Cupcakes for the Office

  1. Matilda Speiser on July 20, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    DavidH, you mean to do something that is, in fact , unconstitutional?