My friend Kate would say that every New Year should start with cupcakes. And 2014 did! I have a family tradition of eating blackeyed peas, collard greens, cornbread and ham on New Year’s day. Our belief is that if you eat these things you’ll have money and good luck for the coming year. Blackeyed peas symbolize silver, collard greens are dollars, and cornbread is gold- the ham is a German tradition of bringing good luck for the coming year. So every New Year’s Day I invite neighbors and friends to come over for an open house event to celebrate New Year’s Day.
This year the New Year’s Day open house became a celebration of my graduation from college on Dec. 14, 2013. I wrote an article for one of my classes comparing my journey toward healing as being like Dorothy following the yellow brick road. So my graduation party theme became “The Wizard of Oz”. And if you’re going to see the Wizard, you need Somewhere Over the Rainbow Cupcakes!
The recipe is so simple;
Funfetti cake mix
vanilla frosting or aqua blue funfetti frosting- I couldn’t the blue so I used vanilla with blue food coloring added
Airheads Extreme Sour Patch Rainbow Berry belts
can of white decorative frosting
Follow the directions to make the cupcakes from the cake mix. After the cupcakes have cooled frost with blue frosting. Cut each rainbow belt in half and use each half to create a rainbow on the cupcakes, the belts will not hold their shape well, so don’t panic. Use the can of white cupcake icing to make “clouds” on each end of the rainbow belt closest to the cupcake- this will help the rainbow hold it’s shape. Finally- serve and enjoy!
Because the cupcakes were so much fun, I decided to decorate the whole table in the style of “The Wizard of Oz”. Here is how it all turned out!
Everyone who came to the open house, enjoyed the atmosphere. I’m glad I got a chance to celebrate the new year with such great friends. Here’s hoping that my yellow brick road leads me someplace over the rainbow, where skies are blue…