On special assignment, the Chronicle's food editor discovered a popular new trend in the party industry: cupcake-decorating parties! Families like the Cupits say that cupcakes and cookies are easy to prepare and fun to decorate. Children can explore their creativity with some simple tools and an apron, of course! Seen here, Laurel Cupit prepares her masterpiece.
Younger brother Brant takes part in a critical part of the project - consumption of the edible art! While it appears frivolous, taste-testing is necessary to be sure the cupcake is perfection from start to finish.
Laurel has worked tirelessly at perfecting her masterpieces. She has waited, planned, worked and reworked. She stops for just moment for a photograph. Obviously, she takes her art form very seriously.