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Old 06-05-2014, 05:29 PM
 
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Buy them. If the OP doesn't have cupcake pans, it's a pretty safe bet she isn't big into baking, ergo, she probably won't be making cupcakes again any time soon.

And next time, volunteer to supply the napkins and paper plates.
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Old 06-05-2014, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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id make them, why?

because it will give you confidence to do it again, and what if you couldn't afford to buy them in the future? or you want to teach your kids to make em??

every challenge is worthwhile,
I agree - if you have the time and money, it potentially could be a rewarding experience.

It seems like a lot of people these days do not take the time to do simple things and everything has to be fast and convenient - for example, not spelling out words and not being able to follow a basic recipe.
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Old 06-05-2014, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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It seems like a lot of people these days do not take the time to do simple things and everything has to be fast and convenient - for example, not spelling out words and not being able to follow a basic recipe.


If you have the time and patience to mix, bake and frost eight dozen cupcakes, more power to you.
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Old 06-05-2014, 06:27 PM
 
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The time it would take to mix, bake, frost and clean up after making 8 dozen cupcakes is worth more to me than $10 or so in savings. I say buy them.
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Old 06-05-2014, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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OP, another vote here for buying them.

I used to bake 4 dozen cup cakes and two pans of brownies twice a year for church bake sales. I sort of know what I'm doing. It takes all evening. It's possible to come out ahead borrowing pans and making them from scratch, but the results might not be wonderful if it's not something that you do all the time.
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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I'd buy them unless I thought people would really notice. In other words, I'd probably buy them.

Does it have to be cupcakes? As weltschmerz implied, you could buy a few cakes and cut them up. I think you can find tastier full cakes than cupcakes.
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:43 PM
 
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For an upcoming party, I need about 96 cupcakes. I'm not a huge fan of baking, however this is all on a budget, so if I need to bake I will.
Cost of purchasing 96 cupcakes in store at a large chain is about $40.

I don't have any of the pans or liners. So between buying all ingredients and supplies, do you think it would be cheaper to make them or buy from the store?

When I did not have an adequate kitchen and few pans and utensils I would call a friend and ask if we could spend the afternoon using her kitchen, pans and utensils to bake cookies or cupcakes.
She loves to bake, has all of the necessary ingredients on hand and is always up for a marathon session of mixing, baking and icing.

I would purchase all of the ingredients necessary, go to her place and we would start.
Any leftover ingredients were always left with her for the use of her kitchen.
She would always get as many of the leftover cupcakes/cookies that she wanted to keep, we had a fun afternoon and I had the help I needed to get them done.

If I had not been able to do this with my friend I probably would have purchased the cupcakes.
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:33 PM
 
Location: CO
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Seriously, buy them.

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Also, my cupcakes are good enough that I wouldn't want to cover them with 2 inches of buttercream (which in my opinion, is the absolute worst-tasting frosting you could put on a cake of any kind, ever). And my frosting is rich enough that anything more than 1/8 of an inch would be wasteful.
What is wrong with buttercream? The only frosting I avoid is marshmallow. Do you use a boiled frosting recipe?
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:06 PM
 
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If it was say, 2 dozen, I'd say go for it, try to bake them homemade.

But 96 cupcakes? No thanks. You'll just want to drop when you are done. Not worth it.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:00 PM
 
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Buy them.

Making all those cupcakes would be a pain in the neck, and not enough of a savings for all the bother.
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