I finally made the Ninjabread Men using the recipe that was on the back of the box they came in. This was the first time I'd made Ninjabread (gingerbread) biscuits, which I find very surprising. The recipe called for molasses and shortening, both of which I didn't have.
I ended up using butter as a substitute for shortening, the only brand I know of that we have in the UK is Trex and I've only ever seen this being sold in one store. As a substitute for the molasses, something I've never seen in the UK, I used honey.
The cookies turned out well but not as I expected, they had a soft, almost stale, consistency and there was a weird background flavour. My niece said that they tasted similar to other gingerbread biscuits she'd had before. So I thought nothing of it until a few minutes later when an after taste began to develop. I asked my niece if she'd noticed the after taste, she had and didn't like it either.
I won't be using this recipe for the Ninjabread Men, instead I'll get another recipe online, one that doesn't have ingredients that I'll end up substituting.
Yesterday I worked on the Superhero Cupcakes, a trial run of the decoration. Due to lack of time, and my dislike of making cupcakes, I've decided to cheat a little and by the cupcakes from the supermarket. There's just so much to do and with all these children around I don't want to do anything that requires too much baking.
I've now made my decision on the food that will be served (for the children at least), and assigned tasks to my sisters and niece. The cake has been ordered, bouncy castle and hall booked, and when it's closer to the date I'll tell the tripolatas that their party has been uncancelled.
I'll be glad when it's over.