10-22-2016, 10:21 AM
Orange in icing CAN be done right, it just usually isn't. My favorite cake/frosting flavors are the classics, but I have had Halloween-themed Kahlua cupcakes with orange icing that were amazing. The trick is to make it yourself with fresh citrus zested in there, and to remember to be SUBTLE so that it doesn't taste like a weird gloopy Sunny D thing. Vanilla cupcakes with orange frosting can taste a little like those orange popsicles with the cream in the middle, which is nice in summer. Strawberry cupcakes with whippy light creamy icing is also good. It just doesn't sound like she can pull off the right ratios, or she might be buying the premade stuff. Their idea of "flavoring" is sometimes questionable. To me, most of it tastes like cough syrup somehow.
Is she close enough for you to bring a covered dish? Knowing it's pizza and cupcakes, you could bring a good salad or some kind of portable finger food that you could then gorge on. I'm not talking gourmet, but at least you would not starve, and you would be other parents' hero.
I have done stuff like that with money :p I have given someone $217.88 (the number had some significance) before by giving them a card that said the money was hidden around their house and wishing them luck. Some of it was taped to the top of the ceiling fan, some was rolled up in shoes, some was in the coffee maker (in a Ziploc bag, and in the top, so they'd see it before they made the coffee), and so on. Small bills/coins.