penguin cupcakes

 Penguins were this year's birthday treat for The Son.
Hello, Cupcake! provided the inspiration and how-tos.
Though it took The Daughter and me a couple of hours to get them done,
they were well worth the effort.

You will need to gather quite a few items to create them:
 donettes, donut holes, starburst, tub of white frosting, marshmallows,
chocolate wafer cookies, mini chocolate chips, and of course, cupcakes.

Donettes are the body.

 Slice off the tops of the cuppies and the donut holes,
 so that they will stack flat.


march of the penguins

It's the Son's 11th Birthday today. This is his last year in elementary school, which means it's the last year that I can make goodies for him to bring in. (Cue the music, sob and sniffle... kids grow so fast!) After looking through all the possibilities in Hello Cupcake, he chose penguins. We had a little fun with them and created a few variations.


brown sugar pound cake

It's Cupcake Wars at The Big Girl's school. This year, there are two categories: Taste and Looks.

While I think this cupcake doesn't look too bad, it definitely won't be entered into the latter category. What it has going for it is butter, butter, and butter. It's a beautiful buttery pound cake, with a dense, moist texture, topped with tangy cream cheese frosting and a little demarara sugar crunch. Will it hold up against the onslaught of chocolate and red velvet cuppies? We'll see...

Meanwhile, I'll enjoy a bite or two, with a pot of earl grey tea.
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