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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

31 Days of Tricks & Treats: Thinking Outside the Cupcake Box

I stumbled upon these adorable cupcake boxes this week; how have I never seen these before?! I make cakes and cupcakes for a living! These are truly some of the cutest cupcake boxes I've come across, and I've seen many. They're sized for cupcakes, but could surely house party favors, candy and anything else you care to put in a 3.25" wide x 3.75" high space. They're available in several different kid-friendly themes, but I am in a nostalgic mood today so my favorites are:
Goodnight, Moon Cupcake Boxes!  These. Are. Too. Cute.

Wishing I had a tiny kid at my house right now so I can throw a Little Golden Books party!  Again, so adorable.

But the designs are not limited to nostalgic themes; I love this Safari kids theme that would be perfect for your animal cupcakes:

Safari Friends Cupcake Boxes

You can see more of this cuteness--what a TREAT-- at The Party Works' online cake decorating store or visit them through Sweetest Whimsy's affiliate link: - Birthday Party Supplies

Monday, October 7, 2013

31 Days of Tricks & Treats: One Week Late!

Pumpkin Chocolate Cupcakes with my favorite Chocolate Frosting ~ Enjoy!

Well, so much for good intentions!  I enjoyed blogging '31 Days of Tricks & Treats' last year from Sweetest Whimsy's blogs from Paper Dolls and The Sweet Spot.  However, I paid absolutely no attention to the actual calendar all of last week!  I seriously did not; I only changed my paper calendar in my office from September to October yesterday.  Pathetic, I know.

Anyway, better late than never so here we go--today's TREAT (saving the tricks for tomorrow)!  Today's post is an awesome and ridiculously easy recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Cupcakes!  I don't usually encourage cake mix cakes unless they are particularly good, because baking from scratch takes just about as much time.  However, these are really yummy and I've had total strangers tell me how much they love them.

Pumpkin Chocolate Cupcakes

(based on a recipe from Chocolate from the Cake Doctor by Anne Byrn)

24 cupcake liners for muffin pans
1 pkg (18.25 oz) German chocolate cake mix (I like Duncan Hines, the recommended cake mix for my Wilton Method cake classes!)
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
2 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon (I sometimes add more for extra cinnamon punch)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Line muffin tins with liners.
 2. Place cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon in large mixing bowl.  Blend with electric mixer for 1 minute on low speed.  Stop and scrape down sides of bowl with spatula.  Increase speed to medium and beat 2 more minutes.  Batter should look thick and well combined.  Fold in chocolate chips.
3. Spoon batter into liners, about 1/2 full.  Place pans in oven.
4. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or when toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  Cool on wire racks for 5 minutes, then remove cupcakes from pans and cool on wire rack for 15 minutes.

I like to frost them with even more chocolatey goodness, so I use my tried and true Chocolate Frosting recipe and add a little taste of fall to it with some cinnamon.  A teaspoon of cinnamon enhances the entire thing.

I hope you get a chance to try this recipe!  Happy October!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

. . . but most of all Winnie the Pooh

Pooh's Birthday Gift Cake by melissatarun
Pooh's Birthday Gift Cake, a photo by melissatarun on Flickr.
Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh
Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff.
He's Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh.
Willy nilly silly ole bear.

~Winnie the Pooh song

Interest in the Pooh bear has waxed and waned since I made my first Pooh cake in 1999, but he still has a loyal following!  After all, he's been around in some form since 1924.

Pooh Shaped CakePooh Shaped Cake 

A Child of God

Baby Boy Baptism Cake by melissatarun
Baby Boy Baptism Cake, a photo by melissatarun on Flickr.
Baptism and First Communion cakes are very special to me. I feel so honored to be part of such a significant day in a child's life!

Baby Girl Baptism Cake
Baby Boy Baptism Cake

 Communion Cross Sheet Cake
Communion Cross CookiesCommunion Cross Sheet Cake

Still All Ears for You, Minnie

Minnie must be making a come-back (or perhaps she's never been out of style!) because I still get requests for her in all her frosted glory. I heart Minnie Mouse.

Minnie Mouse Shaped Cake by melissatarun
Minnie Mouse Shaped Cake, a photo by melissatarun on Flickr.
Minnie Mouse Shaped Cake

Minnie Ears CakeMinnie Ears Cake 

"Home for Sale"

'House for Sale' Cake by melissatarun
'House for Sale' Cake, a photo by melissatarun on Flickr.
'House for Sale' Cake

 This was for Joann, a local realtor, as requested by her husband for her birthday! Unfortunately, her hubby ordered the cake flavor that she does NOT like (men!) but she thought it was cute anyway.

Fit for a Princess

Cinderella's Glass Slipper Cookie

 Castle Cookie Cake

 Cinderella's Coach Cookie Cake

Birthday Tiara Cookie CakeBirthday Tiara Cookie Cake

 When you have two daughters, you host your share of Princess themed parties. Princess Storybook Party, Princess Spa Party, Cinderella Theatre Party, and the list goes on! We've mixed things up a bit with cookie cakes and individually decorated cookies over the years.

Dora! Dora! Dora!

Dora the Explorer Shaped Cake

Dora the Explorer Shaped Cake

3D Dora the Explorer Cake

3D Dora the Explorer Cake  I have done several variations of Dora the Explorer cakes over the years; my girls, when they were younger, adored her!

A Prince Among Boys

Baby Boy's 1st Birthday Cake

Very often I am given a party napkin or invitation as the starting point for one of my cakes. This was one of them--invitations, napkins, plates and favors to match!

Brave Merida

Brave Merida 3D Cake by melissatarun
Brave Merida 3D Cake, a photo by melissatarun on Flickr.
Brave Merida 3D Cake

Brave Merida 3D Cake

Brave Merida 3D Cake

I love how this cake turned out! I also love the character of Merida from Disney's Brave, so it was fun to create this cake. All decor made from fondant or gumpaste.

Ships Ahoy!

3D Pirate Cake by melissatarun
3D Pirate Cake, a photo by melissatarun on Flickr.
3D Pirate Cake

3D Pirate Cake

A variation on my earlier 3D Pirate Cake, only this one was slightly better. (Got my "sea legs" now!) This was supposed to be the Wiggles' Pirate Ship so I used Wiggles' colors.

 3D Pirate Cake

Onslaught of Cake Pics Coming Soon!

Getting caught up with a couple of years (yes, years) of cake pics that I've been sitting on for a while!

Thank goodness for Flickr's sharing options, which makes it possible to post the new(er) pics directly onto this blog as well as my Pinterest and Facebook pages.  Love social media sharing!

Unfortunately, getting the pics on my main website will be more time-consuming, but I'm working on it!  Meanwhile, enjoy the slide show above of all the pics or the separate posts about each.