Happy Valentine’s Day–Part 1

We dreamed up this idea a couple weeks ago and have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to execute it.  We decided to make mini-cupcakes with a surprise inside!  The surprise?  A cookie!  We made strawberry cupcakes with a Nilla Wafer baked into the bottom and Valentines Fun-Fetti cupcakes with a mini Oreo baked into the bottom.  They are so cute and delicious–it’s like a yummy little crust at the bottom of the cake!

We learned a lot about mini cupcakes today: 1) bake them at around 325 for 18 minutes; 2) one box of cake mix will make 72 mini cupcakes; and 3) one canister of frosting will frost 72 mini cupcakes.

So, after I tied on the apron I made in the 7th grade and queueing up Frank Sinatra, we rocked out 12 dozen mini cupcakes.  12 DOZEN.  Needless to say, we are taking a ton to work and making Valentine’s deliveries to family friends!

Thank you, morning sunshine, for making my pics turn out great!

Mickey/Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

A good friend of mine just got to spend a whole week at Disney World with her family.  I’m jealous to the core!  Not only do I love Disney, but it’s winter up here and I’d give anything for a day with temperatures in the upper 70s!  Her birthday fell during the week she was gone, so as a “happy birthday” and “welcome home we missed you a bunch” treat, we made Minnie Mouse cupcakes!  They are just like Mickey Mouse cupcakes, except the wrappers are red with white polka-dots.

They were super easy–just shove Oreos (regular and mini) into the frosted cupcake for the head and ears–and tasted awesome!