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For my daughter Penelope’s 7th birthday she chose a French theme. For decorations, we painted long strips of paper blue, white and red and made French flag banners. We also made little French flag tooth picks for the cupcakes and ham and cheese baguettes. We served French fries and lemonade with the baguettes.  Every girl received […]


We saw these at an office birthday party the other day and thought they were copying: Blueberries for eyes, sliced strawberry for an “Oh no Mr. Bill” mouth. This will work on little kids, before they start coveting crazy sprinkles. Apply to any basic cupcake recipe.


I made these panda cupcakes for my son’s school birthday celebration and they were a huge hit with the children and teachers alike. I found the recipe on bakerella and her pictures were so cute I had to try out the recipe. I liked that they were mini cupcakes too. Bakerella’s instructions are pretty clear […]


My sister-in-law made this for my birthday from Gourmet. It’s my favorite cake in the world (gold sprinkles are optional), and it’s fairly simple: Ingredients for cake 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sifted cake flour (not self-rising; sift before measuring) 1 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 stick unsalted butter, […]


My son went to a birthday party the other day and we were both blown away by these amazing “sushi cupcakes.” When I asked the mom about her works of art she said, “This is the only thing I do right,” with a laugh. Though I find that hard to believe (she seems like a […]


God bless my mother-in-law, who loves her a project.  On the Saturday before Easter (though these are good for any time of year) we set out to make these adorable chick cupcakes from Martha. Here’s the deal: make any vanilla cupcake and buttercream frosting recipe you like. The frosting should be sculptable without being too […]


We are not a butter cream kinda family. I know, that might seem weird, but we just don’t like it. So when it comes to frosting, I haven’t found the one that we love, until recently, when our daughter made some box mix cupcakes, and we needed to find a recipe for the frosting. Everyone […]

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We love this Waldorf inspired “Princess” birthday, that Maine-based mom Jes Antonis, sent into us. Here’s what she had to say about it: “Being a Waldorf mama/family/family of Waldorf teachers…we wanted to incorporate things like dragons, pennants and wool crowns into our “princess birthday” celebration rather than the widely accepted Disney princess version…the cake topper […]


In keeping with the Kung Fu Panda-themed birthday party for my five-year-old last year, we put cocktail umbrellas on top of the cupcakes. There is something instantly festive (and nostalgic) about these colorful paper umbrellas. They work for food as well, in this case to differentiate between meat and vegetarian dumpling options.


I learned how to make these marshmallow skull cupcakes from my friend Jodi, who created them originally for Martha Stewart Living way back when. With a couple of shortcuts, they are surprisingly easy to recreate (the oohs and ahhs come from simply cutting marshmallow head in half and shaping them into skulls). Instead of madeleines I made […]


My boys were born at the end of October so we have had plenty of Halloween inspired birthday parties. These cupcakes impress young guests and they are quite fun to make. The decoration is way easier than it looks: The white frosting is made with a box of confectioners sugar and 5-8 tablespoons of milk. […]

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