The cupcakes were a total success!

It doesn’t take a lot to make a simple recipe looks gorgeous and fun (and like it took forever to do…). I took one of Giada’s strawberry mascarpone filled cupcakes and tweaked it for my own needs, since my pregnant friend is allergic to strawberries.

I subbed blackberries + raspberries for the strawberries, made the cupcakes from scratch instead of from a box, and used store bought frosting instead of the lemony icing since I wanted to decorate the cupcakes! V is having a boy so making little oceans with a rubber ducky on each one was so perfect.. But, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…

The cupcakes going into the oven:

The filling ingredients, which I made while the cupcakes cooled:

The cupcakes filled (some of them overflowed. The trick is to be VERY GENTLE when filling the cupcakes through the bottom with a pastry tip):

The decorated cupcakes in my new cupcake caddy! Just have fun with a pastry tip + ziplock bag acting as a pastry bag:

The finished product, all set up at V’s house before her shower:

My friend’s half eaten cupcake. See the yummy creamy center?

And, just for fun… my matching gifts! I wrapped the high chair in a ducky bag, and then put lots of little gifts in her baby tub and wrapped them in cellophane!

You don’t need to be a trained pastry chef to make an impact. Just have fun, and think creatively, and your baking project will be a success!! I only wish I had saved a cupcake for myself….


6 responses to “The cupcakes were a total success!

  1. They look fantastic! What a sweet gesture.

  2. these are SOOOO cute & adorable… what a great friend you are!

  3. Oh my god – you are the best!!!!!!! 🙂

  4. oh, gosh, and you didn’t even HAVE one? They are BEAUTIFUL!

  5. RhodeyGirl/Irbas/Sabrina

    hangrypants (love the name)-
    THANKS!! It was actually really fun to do.

    loveofoats- i love duckies!!

    mr. penguin- one day I will make these for our little penguins hahahaha!

    nadine- nice blog!! and no, i didn’t have one, because I don’t even LIKE cupcakes. there, i said it.

  6. They look delicious and they are SOOOo super cute!!

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