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I Didn't Bake

Once upon a time, in a land very, very flat and boring, there lived a girl who hated to bake. All the other girls would bring in cookies and brownies and pies to school....but no! She was a strong independent woman! She would hire a cook when she became an award-winning scientist. Then, one day.....she fell in love. It happened slowly (very slowly) (like almost eight years slowly), and she needed him to see her in a brand-spanking-new-not-just-friends way. What better way to woo a man than a freshly-baked cake? But cakes were kind of terrifying to her inexperienced, Easy-Mac-and-Ramen-noodles hands. So she settled on cupcakes. Once a week, she would bring him cupcakes. And once a week, she would get to be the object of his attention. And once a week, she would go home, anticipating the next time she would be with him....and curiously enough, started to look forward to what she would bake. In the end, she got the boy, and hasn't stopped baking for him since.

Contributed by Jessica Kalmazu Stimely

Cupcake Ghosts!

Generously pipe frosting on a 2-1/2-inch cupcake. Remove paper bake cup from a 1-3/4-inch cupcake and place the small cupcake, upside down, on top of the large cupcake. Generously pipe frosting on top of small cupcake. Top with a doughnut hole. Use frosting to secure any unstable parts of the stack.On parchment paper, roll a 1-1/2-inch-diameter ball of fondant into a 6-inch-diameter circle. Drape fondant circle loosely over the cupcake stack, pressing or creasing fondant to make the stack look more ghostly.Use frosting to attach sunflower kernels to the fondant for eyes and mouth or use black icing to pipe eyes and mouth.

Contributed by Megan Hailey

What you'll need 1 mini cupcake Blue frosting 2 candy eyes Red whip licorice 1 Circus Peanut, halved How to make it Unwrap the cupcake and turn it upside down. With a writing or star tip, frost the cupcake from the top down. Add the eyes, the licorice antennae and peanut halves for sneakers. (Courtesy of FamilyFun Magazine)

Contributed by Megan Hailey

Brain Cupcakes! (Perfect for Halloween!!)

What you'll need 12 Cupcakes (Classic Cupcake Recipe) Buttercream Frosting Food Coloring How to make it Bake a batch of classic cupcakes. Spread a coat of light orange icing (we stirred drops of yellow and pink food coloring, and just a touch of green, into 2 cups of buttercream frosting until we had a hue we liked) on a dozen cupcakes.

Contributed by Megan Hailey

Mini Monster Cupcakes!(:

What you'll need 1 mini cupcake Blue frosting 2 candy eyes Red whip licorice 1 Circus Peanut, halved How to make it Unwrap the cupcake and turn it upside down. With a writing or star tip, frost the cupcake from the top down. Add the eyes, the licorice antennae and peanut halves for sneakers. (Courtesy of FamilyFun Magazine)

Contributed by Megan Hailey

Such a cute idea :)

Contributed by Andrea Renee Jasperson

Broken Glass Cupcakes

Broken Glass Cupcakes Ingredients 1 Can white frosting 1 Box Red Velvet Cake Mix Sugar Glass: 2 cups water 1 cup light corn syrup 3 1/2 cups white sugar 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar Edible Blood: 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/4 cup water, or more as needed 15 drops red food coloring 3 drops blue food coloring Directions Prepare Red Velvet Cake Mix According to box, line cupcake tins with paper cupcake liners. Divide cake batter between lined cupcake tins. Bake according to box instructions. Let cool and frost cupcakes with white frosting. Make the sugar glass. Mix 2 cups water, 1 cup corn syrup, white sugar, and cream of tartar in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Use a candy thermometer and boil sugar syrup until temperature reaches 300 degrees (hard ball), stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken as water evaporates. When sugar reaches 300 degrees, quickly pour onto a metal baking pan. Cool until completely hardened. Break into "shards" using a meat mallet. Make the edible blood. Mix together 1/2 cup corn syrup and cornstarch in a large bowl. Slowly stir in the 1/4 cup of water, adding more if necessary, until the corn syrup mixture has thickened to the consistency of blood. Stir in the red and blue food coloring. Stab each frosted cupcake with a few shards of broken sugar glass. Drizzle on drops of "blood" to complete the effect.

Contributed by Alicia Kimberly Hauskins

Tie-dye cupcake made from mixing different dyed scoops of batter

Contributed by Allison Paige Couch

Cupcake a la Mode

America's finest cupcakes

Contributed by Grace Li-Haug

Baked By Melissa

I heard these cupcakes range about 50 calories each, which makes them Weight Watchers friendly. I estimate the points plus value for a set of 3 at 5 Points Plus!!!!

Contributed by Arlene Montalvo