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Monogram Cupcake Toppers

Recently, a friend asked me to make cupcakes for a christening party for her daughter, Sarah Grace.  My friend has taste and style and her parties are generally decorated like a magazine layout.  So I needed to come up with something tasty and pretty!  After some thought I thought that a monogram design would be just the thing.  Initially, I thought about chocolate initials on top. Unfortunately, the baby has a double name and the G after the S was my downfall.  Apparently, I need to work on my chocolate writing skills (or stick with friends whose babies have easy, single initials!)  So it was off to plan B.

I began to search Pinterest and the internet for an easy monogram cupcake topper to make.  I found lots of cute ideas, but none that quite worked for me.  So, I plunged in and began working on my own. Here are the toppers I came up with:

monogram cupcake toppers

You can find instructions on how I made the monogram cupcake toppers here.

Once I had my toppers, it was just a matter of baking, frosting and decorating 75 cupcakes. Whew!  We decided to go with 2 flavors.  One is a tried and true favorite for us – chocolate mint cupcakes with a mint buttercream.  The other was butterscotch with vanilla buttercream.  Here is the finished product:

monogram cupcake toppers
chocolate mint cupcakes with monogram toppers

 

Click on the links below to find the recipes for the icing and both kinds of cupcakes.

 

vanilla buttercream

mint buttercream

chocolate mint cupcakes

butterscotch cupcakes

 

 

Blogging Again!

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Logo from the old site!

Hi!  This is my first blog post in a while – for a very annoying reason!  I had my previous wordpress website hacked by people who seemed to think that I actually wanted to help sell “cheap, authentic jerseys from China.”  I did not.  After getting my old site restored, I lived a blissful week or two thinking that the problem was behind me.  Not the case.  The same hackers struck again, in spite of the fancy new security plug in I had installed.  So, I had to figure out what to do.  Because my own technical knowledge is not great enough to find, remove, repair malicious code, I was going to need to pay someone to do it for me.  Not exactly in the budget.

So I started over.  Here I am with a brand new site that I have done all on my own (with the help of a template from Studiopress).  I am slowly starting to add back my lost content.  I do have copies of the pictures and some content from the old website thanks to a great plugin called Updraft that backed everything up nicely.  If you have landed here looking for a recipe or organizing tip from my old site, please be patient and check back by often.  I will be putting it all back.

The amazing part of this is that having my website hacked taught me a lot about how much I don’t know about websites, html code, hackers, etc.  Kudos to the experts out there (like David Kepniss who did my original site) who really do understand it.

Thanks for checking out the new site!