Tuesday, August 31, 2010


With one batch of cupcakes under my wing (HAH), I decided to give these monarch butterfly cupcakes a try. "Hello, Cupcake" gives you the stencil of the wings and antenna to trace with your piping bags. The wings and antennas are made from brown and orange chocolate wafers which I melted, then piped out over the stencil on wax paper. I then blended and designed the wings with a toothpick. After the wings were shaped I sprinkled white nonpareils on the tips of the wings for a more textured look. Once they dried, I delicately placed the chocolate pieces on the cupcakes. I also placed chocolate chips under the wings so that they could be propped up at an angle.

After the wings were attached to the cupcake I piped on the body of the butterflies with dark chocolate icing. YUM. As you will find, I LOVE dark chocolate. It's healthier for you too! Less fat, less calories, and only dark chocolate contains antioxidants and lowers blood pressure. So stick with the dark, I say.

 I found that the yellow cupcake was a good neutral color for the orange and black to stand out against. Looking back, a pale green also would have looked nice.

In the end, the final product looked great, especially on the cute cupcake stand I got for christmas that year. It really did look like a swarm of butterflies. And yum! the cupcakes and chocolate wafer butterflies were delish.

Where It All Began

Hello all!

My name is Emily and I am an average 19 year old college student with a not-so average love for cake. Vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, any/every flavor of cake is included in my obsession. In addition to my passion for cake, I also have a great love for food and fashion. In this blog you can expect to see my cake creations as well as food, fashion and snippets of my life as a college kid.

For my first post, I feel that I should display where my love for cake all began.
Ah, the unbeatable funfetti. A great introduction to cakes if I do say so myself. After that I was hooked. And although my eating techniques have changed since then, my love for cake has not.

I was given a cupcake decorating book for my 18th birthday called "hello, cupcake". Not only did it spark my interest in cake decorating but it was a great beginner book. The same authors have recently come out with a new book that I need to check out called, "What's New, Cupcake".

I immediately got to work on my first batch which I chose to be sunflower cupcakes.. they didnt turn out the best. To my defense I had to improvise to make my own piping bags. But I was determined to do better on my next creation.