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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Emma Quality Time | Love Bug Cupcakes | Easy Valentines with Emma


Love Bugs!

This is more of a photo essay instead of a step-by-step guide to making these Love Bug Cupcakes... sorry!  I can tell you that they are sooo simple.  I made Chocolate Cake Mix cupcakes in various sizes (Brown Jumbo, Gold Striped & Petite Tart Pans), then a simple butter, milk and powdered sugar icing.

I tinted it red, pink and left some white.  Then, I iced the wing shapes on the back of the cupcakes (when cooled) and then Emma applied the heart sprinkles.

Products Used :

Gold Striped Cupcake Papers
Brown Jumbo Cupcake Papers
Petite Tart Pans
Giant Heart Sprinkles
Disposable Pastry Bags
Pink Bakery Boxes
Cotton Twine
Red Heart Tags




I always try to have our holiday activities be a true, quality time experience for us.  I want her to look back on these moments and remember what it felt like to be in the kitchen together.  I don't want it to be about the mess, or about the result, but about her having the freedom (and my full trust in her) to make something all by herself that is beautiful.

I think a lot about what "quality time" means... something you both enjoy doing together.  For Emma and me, crafting and baking in the kitchen is our favorite "quality time."  She gets the reins to create and lick all she wants, and I get to do my favorite thing... watch her have a great time while I mix icing faster than she can pipe.  Yes, there is clean-up, but icing is easier than glitter : )

Don't they look great in the Pink Bakery Boxes (now on sale for 10 for $6.50)?!  Four cupcakes fit perfectly... so, one boxed mix and about 1 hour will make you 5 Love Bug Boxes of 4 cupcakes to give, and 4 cupcakes to eat : )


Emma had to get in on some of the icing, too... these were the ones we ate!


I really love the bigger "Mama" ones in the Petite Tart Pans with the babies in the Gold Stripes.

They work great in a Largo Cello Bag.  Cute for teacher's gifts or school treats.






Products Used :

Gold Striped Cupcake Papers
Brown Jumbo Cupcake Papers
Petite Tart Pans
Giant Heart Sprinkles
Disposable Pastry Bags
Pink Bakery Boxes
Cotton Twine
Red Heart Tags



1 comment:

  1. These are adorable! What a great idea and your photographs are beautiful! I made your chicken Fricassee tonight that you posted a few months ago and everyone loved it! My husband had thirds and even my picky 2 and 6 year olds loved it. Thanks for a winning recipe! I really love your blog and your classic, elegant aesthetic. Keep up the great work!

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