Winning Combinations

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on September 13, 2010

in Baking, family, family recipe, friends

What do you get when you put me, my best friend Lizz, her daughter Skylar together with a fun new project and the promise of a great blog post? Some cuteness with some excellent photos is what, and countless “balls” jokes…which you’ll understand in a minute!

I discovered Bakerella’s cupcake bites about a year ago, and they’ve been lurking in my brain since. I love the idea of them, and you all know me and my cute food obsession! Since our oven is busted, I enlisted LIzz’s oven and the help of her and Skylar to create this adorable project as part of my sister’s birthday present.

Step 1: Bake a cake. We used Funfetti mix (since Skylar said we had to do rainbow colored cake.)

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Allow Dad to lick the bowl, and kids to lick the beaters!

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Step 2: Instruct 5-year-old to crumble the cake with her hands

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cupcake bites

Step 3: Mix 1 can frosting in with the crumbled cake

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Step 4: With wet hands, roll the cake mixture into small balls, about 3/4″ in diameter.

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Step 5: Melt chocolate and colored candy melts to a liquid consistency. We used the “double boiler” method.

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cupcake bites

Step 5: Squeeze melted chocolate into the bottom of a cup-shaped candy mold.

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cupcake bites

Step 6: Give 5-year-old your iPhone to play games on while Mommy and Mara do the “grown up” part of the project.

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Step 7: Press chilled cake balls into the chocolate-filled molds and allow to cool. Remove from mold and repeat.

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cupcake bites

Step 8: Dip top halves of mini cupcakes into colored candy melts, and decorate with sprinkles and upside-down M&Ms.

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cupcake bites

Step 9: Commence taking ridiculous number of pictures of adorable mini cupcakes!

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cupcake bites

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Step 10: Package in boxes

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cupcake bites

Step 11: Devour the leftovers!

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cupcake bites

Step 12: Join family for Leigh’s birthday celebration full of family recipes, including roasted chicken and fillets, and an apple cake you’ll be seeing again!

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Step 13: Announce winner of the BBQ Package contest from ICBINB

Comment #40, which was Nina!! Congratulations! I’ll email you for your address and get you in contact with your benefactor!

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Lauren September 13, 2010 at 8:01 PM

I’m not sure what is cuter, Skylar or the cupcakes! :)
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Kelly Dietrich September 15, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Skylar is cuter. No offense to the cute snacks!
(from Skylar’s Grandmother – that’s me!)

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 15, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Well, obviously :)

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VeggieGirl September 13, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Perfect post title for a perfect celebration! :-D

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Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) September 13, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Oh my….I want those little cupcakes now! :)
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Nina September 13, 2010 at 9:18 PM

I must have one of those cupcakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wei-Wei September 13, 2010 at 9:35 PM

That is WAY too cute. I just loooove Bakerella – I wonder if it’d work with homemade frosting, though.

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Tyler September 13, 2010 at 10:46 PM

I did not know that it was possible to make funfetti even more fun! Those look amazing!
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Melissa @ TryingToHeal September 13, 2010 at 11:18 PM

O.M.G. i had something similar to that when there was a food festival in town…so freak’n delicious. i had one in carrot cake, red velvet and walnut. tasttttyyyyyyyy!
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Jenn (eating bender) September 13, 2010 at 11:19 PM

I’m in love! Sounds like you and the ladies had a picture perfect evening. I feel privileged to have had a sneak peek of this deliciousness. :) Can’t wait to see what was in store for Leigh’s birthday celebration! Happy belated to her!
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Marianne September 14, 2010 at 2:17 AM

Um, I’m pretty sure I need to make those because they are awesome. Wonder if I could do it with homemade cake and frosting instead. Like…chocolate cake and peanut butter frosting? Oh hells yes!
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Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 14, 2010 at 6:28 AM

Oh it would totally work with homemade cake and frosting, we just took the easy way out since it was our first time making them! PB and chocolate? Yes please!

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MizFit September 14, 2010 at 5:32 AM

I lovelovelove all the photos.

LOVE.
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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 14, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Oh my goodness! This sounds SO sinful!! Wish I could taste test one ;)
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Debby September 14, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Those little cupcakes looks delicious :)
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Tracey September 14, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Those cupcakes are so cute and actually look like something I would be able to create:)

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TorontoGirloutWest September 14, 2010 at 1:57 PM

What a wonderful job you did!!!! :) I know of a lot of people that tried to replicate these and they came out looking like a disaster. Yours, however, are gorgeous!
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Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 14, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Thank you!! Not all of ours were this pretty, I assure you of that much!

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glidingcalm September 14, 2010 at 3:49 PM

SO.STINKIN.ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love them!!!!
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Kathryn September 17, 2010 at 3:15 PM

recipe4living.comYum! I wish my baking creations looked that pretty! You should try these banana chocolate chunk cupcakes. They are incredible!
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