Super-Duper Cupcakes {Review and Giveaway}

by Michelle M

I love to cook and bake.  I love the way homemade food tastes, and I’m doing my best to pass that love to the wee ones.  And right now, it’s working.  I do my best to ensure that cooking isn’t just drudgery and a chore but something they can have fun with and look forward to.  Super-Duper Cupcakes: Sweet and Easy Cupcake Decorating was a perfect break from learning things like mashed potatoes and browning ground beef, much as Mister Man has enjoyed those lessons.

When we invited a friend and her daughter over for dinner, we immediately agreed that the kids would make dessert for us – with our supervision.  The kids all thought this was a brilliant idea, and there was a heated debate over what cupcake design to choose.  There are so many in Super-Duper Cupcakes.  I leaned towards Delicious Daisies while Mister Man wanted to create Swimming Fish.  In the end, both of those were rejected, along with Racing Cars and the Moonlight Kitty in favor of something that allowed the kids to express their own personalities.

They decided to go with My Shining Star on a Deep Dark Chocolate cupcake.

 

Of course, before we got to that point, we had to actually make the cupcakes themselves.  The children took turns adding the ingredients, and they learned important things like why you alternate milk and flour in making cakes and why you scrape down a bowl.  I’m just proud that they managed to crack the eggs without getting any shells into the batter and didn’t fight over whose turn it was to add the next ingredient.

Cooking together helps with so many skills from sharing to social interactions to math (especially those pesky fractions) and reading.  I loved how they worked together and then had the patience to wait for the cupcakes to finish baking and cool before we decorated using ideas from the book.

When it was time to decorate, I appreciated how the cookbook gave us a model but then freedom to work within the model to get creative and express their personalities.  After making their own star shaped cookie cutters (because sadly, mine were too big), they decided that they wanted to make other shapes, too.  So we ended up with Puffle cupcakes and Pac-Man cupcakes, too.

They were so excited that they figured out how to do this all on their own and they were so proud to eat their creations and have us share in their celebration.  This is what food is about – the celebration and enjoyment with friends and family.

 We’re already planning our next get together to make another dinner with our friends.  And this time, we’re going to be a little more adventuresome with our decorating now that we’ve gained some confidence.  I’m pretty sure that Delicious Daisies received the most votes, so I’ve added mini marshmallows and chocolate candies to my shopping list.

See more details in my review of Super-Duper Cupcakes at 5 Minutes for Books.

You can enter to win a copy of this book. Just follow the instructions in the rafflectoper below and see how you can earn several entries (including by leaving a comment on the companion post at 5 Minutes for Books.

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Written by staff 5 Minutes for Books contributor: Regardless of the occasion, Michelle is always looking for an excuse to cook or bake, and maybe she can start to make things look pretty instead of just being tasty with some of these ideas.  See what she’s cooking up on her blog Honest & Truly! or follow along with her on Twitter where she is also @HonestAndTruly.



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Michelle is a stay at home mom of Mister Man (8) and Little Miss (6). When she's not out volunteering or running children to therapy or practices, you can find her in the kitchen or on her personal blog Honest & Truly where there's always a good story or new recipe or at her review blog Honest And Truly Reviews. You can also connect with her on Twitter.

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1 Daraya March 17, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Definitely red velvet! :)

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2 Robert Pyszk March 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Carrot cake is my favorite

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3 June March 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I love chocolate cake or cup-cakes.

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4 Ms. Yingling March 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm

I always go with straight chocolate. This looks like one that would be really popular in my middle school.
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5 Susan P. March 17, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Chocolate with buttercream frosting

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6 K.Pugh March 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Vanilla
Thanks for the chance

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7 Crissy D. March 18, 2013 at 6:31 am

I like lemon

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8 Kathie Craig March 18, 2013 at 7:07 am

I love banana with cream cheese frosting

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9 amyc March 18, 2013 at 7:50 am

Just plain old chocolate.

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10 Lauren March 18, 2013 at 8:03 am

I love chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting– the richer the better!
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11 Kathy Stevenson March 18, 2013 at 8:49 am

I love chocolate the best!

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12 Anne March 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

Lemon is my favorite.

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13 Natalia March 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I like carrot cake cupcakes.

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14 Natalia March 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I like cook books with detailed explanation and pictures.

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15 angie March 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm

love strawberry flavored cupcake
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16 Jamie Brigham March 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I love whipped chocolate frosting on either a yellow cupcake or a chocolate cupcake.

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17 LaVonne
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I like carrot cake cupcakes.
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18 Caroline B March 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm

My favorite flavor is Vanilla

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19 Erika March 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I love vanilla flavored cupcakes!

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20 Charlene S March 18, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I like chocolate.

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21 Beth C March 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm

chocolate is our favorite

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22 brooke t March 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm

i love chocolate

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23 Brandy W. March 20, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I like yellow cupcakes with the rainbow vanilla frosting!

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24 Erin Pyle March 20, 2013 at 11:47 pm

I love EVERYTHING with vanilla butter cream icing! :)

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25 Shelly Leatham March 21, 2013 at 12:49 am

I love Devil’s Food!
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26 Ellen C. March 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I am a fan of gold cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. Thanks for the chance.

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27 BusyWorkingMama March 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Plain vanilla is my favorite!
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28 amber mcintyre March 23, 2013 at 1:24 am

strawberry is my favorite
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29 Tari Lawson March 23, 2013 at 7:38 am

I like chocolate cupcakes.

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30 jim March 23, 2013 at 7:53 am

I’m a fan of red velvet or anything banana.
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31 debbie March 23, 2013 at 8:27 am

I like strawberry cupcakes.

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32 Anne March 23, 2013 at 11:34 am

Can’t beat a good chocolate cupcake!

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33 Dorothy Teel March 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Guess I am not very original but my favorite cupcake has to be chocolate with chocolate fudge frostening and chocolate pudding in middle. I guess I just like chocolate..

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34 Katie Roch March 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I love chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting

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35 dawn k March 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I love red velvet!

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36 Susan Broughton March 23, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Chocolate always wins out!

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37 Carmen Peterson March 23, 2013 at 7:18 pm

chocolate is my favorite

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38 Theresa J March 24, 2013 at 1:12 am

I love vanilla cupcakes

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39 nannypanpan March 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

chocolate with vanilla frosting and coconut on top

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40 Tamar March 24, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Carrot or vanilla.

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41 Jennifer B. March 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I like strawberry.

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42 Kristin March 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Any kind with Peanut Butter!

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43 Stephanie Larison March 25, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Chocolate for me!

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44 hollowsins March 26, 2013 at 3:38 am

chocolate with caramel filling
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45 Julie Thompson March 26, 2013 at 8:44 am

chocolate fudge with wiltons filling and frosting thank you for the giveaway

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46 Lauren E March 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Red velvet is my fave cupcake flavor
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47 Sonya March 26, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I like red velvet cupcakes

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48 Kimberly W March 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I love vanilla with a buttercream frosting

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49 Valerie Taylor Mabrey March 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm

peanut butter
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50 Amanda Polanco March 26, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Vanilla is my fave type of cupcake

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51 Josephine D March 26, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Chocolate is my favorite cupcake flavor!

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52 betty March 26, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Gotta love the flash of red velvet, but I love the basic yellow cupcake topped with any of a variety of decadent chocolate frostings.

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53 Brittney House March 26, 2013 at 11:54 pm

I love yellow cake cupcakes

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54 Katie Bellamy March 26, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Chocolate! With chocolate frosting!

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55 Kristi C March 27, 2013 at 3:44 am

My favorite is Chocolate with buttercream frosting.

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56 Vera Khule March 27, 2013 at 8:02 am

I like vanilla cupcakes.

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57 deana c March 27, 2013 at 8:56 am

Red Velvet is my favorite cupcake flavor!

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58 Michelle W March 27, 2013 at 11:07 am

Chocolate is my favorite

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59 Leona P March 27, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I like chocolate

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60 JoAnna Anderson March 27, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I love Red Velvet CupCakes

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61 Jennifer C March 27, 2013 at 9:29 pm

i love white vanilla!!!!

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62 yamie cubias March 27, 2013 at 11:02 pm

red velvet cream cheese frosting lots of sprinkles

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63 shawna March 27, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Red velvet is my fav.

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64 Noreen March 28, 2013 at 12:24 am

Sour cream chocolate

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65 Jason March 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I love Peanut Butter or Funfetti!
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66 Elisabeth March 28, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I love carrot cake cupcakes!

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67 Pauline M March 28, 2013 at 9:43 pm

For me, it’s red velvet!

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68 Jennifer M March 29, 2013 at 12:19 am

Lemon is my favorite.

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69 susan smoaks March 29, 2013 at 5:25 am

i like white cupcakes with white frosting, i’m very vanilla, LOL!

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70 Laurie Emerson March 29, 2013 at 6:53 am

I love vanilla.

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71 Katy March 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm

My favorite are lemon cupcakes!

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72 April M March 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I like spice cake cupcakes made with a bit of applesauce.

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73 Cheryl Reinhardt March 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm

My Favorite Cupcake flavor is for sure Chocolate!

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74 meg March 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I love chocolate cupcakes.

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75 ajatjuhaedi January 26, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I love cup cake, especially made by me and my wife. we often cook together in holiday, my wife love to cook and I love to eat.
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