Tasty Thursday {Chocolate Cutout Cupcakes}

November 29, 2012

I’ve told you about my love for baking before. I love the process. The measuring, mixing, stirring. And of course, tasting the delicious treats when they are done.

It seems, my girls inherited my love for baking. They won’t let me do any of it on my own anymore. As soon as they hear the clatter of bowls and whisks, they come running.

And wouldn’t you know, at Middle’s book fair at school recently, Little One found this cookbook and would not leave without it. It is chock full of recipes fit for a princess.

The first recipe the girls wanted to make are these chocolate cupcakes with cutouts. I let them go wild in the kitchen and only supervised from the side lines.

Middle did the measuring, mixing and pouring while Little One prepared the muffin tins with cupcake liners.

I loved watching how they worked together, figuring out the next steps as they went along.

This is a trick I taught Middle — use a small gravy ladle to pour the batter into the lined muffin tin.


1 package chocolate cake mix

1 container vanilla frosting

red and yellow food coloring


Prepare the cupcakes according to the package directions. Bake and let cool completely.

While the cupcakes are cooling put the frosting into a mixing bowl and add red and yellow food coloring to make it orange. Follow directions on food coloring. (We made orange frosting because it was close to Halloween when the girls did their baking.)

Once the cupcakes are cooled completely cut off the tops carefully. Then cut any shape you like into the top, spread frosting on the cupcake and put the cutout top back on for a peek-a-boo effect.

The girls also made some mini cupcakes with the left over batter and frosting.

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  • Janice November 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Wow. That looks like fun! You are a totally cool mom for letting them do this on their own. I can’t wait until my two girls are a little more older so I could let them do this too. I have visions of us having baking parties in the kitchen… Anyway, actually, I probably can’t do this until we get a house and all three of us (plus the baby in a high chair) can all fit in the kitchen! LOL

    • Susi November 30, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Janice, I do have an ulterior motive… eventually, they’ll be doing all the work!!! πŸ˜‰ I do love that they are interested and want to help, it’s fun… mostly.

  • Kerry November 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    They look delicious!! And I love that you allow your girls to experiment and have fun in the kitchen πŸ™‚

    • Susi November 30, 2012 at 9:49 am

      I’m happy to let them get their hands dirty up to a point… they love being involved in the meal planning and one or the other is always helping in the kitchen. πŸ™‚

  • Beth Ann Chiles November 30, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Yummers!! I always loved baking when I was younger—but I had quite a few fails along the way!! Banana hunk and strawberry rock come to mind….:-) Great that they can work together so well!

    • Susi November 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Beth Ann, I remember a few fails along the way too. It’s par for the course I believe. They work together pretty well, as long as Middle does exactly what her bossy little sister tells her to do!!!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Jessica December 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm


    • Susi December 6, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      That’s what I’m saying! Mmmmm… πŸ™‚