Creativity Comes out at Cupcake-Making Party

Me having fun at a recent cupcake-making party I hosted.

Last month, my best friend from home got me a cupcake-making book for my birthday, along with some matching cupcake napkins. I had seen the book, “Hello Cupcake!” several times before but had never bought it. I wondered if I’d ever have an occasion to make such elaborate cupcakes and figured I’d just get some recipes online. But having the actual book and sharing it with others is so much better.

This is what happens when you invite friends to your apartment to make cupcakes. 🙂

I posted a Facebook update about the book, saying I was tempted to have a cupcake-making party. Mention “cupcake” on Facebook and you’ll get lots of responses. Mention it in real life and you’ll see a lot of wide-eyed eyes and ooing and ahhing. Based on the positive responses I got, I decided to host a cupcake-making party in place of the usual get-togethers that I have every month with the craft club I’m in.

An adorable owl, made with Oreo cookies.

I bought a variety of toppings — Reese’s pieces, butterscotch morsels, vanilla morsels, M&Ms and more. And I bought ingredients for “sunflower cupcakes” — the seemingly simplest cupcakes to make from the book. (Many are elaborate and require a visit to a baking store.)

Sunflower cupcakes

I baked the cupcakes the night before so that when friends from the craft club came, they could just focus on decorating them. We made the sunflower cupcakes with yellow frosting, Oreos and a red M&M with chocolate frosting for the ladybug on top. We also made owl cupcakes, lion cupcakes and caterpillar cupcakes. Naturally, they were all delicious.

Cuteness. We made butterfly cupcakes, too.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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