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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Box of Chocolate Cupcakes

Does that look like a box of chocolates in the picture?  It’s not – it’s actually cupcakes!  I received the book Hello, Cupcake! for Christmas.  If you have never seen it, you definitely need to check it out.  It has so many incredibly creative ideas for impressive looking cupcakes.  I truly want to make every single thing in the entire book.  I love all their ideas, and it has also inspired me with lots of ideas of my own as well.  These cupcakes modeled after a box of chocolates are the first thing I have made out of the book, and they turned out even better than I expected!  I made these as a Valentine’s treat for our babysitter and her family full of chocolate-lovers.  I think it’s safe to say they were a hit all around!

I’m not posting an actual recipe for these, as you can mostly figure out how to make them from looking at the picture.  I simply made Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake in mini-cupcake form, frosted with with the accompanying Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Frosting, and then decorated to look like Valentine’s chocolates with various candies, sprinkles, leftover royal icing, etc.  This is a great opportunity to be creative and use your imagination  I could not find an empty heart-shaped box anywhere, and I wasn’t about to buy a box of chocolates just for the box, so I fashioned my own out of an old shirt box and some card stock.  I was really pleased with how it turned out!  It wasn’t the sturdiest creation, but it achieved the effect I was going for nicely.  This version is obviously very much geared towards Valentine’s day, but with a bit less pink and red, I think this could be a great gift for a special someone at any time of the year.

  • http://penniesonaplatter.wordpress.com Pennies on a Platter

    Great pic!

  • http://karaskitchencreations.blogspot.com/ Kara

    These turned out just beautiful! Thanks for sharing such a fun idea!

  • Erin

    This is such a cute idea! I will definitely be ordering this book :)

  • chocoholix

    BEAUTIFUL!

  • http://sugarduchess.blogspot.com The Sugar Duchess

    Very, very cute. Love it!

  • peasepudding

    They look fantastic, what a wonderful creation! I will have a look for the book. Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.michelleevansphotography.blogspot.com michelle huber-evans

    gorgeous!

  • http://veggiegirlvegan.blogspot.com VeggieGirl

    GORGEOUS cupcakes!!

  • Kelly

    I can’t get over how much they look like candies! What a great idea. I would love to look through that book. Thanks for sharing this one! What a great gift!!!

  • Laura

    this is such a great idea!

  • smellslikehome

    fabulous Annie! you never cease to amaze me!

  • http://latestaddictions.blogspot.com/ finsmom

    Wow! So beautiful! Also, an amazing photo!

  • http://www.suesse-mahlzeit.de/ suesse-mahlzeit

    wow! it looks very cute! ;)

  • http://ldylvbgr.blogspot.com/ Rachelle

    How adorable! Much more fun than a box of those cream chocolates. ;P

  • http://www.pigpigscorner.com pigpigscorner

    What a great shot.

  • bakergirlcreations

    Wonderful! Your babysitter was spoiled :)

  • Zoe

    Oh, those turned out wonderful! I got the same book for my birthday in July and I made the Van Gogh cupcakes for a friend’s birthday and the sunflowers for an end of the summer party. They both turned out great. The sunflowers especially were stunning.

    The book suggests using just a cut ziplock bag for icing but I used a pastry bag and tips, simply because I trust them more!

  • http://delishfood.wordpress.com ash

    what a great idea! too cute!

  • http://goodthingscatered.blogspot.com/ Katie

    SO CUTE! You are sooo creative! I love it!!

  • Maria

    AMAZING!! The cutest V-day treat EVER!!

  • http://amberskitchen.blogspot.com Amber

    How adorable! What a great Valentines day treat.

  • http://food-my-your-way.blogspot.com mike

    Incredible looking. I love cupcakes. I have not had them though in a long time.

  • molly

    cute as!! xx

  • Sana

    Hi Annie,

    I want to make these for Valentines day (which is also my wedding anniversary!!) but I dont have a mini cupcake pan. I do have mini cupcake wrappers. Any ideas on how I can bake them without the pan?

    Thanks!
    Sana

  • Annie

    Hi Sana,
    You really need the mini cupcake pan, the wrappers alone won’t be of use to you. They are very inexpensive.

  • Susan

    I made these last night using a mini-cupcake pan and mini-cupcake wrappers (bought at Michael’s–way cute!!) BUT the cake part of the cupcake is sticking to the sides of the wrapper..which on a regular sized cupcake is not a big deal BUT with the little ones it is 1/4 of the cupcake…any advise??
    Love the look but again, when eating them much of the cake is on the wrapper…
    Thanks,
    Susan

  • Annie

    Susan,
    In my experience, the cupcake wrapper itself is usually what causes the cake to stick. Unfortunately I haven’t figured out how to tell before trying one whether it will stick or not. I use the Hershey’s cake recipe for cupcakes all the time, and they don’t normally stick to the wrapper so that would be my best guess.

  • Beth

    It looks like the cupcakes with white swirls and stripes have a bon bon or something on them. What is it?

  • Anonymous

    It’s a marshmallow dipped in chocolate.