Giveaway: Hello, Cupcake!


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Hello, Cupcake! has been around for a few years but it is SO GOOD that we just had to do a giveaway. In fact, it’s SO GOOD that there is going to be a follow-up to Hello, Cupcake! called What’s New, Cupcake? which is due out on April 1st, and is available for pre-order.

Although I am addicted to collecting cake decorating supplies, what I love about this book is exactly what they say about it on their website…

“We don’t believe in hard-to-follow techniques or hard-to-find ingredients for cupcake decorating. That’s why our cupcake designs use candy and snacks available at your favorite convenience store or even the gas station. So go bake a batch of cupcakes, grab a handful of your favorite candies, and let’s get this cupcake party started.”

And all that money saved on decorating supplies might leave a little cash lying around for a few of these beauties. But I digress.

Please leave a comment letting us know your fondest cake (or cupcake) memory to enter. Ok, and get this, since we already have the book, we are going to splurge on shipping and open this bad boy up WORLDWIDE! YEAH, PRUDENT BABY INTERNATIONAL! WOOT!

A winner will be selected at random on Saturday, January 30th.


Photos are from the Hello, Cupcake! website

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87 Comments

Betsy J

w00t w00t! My fondest cake memory was watching my older siblings make frosting for a cake and try to decide what color to make it-it kept changing,until we wound up with some very unappealing gray goop.None of us really wanted to it,it looked so bad.:)Love the blog,keep it up!!

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Claire

My fondest cupcake memory is of a red velvet cupcake with white buttercream frosting that I bought for myself once after a long, long day. It was the perfect treat!

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coco

I think my favorite memory so far (: is when my little girl (now almost 10) turned one. She loved rubber ducks & i made her a big yellow duck cake. She ate i with both hands loved it so much she shared it with our two dogs! Both dogs died a few years later but i still love those pictures of them with McKenzie, all three covered in cake!

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Emily

yum! my favorite memory is bringing lemon cupckes with lemon frosting and red sprinkles to my second grade class for my birthday. thanks for the giveaway!

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marymary

My best cake memory is when I made a Hello Kitty cake and (in the spirit of Hello Cupcake) it was super simple (white fondant cut into her face shape, jelly bellys for the flower, eyes, and nose, and black gel icing for the whiskers) and turned out cute!

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Vone

Growing up my mom always decorated the best cakes. She's an artist and would paint with icing, blending colours with the tastiest butter cream icing. She would make whatever we wanted each year and my brothers birthday was only a week after mine so that must of been a busy time. I hope I can keep up the great tradition of beautiful home made cakes for my girls.
I would love this book to be inspired.

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SandyQuilts

My favorite is when GD#1 turned 16 … we had a cake of cupcakes for the numbers in orange and purple …. not only pretty but yummy. thanks.

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Jac

Ah, my favorite memory was from my niece's 3rd birthday last spring. She helped me to make a Strawberry Shortcake themed cake, complete with homemade marshmallow fondant.

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Jill

my favorite cake memory is my first son refusing to eat any cake at both his first and second birthdays. πŸ™‚

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Jaime

this entry is for Crystal who is having a problem posting comments…

We're a military family and Daddy is away alot so we decided to surprise him and have an impromptu cupcake party. I baked two dozen regular white cupcakes and agreed to let the kids help ice & decorate them. We were washing up in the bathroom from the icing and my two year old slipped away unnoticed.  When I went back into the kitchen, we found cupcakes with Legos stuck in them (which was a neat idea LOL), a Hot Wheels car, and a size 6 spider man shoe which was super muddy.. Ry still has a passion for baking but we make sure he never slips off again LOL..

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domesticbliss

I just had a cupcake birthday party for my daughter's first birthday. She had everything cupcake themed, and LOVED it! Now she even says "cupcake" at 16 months old, she's amazing, and apparently inherited my love of cupcakes.

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Lynne

My favorite cake memory was making my son's 1st birthday cake. It took me hours to make it. It was a clownfish cake. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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HollyandGary

My fondest cake memory was more of a memory of the cake that could have been. We were so busy at our wedding reception greeting and chatting that we never had any of our wedding cake! We did manage to eat some of our dinner, but by the time we left for our hotel there was no more cake to pack up and send with us!! Hard to believe since we had 15 different cakes with 6 different flavors, but there you have it. Everyone always tells us how much they loved our food, so we continued to be teased by the cake that for us, never was πŸ™‚

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Hannah

The story behind my fondest cake memory doesn't start off pleasantly, but it ends very well. Back when I was in high school, I had spent an afternoon hanging out at my friend Molly's house. We'd spent most of our time together baking a chocolate cake for her sister's birthday, and then topped it off with some chocolate frosting. Mmmm Mmmm! All I could think about the entire time was sinking my teeth into that delectible cake, which Molly insisted would happen as soon her sister got home. Well, it turned out that I ended up having to leave before her sister arrived, and I was pretty disappointed that I missed out on some chocolatey goodness. When I got home, I told my mom the story. She felt so bad about it that she surprised me one random afternoon with a chocolate-chocolate cake of my own. It was amazing!

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lilkwisteen

My fondest cupcake memory was when my friend took me to this cake cafe to make me try this irresistable Italian Rum Cake. We sat down and ordered a slice of the rum cake and one red velvet cupcake. We were both in shock because the red velvet cupcake took our breath away! The creamy and smooth cream cheese frosting on the very moist red velvet cupcake brought tears to my eyes. Ever since that day, I wasn't able to find another red velvet cupcake that tasted anything like it. :]

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kimberly4740

I still think it's funny how my mother-in-law managed to make a different superhero cake every single year for my husband's birthdays using the same Superman cake pan!

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Anna

my grandma & her sister (my aunt opal) shared a birthday- 5 years apart. When they were young their mother always made my aunt an angels food cake & my grandma, a devils food cake. its still a big family joke. i guess my grandma was ornery.

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Amy

My fondest cake memory is taking a cake decorating class with my mom. I was a sullen fourteen year old, and she was working full-time. As we worked in class with lumpy cakes and arthritic hands from too-stiff frosting, we bonded over our equal ineptitude for creating that perfect frosting rose. The cake decorating supplies are stowed in the garage, but the memories remain sweet and fresh.

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Laura

My favorite cake memory is when I was about 8 years old. My mom and I took a Wilton cake decorating class. Our first cake ended up being a noticeably uneven, terribly decorated cake that said Merry Anniversary. It was awful, but I will remember the experience with my mom forever!

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Judy

Sounds scrumptious! My most memorable cupcake moment was walking NYC's highland with my husband enjoying and savouring the most expensive cupcake ever bought ($5 for one). It was so worth it!

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Amanda

Oooohh! What a GREAT giveaway! Actually. my best memory is still very fresh. I made my first "real" cake for my mom's suprise birthday party just this month. My dad was pulling a major budget, so he asked me. And it ACTUALLY turned out. I got so many compliments on it, it was nuts! I want to try more now!

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Jennifer

My favorite cupcake memory hasn't actually happened yet lol. My son's birthday party is tomorrow and we have our theme which is BBQ. Since he's only two and most guest are adult we made it a little more adult interesting lol. Anyway, we ordered a cake that looks like a hamburger, but had the issue that it wasn't going to feed everybody. So, I had come across cupcakes that look like hamburgers. I did a test run the other night and everyone who saw them got a kick out of them… so right now as I type, my cupcakes are in the oven so I can make these for tomorrow.

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Tiffany

Probably the Kuzco cake (from Emperor's New Groove) I made to welcome my husband home at the airport from a long trip. We were newlyweds. I don't welcome him home with elaborate cakes anymore. =)

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Nichole

ooo. so cute!!! My baby girl would love these..

I cant remember how old I was when I had this cake but it was the best! My grandmother used to make cakes for a living, just for a small client base and friends, so she had lots of baking stuff. My mom, who doesn't bake at all, made me this AMAZING Barbie cake from a special pan. It had a plastic piece that laid on top of part of the cake for Barbie's face and such and the skirt of her dress was all cake and frosting!! I LOVED IT!! I thought it was the coolest thing.

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Eve

It's funny that the comment above mine is about a Barbie cake – because that is my fondest memory, too. Except I never was lucky enough to get one as a kid. My BFF made me one for my last birthday – she was beautiful. She got a redhaired Barbie and decorated the skirt with those multi colored candy dots. Best cake ever.

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Bathina

My sweetest memorie was when I was a kid. I had a celebration and I got a wonderful cake full of roses, silver and white pearls and little doll on the top. I didn΄t want to cut the cutest cake and share it with my guests so my parents had a hard time to talk with me- in the end we cut the cake but I will never forget how upsad I was in this moment…good my parents took some pictures of it before.

What a wonderful book!
XXX from Germany!

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Maura

My fondest cake memory is helping my mom make a bunny cake every year for my little sister's birthday. Some years we still make the cake as a throwback. I plan to do something just as kitchy with my kids.

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Desiree Fawn

This is more of a gingerbready moment — but one Christmas, years and years ago, my grandmother made about 30 gingerbread houses and they were all over her apartment. There were mangers, and modern buildings, and chateaus and castles — it was incredible! Every guest got to bring one home!

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Manda

My fondest cupcake memory happened two years ago when I was pregnant with baby #2. I had planned a trip to visit my brother in NYC and on the top of my list of things to do was get some gourmet cupcakes! I ended up not being able to go due to pregnancy complications, so my mom scoured the internet for the best cupcake recipe and whipped me up a batch of the yummiest cupcakes!

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Paputsi

My fondest cake memory, is from my 5th birthday. My best friend (a boy) told everyone that the yellow square with my name on it was really a bar of soap! At the time I was mortified, but looking back on it, it's quite funny and a great story to tell when ragging him about how horrible he could be as a child! Not your typical "fondest memory", but it is mine, nonethe less. πŸ™‚

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Cheryl

My fondest cake memory came not from one of my or my kids birthdays, but from my little toy poodle's 10 birthday this past September. She's a little cream and white poodle so I made a cake that resembled her face : ) Two cake layers, one carved into the face shape, and the other one to make the ears, frosted with white frosting, piped some icing to make her little mouth, and sprinkled coconut all over it. Added malted milk balls for the eyes and nose and then added little pink bows at the ears – I was very proud of that cake as I had a lot of fun making it, and it showed me just how creative I can be in the kitchen when I really want to be, LOL : )

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Ms Muffin

My best cupcake memory has to be that I made over 100 cupcakes for my own wedding! And I did never regret it!!! πŸ™‚ I made different ones to accomodate different tastes. But the ones I myself loved most were Cinnamon-cented devil's food cupcakes with white frosting. Hmm … well, NOW I'm hungry …

Thanks for the great give-away!!!

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Amanda

I alway laugh when I remember my first child's 2nd birthday. It was my first attempt at making his cake on my own. My dear mother stayed up with me until 2am the night before trying to decorate the little train cars for the train party. Whew. I have never lived that down! Haha! But it's a great memory that we still laugh about. πŸ™‚

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annemarie

My fondest memory is when my children were young and we would make cupcakes for Christmas in honor of the birth of Jesus – candles and all.

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Meg@MegaCrafty

My fondest memory is all the cupcakes, birthday cakes and wedding cakes my grandmother used to make for family and friends. I loved watching her decorate- too bad I was too young to really learn any of it.

Thanks for the chance to win this book!

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Faith

My favorite cake memory is when my mom made me a Mississippi Mud Cake for my 10th birthday, I had a love of chocolate very early in life. The best part was I got seconds πŸ™‚

faithcaprenter at gmail dot com

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EHC

I once made a cake of Michael Jordan dunking a basketball at a church activity (most of the other adolescent girls were busy with flowers or ladybugs)!

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Sewing-Chick

My fondest cake memory would have to be the groom's cake at our wedding. My husband and I are into cemeteries, and so I got little bitty tombstones and had them on top of his cake πŸ™‚

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Tara

I have lots of fond cake memories! Every year for my birthday when I was a child, my mom would make a beautiful cake from scratch… and decorate it. One year it was a clown with gumdrops… one year a pink horse… and one year a car. I loved that it was so original and made with love.

taraz9(at)excite(dot)com

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Anonymous

I love all types of cakes and cupcakes! I am addicted to them. My fondest memory are the first cupcakes I baked. Its chocolate flavoured and lopsided. Until today, my cupcakes and cakes still comes up lopsided. Its my trademark. Thanks for the competition.
Ann (oceanian@lycos.com)

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Kate

My fondest cake memory was surprising my husband with his groom's cake. He was stationed overseas and so wasn't home for any of the planning, and I loved the look on his face when he realized I'd had his cake done to look like a big Colorado Avalanche hockey puck!

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Kristin

Oh goodness, I'd love to win this little gem! I've been eyeing it for so long, but still haven't purchased a copy!

Best of luck all!

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Bec

This would be wonderful to win! Thanks for the chance. My favorite (hard choice) cake memory is probably making my son's first birthday cake. My sis-in-law helped me do it "fancy-like" with the piping and the excess frosting. It was a happy, sunglass wearing sunshine… and it was devoured only hours after its completion. πŸ™‚ It's painful to watch your masterpiece be destroyed… but c'est la vie with cake, no? πŸ™‚ Thanks again.

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Aurora

I just had my very first cupcake with fondant… not only was it beautiful it was very yummy. I'm glad I shared it with my Daughter.

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Christine

I have always loved cake. When I was about 4 years old, my Uncle served Black Forest Cake at his birthday party. I kept saying 'I want the cherry' over and over (and had a bit of a fit). It all got caught on video and gets brought up now, 30 years later every single time anyone in my family sees a cherry!

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Eva

my fondest cake memory was decorating an umbrella shaped cake with my little brother, 2 little sisters, and my daughter πŸ™‚

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pixy_stix

My fondest cake memory is of getting a whole cake to myself, and not being made to eat the cake. I gorged myself on frosting. So good.

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Jenn

My birthday is 11 days before Christmas and the day before my mother's but my dad ALWAYS insisted on two cakes. One for me and one for mom! I always thought that was cool!

As an adult, my favorite cake memory is a two way tie between making my daughter's Blues Clues cake when she was three and my youngest son's Spongebob cake when he was two. Both were from cake mixes but the decorations were all scratch. No special pans or anything like that. It was so much fun & the looks on their faces made all the time and effort worth it!

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Aho, Gabs, Waiola, and Kupa'a

My favorite cake memory is probably when I was about 3 years old. My brother was turning 5, and my brave mom decided that she would let us, along with our two best friends who lived down the street, make and decorate his birthday cake. Our kitchen was literally covered in flour, sugar, and cake icing. We, of course, were covered in it as well. But we thought it was the best cake in the world. And we still look back at those pictures and laugh at our creative mess.

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Emily Lee

For my second birthday my mom made me the most amazing Cookie Monster cake. She used a mold, but each star-tip blue fur frond was all handmade, baby.

Bonus: A family friend made me a cookie monster cookie jar, which still sits proudly in my kitchen.

Double Bonus: All that blue food coloring caused some serious intestinal weirdness for all parties involved. Ahh, lasting memories!

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Jen Jenny anything but Jennifer

While my grandmother was still alive and living near me, she always made me a lemon cake with lemon frosting for my birthday. My mom took over the tradition when she moved away. My sophomore year in college was the first year my mom wouldn't be able to deliver me my lemon lemon cake so she called my roommate who surprised me with one. It was the best surprise!

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SJ

When I was in high school, my mom found a recipe for Kentucky Butter cake in the Betty Crocker cookbook. Everyone loved it so much that each member of the family had it for their birthday cake that year. I was the only one who continued to request it. When I went away to college out of state (my first birthday without my family) my parents surprised me by overnighting the cake to my dorm. Needless to say, it was a great surprise and I was very popular with my dormmates!

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Whitney

My favorite cake memory is my 14 (?) birthday. My mother threw me a surprise party, but I surprised them by getting a stomach bug during the party. I was miserable! I was so upset to miss my party, but my mom saved a piece of my favorite cake in the world (something chocolate chocolate chip ice cream with chocolate frosting – yeah) in the fridge for when I wasn't sick. It tasted great!

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Sangeetha

My favorite memory or no favorite memory was my son's birthday last year. I had 45 guests who were coming, so I had all these good intentions of making cupcakes for his birthday. Since we did not have a theme, this should have been easy right. Right – I bought hte supplies and they are still there in my pantry. I never did make them. I am more resolved to do it this time for my daugters BIG ONE birthday in 33 days!

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Kirsten

I have two favourite cake memories! One is the carousel cake my mother had made for one of my birthdays when I was very young. Sure, it wasn't professional, but it was the thought that counted! The other is a memory of watching my birthday cake crack and slide apart, later to be held together by long bamboo skewers at a more recent birthday. Blackforest cake definitely needs a good cake to stay together! It was funny scrambling to keep it from ending up on the counter.

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Erlyn

My fondest cake memory was when I attempted to make red velvet cake for the second time. My cousin was over and was watching me mix it all together. I was really under pressure though because before I started he had said 'Hmm.. maybe you could make our wedding red velvet cupcakes instead of us getting them elsewhere!'. Oh dear.. it didn't turn out so well. Probably because I overbaked it. In the end, they got their cupcakes elsewhere.. hehe. πŸ™‚ I'll keep trying though..

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Devil Dog Mamma

I am 31 now but when I was younger my mother who is not very crafty at all really produce a bit of magic when she planned our parties. My fondest cake, I remember this well, was a Strawberry Shortcake one. She made it with a vintage metal pan with Strawberry's mold and artistically decorated it with tubes of multicolored icing like an edible paint by numbers. Actually, when it turned out, it looked almost like a hooked rug I suppose. As an adult, I look back on photos and appreciate the hard work and effort she put into making my day special.

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Kirsten

My birthday is in April and sometimes falls on Easter. When I was a little girl my aunt used to make my birthday cake for me every year. My favorite cake memory is the year she made me a 3d lamb cake for my birthday/easter. The inside was red, so when we sliced her up for serving it was creepy and delicious.

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Ashley Betz

I have to say my fondest memory of a cupcake was when I turned 21. The cupcake was a delicious buckeye inspired peanut butter and chocolate mix but it was really special because of who brought it to me. I was 2,000 miles away from home at school and had not seen my family in over a year when my sister rings the door bell standing with a lit candle and cupcake. It was the best!

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Lisa

My best cake memories are from my birthdays as a child. When I was younger, I didn't like birthday cake. So my parents would order a chocolate chip coffee cake from a bakery every year for my birthday party. My dad would get up early and make the long trip to this special bakery every year so I could have my cake on my birthday. My friends thought it was so weird that I liked coffee cake more than normal cake with frosting, but it was something special and I loved being unique. : )

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Leslie

My most loved memory is When I was four years old my mom had met my future step-dad. One of the first times he met me it was my birthday and he helped make cupcakes for my class. We made the cupcakes and he decorated them with my first initial. I remember them being the most beautiful cupcakes I had ever seen. When my daughter turned four for her class We made cupcakes with her first initial. The whole time remembering back to when I was four and had very special cupcakes made for me…
leslierose at gmail dot com.

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Bellabini

My best cupcake memory is when I had my first one at the age of 19!!! You read it right! 19!! You have to know that I grew up in Germany and well they really didn't have them back then..now it's sort of a novelty but when we moved to the US in 1994, I had a red velvet cupcake with heart on it..it was Valentines Day..since then it's my favorite…besides lemon!

eva@etgrant.com

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Rosanna

Woo for international comps!
My favourite memory is making cupcakes that looked like hamburgers (with brownie 'meat' and icing condiments) for my friend's birthday. The cakes tasted good, but my favourite part was the time spent giggling with my friends when we were putting the burgers together!
(rosanna.patricia@gmail.com)

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Anonymous

Hello from Germany! My favourite cake memory has to be the Christmas fruit cake which my mother still makes each holiday season. As kids, we didn't like all the raisins and dried fruit in the cake, so one year picked off all the marzipan and sugar icing off the top of the cake. You can imagine her face when she unveiled the cake after Christmas dinner!

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Amy

Oooh, that book looks so fun! My fondest memory was when I made a Spongebob cake for my daughter for her second birthday. He had a very large nose that stuck up from the cake and she was so enthralled by his nose! Needless to say when it came time to cut the cake she just wanted to eat his nose!!

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Jaime

this entry is for Sara from sneaky spoons
My favorite cake memory is from college. I decided to make a cake in the shape of a ribosome during DNA translation (so nerdy). I did this to get extra credit in my biochemistry class. The idea to make a cake in the shape of DNA becoming protein was crazy! I used Dots candy on toothpicks sticking out of a strangely shaped blue cake to represent the process. It had to be one really odd looking cake. I still remember being so nervous as I stood in front of the class explaining biochemistry with a cake. Then I had to serve the class my cake! Cupcakes would have been much better. Since then all my cakes have been a little more normal. I guess that is what happens when a scientist loves to bake.

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Chris L

When I think of cake, I think of my Easy Bake Oven. The twist – I didn't get it until I was 19 and in college! It was a great way to make some small treats in a dorm room.

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MamaJ

My fav cake memory… Has to be of the cheese cake I made for hubby's birthday (he was then my boyfriend). It turned out a disaster but he ate it anyway! πŸ™‚ That's why a cake book would be great to help me improve my cake-baking skills! Heee…

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michelle

The first time I made a flourless chocolate cake, I didn't hold the serving plate flush with the cake pan when I inverted it. My son called it Chocolate Splat. It was hideous, but still tasted delicious…

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Mel

My daughter's third birthday cupcakes were decorated with bright blue icing ("water"). Everyone was walking around with blue rings around their mouths for the rest of the day!

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alicia

My fondest cake memory was that of my little brother's funfetti cake, made by our mother. In the middle of the night we crept into the kitchen finding whatever quick things we could snack on – bologna, pickles, raisins, and big chunks of funfetti cake. We sat in hushed excitement by the faint glow of the night light in our shared bedroom. Today he is turning 24, I sure wish we lived closer, as I would love to share a big piece of cake with him again!

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Nicolemiko

If it's not too late, my fondest cake memories are of my birthdays. My mom would always get me a white cake with strawberry filling. And my grandma always made sure to put my age plus one extra candle for "One to grow on".

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Paiges of Style

Ditto, if not too late. My fondest cake memory is very recent (last weekend) and it's of my baby girl digging into her first birthday cake and being able to capture it all on video for my deployed hubby. While he's in Kuwait, watching this video gets him through this tough time of missing her big moments. Would love this book!!!

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Tina

just looked through this book the other day. love it! mom made me the same cake for my birthday each year (cherry chip!) and my friend found out & made it as a suprise for me at my baby girl's baby shower!

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Bronwyn

Since becoming a Mum I've been able to indulge in making the sweetest cakes for children – and I don't stop at my own! Any birthday or gathering, it's "can I make the cake?" But the best memory would be the time a friend asked me to make a cake for her daughter's first holy communion. A lot of pressure but so rewarding.

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Emily

I had my fondest cake memory made this weekend. One year ago we found out our 2 year old son was gluten intolerant, since then I have used gluten free mixes to make him cupcakes to take along to birthday parties. I always felt a little bad since I know that they two don't compare. This weekend I made my first attempt at baking my own gluten free cupcakes from scratch, and proudly sent my son to a birthday party knowing he wasn't missing out. They had turned out as soft, and moist as any wheat cupcake/cake that I've tasted. I may never turn back myself! A day that was a breakthrough for us and for him to enjoy a treat that most kids his age take for granted. Now if I could only figure out how to ice them properly…..

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Julie Down

I think my favorite cake moment was when I was asked to make an anniversary cake for a couple in our church who were celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary. The reception turned out to be a wonderful event and the cake turned out lovely. It was such a blessing to honor a couple who were in their 90s and married 69 years. Celebrating this couple and their love and committment brought encouragement to me. I am by no means a professional cake baker or decorator, so this was definately a labor of love for the couple and their families. I was so blessed. Julie Down

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