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Level up: Baking badges acquired

If you’ve been following me on Facebook and Twitter, you’ll know that I attempted to bake a batch of 50 cupcakes for the kids’ combined birthday party yesterday. It was a big deal because I’m not the baking sort. In fact, I’ve never baked anything in my life, unless you count baked beans, which I basically pour out from a can and put in the microwave.

My original plan was to buy 50 cupcakes from the store but I got to browsing these really pretty cupcakes online and the kids were all like “I want mommy to make.”

Ok kids, challenge accepted.

I mean, anyone can buy cupcakes from a store right but I’m going to be the mom that makes these babies with my own hands. Also partly because my mom is like a baking guru and she helped out a little (ok she did like 28% of the work). The kids contributed another 7%.

They wore their little aprons and helped to pour stuff into the mixer, all pleased to be making their own birthday cupcakes.

We spent all of Friday afternoon mixing, stirring, scooping and arranging little cups as the aroma of freshly baked cupcakes filled the kitchen. Now I know why people bake – there’s a profound sense of satisfaction to be making something so yummy from scratch. Like it’s just a bunch of flour and eggs on the table and then voila, cupcakes! We even made 2 different flavors, chocolate and carrot cake topped with ganache and cream cheese icing.

But then the proof of the pudding (or in this case, cupcake) is in the eating, so here’s the final product.









Word on the street is that they taste pretty good too. Well, at least, the kids seemed to love it.

I guess this means I’ve earned my baking badges and I can go back to buying cupcakes from the store next year.

PS. The three winners have been announced for the Child Label giveaway. Thanks for your support!

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  • Reply Cecilia June 27, 2011 at 9:39 am

    The cupcakes are MAD PRETTY!
    U wanna consider having another “baby” besides Child Label? I think u will get lots of supporters!


    • Reply Daphne June 29, 2011 at 12:49 am

      Hahah thanks, well never say never but I’m still not the baking sort, even though this was pretty fun and strangely satisfying!

  • Reply San June 27, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Looks yummy! Jay’s birthday is in Jan, ya know, if you need more practice in cupcake making. :D

    • Reply Daphne June 29, 2011 at 12:53 am

      hahaha ok I’ll start taking orders now $3.00 per cupcake, less 10% for you!

      Eh, kidding ya, don’t think I can manage at the moment…hahahah

  • Reply Hooi See June 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Oh wow.. Daphne, How can this possibly be your first time making cupcakes when the end product looks so fabulous? Congrats on the cupcake success!

  • Reply Beanbean June 27, 2011 at 11:30 am

    You should be proud of yourself! The cupcakes look really good! Tasting good is a bonus :P

  • Reply Cynthia June 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Wow wow wow!!! They look so professionally done. You r really creative and a genius to be able to do that from scratch and no baking background I always want to bake for my kid too… challenge coming up…

  • Reply Zhing June 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Holy smokes! Pretty awesome looking if you ask me!! And how cute is that Last picture with his chocolatey lips!! ;)

  • Reply Teresa June 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Hi! I got to know your previous blog through Singapore motherhood. Wow! For a first timer your cupcakes look exceptionally gorgeous! I’m sure they taste heavenly too. Your kids look so happy and blessed! I just started my blog recently and have much to learn. Please support by visiting Thanks :)

    • Reply Daphne June 29, 2011 at 1:04 am

      Thanks, you have some great recipes there, I’ll try my hand at one of them some time!

  • Reply pink cloth microphone June 28, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Woah! They look awesome.

  • Reply Esther Teo June 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

    The cupcakes are awesome. You sure you are baking for the first time. Good job.

  • Reply Bun Bun Makeup Tips June 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Thumbs up for a successful first time cupcake baking attempt! Very beautiful!

  • Reply Susan June 29, 2011 at 12:18 am

    They look lovely. Bet your kids must have been proud that mama baked them :)

  • Reply Daphne June 29, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Thanks, all you lovely ladies for your kind comments! It makes me wanna try my hand at some elmo/cookie monster ones. Update you gals if I do :)

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