Week 34: Ornament Cupcakes (Chocolate Cupcakes with Easy Buttercream Frosting)

Here's the third and final cupcake in my series of three holiday-themed cupcakes. The first was the Candy Cane Cupcake. The second was the Snowball Cupcake. The recipe I used for this one is a basic dark chocolate cupcake compliemented by Linda West Eckhardt's Quick Buttercream Frosting from her book called Cakes From Scratch in Half the Time." It's a great book! I got the idea from the cupcake ornaments I've been finding this holiday. I searched around on the web and found a similar idea.

So, I made my weekly early Sunday morning cupcake supply trip, only this time it included a trip to CVS because the Giant didn't have any Mini M&M's which are desperately necessary...as well as the miniature Reese's Cups! I came home right away and made the cupcakes because my daughter, Catherine, was having her friend, Jesse, who is also a member of our monthly dinner club, over to bake holiday-type yummies. I needed to get out of there fast. I still make the worst mess in the kitchen, so it's best that I'm in there to suffer with it all by myself. Stuff is flying all over the place, including frosting. The kitchen laptop is coated with confectioner's sugar, something kind of crunchy...and who knows what else!??

They got started baking, and I took the frosting phase of this project into my office to work on the cupcakes. It took me a while to settle on an idea and then I really got cranked up and was able to use all the colored sugars I've been collecting. Each of the 24 cupcakes is different. However, this took all f'ing afternoon. I am not kidding you! But, I totally enjoyed myself and they really were fun to do. One negative thing happened: During the Photography Phase (smile) I had to go get something downstairs and I thought I closed the door. I had a very nice blue cupcake (see photo above) on a plate on this little table in my office...when I came back into the room, the door was open and my dog, Layla was staring at the now empty plate as if another cupcake would magically appear! Good thing I had already taken a couple of shots of that cupcake...she even ate the paper liner...I took one look at her and had another bite of the frosting...It's to die for! My office, however, will never be the same! Recipe up on Monday!


  1. there was a shop in Kathmandu that sold cup cakes with bottom of so thin paper that people ate it too, forgetting to remove it.

  2. Anonymous9:23 AM

    We didn't mean to throw you out of your kitchen Queeny!! Thanks for the tour of CQ's cupcake factory (your office!)--it really was like being in Santa's workshop! The cupcake was so pretty and so tasty as always!
    Have a great Christmas!

  3. Anonymous10:04 AM

    I wish virtual CQ fans could have seen this week's cupcakes display. Almost too pretty to eat, complete with frosty pinecone-decorated napkins. What have we all said? It's in the details!

    Tasty and beautiful. Wish that more things in life were this way.

    Congrats to the contest winners. CQ, you'll still get surprise kisses.

  4. Love the ornament idea -- very cool!

  5. Oh Layla..........How funny!!! Was that cupcake really good....
    With a friendly pat on the head....Good for you.

  6. great shot of the cupcake on its side on the orange plate. should be in a food magazine. and love that frosting. but no wonder? its out of my book Cakes From Scratch. Thanks again.

    Linda W Eckhardt

  7. Congrats to the winners! I'm jealous! :) Happy Holidays and happy cupcake making! Cupcake Queen... these look great! Especially since I need something to make for my daughters school class this week! Can't wait to see the recipe! Also... Week 33s recipe... are you going to post it? Thanks for all you do... BAKE ON!!!

  8. awww these are sooo cute!! Wait, but they're always cute..lol but I luv how these do really look like ornaments.

    So I have to ask..is this week a bi-week or are you going to brave the holiday & bake a batch sunday? lol

  9. you need this scarf...

  10. Anonymous6:19 PM

    OMG! I just found this site. I live in Sweden and cupcakes it just too boring here. I was out browsing for nice recipes when I stumbled over your project. I just adore you for giving me tons of inspiration.

  11. Cupcake Queen, you crack me up with your fantastic baking stories!

    All the best for the holidays,

  12. Anonymous1:29 AM

    the Martha Stewart ones were a great hit at my office!

    thanks for the inspriation.

  13. So cute! I am melting right now, looking at these "ornaments." Congrats on being in the news, by the way, that's awesome!

  14. Anonymous8:25 PM

    You might want to check this out. Looks like the Skins are going to make the playoffs and you will need some cupcakes to celebrate.

    Hail to the Redskins! but

  15. Anonymous5:55 AM

    Good cupcakes!