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Bubble Gum Ball Surprise Cupcakes with Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream & Pink Rock Candy Crystals

by Laura on February 11, 2011

I dreamed up these playful cupcakes for my niece Elisabeth.  Elisabeth is ten, and she loves funny stories.  Whenever we are together she always mines me for more—details about her mom and I dancing around in front of the sliding glass doors where our mother would scold that our neighbors might see us, about our misadventures at summer camp, silly things we did or said as we were growing up together.   This is for you, Bunny.  Happy Valentine’s Day!  I love you!

In 1977 when I was ten:

  • I was longing for a powder blue satin disco jacket and my own skates with matching yarn pompoms to bring to the roller rink.
  • Shawn Cassidy was doing a lot of wiggling that year, and your mom and I made up dances in the basement to this song; if I recall correctly, she advocated for a lot of hair flipping, which I didn’t think was a real dance move.
  • This was my favorite song.  I sang it at the top of my lungs all the time.
  • Your mom and I got the giggles whenever we saw performances like this and this.  We were quite silly.
  • Almost every Saturday night I watched The Love Boat.
  • Grandma permed my hair that year.  I looked more like Richard Simmons than Julie McCoy.
  • Earth shoes were my school shoes that year, and I had a selection of knit pants and crocheted vests, which I wore over sensible blouses.  Your mom was always the stylish one.
  • These vanilla chiffon cupcakes have a sweet little surprise.  I scooped out a little cake and tucked in a big pink bubble gum ball before I piped on a lofty twist of strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream and sprinkled them with pink rock candy crystals.  I hope you like them.

    xo, Auntie

    P.S. When are you going to come over to bake together?
    P.P.S.  You could make these all by yourself.  Just use a boxed cake mix and a can of strawberry frosting.

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    { 10 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Elisabeh Perry February 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

    hey auntie those posts are super funny and i cant wait to bake with you.i think my mom is going to call you today to see if you’re free so we could bake together!!!


    Elisabeth :) :):):)

    2 Laura February 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I’m so happy that you enjoyed them. Can’t wait for you to come over on Friday! xoxo

    3 Ayesha Jameel February 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Your dishes look yum … loved the presentation of the food ! good work
    you can view some of my dishes on ! i would be really happy if you follow it
    lovely cupcakes

    4 Kristen | Menuism March 1, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I love the looks of these – especially the rock crystal. They’re so glamorous – hope your niece loved them!

    5 Laura March 2, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Thank you! Yes, she loved them.

    6 The Opinionated Baker March 2, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I am so irrationally attracted to the sweet pink! Your niece is so lucky. =)

    7 dibella March 3, 2011 at 12:10 am

    wow these look amazing, and they remind me of when I was a child and my lovely Aunt Jane used to make speciality cakes for me. Thankyou for the lovely posts and the supurb photography.

    8 Sunshinemom(Harini) March 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    My first time to your blog and am floored by these pictures! Beautiful!

    9 Jess @ March 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    these look so cute and too pretty to eat!

    10 Laura March 8, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Oh, thanks!

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