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Feb. 20, 2012 5:09 pm 
Updated: Dec. 18, 2012 8:12 pm
Mini Cupcake Cupcake Toppers

One evening, while browsing Pinterest (the most addicting website after All Recipes in my foodie/crafty/inspiration-seeking opinion), I came across a picture of what I think is probably the cutest thing you could possibly do to a cupcake, cake, cookie... or basically any sort of decorated baked good, I suppose.

The picture originated from a blog called Confessions of a Cookbook Queen and I was immediately obsessed with the idea featured in the blog post: Cupcake Cupcake Toppers. Her pictures were so lovely that I knew I just had to try it. Always looking for an excuse to bake, I decided to whip up a batch of Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes and a bowl of Creamy Frosting (both recipes from AR) just so I would have something to put these cute little things on top of.

Mini Cupcake Topper sitting atop Creamy Frosting and  Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes 
The best part (aside from the unbearable cuteness) is the sheer simplicity of the idea. To create these adorable cupcake toppers all you need are Miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, frosting, and any sort of decorations you can dream up. You simply remove the peanut butter cup from the outer foil wrapping, leaving it in the paper cup. Instant cupcake! Why, oh why, did I never realize how much a Reese's Cup resembles a teeny tiny cupcake?  To think of all the cupcakes that have left my kitchen unadorned by a mini cupcake topper! The shame!

After removing the foil, all you have left to do is pipe a little swirl of frosting onto the Reese's Cup and decorate as desired. On these particular cupcakes, I used a Wilton 2A tip for the actual cupcake frosting and a Wilton 12 for the mini cupcake. I like the way that the mini cupcake swirl mimics the larger swirl, just as the heart sprinkles go from small to tiny between the cupcake and the topper. I also used these toppers on some cupcakes that I did with 2D and 1M tips and those turned out great too.

A huge thank you to the author of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen for the amazing idea! I am always so inspired by people who come up with these extraordinarily creative ideas; maybe one day I'll think up one of my own! :)
Feb. 20, 2012 5:25 pm
Hahaha, I just 'pinned' that the other day and can't wait to try them! Yours look beautiful! :)
Feb. 20, 2012 5:29 pm
Awesome... on my way to pinterest!
Feb. 20, 2012 6:34 pm
OMG! I must try this. So stinkin' cute!!! Thank you for sharing your inspiration!
Feb. 20, 2012 8:31 pm
Way too cute! Isn't this one of those things that makes you say, "Why didn't i I think of that?" How come I didn't look at a peanut butter cup and visualize a mini cupcake?!
Feb. 20, 2012 10:00 pm
[How funny! I was wondering why this pic wasn't your avatar - glad you changed it (=]
Feb. 21, 2012 8:02 pm
Glad you guys all agree about the cuteness factor! I'm a sucker for anything mini! Anything that is supposed to be bigger that is made tiny is an instant "adorable" in my book :)
Feb. 21, 2012 8:11 pm
Like babies (=
Feb. 21, 2012 8:12 pm
I keep trying to think of someone I know who IS a decorator [because I am not - and these NEED to be made (=]
Feb. 21, 2012 8:21 pm
LOL xraybarb! Yes, like babies! Just send a pic to all your friends and see who volunteers ;)
Feb. 21, 2012 8:35 pm
SO cute!!
Feb. 21, 2012 9:32 pm
LOLOLOLOLOL @ Barb & babies.....but back to this, way too darn cute. Love the idea and the simplicity of it all. Now I wished I would have seen these the night before Valentines Day when my daughter and I decorated 100 cupcakes for a project she was involved in.
Feb. 21, 2012 9:59 pm
So very cute! I'm going to have to make these!
Feb. 21, 2012 10:35 pm
lol @ Avon (= Annie - you're GLAD you didn't see this - that would have been 100 more "cupcakes" to "decorate" (=
Feb. 21, 2012 10:36 pm
Oh, Paula! Just the decorated peanut butter cups would have been cute for either your tea party or your chocolate party - little "mini 'cupcakes'"
Feb. 21, 2012 11:32 pm
That is so stinkin' cute! I have to make these!
Feb. 22, 2012 3:35 am
I just opened AR this morning and there were all your beautiful sue do make some gorgeous desserts.
Feb. 22, 2012 4:07 am
Those have to be the cutest cupcakes ever! Thanks for passing along the awesome idea. I can't wait to make them...always love an excuse to bake too!
Feb. 22, 2012 4:17 am
So very cute! Of course I need to try this! Thanks for blogging about yours. And thanks for including what tips you used. :)
Feb. 22, 2012 4:25 am
They are adorable! And ditto AllieGeek's comment about the "tips". I have a drawer full of Wilton tips, and am never quite sure which one to use!!!
Feb. 22, 2012 4:57 am
Those are adorable! I'm definitely going to try these. I love all the mini items.
Feb. 22, 2012 6:55 am
CookinBug - Thank you for sharing your creation. Congratulations on having three(3)pictures on the AR page today! They are all beautiful! I'll never look at a mini-Reece's cup the same way again!lol I love the ideas shared on Pinterest!
Feb. 22, 2012 11:41 am
I went out and bought mini peanutbutter cups and looked for the Wilton tips. Found 12. Have 1M. Couldn't find 2D and 2A. I am decorating challenged anyhow so it probably doesnt matter that i couldnt find tips. So I was thinking I'll just stop bye and steal yours (the cupcakes, not the tips ) ~ that would be so much easier. ;)
Feb. 22, 2012 12:27 pm
As a self-professed non-decorator, I am totally with you Allie (=
Feb. 22, 2012 12:58 pm
So adorable!!!
Feb. 23, 2012 6:57 am
Absolutely beautiful! Great photo too!
Feb. 23, 2012 10:53 am
Thanks for sharing...cute idea!
Feb. 23, 2012 1:58 pm
Oh my goodness ~ they look stunning. What a wonderful idea!
Feb. 23, 2012 4:49 pm
I LOVE these! Can hardly wait to make a batch of my own!
Feb. 23, 2012 5:07 pm
Thanks for all the sweet comments everyone! I'm so glad that you guys think the idea is as great as I did! Can't wait to see pics from anyone who tries this :)
Feb. 23, 2012 5:32 pm
I saw that on Pinterest last week. I make a LOT of cupcakes...I'll have to do these sometimes. Now I just need to think of an "occasion" for cupcakes.
Feb. 25, 2012 7:57 am
hi bug! i'm certainly not a baker! but the wife can...well try. but i'm getting a new oven soon and maybe after lent is over i gotta give this a shot. i'm sure your house smelled terrific too! thx for sharing all the tips and how-do's! great pictures.
Feb. 25, 2012 5:29 pm
I'd bet these mini-Reeses would be great as hats on cake pops, too. Thanks for the idea!
Feb. 26, 2012 10:57 am
How cute! And clever! I'm with TwoSweetPickles, gotta think of an excuse to make cupcakes...then again, do we really need an excuse for cake?
Feb. 27, 2012 2:44 am
So So CUTE and innovative! Gosh who'd have ever thought of that smart trick with Reese's Cups! Yummy and such a treat for the eyes! Well done Cookin' Bug and thanks for sharing! :)
Feb. 27, 2012 10:21 am
Wow what a great and yummy idea! I can't wait to try it!It looks like a dark chocolate peanut butter cup is the way to go!
Feb. 27, 2012 9:03 pm
Thanks everyone!! Sorry it took me so long to respond! Thank you for all the lovely comments... I was scared to publish a blog post, but you guys have been so amazing, as usual. So glad you guys like the idea as much as I did!
Mar. 5, 2012 8:17 pm
The thought of icing on a peanut butter cup is way too yucky for me. It's a cute look, but I can't imagine eating it. It just make my face cringe. As a professional baker though - they will make a mint.
Mar. 5, 2012 8:43 pm
Well, I don't imagine that people would actually eat them... I certainly didn't put them on there with that intention! :)
Nov. 5, 2012 3:18 am
Miss you on AR...hope everything is okay.
Nov. 10, 2012 4:12 am
Adorable! You always do beautiful food and photos though! :) Love this idea... Pinterest is lots of fun but so dangerous as I am an inspiration addict! Yikes! How to prioritize my to do/make/read/wear/cook/bake/visit list?????
Dec. 18, 2012 8:11 pm
So cute
Dec. 18, 2012 8:12 pm
Can't wait to try this!!!!
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