To jazz them up I bought more than just the mix and frosting. I picked up some Reynolds Jumbo Baking cups, sanding sugar and modeling chocolate.
The baking cups are great - especially for those of you without a cupcake pan! I filled each cup with 1/3 of a cup of batter and placed them on a baking sheet, cooked for 20 minutes at 350 degrees as directed and they came out perfectly!
While the cupcakes were baking, I cut a piece of modeling chocolate (about half of one of the squares below) and rolled it out with a rolling pin. To make each letter, I took a piece of the rolled out chocolate and, using my hands, rolled it into a ball a bit smaller then a marble. With my fingers, I rolled the marble-sized ball into a rope, so that I could create a script letter. There is no real science to this, but here are a few tips: (1) Work on a colder surface (away from the oven) and sort of gently poke the rope into the desired letter shape. (2) Slide a butter knife under the letters to move them around. (3) Keep the letters in the fridge while frosting and sanding the cupcakes.
To sand the cupcakes, I poured a generous amount of the sugar onto a plate and rolled the frosted cupcakes in the sugar as seen below. The sugar will stay on easier if the cupcakes are freshly frosted.
When they were all frosted and sanded, I placed the letters on the cupcakes (using a knife to lift and place them) and VOILA!
Big Fun(fetti) Monogrammed Cupcakes!
When I got to the restaurant, I gave my box of cupcakes to the Maitre D before sitting down and saying hello to the birthday girl. When they came out for dessert, she was totally surprised and beyond excited that they were her favorite flavor. I won't tell you how many she ate! ;) Will you try monogramming cupcakes? Let me know! XOXO