Any excuse for a cupcake

Oscar party cupcakes

Oscar night is a serious tradition in my family – ever since I can remember, we’ve printed up ballots and each hoped our predictions (or wild guesses, in some cases) would win us the family pool. With the whole family now settled in the UK, we record them in the middle of the night, all commit to a complete outside-world-blackout through the next day (no news, no internet, no radio) and then tuck in with some special treats. These tiny gold stars seemed an obvious choice for Oscar night!

Who won, you ask? Well, I don’t want to brag too much, but calling me the undisputed champion wouldn’t be totally crazy. Oscar night has always been pretty good to me!

Cupcakes: Martha Stewart’s One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes via Playing House
Frosting: Very Vanilla Frosting from Baked Perfection (this frosting is Seriously Amazing. It’s a keeper!)

(nearly) Wordless Wednesday: Post-Halloween Edition

Frankenstein & Dracula cupcakes

Frankenstein cupcakes: Perfect party cupcakes with vanilla buttercream (my favorite cupcakes of all time) via Sugar Cooking

Dracula cupcakes: Red velvet with cream cheese frosting via Pickycook, vampire bites decoration idea from Baking Bites.

Halloween sugar cookies

Sugar cookies and icing from Our Best Bites.

2010 Pumpkins

2010 Pumpkins

Pumpkin creatures of my own design, but I realized in retrospect that the toothy fellow owes quite a bit to Rebecca Danger‘s adorable knit monsters.