Monday, August 17, 2009

Monkey Business

Banana Cupcakes

Check out the frosting on these banana cupcakes. Super smooth and creamy, cream cheese buttercream … so delicious and creamy. Did I mention creamy? I also used a little added yellow to tint the otherwise cream colored creamy cream cheese frosting … you know, just to enhance the senses. I’m tricky like that.

Banana Cupcakes
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large ripe banana (or almost 1 cup)
1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake tray with 12 baking cups.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl with a wire whisk.
  • Cream butter and sugar in a mixer for about four minutes.
  • Add banana and mix until combined.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add half the flour in three additions alternating with milk in two additions. Scrape down the sides with each addition.
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until done.

Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box (1lb) of confectioner’s sugar
Buttercup yellow icing color (optional)

  • Cream butter and cream cheese in mixer until thoroughly combined
  • Add vanilla. Then Add sugar in small batches until combined and creamy.
  • Add a small amount of buttercup yellow icing color to frosting and mix.

Now you can eat them just like this or …

Confetti Cupcakes

Party them up a little bit with small pastel colored confetti sprinkles … just because it’s that kind of day.

But, these banana cupcakes need something else… something to keep them company.

A little friend maybe?

IMG_3315

Yes definitely.

But my little monkey needs a friend, too.

Cupcake Toppers

So this little piggy and teddy joined in on the fun.

Cupcake Toppers

And so did my favorite martian, robot and bumblebee.

My head is actually going to explode from all this cuteness.

Bumblebee Cupcake Topper

Could these be any more adorable? Look at that bumblebee bottom.

Cupcake Towers from Lollipop Workshop

Why yes, yes they can! These cupcake toppers are also candleholders. I’m officially in love here.

Cupcake Toppers from Lollipop Workshop

And it gets even better. They want to be your friends, too. Not these, they’re mine. All mine.

Cupcake Toppers

But these could be all yours.

When I bought these cutie pies from the Lollipop Workshop on etsy (also be cheery on flickr), I bought enough for two more sets. And I want two of you to have one. Well I want all of you to have them, but I only have two sets to give away. (Martian and Robot colors may vary from above.)

All you have to do to enter is give me some advice.

You see, Lollipop Workshop also sent me something else … A surprise … when she mailed the cupcake toppers.

I’m 10000000% certain it will be crazy cute!

From Lollipop Workshop

It’s in this box and I haven’t opened it yet.

Why?

Lollipop Workshop Goodies

Because she also sent this box for my little helper. So sneaky and sweet of her.

So the question is…
Should I wait until my niece visits again so we can open them together?
Should I rip open mine now and show you what’s inside?
Should I open both of them? I could re-wrap ‘em and no one would be the wiser.
But I do like surprises. Hmmmm… tortured by sweetness.

Okay, so you know I’m really gonna wait, right.

But, I’m just curious – what would you do?

  • Leave your answer in the comment section below and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a set of assorted cupcake toppers from Lollipop Workshop.
  • Make sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you win.
  • Deadline to enter is Tuesday, August 18th at 5 p.m. TIME’S UP!
  • Two winners* will be picked at random and announced sometime Tuesday evening on this post.

*Winners will be chosen using the random.org integer generator.

Good Luck!

And, here’s some more cuteness from Lollipop Workshop. Custom cake toppers, lollidolls and candleholders. The store sells out quickly when she adds new products, so just send her a message if you need a custom order.

Okay, Time’s up and here are the two winners

#1619 – Elle
#831 – The Pettit Family

Congrats! You’re getting some super cute cupcake toppers!

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ALS said...

Oh, as much as I think you should just rip into them, wait until your neice comes, it will be worth the wait and she'll feel so special!

August 17, 2009 03:07 AM
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Anonymous said...

You should wait and open them together…I know the anticipation is killing you but it will make the moment that much better! :) Take pictures of the surprises, I'd love to know what else you got!
Whitney
Whitney.Nichelle@yahoo.com

August 17, 2009 03:08 AM
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Jessy said...

I think you should wait for your "little helper". It will make the surprise that much better! And then you should post the pictures on the site, I'm dying to know whats in them.

August 17, 2009 03:10 AM
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Monkey Memories said...

As hard at it may be, wait for your niece! :) She'll love you for it!

August 17, 2009 03:10 AM
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AmandaMichelleSmith said...

I would love for you to tear open both of those special gifts right at this moment…BUTTTTT i guess you should wait… My niece would hurt me if I opened a gift meant for her. lol :]

Amandamichelle_smith@yahoo.com

August 17, 2009 03:11 AM
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Amanda said...

Wait for sure..

August 17, 2009 03:12 AM
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Julie said...

Definitely wait! It will be so much sweeter opening them with her!

August 17, 2009 03:13 AM
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Macey said...

Wait! Sounds like a cute surprise :) maceycoupon (yahoo)

August 17, 2009 03:13 AM
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Leslie said...

You must wait…it adds great anticipation!

Oh My! CUTE! My Lil Girl just saw those and now she's "hungry for cupcakes…" :D

August 17, 2009 03:13 AM
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sbrylander@gmail.com said...

I say wait…but I would never be able to do that!
Oh well, if you open them up, rewrap them and act SUPER surprised when your niece is there!

August 17, 2009 03:14 AM
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Hope said...

Those are SO CUTE! If I don't win I might have to buy my own. I personally wouldn't have the willpower, but think you should wait until your niece visits!

August 17, 2009 03:14 AM
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Abderia said...

Definately open them together! It will be so much fun! i can't wait to see what they are!
abderia@comcast.net

August 17, 2009 03:14 AM
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mydogumentary said...

Definitely wait for your niece–it will be more fun for her if you're BOTH surprised!

August 17, 2009 03:14 AM
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Dancin Queen said...

For sure wait. And SOOO cute. Thanks for the fun ideas. brianwendi@msn.com

August 17, 2009 03:14 AM
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lauren haupt said...

oh no! so tempting.
but you should wait, for sure. it will be hard, but SO much more gratifying.
just eat a cupcake. it will help.

August 17, 2009 03:14 AM
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Ardy Pozzi said...

Patience is a virtue…that I do NOT possess! hopefully you do and your niece will be so happy you waited for her. LOVE the wrapping paper – why are dots so fun?!?!?
ardypozzi@hotmail.com

August 17, 2009 03:15 AM
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Carmen said...

No, you have to wait until your niece is with you!! That is half the fun!! Think of how surprised she will be!!

August 17, 2009 03:15 AM
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MichelleSG said...

What would I do? Heck I'd open that puppy right up. But I suffer from a severe lack of self control and I have a waistline to prove it. You could always invite your little helper immediately right?

August 17, 2009 03:15 AM
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Tina said...

I say get her over there ASAP and you each get to open each others gifts while the other guesses what it could be…. tinareid@gmail.com

August 17, 2009 03:15 AM
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Nancy said...

I think you should totally wait to open it :) It'll be more exciting!

August 17, 2009 03:16 AM
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Kayla said...

You HAVE to wait!

August 17, 2009 03:16 AM
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Lisa said...

I would not be able to wait! I would have ripped it open before I could even type one word of your blog!!

Good luck!

August 17, 2009 03:16 AM
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Shaybaybobay said...

Am I the only person who would open mine? haha
I'd say open yours, and give hers to her when she comes =) I can't stand the wait!!

August 17, 2009 03:16 AM
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Rose said...

How fun! I think you should wait for your neice, it will be so much more fun!

Rose

roseopera3@hotmail.com

August 17, 2009 03:16 AM
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lillie-beth said...

Probably wait — more fun for all of you that way — but how hard! And how cute are those packages and cupcake toppers! Always fun and inspiring to see what you're up to on here.

August 17, 2009 03:16 AM
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Jenn said...

holy cow! i thought they were the newest pops on the block!super cute!

anyway….you should wait. there's nothing like the look of surprise on a little ones face. just make sure to have the camera at the ready! (and good luck resisting temptation if that's what you choose!)

August 17, 2009 03:17 AM
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Mackenzie said...

Definitely wait for your "little helper"! It will be so much more special :). Those are too cute! I love the candle holders!!

kenzieathrone@gmail.com

August 17, 2009 03:17 AM
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Jess H said...

I would wait until your neice comes and then open. Even as much as you want to open and then re-wrap ;)

And I have to say that the candle holders/ cupcake toppers are ADORABLE!!! If I win *hint hint* I want the monkey ones. My little monkey turns 3 at the end of august and those would be awesome on his cake. :)

Can't wait to see what the surprises are in the box!

August 17, 2009 03:17 AM
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Tracy said...

Oh Bakerella I love those cupcake toppers!
I say you should definitely wait for her, but I would find a way to have her come SOON!!! :) I can't wait to see what is inside!

tracystandage at gmail!!! :)

August 17, 2009 03:17 AM
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Anonymous said...

OPEN OPEN OPEN!!!
You can re wrap the boxes!! For crying outloud…the suspense is killing me!!!

misstaffy2002@yahoo.com

August 17, 2009 03:18 AM
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Samantha said...

Oh man! So cute! I would definitely open your present — no way I could wait!! Your niece will be excited to open her own, but you can open yours and enjoy it yourself too!
- Samantha manthamarie@gmail.com

August 17, 2009 03:18 AM
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Randee said...

It kills me to say it b/c I want to see whats in it, but my vote is to wait.
randeemecham(at)gmail.com

August 17, 2009 03:19 AM
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Nina said...

AS much as I want to say that you should rip them open and see what is in them, I think that you should wait until your niece gets there and open them together.
<3

August 17, 2009 03:19 AM
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Lindsay and Co. said...

I think you should make an emergency visit (either way) to see your niece so you can open them soon! I consider this an emergency :)

August 17, 2009 03:19 AM
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Sarah said...

Definitely wait for your niece to visit!

August 17, 2009 03:19 AM
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Anonymous said...

Oh coem on ladies- "wait" broke the wagon!!! I think you should open them both- there might be something edible in them and you wouldn't want it to spoil- even if that means eating them too :)
Liz
whassay@columbus.rr.com

August 17, 2009 03:19 AM
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Erin said...

I would wait for your cute little helper – but I would shake them every day until then!

Can't wait to see what is inside!

erin.drew at verizon dot net

August 17, 2009 03:20 AM
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Kelley Taylor said...

Wait and open them together.

August 17, 2009 03:20 AM
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Lori said...

Oh, wait and open them with your niece, you'll have so much fun sharing the excitement together!

Lori
lkmorris@cox.net

August 17, 2009 03:20 AM
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Jackie said...

I'd have already opened 'em both an snuck them back into their wrapping… But it's quite clear that you're a better one than I. :D

August 17, 2009 03:21 AM
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Anonymous said...

I would wait until your niece comes over, but good luck with that, because I'd have a REALLY hard time!

ajcollignon@hotmail.com

August 17, 2009 03:21 AM
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The McDaniel Five said...

Wait! That will make it more special for your niece, but I really want to know what is in there.

August 17, 2009 03:21 AM
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Crystal's Creations said...

I say wait, but would not be able to do so myself, so if you can't, I don't blame you =)

CrysBoman79@hotmail.com

August 17, 2009 03:21 AM
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Aileen said...

well that was easy. rip it open and show us!!!

August 17, 2009 03:22 AM
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Stacie said...

I'm terrible with surprises and hate the wait but I definitely would have to suck it up and wait it out in this case. It's worth it to have that fun moment with your sweet niece!

August 17, 2009 03:22 AM
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elizabeth said...

All the sweeter to open them together. It will be tough – but you can't replace the *real* surprise with fake, I can't any how. ;-) Can't wait – either way!

eko

August 17, 2009 03:23 AM
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Angela Compton said...

I totally think you should wait and share in the surprise together. Definitely make sure you capture her expression though because I'm sure it will priceless!

Can't wait to see what it is!

August 17, 2009 03:23 AM
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LEISHMAN'S said...

I would open mine, then rewrap it and then wait to open again together. So sneeky!!!

August 17, 2009 03:23 AM
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Amanda said...

I would open yours and wait until she comes so she can open hers. They are super cute!
amandarwest@gmail.com

August 17, 2009 03:23 AM
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Nic said...

I say wait. Anticipation is half the fun of a gift. And she will love getting to open the gifts with her aunt. It will be a special day together.Sounds like a good day to make a special treat to go along with the fun,

August 17, 2009 03:23 AM
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Jess said...

personally, I would want to open mine and give niece-y hers later. But then you might be tempted to open hers and keep it for yourself, so you probably shouldn't do that.

jllunsfo (at) gmail DOT com

August 17, 2009 03:25 AM
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Tiffany said...

Wow hard decision!! Let me think……
I think I'd open mine and let said niece know she's got a surprise as well. And super cute toppers!! Hope I win.

August 17, 2009 03:25 AM
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Amanda said...

Those are adorable! And the recipe sounds so yummy too – definitely going to have to try this one.

As for your dilemma, I'd definitely wait for your niece. It'd be such a treat for both of you!

August 17, 2009 03:25 AM
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Christina said...

omg, those are so cute. I love surprises too, but I am the most impatient person ever. It would probably be more fun if you were good and patient to wait for your little helper though. Good luck!

August 17, 2009 03:25 AM
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Hannah Noel said...

Although I am SO not a waiter, I say wait. Only because there is a girl in the picture that will make the waiting worth it.

August 17, 2009 03:25 AM
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Kris said...

wait until your niece and open them together…it will be worth the wait. promise

August 17, 2009 03:26 AM
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Nikole said...

UGHHH PUT THEM OUT OF SITE AND WAIT UNTIL YOUR NIECE COMES, IT'LL BE WORTH IT!!!

NIKOLE

MISSCALABRESE@GMAIL.COM

August 17, 2009 03:26 AM
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CFCina said...

Wait for your niece's visit!

I LOVE the Bee toppers!!!

~ Kathy (Hillsboro, OR)

August 17, 2009 03:26 AM
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Lisita said...

Mail it to your niece and you can open them at the same time while talking on the phone. The best of both worlds!

August 17, 2009 03:26 AM
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fa11enan9e1 (Alice) said...

I don't know if I could do it… but you should wait. lol.

August 17, 2009 03:27 AM
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Heather said...

Oh I know your little helper would LOVE if you waited. That's what I would do… although the suspense is killing me ;-)

August 17, 2009 03:27 AM
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amy said...

I think you should rip it open right now! You have waited long enough! :)

August 17, 2009 03:27 AM
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cndymkr / jean said...

OPEN IT NOW. Umm, sorry. I just couldn't hold it in. How can you stand the suspense? I would have opened it the moment it arrived!

August 17, 2009 03:27 AM
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Anonymous said...

I think you should wait until your niece comes to visit to open your surprises.

Marylou
mlwhoo@yahoo.com

August 17, 2009 03:27 AM
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Wammy said...

It probably would kill me but I would have to wait for my neice to return and then we could open them together.
Jan
Itsahoot24@aol.com

No one second thought I'd rip it right open and then re reap it and open it a second time when my neice arrived and act like it is the biggest surprise ever.

August 17, 2009 03:28 AM
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justJENN said...

Open YOURS now!

August 17, 2009 03:28 AM
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jesstyler said...

too cute! I love the monkey one!

Personally, I'd wait … the suspense will surely be worth it!!

Jess (jess.tyler2@gmail.com)

August 17, 2009 03:28 AM
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Suz said...

Definitely wait…it is probably worth the anticipation and she will love you for it!

August 17, 2009 03:28 AM
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bvrooks said...

oooohhhhh….the anticipation!! I would be hardpressed to keep them wrapped, but I agree with just about everyone else. You should wait and open them together. Although I do think that you should invite your niece over ASAP! And post pictures…..inquiring minds want, no need, to know!!

August 17, 2009 03:29 AM
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Spun Sugar said...

Normally, I'd rip into it. But in this case, I'd wait for your helper. How exciting. I've gotten a package from her that looked exactly like yours- there's good stuff inside!!!!

August 17, 2009 03:29 AM
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Susan said...

I think you should wait for your niece…much easier said than done though, right! (:

thanks for the giveaway!

August 17, 2009 03:29 AM
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Robin said...

Personally, I would have to tear into them right now!!!

August 17, 2009 03:29 AM
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Jared, Christine, &amp; Lucas said...

I would probably peek and then pretend to be surprised. I LOVE surprises, but not things like wrapped presents where I already know about it, but I don't know what's in it….

christinedeniece2@yahoo.com

August 17, 2009 03:29 AM
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Colleen said...

Oh, you SHOULD wait for your helper. Should…could…should….could…

August 17, 2009 03:29 AM
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Kaitlin said...

I would keep it a suprise! more fun that way.
Or open them with your niece :)

August 17, 2009 03:29 AM
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Jones Town said...

I think you should wait for her…but maybe you could call her and see if she wants to visit sooner!

August 17, 2009 03:29 AM
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Dawn said...

Just think of the cuteness that will ensue if you wait for her!

August 17, 2009 03:30 AM
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Vicky said...

I would definitely wait for my neice so we could open them together. And I am going to get right to those banana cupcakes this week! :D You are such an inspiration Bakerella!

limvicky@live.com

August 17, 2009 03:30 AM
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She who must be obeyed! said...

I'll say you should wait because it's the right thing to do…..but I'm real handy with a tape dispenser if you want to pop them open and then re-wrap. :)

August 17, 2009 03:30 AM
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Sandy said...

Those toppers are too cute. I would love to win some! I must go check out the etsy shop. I would go ahead and open the surprise. I'm bad like that.

sugarpugpaperie@bellsouth.net

August 17, 2009 03:30 AM
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Courtney said...

Although the urge to just rip it open is soooo tempting I'd say wait until my niece visits again so we can open them together. It's awesome to enjoy something by yourself but even more awesome to share the excitement!! :D FYI These are precious! :) courtneyssweets [at] hotmail.com :)

August 17, 2009 03:30 AM
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Joy said...

I don't think I could wait….I know myself, and I can't handle the suspense!

Have you ever done any wedding themed cake pops? I am trying to figure out a way to do them, other than just doing half black and half white.

August 17, 2009 03:30 AM
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Anonymous said...

oh i would call your little helper and get her over there asap. then eat your banana cupcakes and enjoys your gifts! make sure to take pics :)

caitlin
runnybabbit812@hotmail.com

August 17, 2009 03:30 AM
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Kathy said...

I know it's hard, especially since the packages ar wrapped sooo pretty, but I would wait for your niece. Just think of the look on her face when she opens her box. :)

Kathy

August 17, 2009 03:30 AM
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Southern Gal said...

Definitely wait. I'm one of those 'no opening presents until the day of' kind of girl.

And my son who will be 18 next month LOVES a banana bar recipe I make with cream cheese icing. I was wanting to make it in cake form for his birthday. Banana cupcakes! You solved my problem. Thanks!

August 17, 2009 03:30 AM
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Andi said...

I think you should wait. Those toppers are adorable, though! <3
Andi
aboulang@smith.edu

August 17, 2009 03:31 AM
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Dyanna said...

If it was me I'd wait for my neice.

August 17, 2009 03:31 AM
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Valerie said...

Life is short. Open the present. Your niece will understand.
If nothing else, I would probably eat the lollipop. Mmm….

vwoods2008 (at) gmail dot com

August 17, 2009 03:31 AM
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emilyadi said...

Oh that's tough! I say wait…when I first started college, my mom gave me a wrapped present with instructions to open when I got stressed. About seven months passed and I decided I may never get stressed and just opened it. Actually, I shouldn't have waited so long. I take it back, open it then rewrap. Totally the way to go.
http://www.emilyadi.com

August 17, 2009 03:31 AM
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Jennifer said...

It would be really hard to wait, but I would have to wait. It would be more special that way.

August 17, 2009 03:31 AM
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Jess said...

I say…Rip it open & rewrap them! I can't wait, I'm a sneak.

Jess
nerdyjess@gmail.com

August 17, 2009 03:31 AM
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Lisa said...

I would open both of them and then re-wrap them! Or at least open mine… :)

August 17, 2009 03:32 AM
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Sarah said...

Open them together so you can both enjoy the surprise at the same time! Surprises are best shared after all.

riddikulus.sarah@gmail.com

August 17, 2009 03:32 AM
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Redheaded Mama said...

oh please wait, but be sure to take pictures when you both open them :)

gibson.alana@gmail.com

August 17, 2009 03:32 AM
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Sandy said...

What ever you do, at least tell people that you waited ;-)

Hurry and pick a winner…my sons birthday is Tuesday!

dawdawsmom@earthlink.net

August 17, 2009 03:32 AM
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The Royal Family said...

keep it a secret until she gets there… unless the lady says its perishable!

August 17, 2009 03:32 AM
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Anonymous said...

Okay, I'll be honest. Patience is hard for me, particularly when faced with *wrapped packages*! I am a bit of a peeker, so I'd probably unwrap mine and then rewrap. At least I know my weaknesses!

Good luck!
Tracy
tls0118@hotmail.com

August 17, 2009 03:32 AM
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Staley Mc said...

I would probably rip it open but you should probably just wait for your niece!

August 17, 2009 03:32 AM
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Anonymous said...

I vote WAIT! I think it would be so sweet for you to wait for your niece. And suprises are so much BETTER when shared with loved ones.

Jennifer
email: roxy0576@msn.com

August 17, 2009 03:32 AM
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First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti said...

rip into it!! just kidding, you should wait. just make sure you post pictures asap so the rest of us can see the goods!

August 17, 2009 03:33 AM
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