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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?

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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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3,524 comments on “Monkey Business”

  1. wait! surprises are the best!!!

  2. As much as you want to open yours (and her's) you should wait, because wouldn't you feel like the biggest jerk ever if you didn't.

  3. I would wait until the little helper comes. As hard as that would be, it would make your niece feel so special that you waited for her :-)

  4. Aww, I know it's hard, but you gotta wait for your helper and open your surprises together! It'll be sweeter that way! ;-)

  5. I vote for opening with your niece.

  6. oh my gosh–rip into yours right now! What are you waiting for?!! Your niece can have her fun when she gets there…so at least save hers for her. But COME ON ALREADY!! What's in there???

  7. You should definitely wait for you niece! Then you'll both be surprised at the same time and she'll be so excited when she gets her present.

    -Andrea

    andrea.georgina@live.com

  8. Well, as hard as it would be to wait, I think I'd wait for my niece! However….I'd invite her over TODAY!! :)
    -Tiffany

  9. I definitely would open mine because what if you need to buy supplies to be able to use the gift for it's intended purpose while your niece is there? You want to be immediately ready for whatever it is when she opens hers! Plus, I can't stand the anticipation.

  10. You totally have to wait to open them both! It maskes it all the better!

  11. Oh I could never ever wait. I would try, but it would never happen. I did the same thing with the sono results when I was pg with my daughter. The envelope stayed sealed for approx 2 hours after we got home…. I would call and ask your niece what she wants you to do! :)

  12. you should definitely wait to open it together with your niece!! imagine what a wonderful surprise it'll be for you and her to share together! :) and have your camera ready so you can document the surprised and cheery faces!!
    wong.jen@gmail.com

  13. Definitely wait! Can't wait to see what it is!:) tiffanyadowd@yahoo.com

  14. Open them both. Then if you like them both…we won't tell her!
    Just kidding. If you haven't already ripped them open and re-wrapped them, you are the most patient person I know. kristynhansen(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. Resist the temptation! Waiting to be surprised together will be such fun!

  16. You should invite your niece over ASAP! I couldn't stand the suspense. Oh, what about a webcam? Do you have one of those? Please let us know the special surprise once you open it.

    Jennifer

    jenndaly2000@yahoo.com

  17. Oh I don't like surprises so I would OPEN it asap!!! But that's just me!

  18. The boxes are adorable and it would be very tempting to open them now, but I think you should wait. It will be fun to open them together with your niece.

    (The banana cupcakes look fabulous. I'm making them tomorrow!)

  19. agree with Linda- open, squeal giggle, rewrap!

  20. thats pretty hard..but I think I would wait for your little helper! Then you guys could bake something sweet together and use whatever you got as well!

    Ginabean2302@yahoo.com

  21. Oh, goodness, I'd probably wait but it would be hard!

  22. Wait.
    Unless you can't live unless you open it.
    Then, I would certainly open it.

  23. I'd love to be all pious and say wait for your niece – but hello! It's gorgeously wrapped gift from dealers in cute!

    UNWRAP IT NOW!!!

    And then rewrap it and wait for your niece and tell her you waited. If you're really good you'll be able to just prize the tape off one end, peak and slide the box back into it's original wrapping!

    (Can you guess how annoying I am at Christmas time?!?!?)

  24. ok….I've thought long and hard about what you should do, I took into consideration what I would do, then I factored in what others might consider to be the right thing to do and I came up with this solution.
    (deep breath 'cause I'm gonna say this in one breath!)………………………………..
    Wait until your niece visits again so you can open them together, AFTER you have ripped the paper off of them with gay abandon and had a quick peek,
    (ok I can't do this in just one breath!)
    …. because the suspense may just kill you and we wouldn't want that to happen…
    (one more breath)
    after the quick peak, wrap the gifts again (I L?VE wrapping gifts…it's sort of like the icing on a cupcake) then set them aside and wait for the reaction you just KNOW is gonna be coming from your niece, throw in your own revived enthusiastic reaction when you open them 'together' and enjoy the whole experience on multiple occasions and on multiple levels…and maybe you could have your camera handy to record her reaction and the moment! :0) ????SWEEEEEEEEEET!????
    All angles covered, everyone happy…..oh except we, your readers. You tell us what ever you think we want to hear and then do whatever you sweet heart desires!!
    ??Everyone Happy (I think!) LOL??

    Email link is on my Blog Profile page :0)

    Good Luck

    Cheers
    Jewelz

  25. It depends on how much time you have until your niece comes to visit. A week? More? I love surprises but I am terrible at waiting so if she's not coming for a week or more I would rip it open and enjoy your gift!

  26. It would be so much fun to tear it open, but so much sweeter to wait and open it with your little helper! It will be worth it, for both of you!
    aormston@gmail.com

  27. I think you should open yours and show us all what she sent you. Just because you open it doesn't mean you have to tell your niece what was inside! amybillingsley@gmail.com

  28. Wait, of course. Although that seems so much easier said than done. It will take a lot of will power, almost as much as it takes not to eat all of those cupcakes!

  29. because i'm sneaky and have no patience, i would open mine…. and then her's too =) and then re-wrap them!

    pooja.teck@gmail.com

  30. Crazy, I know, but I'd wait, just to keep the suspense and have the awesome surprise for me as well as her.
    Tiff

  31. Those are too cute – like cuteness overload – love them!!
    As for opening or waiting – I would opt to wait – as much as its gonna suck – it will be all the more special. Please someone take pics of you and your niece opening them please!!

  32. Open it now, squeal, giggle, and re-wrap. That's what I would do :)

  33. I LOVE SURPRISES! They're better in twos though. So I would wait and open them TOGETHER!

  34. Okay well since I have been known to unwrap Christmas presents and rewrap that is so what I would do, terrible huh!

    But waiting will be so much FUN!! Just put them away and maybe you will forget about them….

  35. Wait, absolutely. . . the anticipation is half the fun! Can't wait to see what you both got!

  36. I think you should open them together. I love surprises and I bet it would be fun to be surprised together!

    mormishmom at gmail dot com

  37. Personally, I'd wait for my niece, hypothetically speaking I have one, and open it together. It will make the moment more special.

  38. Wait for your niece. The look on her face will make it worthwhile.

  39. You should definitely wait. You want to be the best Aunt ever – don't you?

  40. Awww… you should wait! Joys are best experienced together and you know there's nothing like the FIRST TIME you open a gift that you love ~ you can't remake that exuberance. Hope that helps!
    princess_essentials@yahoo.com

  41. It would be torture for me…but I think you should wait and open them together. I can't wait to see what she put inside. :-)

  42. I think you should wait and open them together with your niece… it will then be a real surprise for the both of you :) oh & don't forget to post pics!!

    audra
    crystal2000a@gmail.com

  43. I literally HATE surprises. I do everything in my power to sort out any mystery put in my path. So the devious, ebil person inside me says to open it now.. But the cupcakes and sunshine party of me says you ought to wait. Your neice and you both will get WAY more satisfaction opening them together.

    But, if you really just can't wait… Just tell them "Ebil Shannie made me do it!"

    hurleygirl@hotmail.com

  44. I can't believe your self restraint!

    -edie
    edie22@hotmail.com

  45. wait until my niece visits again so we can open them together
    But you really could open and rewrap and no one would be the wiser ;)

  46. I say wait! But call your niece and get together with her asap!! It will be a fun memory for you guys to open them together!

  47. since your helper is your niece (& a kid), i would wait too. but if my helper was the same (ish) age as me (or older), i'd so tear into it now. :P

  48. I think you should wait for your niece to come visit and then back cupcakes with her that day. When they're all done, you can slyly tell her that you sure wish you had something cute to put on top and then, pull out the boxes and ask her to open them. She will be thrilled! I think surprises are always better when shared with a child!

  49. Sure it would be great to open them together but how long will you have to wait??? If its too long, rip your's open. I couldn't resist if I were you. I didn't read all 135 comments but I seem to be in the minority on this =)

  50. aw, wait and open them together! Be sure to post pictures though. :)

  51. I think you should wait for your little helper, the wait will just make the end surprise that much better :)

  52. Hmmm, tough call… I say wait for your nieces, if they'll be there within a week… I would not be able to wait much longer than that. :-)

    http://celestejohnson.blogspot.com

  53. I would wait for your niece. Imagine how wonderful she'd feel to know that she was labeled as your special helper. How sweet!!

  54. Open yours and show us! Wait on the one for your niece until she can open it. Love all the amazing cuteness you share with us. Pick me! Pick me, random picking program! (Jnlstewart at gmail dot com)

  55. open one, then take really, really, really close-up pictures of just a part of each item. send each pic as a game of "cane you guess what this is?" then when she comes, she can open hers and know if she guessed right!

    (and the minor side benefit of you not having to wait)

  56. Wait! It will be better to share the surprise…

  57. I would wait and be surprised :).

  58. Oh how long do you have to wait to do the opening with her???? I know you should wait, but I'd have to hide them to keep the temptation at bay!!! Ooooh, can't wait to see!!!

    Suzanne

  59. Man, that is pretty tempting to just rip into the box! But I think if you wait your "little helper" would feel so special and it would be fun for her to see the look on your face as well as how I'm sure you're waiting to see the look on hers. :o)

  60. You have to wait and open them together! It's more exciting for you, and more special for her!

    whoiamnow[at]gmail[dot]com

  61. OMG- open it and re-wrap it!!!!! LOL! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the monkey topper! Tooooooo cute ;)
    Enjoy your goodies!
    rachelwassimon at verizon dot net
    ilovemythreesons.blogspot.com
    or I am on your fan page through FaceBook!

  62. Wait on your neice! Both of you can guess what's in the box and make a fun contest out of who's "right"! Have some fun with it! Remenber-the fun in in the ANTICIPATION!

  63. Im such a mom I would totally wait…wow whats happened to me?

  64. I would definitely wait for your little niece. She'll feel so cool knowing that you waited to open it with her!

  65. this is a tough one! but wait and open it with her :)
    katelyn
    katelyn0530@hotmail.com

  66. Well… I'd drive myself crAAAzy wondering and wondering what beautiful thing(s)lie in that perfectly wrapped box, and count down EVERY second until my niece has a chance to open hers with me. Because Yes, they Must be opened together.

  67. So cute!

    As impatient as I would be, I would wait. Getting to share that *plus* a surprise with your niece is going to be very special!

  68. I would call or email lollipop workshop say a BIG thank-you, use a tone like its been opened, they will reply with a discussion of what it is-perfect the suspense is over, plus you still get the added bonus of unwrapping the parcel as intended with your niece!

    Actually my conscience has already got the better of me, i would wait, as Lollipop workshop expects you to, they have gone to a lot of trouble for you both to experience a wonderful moment together.That would be spoiled if you knew what was inside. xKim

  69. Cute stuff Bakerella! The cute factor pretty much makes my day!

  70. I would open it! I'm not a waiting kind of gal….

  71. Listen, you won't be getting any sleep if you have to wait to open those boxes – I say you kidnap your little helper now for a surprise sleep over! It's cool- aunties get to do those kinds of things, it comes with the title!

    sweetumssweets (at) yahoo.com

  72. Oh man, I would want to wait to open them together. BUT, I would really open them up first and then put them back together. Be sneaky! :)

    gongjukim07@yahoo.com

  73. Definitely wait!! The anticipation makes it all the more fun!!

  74. Tempting…but I would wait :)

  75. Whether or not I would be able to wait would definitely depend on how long it would be!!

  76. For me, watching kids open gifts is more fun than anything I could get. I'd just look forward to watching her open it. This means, wait… but I have no advise of how to handle the anticipation!!! :)

  77. Open yours! Then you can fully enjoy watching her opens hers. I love giving presents WAAAAYYY better than getting them! Especially when the reciever is really excited.

  78. I would wait until your niece comes! I myself LOVE surprises. My husband and MIL know this and use it to torture me every single chance they get, and as much as it kills me not knowing what's inside that box the wait makes what's inside that much "Sweeter" in my opinion : )

    Melony
    melh420@cox.net

  79. I would so open it!

  80. Definitely wait until your niece visits. But make sure she visits soon. Those packages are oh so tempting!

  81. Wait till your niece comes! It will be something fun and exciting to enjoy together.

  82. It would be so hard for me but I would wait until my niece got there. It would be so much more exciting!

    Mandy
    iamwhole@yahoo.com

  83. Oh the cuteness! I'd love these, especially the martian and robot!

    And for the record, I'd totally rip open mine ASAP! Then beg the niece to come over ASAP and rip into hers. My family swears this is a genetic defect inherited from my grandmother. Grami and I don't know what they're talking about.

  84. I would never be able to resist. They would have been opened at first glance!

  85. Oh, wait…the anticipation makes it all that much sweeter!

  86. It would probably be best to wait, but GOOD LUCK!! I couldn't handle the anticipation and would have opened it already and then just gave her, the special surprise.

    By the way I want banana cupcakes–look so yummy!!

  87. I vote wait. The joy on your niece's face will be compounded by the joy on yours. It'll be worth it, even if the agony is killing you. :)

  88. So stinkin' cute! It'd be hard, but I'd wait. I don't have a really good poker face. :)

  89. I would open them both a rewrap… I am way to curious!!

  90. those are so cute! I like the idea a lot :)

    about the present… I think it will feel more special if you wait for your niece! and She will feel special that you waited for her, too :D If you really need to see what is in yours, you could open and re-wrap it, but if it was me, I would wait to open them together! and take lots of photo :D

  91. Yes definitely wait for your little helper. What a gorgeous surprise it will be.

  92. If you can…I think you should wait for your niece. That way you can both be super excited to see what's inside! And please post pictures of what's inside! :)

    Amie
    amiemd@hotmail.com

  93. RIP THEM OPEN!!! I want to see the cuteness! :)

  94. Both boxes would have been opened within 5 seconds of receiving them. I have zero patience for such things – lol

    erica dot rubin at gmail dot com

  95. As hard as it'll be, wait for your niece! Then you can both be excited and squeeee together :D

    These toppers are SOOOO cute, I love the monkey one!

  96. I'd wait for her, she'll love to rip open that red paper!

    jessicasnotebook{at}yahoo{dot}com

  97. I don't think I could wait! I would probably open mine at least..

  98. Oh! What a dilemma! I would love to tell you to wait and open the boxes at the same time with your niece! But the suspense would nearly kill me if both those adorable gift boxes were on my table! Good luck! :)

  99. You have to wait! It will be totally worth it!

  100. I have to agree with the others. WAIT FOR YOUR NEICE! She will feel so special and you rarely get suprises in life. Enjoy it together. It will make a nice memory for you both.

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

  102. 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

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

  104. 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

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

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

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

    dawdawsmom@earthlink.net

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

    gibson.alana@gmail.com

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

    riddikulus.sarah@gmail.com

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

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

    Jess
    nerdyjess@gmail.com

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

  112. 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

  113. 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

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

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

  116. 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!

  117. 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

  118. 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

  119. 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.

  120. 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 :)

  121. 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

  122. 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. :)

  123. 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

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

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

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

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

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

  129. 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

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

    thanks for the giveaway!

  131. 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!!

  132. 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!!!!

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

  134. too cute! I love the monkey one!

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

    Jess (jess.tyler2@gmail.com)

  135. Open YOURS now!

  136. 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.

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

    Marylou
    mlwhoo@yahoo.com

  138. 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!

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

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

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

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

  143. Wait for your niece's visit!

    I LOVE the Bee toppers!!!

    ~ Kathy (Hillsboro, OR)

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

    NIKOLE

    MISSCALABRESE@GMAIL.COM

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

  146. 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.

  147. 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!

  148. 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!

  149. 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.

  150. 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

  151. 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,

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

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

  154. 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!

  155. 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

  156. 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!

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

  158. 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

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

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

    ajcollignon@hotmail.com

  161. 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

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

    Lori
    lkmorris@cox.net

  163. Wait and open them together.

  164. 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

  165. 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

  166. Definitely wait for your niece to visit!

  167. 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 :)

  168. 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

  169. 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

  170. 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

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

    misstaffy2002@yahoo.com

  172. 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!!! :)

  173. 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!

  174. 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

  175. 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!)

  176. 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.

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

    Rose

    roseopera3@hotmail.com

  178. 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!!

  179. 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!

  180. You HAVE to wait!

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

  182. 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

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

  184. 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?

  185. 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

  186. 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.

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

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

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

  190. 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!

  191. 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!

  192. You must wait…it adds great anticipation!

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

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

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

  195. Wait for sure..

  196. 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

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

  198. 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.

  199. 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

  200. 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!