There’s something about a cupcake that instantly makes me happy. They’re so cute and perfectly proportioned that they practically beg you to enjoy an entire cupcake all by yourself—sharing is definitely not allowed. Seriously though, even people (like me) who claim they don’t like “sweets” or cake typically like cupcakes, because what’s not to love? Nothing. There is nothing bad about a cupcake. (Except sometimes I think I’ll actually gain weight just by looking at a cupcake, but that’s another story for another day…)


With that said, last week I saw something amazing on another blog, and I am blatantly stealing her idea. Staci (Staci Edwards Design Blog) came up with “Bake-N-Blog,” a baking project where bloggers (you!) pick a cupcake—any cupcake—from a particular list and then everyone blogs about their creation on a specific day. Basically, it’s cupcake heaven and I’ll be able to live vicariously through your blogs instead of gaining 20 pounds by making them all myself.

The idea kinda makes your lips smack and your mouth water a little bit, right? At least that’s what happened to me! So I quickly emailed Staci and asked if she minded me borrowing her Bake-N-Blog** idea, because I had a feeling you guys would love to get involved in the action, and she told me to go forth and bake. Because really, life is too short to just enjoy cupcakes made from a box. (And for the record, I don’t think I’ve ever baked anything from scratch, so this will be a challenge for me, too.) 

So what do you say?
Are you in? 

 Here’s the game plan: 

1. Go to Ming Makes Cupcakes and pick the cupcake you want to make (there are 33 to choose from)*. It’s okay if people pick the same cupcake, but it’d be cool if there’s a plethora of recipes represented. 

2. Come back here and leave comment with your name, your blog’s name, and what cupcake you’re making. Check out this page to see who’s making what (I’ll update it periodically).

3. Between now and Thursday, September 15, make your cupcakes and take pictures along the way. (See The Pioneer Woman if you need examples!)  

4. On September 14 I’ll post a blog with all of the participants and what everyone is making. This will be your reminder to get your posts ready…

5. On September 15 post your cupcake creation on your blog with your experience making them, come back here to link it up, then check out what everyone else made!

6. Also—and this is the awesome part, so pay attention—all of those who post their cupcake-making adventure and link it to this blog on the 15th will be entered to win the book Hello, Cupcake and possibly some other fun cupcake goodies I find between now and then. I’ll pick a winner the morning of the 16th! 

So who’s in?!

*Click on “Text” at the top of her blog to get the text version of each recipe. 
**Did anyone else notice that if “Bake-N-Blog” sounds a lot like “Bacon Blog”? Mmmm…bacon! 


  1. OMGsh this just made me VERY hungry! I want to try to do one, but it might be hard with Mr. Jayce, so how about I just come over and help you eat the ones you and 'K' make 😉 Deal? Deal. haha

  2. Mmmmm…it's seven in the morning, and you have me pining away for that graham cupcake with key lime icing. I'm not participating (unfortunately) because I have nowhere to take them once their made, which means I'll eat them all. But I will live vicariously through the experience!

  3. This sounds like FUN! I may have to join in! I was planning on making cupcakes for my husbands shop this week anyways! I'm just waiting for the weather to cool off…ugh.

  4. What a fantastic idea! I'm Sespi, from and I'm going to make the pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting… and maybe the chocolate Guinness cupcakes with Bailey's cream cheese frosting. Or maybe I'll wait and make those for Chris as his welcome home present 🙂

  5. Oh my gosh, how fun!! Ryan's birthday is next month and he loves Guinness. I may have to try this! Awesome idea, Jess!

  6. P.S. I had a cupcake this weekend, the first in a LONG time, and I totally thought of you! It was from a little bakery by my house, it was just plain vanilla with thick vanilla frosting but it was sooooo delicious!
    I kept telling my husband about it and he said "it's just a cupcake." Men sometimes have no idea…
    Well, he's at work so I think I'll go back to the bakery today!

  7. My name is Ashley! 🙂 My blog is: and I'm going to make the Flourless Beet Chocolate Cupcakes!

    I was just chatting with my mom yesterday about how much I love beets and want to cook with them more!

    This is exciting!

  8. Girl you know I'm in!!!! Who doesn't love yet ANOTHER reason to bake! I"m so pumped about this. Very hard to just choose one. I"m gonna get my blog set up and then I'll link it back here. Now I really have a reason to do it! I'll be doing #26- Port Wine & Cherry Chocolate w/ Mascarpone, what a beauty!!! I'm sure I"ll make a few others as well… just because! Thanks Jess for the awesome idea, love love love it 🙂

  9. Yay! I'm so happy that you are doing this, I love being inspiring! 🙂
    I would say that I would do a cupcake, but I'm sure my readers are all cupcaked out by now, so I wouldn't be able to blog about it.
    I will follow along with you my dears!
    Have fun!

  10. I'll be traveling pretty much the entire month of September…but we'll see. I might be a last minute participant 😉 But email me about prizes…I might have something to offer ya 😉

  11. Jess, I'm doing cupcake 31! The Beet Flourless Chocolate looks like I'm signed up for the flourless chocolate sans beets!

  12. Ok, this is Sarah from and I really want to do Cupcake #17 (Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate Ganache) since my husband will definitely help me eat them! lol I'll have to see if I can scrounge up the proper cookware to make the ganache though, or I might have to switch to Cupcake #28, the gingerbread ones (which also sound amazing!).

    This is such a cool idea! =)

  13. I definitely plan on making #16 this weekend, Jess! And if I feel ambitious I might make another one just for fun! : )

  14. I'm in! Put me down for #23: the Lemon Filled Vanilla Cupcake with Meringue.

    I looked through the comments and I didn't see that anyone took this one. If someone already did though let me know because there were a few other ones that looked really good to me too, so I'll take one of those then.

  15. Just tried this and it came out beautifully. I never loved spaghetti squash until finding this recipe…I’m now hooked and will be adding this into my meal plan a lot more. Thank you so much!

  16. I tried this sauce on turkey meatballs last night and served them to my very picky children and their even pickier cousins. What a HUGE hit! I cannot thank you enough – you’ve added a new staple to their diets …

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