Unleash Your Cupcake Creativity

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Let's start by saying I am not an accomplished baker. So many rules and measurements. But I do love cooking with my older daughter. So when McCormick sent me a goodie package loaded with food coloring, tools and a cupcake cookbook, I had to get into the spirit.

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I adore cooking--it's a creative outlet and rules are made to be broken. No so with baking, but here's the twist with Hello, Cupcake! cookbook and McCormick food coloring I was able to experiment a bit. The recipes in the book looked daunting, but then I realized it was just the decorating that was scary. I picked a simple lemon poppy seed cupcake recipe from the book and it was delish. Then I added the cream cheese icing--here is where the food color came in--we turned them sherbet colored (I wanted yellow, but the 3 y.o. was in charge). So baking turned into a fun learning session thanks to the food color (the color creator on the McCormick site is a fun way to teach kids about mixing).

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I encourage you to try something new too. Log onto McCormick for some free spring recipes like flower cupcakes (see picture at very top). There are also non-cooking craft projects too. While mine don't look professional, they were a ton of fun to make. Here's what mine looked like (and they were a big hit at last night's picnic):

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