Wednesday, March 30, 2016


This will be a short one but I needed to share how cute these outfits are!!! 

So my little baby boy, which is 8 months old is wearing 9 month old and 12 month old clothes! One day I was dressing him and every piece of clothing he had was too tight! So I had to go to do some baby clothes shopping. Ugh, YEAH RIGHT!! I love shopping for him. 

I have a Carter's really close by so me and my husband went together to pick up a couple of things! I have to say, one thing I love about this store is that they are always running specials, promotions and their sale rack is pretty nice! I wanted to get a couple of onesies, pajamas, and several outfits for him. I have to say, their pajama selection was not good. We couldn't find one single footsie pajama that we liked. They had lots of "pajamas" with no feet but since my son loves to sleep in a very cold room that will not work for him. 

Here are a couple of pictures of the outfits we got him! 

We got him this set of five onesies! These are 12 month old size because for some reason every time I buy Carter's onesies they seem to fit but the second I wash them they shrink. It happened to us last time that we bought him 9 month old onesies and washed them and he got to wear them like twice because he outgrew them. So, something to keep an eye on... It only happens with the onesies though, shirts and pants we've never had an issue.  I adore these colors, the bright ones compliment his hair and I don't know if you can tell but the blue one has little crabs on it! How cute is that!!!!!??? I also love hammer head sharks and the gray onesie has yellow hammer heads! #adorable

These two outfits are my favorite ones! The little overall is so cute. His nursery is space themed so I had to get it for him. It looks so cute on him and with the warmer weather it will be perfect to chill around. The little pant and shirt outfit was picked by my husband and I am dying over here with it! How preppy it is! I think this would look so cute to go out in Annapolis! lol! The salmon color looks so cute on him and the shorts are just too cute! By the way, I will say cute on this blog a million times, but hey, if it is I have to say it! 

These two outfits, the fire truck and the dump truck I got because I love to put pants on my son that have something on the butt. He crawls with his butt up and he just looks incredibly adorable with them on! They are super soft and comfortable. These also shrink when they are washed but not as much as the normal onesies.

My husband dresses so often on plaid long sleeve shirts and jeans that I wanted to dress my son to look like his papa! The jeans are super comfy. They fit a little bit long but I just roll the legs and it is fine.

Lastly, you have to dress your little man in camo! Come on! How cute it this?! The little overall is super soft! and the little shirt is just a normal plain cotton shirt! I also use the jeans from the previous outfit with the camo shirt! He looks like a little man when he is wearing it! 

Anyways, if you have a baby, I suggest you keep an eye on Carter's and OshKosh because they are always running some kind of sale and you can get a lot for your buck! I also got some socks for my son and the whole purchase wasn't even 80 bucks! Thank God I have a boy and not a girl because then we would have definitely gone broke! :)

Anyways, let me know in the comments what is your favorite baby clothes store! 


Monday, March 28, 2016


Week 8 & 9! Oh my! So much to say!! I didn't write a blog post for Week 8 because it was pretty much the same as Week 7. It was smooth sailing and my son was so adjusted to the schedule I didn't want to write a blog that said: same as last week, have a good one!!!

Now, Week 9!! WHAT A WEEK THAT WAS!!! My little one has had a couple of colds, but they were very mild! Last week he got his first very big cold and guys, let me tell you, it was bad. When I say it was bad, it was more like, soul crushing, sleep deprived, snotty fuzzy bundle of AWFUL!

I replace a nursing session usually on Mondays. I picked the bedtime nursing as the one I was going to replace. It was a very tough decision but I picked the bedtime feeding because I enjoy the morning feeding the most. The bedtime feeding was getting to be too much. My son would thrash during the whole feeding, he started biting and it was just so frustrating that it was taking all the magic away from nursing him. I wasn't looking forward to it. Not only that, I loved nursing him to sleep but because he was fuzzing so much while feeding, I had to cut them shorter and he was still awake and upset so I had to rock him for so long to get him to sleep or let him cry too long. Because of all of this, I decided to replace that feeding with a bottle. Monday came and I noticed after nursing my son in the morning that he wanted to nurse again after an hour had passed. I gave him a bottle with a couple of ounces and gave him extra cuddles. This kept happening all day long. By the end of the day I suspected that something was brewing and maybe he was either going through a growth spurt or he was getting ill. I decided to wait and see what was going on so I nursed him that night and put him to bed. My instinct was right!! After 30 minutes, he woke up crying. We settled him and 30 mins later he woke up crying again. He was so stuffy and he just couldn't breathe. That was waking him up. To make the story short, he cried all night. He finally went to bed at 3 am and woke up at 6. The rest of the week was the same. No sleep, fuzzy, snotty baby. It was so hard to see him like this and I just kept nursing him in the morning and in the afternoon the rest of the week so he could get some antibodies from me.

Now, Sunday I finally was able to replace the last feeding for a bottle and it went fine. I didn't feel engorged this morning so hopefully this week will go smoothly. I have to say, I love nursing my son in the morning!!!! My husband usually picks him up around 6 am and brings him to our bed. I lay with my son and nurse him while cuddling. I let him nurse for as long as he wants and he always falls asleep cuddling with me. We stay like this until 9 am when we wake up and get ready for our day. It is the most special time of the day, and the one I love the most. I have to admit, I am not sure if I want to give that one up just yet. Maybe I will take longer to stop nursing just so I can enjoy the extra cuddles I get from my baby boy!!!! I will update you next week!!!


Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Hello my lovelies! It's been a hot second since I reviewed a makeup product, but here I am. I had my eye on the Tartelette 2 in Bloom Amazonian Clay Palette for a while. My amazing dad and stepmom, who know me quite well, gave it to me as a birthday gift last week! Yay parents! I was so excited about this eye palette. I already own the Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette and I absolutely love it. It was my hands down favorite eye makeup palette, until Tartelette 2 in Bloom! Oh my GOD, this palette is to die for!

The first thing I have to say, the pigmentation of these eyeshadows is amazing! They deposit color perfectly and the color does not fade away during the day. They blend very easily and they never get chalky or patchy. Lately I had been preferring matte eyeshadows, since I think they compliment my skin better but Tartelette in Bloom changed my mind. The color Firecraker is so incredibly beautiful! It can be used as an all over the lid color and nothing else and you would still look like you spent the whole day doing your makeup. It is so pigmented and so sparkly and beautiful I might cry! The palette itself has a perfect combination of true matte colors, satin colors and shimmers. It is quite nude but you can achieve some pretty dramatic looks with it. You get 12 shades in total, some neutral, some warms and some cool tones.

My top favorite shadows of this palette are Firecraker, which is a bronze cooper. Like I said it is my favorite shadow of all of these. I also love Charmer, which is the perfect eyebrow highlighting shade. Another beautiful color is Rebel, which is a chestnut brown, and it is the perfect shade for the crease. Lastly I love Leader, which is a true aubergine color and I have been using this color as a liner and for the outer corner of my eye.

Like I said before, this is by far my favorite eyeshadow palette of all time! I have been using it nonstop since I got it last week!
Swatches. First two colors are Rebel and Leader. I ran out of space so I had to put them out of order!

This is definitely a must have if you are looking for a neutral palette that offers you shimmers and matte shadows. You can find it at Ulta and it retails for $45.00. I hope you find this review useful, and until next time, stay gorgeous!

Monday, March 21, 2016


When I found out I was pregnant I was so excited to start planning and buying things for my baby. I didn't have too many friends that had babies, but I had a handful that did. Although they were very helpful on pointing out a bunch of things I needed, I feel like I missed a bunch of things that I didn't get that looking back on it now, would have saved me a lot of work, pain or valuable and needed zzzz's.

Here I have gathered a list of the 5 things I wish I had gotten for when my son was born:

Co-Sleeper (Arms Reach Mini Arc Co Sleeper)
Photo Credit: Arms Reach Website

When we found out we were expecting a very good friend of mine lend us a bassinet to use for our son. He ended up being a very light sleeper and it was kind of hard to put him down in the bassinet without waking him up. With a co sleeper I would have been able to just slide him there and it would have been so much easier to nurse him while laying down. This is the one I liked the best and if we have another baby it will be the one I will purchase

Room thermometer (The Gro Company Gro-Egg Room Thermometer)
Photo Credit Bing Images
This would have saved us so much pain and it would have helped us to sleep so much more. We had a summer baby, so we had our A/C on when we brought him home. Some nights he would sleep well and some nights he would wake up every 30 minutes. There was no visible pattern to his wakings. At 4 months we moved our son to his own bedroom and our son started sleeping through the night. Sometimes he would wake up at 4 am to nurse but it was heaven. We went to Puerto Rico to visit my family and he kept sleeping wonderfully. After we came back home it all went to hell. He started waking up every 2 hours and sometimes every hour. We were so sleep deprived it was terrible. Then my husband bought this room thermometer. By then it was winter and we had our heater on. He bought the thermometer because our house would get really cold on the first floor but it would be a totally different temperature on the third floor where our son slept. So we started monitoring the temperature and noticed that every time the heater would kick in, he would wake up. That's when it all made sense. Our son loved to sleep in a very, VERY cold room. He slept through the night when it was between 65-67 degrees. I wish we had this from the beginning. We would have slept a whole lot more!

Changing Table (Badger Basket Modern Changing Table)
Photo credit

Our house has 3 stories. The first floor is our living area, second floor is our master suite and the third floor is the rest of the bedrooms and bathrooms. The first couple of months we had our son on the "living room" of our master suite. It was handy to have him there, since we didn't want to go up and down the stairs. I refused to buy a changing table in the beginning because I thought I didn't need it. A friend of mine told me that she never used hers and that it was a waste of money, so I listened to her. I regretted not having one and ended up buying one a week after my son was born. They are absolutely necessary. It is nice to not have to bend on the floor or put your baby with a poopy diaper on your bed, WHERE YOU SLEEP. I wish we would have bought three though, one for every floor on our house. This is the changing table we bought and I love it!

Nose Frida
Photo Credit Bing Images

Ok, lets be honest. The concept of this product is gross as hell! I didn't even put it on my registry, even though it was recommended by every single mom I knew. At my baby shower, a very experienced mom gave it to me and said to trust her when she said it was the best nasal aspirator out there. For months I didn't want to use it... it was so gross in my opinion, but after struggling with a bulb aspirator with my son for months (his nose is always runny) I decided to give it a try! Oh my gosh, what a game changer! This is the best product out there, hands down!

Crib Soother (Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother)

When we transitioned our baby to his crib he would cry and cry all night. As a parent, you do not want to see your child cry. We had to do the Cry It Out method, which is very heartbreaking. We tried every other way to get our son to sleep and nothing worked. So, we decided to give it a try. I know that the "CIO" method is very controversial and I understand it is not for everyone, but for us, we were at the end of our rope. Anyways, our son cried so much the first night, we did some research on how to soothe him and stumbled across an article that mentioned this, so we immediately bought it. It helped so much! Our son still cried a bit but it was so much less. He would focus on the soother and drift to sleep pretty quickly. We took this with us to Puerto Rico to visit my parents and it worked like a charm. I wish I would have bought it earlier.

If we decide to have another baby these are a few of the things that really made a difference with us. There are a whole lot of things you should have handy, but I feel nobody talked about these, when in my opinion they should!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


This is going to be a short post, I promise. Sweet and to the point. 
I had read and heard so many good reviews about this eye pencil that I was so excited to purchase it. I heard Kathleen Lights and Jaclyn Hill rave about it for so long I had to try it. I had a big date night planned to celebrate my birthday so I decided to buy it and try it that day. I have to say, this is, hands down, my favorite eyeliner! The formula is so creamy, and it glides on very smooth. It is so black and pigmented and the staying power is absolutely amazing. This pencil is very skinny, and because of this it is perfect for tight lining and for doing wings incredibly easy! I definitely give this a thumbs up! I will probably do a complete tutorial for the eye makeup I wore that day and I will post it here. Until then, stay fabulous!

Monday, March 14, 2016


So here we are! Week 7 of weaning. This week I replaced the middle of the day nursing for a bottle. This is the last nursing session during the day. I am now breastfeeding twice a day, in the morning when my son wakes up and at night before he goes to bed. 

I was a little bit surprised because I was expecting to feel more uncomfortable, since I am waiting 12 hours between nursing sessions, but to tell you the truth, it wasn't that bad. I felt a little bit of pressure but no pain whatsoever. I did nurse one of the days four times because my son had a low grade fever from teething and I decided to give him a boost of anti-bodies. I thought the next day I was going to pay the price but it was not bad at all. 

My son has continued to thrive, and doesn't seem to mind the bottle at all. It is quite nice to see him enjoy having daddy feed him. It is crazy how fast they learn. Now when I am making his bottle if he sees me go get the powder formula he starts getting excited because he knows he is going to eat soon. Update on him, he is now crawling completely and started grabbing the edge of our furniture and using it to stand up. He also does this while he is in his crib, which is kind of scary because I am worried he will fall, but I guess this is supposed to happen and it is a developmental milestone.

As for me, I didn't feel sad or felt weepy at all. I guess my hormones are slowly normalizing and not crashing like before, which has helped with my PPD. I hope that it continues to be this way. Next week I will follow the same schedule of nursing him in the morning at 7 am and in the afternoon at 7 pm. If you want to read about week 6 of weaning, click here to check it out! Until next week! Have a lovely week!!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Product Review

A few weeks ago I purchased a couple of products from Origins. I have been loving this brand for a few years now. For those not familiar with this brand, it has been around since the 1980's and they had a less is best approach to beauty. The brand stands on "harnessing the power of plants to create high performance skincare". This skincare brand has NEVER broke me out and they have so many products to choose from. I stopped using it while I was pregnant and then nursing, since the moisturizer and the night cream that I use have salicylic acid, which pregnant and nursing women should avoid. Now that I am weaning I am excited to start them again. One thing I purchased now that I haven't purchased before was the Clear Improvement Charcoal Active Mask. It is one of their best sellers but I had never tried it. Keep reading for a detailed description of the products and my review.

Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
 What it claims?
"Nature's complexion clean-up crew clears the way for skin to act its best. Bamboo Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Skin looks clear, feels perfectly pure" -from Origins website

My review:
This thing WORKS!! I tried it two weeks ago. First things first, it has no salicylic acid or any other ingredients that pregnant women or nursing women cannot use. Big win! So, I tried it. It really cleans deep. It applies wet and you have to let it dry. In the beginning I was a bit worried, because this mask is TIGHT. It dries and feels like you are wearing concrete on your skin. This thing does not crack, it just stays put as a solid piece. Once I rinsed it, I could feel my skin refreshed and moisturized. It really felt super soft and hydrated. I noticed a change immediate and my makeup applied so much better the next day. It did not break me out, and I have been using it weekly for three weeks now. I love this thing!

Gin-Zing Energy-boosting moisturizer

What it claims?
"This lightweight, oil-free, energizing moisturizer instantly hydrates and revs up radiance. It's fortified with legendary skin-boosters like Panax Ginseng and Coffee Bean. Lackluster-looking skin is rapidly refreshed and revitalized to create a healthy, vibrant glow." - from Origins website

My review:
This is my ride or die product. I have been using it for years and I am so excited that I can use it again when I stop nursing completely. The active ingredient of this moisturizer is coffee. For those that do not know, caffeine is a vaso-constrictor. When you apply it on your skin it makes the tiny capillaries to constrict. Because of this, your capillaries do not look blue and it makes your skin look more radiant. It also reduces puffiness. You can tell the difference in your skin within a week of continuous use of this moisturizer. Also, the smell is to die for. It smells like oranges. I love products that smell citrus so I am a big fan of the scent. The only thing I wish this product had was SPF but I still love it so much! This is a must in my skincare routine.

High-Potency Night-A-Mins

What it claims?
"Put dullness to rest. Our famous night cream is fortified with time-released resurfacers plus Vitamins C, E and H, minerals and moisture-rich replenishers. While relaxing aromas lull you to sleep, skin sloughs away dry, dead layers. Deletes dullness overnight so you wake up radiant and refreshed." - from Origins website

My review:
This is also a favorite of mine. It says it is for Normal to oily skin, but I have dry skin and this works amazingly. It is so rich and hydrating. Again, the smell is delicious and it really feels like you had a facial in the morning. One huge plus, this does not stain your pillows. Some night creams do that but I have white pillow cases and they have not been stained.  

In my opinion Origins have their stuff together. The products are amazing, they do not break you out and they are really affordable.These work better than brands that sell for $100+. For me, this is the best skin care brand out there HANDS DOWN...

Monday, March 7, 2016


Hi everyone!

This week went smoothly with the nursing. My little one is still teething. His bottom right tooth emerged last Wednesday and yesterday his bottom left tooth emerged. Since they are still breaking through the gum, he is still quite miserable. This is making for sleepless nights...sigh! Hopefully they will fully emerge in the next week or so and we will be back to normal! He has been clingy but doesn't seem to want to nurse more often.

Anyways, this week's schedule was pretty much the same. He nursed three times a day. I started the next weaning for Week 7 today by substituting the middle of the day feeding. I was a little bit sad, again, when I did this, but it seems my boy is super fine with it. He is enjoying drinking from a bottle and now is starting to feed himself. He still needs some help, but he is pretty independent and learns pretty fast! He is also eating a lot more solids, and seems to be liking the trying new foods!!! You can see what solids I introduced first and a couple of homemade baby food recipes here. I will be posting a 6-8 month old baby food recipes later this week, so stay tuned.

I haven't felt engorged for a while. My body seems to understand the routine and it is adjusting pretty well. I do feel sad when I replace another nursing session but I know in the end we will be happier. I've nursed him longer than I planned (I only planned to nurse him for 6 months) and I love the amazing bond we created!! I struggled so much in the beginning with nursing! I was so sore, bleeding and my baby struggled to gain weight. My milk took a whole week to come in, and my son lost a lot of weight because of that. When he was born he weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces, the day we took him home from the hospital he weighed 7 pounds 6 oz and two days later he weighed only 7 pounds. It was definitely stressful, but I am so glad I powered through and did not give up! I am proud of myself for doing that! 

Anyways, let's see how this week goes! Until next time! 


Friday, March 4, 2016


Even before getting pregnant with my little one, I knew I wanted to make him homemade baby food. I love to cook, the kitchen is where I feel the happiest, so there was no question about it for me. When I got pregnant, my hubby bought me a Kitchen Aid attachment that helps make baby food. I still haven't used it, since it makes for more chunkier baby food, but once I start making more complex recipes I will definitely use it! Brownie points for dear husband for knowing me so well.

This is what works for me and my son. I am not a pediatrician or a nutritionist. You should always consult with your doctor before introducing solids to your baby. That's what I did. He should give you the ok to start them and what foods to introduce first. 

Anyways, at four months of age, little hungry baby seemed like he was always starving, even though I was nursing every 2 hours, so our pediatrician suggested we start introducing solids! Oh man! What a happy baby he was! He had been eyeballing our spoons for almost a month and wanted to try everything we were eating. Needless to say, he was ready!

A good way to start is with bland foods. Below you will find a list of foods that are appropriate for 4-6 month olds. I got this list from and corroborated it with our pediatrician.




Beans (green)
Sweet Potato
Butternut Squash



The very first food I introduced was rice cereal. I mixed one tablespoon of cereal with 5 tablespoons of breast milk. It was VERY watery, but you want it this way. You don't want to introduce something that is too different from the consistency of milk. Every time I gave my son a new food, I fed it to him in the morning (never in the afternoon) so I could keep an eye on him in case he developed an allergy and I fed him the same food for three days in a row. I introduced one food at a time and I only gave him about a tablespoon of baby food. All you want to do for the first month is introduce food, not make him feel full. Also, try giving solids in between two nursing or bottles. You don't want your baby too full or too hungry. Prepare for a mess, by the way. 

Cooking instructions:

As a rule of thumb, fruits you want to boil (Except bananas and avocados, which can be feed without being cooked), green vegetables you want to steam and "starchy" vegetables you want to roast. After you make the baby fppd, you can use these trays to freeze it. Once it is frozen you can transfer it to zip lock bags and you can keep it for about three months.

Here are a couple of very simple homemade baby food recipes:

Apple Baby Food and Pear Baby Food

Apple and Pear Baby Food (Apples left, pears right)

Peel and core two apples (any kind you want). Cube the apples and add them to a pot with enough water to fill the bottom of the pot. Boil until they are tender and look a little bit clear. They will start smelling like syrup or very sugary, that's when you know they are done. Drain them but keep the water for later. On a food processor to blend the apples. Usually they are pretty runny but you can add a couple of tablespoons of the water you saved from cooking until you reach the desired consistency.  Do the same for pears. Now that my son is 7 months old, pears are his absolute favorite!!!

Avocado Baby Food & Banana Baby Food

Avocado baby food
Peel and core an avocado. Cube it. For older babies you can just smash with a fork and feed it to the baby, but for a four month old or if this is one of the first foods you are introducing, I suggest mixing it with a little bit of breast milk. Add the avocado and about 2 ounces of breast milk to the food processor and blend. This will be a shiny paste. This was my son's favorite baby food. He would cry every time he was done because he wanted more, so he would eat a lot more than one tablespoon of this one. Lately I haven't given him avocados but he does love them. Do the same for the banana baby food. One thing to keep in mind, bananas tend to constipate a little bit, so don't be surprised if your baby does not have a dirty diaper after giving him/her bananas. All normal. If you are concerned about this, wait to introduce bananas last. 

Green Bean Baby Food

Use frozen green beans. It is so much easier to work with them and they have the same nutritional value as fresh green beans. Plus, most of the time, you can steam them in the bag, which is so much easier. Steam them until tender and add them to the food processor. Use about 2 cups of green beans and 2-4 tablespoons of water. That's it! This one is super easy!!!

Butternut Squash Baby Food

There are three ways you can do this. 1.) If you bought the whole butternut squash, you can cut it in half, and place face down on a baking sheet and bake at 375 F for 30-40 minutes or until tender. 2.) If you have already cut big chunks of butternut squash you can place them on a baking sheet and add water to the bottom of the pan and bake at 375 F for 30 minutes. 3.) If you bought the pre-cut smaller pieces of butternut squash you can boil them like you do potatoes until tender. After you've cooked the squash add to the food processor and add 2-4 tablespoons of water until you reach the desired consistency.

Sweet Potato Baby Food

Get one or two sweet potatoes, wash them and poke with a fork. Then wrap them in aluminum foil. Bake at 400 degrees for about 50 minutes or until tender. Once they are cooked and cooled, peel off the skin and cube. Add it to the food processor and blend. Add 2 tablespoons of water to reach desired consistency.

For cereals, just follow the instructions on the label. I personally do not give my son rice cereal anymore, because it constipates him, but I do feed him oatmeal cereal which he loves! 

Once you've introduced these you can start mixing food, since you know your baby is not allergic to them. For example, my son loves to have his pears mixed with his oatmeal. I also give him green beans and squash together. The sky is the limit!

As you can see, it is very simple to make homemade baby food. A few of the good things about making your own baby food, you can buy organic fruits and vegetables and know that you are not feeding your baby pesticides. Fruits and vegetables are considerably cheaper than actually buying already made baby food. Lastly, you get to cook...which if you are anything like me, you enjoy it. 


Wednesday, March 2, 2016



Last week I had the honor of making my neighbor daughter's first birthday cake. I chose to make her a princess cake. I have to say, I was pretty proud of myself with this one. I decided to make a giant cupcake and add a tiara of course. 

I thought it would be a nice idea to share how I make these. They seem to be very hard to make, when in reality, they are pretty simple. With a little bit of time, lots of sugar and a little bit of creativity you can create this giant cupcake at home and wow your friends with a cake they will remember.

For this particular occasion I decided to make a chocolate cake, with a candy case and vanilla buttercream frosting. 

First thing you want to do is make your cupcake liner. You can make them with dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate or candy melts. I decided to go with the candy melts, in the vanilla flavor. You can get them at your local baking store, Amazon or Michael's. They are rather inexpensive if you do not want to worry about coloring your white chocolate or if you want a color that will require tons of food coloring. To make the liner I always use a silicone giant cupcake mold. These silicone cases are the best way to make giant cupcakes. I will explain later why. Once you melt your chocolate, or candy melt per the manufacturers instructions all you need to do is pour it onto your silicone case and spread it around. I usually put the mold on the freezer for a couple of minutes so that the case settles a little bit faster. Once your chocolate is nice and hard you can remove it from the silicone mold.

For the cake, the sky is the limit. You can make your favorite cake recipe or even a box cake if you want to. Any flavor and type of cake is allowed. Really whatever you prefer, just make enough to make about 24 cupcakes! Once you have your cake batter you want to fill your clean cupcake mold (not the chocolate cupcake liner) two thirds of the way. If you are using a silicone cupcake mold (which I recommend you do) the mold has a line already marked of how much to fill. The rest can go on the mold for the top of your cupcake. Be sure to spray a generous amount of cooking spray to prevent the cake from sticking to the mold and it will make it so much easier to remove later. The top of the cupcake usually takes a little bit less to cook than the bottom, so check it at around 40 minutes. The bottom will usually take around 45-50 minutes. 

Once your cake is done, let it cool without removing it from the silicone case. Once it is completely cooled you can remove it from the mold and you can take all the edges out with a serrated knife. Divide it in half so you have two lovely cake layers. You want to coat your chocolate cupcake liner with  buttercream or frosting of your choice. Put the first layer of cake in the liner and frost the top. After that put the second later and frost again. After this you can frost the top and all the areas that have a little gap, add the top of the cupcake and give it a nice crumb coat. Pop in the fridge for 20 minutes so that the icing hardens a little bit. After that, I decided to do flowers using a star tip and a piping bag, but you could use fondant, if you prefer.  

That is all there is to it. People will love how fancy and beautiful these look and will love the special touch of the chocolate cupcake liner! 

This cake was a huge hit at the party and it usually feeds about 20 - 25 people. 

This was a giant cupcake I made for my son's baptism.
The frosting was salted caramel buttercream. It was so delicious!
Obviously the center needed to be blue! And the flowers I made with fondant a couple
days earlier. 

Just so you know, I am self taught and have never taken baking classes, although I have taken cake decorating classes. I learned how to make this cake by watching Elise Strachan from My Cupcake Addiction tutorials, so click here to check her out. She is very creative and talented and you can learn so much from her recipes!