Take a tip from fortune cookies by creating your own messages, and hiding them in cupcake batter to bake up an unusual treat. Using special paper and ink, your carefully crafted missives will survive intact, and can be used with any cupcake recipe or box cake mix. Press the papers into the batter for a message that will both surprise and delight.
Cut parchment paper with scissors into small strips to match the number of cupcakes you plan to bake.
Use a pen to write a message on each strip of paper, allowing the ink on the messages to dry thoroughly. Use nontoxic edible ink to write messages, available from crafts stores, instead of permanent markers or regular pens. Run a finger across the surface to make sure the ink doesn't smear.
Fold the parchment strips in half. Make sure the message is on the inside of the fold to prevent any ink from bleeding into the batter or any possible smearing of the ink.
Prepare the cupcake batter according to your recipe. Preheat the oven as specified.
Place one cupcake liner in each space in the muffin pan. Fill each liner with batter only halfway up the sides.
Press one folded message into the batter in the center of of each cupcake liner. If needed, use a toothpick to push it deeper into the batter so it can’t be seen.
Add more batter to each cupcake liner, but only to two-thirds full, to allow room for the batter to rise.
Bake and cool the cupcakes as directed by the recipe or cake mix, and frost as desired.
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- Measure the width of one cupcake liner, double it, then subtract 1/2 inch for the best length for folded messages to fit inside each cupcake.
- Use a standard 12-cup muffin tin instead of minis, to leave more room for your messages. Choose king-sized tins for longer messages.
- Caution recipients of the cupcakes there's something inside the treats before they take a bite, to avoid choking.
Bonnie Singleton has been writing professionally since 1996. She has written for various newspapers and magazines including "The Washington Times" and "Woman's World." She also wrote for the BBC-TV news magazine "From Washington" and worked for Discovery Channel online for more than a decade. Singleton holds a master's degree in musicology from Florida State University and is a member of the American Independent Writers.
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