Make Fancy Cupcakes the Easy Way

What is about cupcakes? They're hot! Some credit Carrie Bradshaw and the girls from Sex and the City for starting the trend when they comforted themselves at the Magnolia Bakery. (See some other big-city food trends.) Others say it all began when Oprah handed out Sprinkles cupcakes to everyone in the audience of her show. Regardless of who's responsible, we can't seem to get enough of them...they're even being served in tiers in place of a wedding cake. But let's face it, those fancy cupcakes we see in the bakery are hard to duplicate at home.

With the introduction of the new Baked for You Baking Cups from Reynolds, aluminum liners with fashion-forward patterns on the outside, it's easy to bake up something special without possessing any decorating skills. We tested them out, and found that the designs look just as good coming out of the oven as going in. Plus, because they're aluminum inside, not paper, they don't leave grease marks on plates or little fingers. Among the designs you can choose from are fanciful ones like monkeys, daisies, and pirates for tots and more sophisticated ones like black and white swirls for adults who want to indulge their inner child. Add some decorative frosting and toppings, and you've got a gorgeous cupcake without leaving the house.

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