Does that look like a box of chocolates in the picture?  It’s not – it’s actually cupcakes!  I received the book Hello, Cupcake! for Christmas.  If you have never seen it, you definitely need to check it out.  It has so many incredibly creative ideas for impressive looking cupcakes.  I truly want to make every single thing in the entire book.  I love all their ideas, and it has also inspired me with lots of ideas of my own as well.  These cupcakes modeled after a box of chocolates are the first thing I have made out of the book, and they turned out even better than I expected!  I made these as a Valentine’s treat for our babysitter and her family full of chocolate-lovers.  I think it’s safe to say they were a hit all around!

I’m not posting an actual recipe for these, as you can mostly figure out how to make them from looking at the picture.  I simply made Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake in mini-cupcake form, frosted with with the accompanying Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Frosting, and then decorated to look like Valentine’s chocolates with various candies, sprinkles, leftover royal icing, etc.  This is a great opportunity to be creative and use your imagination  I could not find an empty heart-shaped box anywhere, and I wasn’t about to buy a box of chocolates just for the box, so I fashioned my own out of an old shirt box and some card stock.  I was really pleased with how it turned out!  It wasn’t the sturdiest creation, but it achieved the effect I was going for nicely.  This version is obviously very much geared towards Valentine’s day, but with a bit less pink and red, I think this could be a great gift for a special someone at any time of the year.