When I was in 8th grade, I won an award for being the most active member in one of the clubs I was in. The real reason I won the award? I was the only one who baked for any of the bake sales. Cupcakes were my favorite, and whipping up boxed-cake-mix delicacies were my specialty. Now however, as a somewhat serious baker, I don't love using boxed cake mix. But when I'm short on time and know that the crowd I'm feeding won't recognize the difference I'll skip the hassle and use boxed. For a birthday bbq last weekend I made regular yellow cake cupcakes and used buttercream and milk chocolate frostings. So they weren't so boring, I made sure to decorate them nicely.
[ aren't they cute?!]