So I’m back in the cupcake business, big time. I knew that having a little one again would mean my re-entry into the world of classroom treats – I loved baking for the kids’ classes when they were younger, and looked forward to doing it again with Noah.

Last year we had one morning a week free and got into the routine of baking for his class. He’d come up with the idea, we’d get the ingredients and do the baking (mostly) together. And this year is no different. Except this year his class is almost twice the size – which means a lot more treats!

shirt box cupcake carrier

I came across this idea for using a shirt box as a cupcake carrier in Real Simple (do you love that magazine as much as I do?) – and I thought it was genius. I always have gift boxes lying around, and this is a truly clever re-use.


And it couldn’t be easier – simply cut “X”‘s in the top of the box and gently fold in the points. The cupcakes will fit snugly and securely inside, making them easy to deliver. Even better, there’s no tray to return (or clean).

shirt box cupcake carrier, oreo cupcakes

shirt box cupcake carrier, oreo cupcakes

I know – these cupcakes are ridiculous, right? This was Noah’s idea – “Oreo Cupcakes”. Bake up a batch of your favorite chocolate cupcakes, and enough vanilla buttercream to cover. For 24 cupcakes I folded in 1/2 cup of crushed Oreos (about 6) into the buttercream. Pipe the frosting atop each cooled cupcake, and insert a half Oreo in each.

And now…Babble links!

Baking 101: The Must-Have Essentials Every Baker Needs
Savory-Sweet! Cookies, Candies and More Featuring Olive Oil!
Cooking 101: Pan-Seared Scallops (and How To Make Perfect Brown Butter)


  1. Jenna on October 8, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Love this and love that you bake together! Aaron and I also bake from time to time, but your post has inspired me to make it more of a habit 🙂 And the shirt box idea is pure genius! Love! Thanks, Sheri 🙂

    • sherisilver on October 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks Jenna – he often bails on me halfway through but when he’s into it there’s nothing better! xo

  2. Shalagh Hogan on October 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    My mind is impressively boggled by the amount of sugar, effort, and calories that you juggle every week. I love the box.The genius of the simplicity! And it’s recyclable. At least in MD, Paperboard (think cereal box and tp tube)goes into paper bin. And now I want those cupcakes. Thanks Sheri.

    • sherisilver on October 9, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Thanks Shalagh – those cupcakes went straight to school (not in my mouth!), leftovers consumed by my 17-year-old, who has an appetite (and metabolism) that defies description. And he brings friends. 🙂

      • Shalagh Hogan on October 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

        In 9 years, I’ll be right there with you for the boy and his friends. And in your house, you can keep an eye on them. Smart woman.

  3. maddy on October 9, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Great Idea ! I have made Oreo Cupcakes but instead of putting an Oreo on the top, I crushed some oreos and sprinkled on top.

    • sherisilver on October 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      So clearly there’s no wrong way to bake with Oreos! 🙂

  4. Marti on October 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    What clever usage of old tee’s and eating Oreo cookies.

    • sherisilver on October 11, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      I like to multi-task. 😉

  5. Kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS on December 29, 2013 at 8:01 pm


    • sherisilver on December 29, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Right? Wish I could take credit for the idea! 🙂

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