Elephant Cupcakes for Raina's 1st Birthday

In the spirit of an oober timely blog post (for once), here is a rushed post with a boat load of photos from a very special cupcake order for TODAY.  These cupcakes were for a sweet little girl named Raina who I nanny for a couple days a week.  She turned ONE today and shares a birthday with her mom, Sapna!  They had a nice little picnic party in the Panhandle.  The theme of the party was a little bit circus / little bit mardi gras... based off of an original love of elephants.  I made lemon chiffon cake cupcakes with lemon french buttercream and chocolate cupcakes with mocha-espresso buttercream topped with fondant cupcake toppers with little elephants on them...and a few beach balls too.  I put them in cute little scalloped red and white striped baking cups. Ok, I'll let the pics do the rest of the talking.  Enjoy!  :)

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