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Graduation Cupcakes & MY ENGAGEMENT!

by Christa on June 11, 2010

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Ok friends, sorry about the lack of posts in the past couple of weeks… but I think I have a couple pretty good excuses.

1. I graduated from CSULB with an Art Degree in Studio Arts/Graphic Design!! YAY!

2. My boyfriend PROPOSED!!! I’M ENGAGED– double YAY!!

The graduation was of course planned as was my graduation party. However, the proposal came at a total surprise! Here’s the story for anyone who wants to read (if not, just scroll down to read the instructions for my Graduation Cap Cupcakes haha)…



It turns out Michel (my fiance) bought the ring over 3 months ago. He asked my parents permission 5 weeks ago. Everyone knew but me, all of his friends, family, coworkers. They definitely did a good job not spilling the beans!



My parents had told me to come down a day before graduation because we were going to celebrate “Grandmother’s Day” (mother’s day, but for the Granny’s!). The day of “Grandmother’s Day” my parents told me they would be giving me my graduation present before any granny celebrations. My present was of course at the end of a scavenger hunt (since I was a baby my Dad made amazing scavenger hunts for us and now I’m OBSESSED with them!) Michel was the film me (he’s a cinematographer) and be my chauffeur. The scavenger hunt took us all around Carlsbad. At each location there was a poker chip with a letter painted on it. I was told that at the final destination, I’d have to unscramble the letters to find out what my present was. 



After about 2 hours of scavenger-ing (?) we can to the final stop. It was a beautiful pond hidden in the business district of Carlsbad. Atop one of the modern block sculptures was the location of the scrabble-style clue. I must say, I’m pretty good at scrabble so I figured it out in a jiffy… the words interlocked to say “Michel Loves Christa“. However, one letter was missing… I immediately said “one is missing!!”, to which he replied “I think I have it right here.” I quickly turned around and found I’m down on one knee with the most beautiful ring EVER! 



After the shock/excitement/tears subsided, I said YES! To make this all even more amazing, our entire family was hiding in the bushes on a nearby hill and was watching all of this from a distance.

I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing proposal… it was PERFECT in every way, as is Michel. 🙂

I can’t wait to be Mrs. Sandy!!!



Here’s a few pics of the proposal, for your viewing pleasure! 😀

















And now for baking related stuff…





-Your favorite Cupcake/Frosting combo

-Mini Reese’s

-Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Squares

-Rainbow Sour Belts

-1/2 cup chocolate chips




1. Unwrap each of the Reese’s. Discard (meaning eat) any that have peanut butter peeking through. Next break the Ghiradelli bar into 8 square pieces. Take the sour belt and separate each color out, cut into 1 inch strips.

2. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for 30 sec-1 min.

3. Use the melted chocolate as “glue”. Dab a little melted chocolate on the top of the Reese’s and top with one square piece of the Ghiradelli bar. Next, dab a little “glue” on top of the Ghiradelli square and top with 1 strip (the color of your liking), to act as your tassel!

4. Enjoy with your graduate!


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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

sarahe June 11, 2010 at 1:50 am

so exciting! such huge things in your life! CONGRATULATIONS!!!


Sarah @ Mum In Bloom June 11, 2010 at 2:01 am

What an amazing story and an amazing proposal. My eyes were filling up as I read it. Such thoughtfullness and effort were put into his proposal and including everyone too was the "icing on the cupcake".

Congratulations and I wish you so much happiness. Marriage and being a graduate are wonderful things indeed 🙂


Fresh Local and Best June 11, 2010 at 2:04 am

CONGRATULATIONS! That is a beautiful ring! And you guys are a cute couple!


mrsbumblebee June 11, 2010 at 2:40 am

I've been a lurker on your blog but I wanted to say CONGRATS on both your engagement and on your graduation. I just graduated from CSULB with my degree in Psychology. Anyways…CONGRATS and GO BEACH!


Domestic Sugar June 11, 2010 at 2:50 am

OH MY GOD! Congrats That is so wonderful! All the best. Now you can make you future husband lots of sweets. No wonder he chose you!


katie@tulsadetails June 11, 2010 at 3:01 am

Congratulations!!! What an adorable story! Now I am dying to see what you pick for your cake :)! How fun!


Joanna June 11, 2010 at 4:07 am



Heidi June 11, 2010 at 4:18 am

What a fun and beautiful proposal! Congratulations. You must be absolutely thrilled.

Cupcakes look delish!


Kate June 11, 2010 at 4:30 am

Congrats on graduating and your engagement! Such an exciting time!


Caroline's Cake Company June 11, 2010 at 8:15 am

Congratulations!!! x


Hilary June 11, 2010 at 11:01 am

Wonderful! Congratulations!


cookies and cups June 11, 2010 at 1:05 pm

yay! how fun with the scavenger hunt! congrats on the engagement, you guys are a sweet couple!


Taylor June 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Wow, congrats on everything! What a fun story 🙂


GrapeSugar June 11, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Congratulations!!! I love your story 🙂 Yay!! Beautiful ring and it is so wonderful your family was there too to experience it with you!


ButterYum June 11, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Ahhhhhhhh! That's so great. I loved reading your story. Our oldest son just proposed – I would have given anything to be there.




Kissed by an Angel June 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Congratulations!! How marvellous!! A magical time for you!!


Barbara Bakes June 12, 2010 at 2:26 am

Congratulations! What a sweet story. Best wishes for a wonderful life together.


Cakedreamer June 13, 2010 at 2:06 am

Congrats!!!! How wonderful! What a great way to propose!


OvenDelights June 13, 2010 at 5:56 am

Congratulations on both your graduation and engagement! Your going to be such a pretty bride! I wish you all the happiness in the world. ~Anabel~


OvenDelights June 13, 2010 at 6:00 am

Loved your cupcakes by the way, Super cute!!!! My daughter would have loved those for her high school graduation! Her favorite candy bar in the world is Reese's peanut butter cups!


Eliana June 13, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Congrats sweetie. I wish you and your future husband much love, health and happiness.


cupcakexgirl June 13, 2010 at 10:56 pm

YAY congratulations on your engagement!!


Monica H June 14, 2010 at 7:29 am

Oh that's awesome Christa- many congratulations to you both. I love that your whole family was in on it. I'm so not good with secrets 🙂


Jessica June 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Congratulations! What a beautiful story! I wish you all the happiness in the world!


Lucie June 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Congratulations! Such beautiful pictures 🙂


akelsowrites June 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Yes, it was quite a weekend for Christa and Michel and their family and friends. We looking forward to all the plans and preparations for the wedding. Hope to put in a few personal touches too. Love you guys, Mother of this Special Bride


Duchess of Fork June 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Congratulations on your engagement! What an exciting time in your lives. I hope you two enjoy every minute of planning your big day! 🙂


Val July 1, 2010 at 12:13 am

I loved your story!!! Very touching. Congrats and the cupcakes look wonderful.


Anonymous July 1, 2010 at 6:33 am
bake in paris July 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

Congratssssssssssssssss!!!! For both the graduation and the engagement!!! I am so happy for you!

Wishing you all the best for your future, both work life and love life 🙂

Sawadee from Bangkok,


Papa T July 8, 2010 at 5:39 am

It was such a special day for Michel and Christa!! So glad we could be a part of it! Michel, thanks for letting all be a part and being such a great son, and Christa, thanks for always being the girl of our dreams!! Loved the graduation cupcakes, little did you know when you were baking them what was to come!! Love you both so much!! The Groom's Mom 🙂


Anonymous October 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I love the cupcake idea~! am going to try that at my daughter's graduation. Thanks.


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