Jessie Oleson (aka Cakespy) drops by every week to share a delicious dessert recipe. —The Mgmt.

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[Photographs and original illustrations: Cakespy]

Sometimes, things don't work out quite as you'd like. This happened recently when I set out to make some polka dot cupcakes based on an idea that I'd seen on the internet.

I prepared the batter, reserving about 3/4 cup before filling the cupcakes liners halfway. I tinted the remaining batter and used it to pipe pretty polka dots over the filled cups, hoping that they would bake into spotted masterpieces.

The cakes baked up beautifully, with perfectly shaped domes—which, unfortunately, ruined the polka dots. But all was not lost. While my cakes didn't bake with perfect polka dots, I ended up with a pretty, kaleidoscope-like multicolored starburst pattern which was rather sweet and elicited morale-boosting "ooh" and "ahh" sounds when served. Ultimately, they turned out so well that I decided to put the frosting in the middle, sandwich-style, rather than sully the artistic tops. Here's the simple recipe which is bound to delight in a most delicious way.

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About the author: Jessie Oleson is a writer, illustrator, gallery owner, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website. Her first book came out in October 2011; she is currently at work on her second book.

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