Do-It-Yourself vanilla cupcakes and toppings

Photo: Christopher Baker; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Assorted Toppings
What really makes this meal memorable is the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) dessert. Susan suggests setting out a naked batch of Vanilla Cupcakes and a selection of toppings and fillings—and letting your guests get creative. Because the cupcakes are sliced in half, there's extra room for Chocolate Ganache, Lemon Curd filling, Vanilla-Bean Buttercream frosting, toasted nuts and coconut—or anything else you can imagine.

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