my family is sweet & always very complimentary of my baking attempts, even if they aren't the tastiest ("but it's so pretty," mom will say). however, I really think they meant it this time when they said these were the best cupcakes I've ever made. and the fact that there were only two left on the plate by the end of the night said a lot. I took the recipe exactly from the culinary chronicles. bonus - they're filled!