MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery's 'Stylicious' ice cream cupcakes feature basketballs, sunflowers, carrots, and football fields among others. Wednesday is National Cup Cake Day 2010. NexCen Brands, Inc./PRNewsFoto
The Cupcake Car is offered at Neiman Marcus for $25,000. Created by artist Lisa Pongrace, the car can go seven miles per hour with a 24-volt electric motor, a heavy-duty battery, sheet metal, wire, fabric, and wood. WENN.com/Newscom
Streek, a baby African pygmy hedgehog, sits next to a cupcake with some frosting on his nose in London, England, in October. Newscom
The world's most expensive cupcake is on sale for $750. Named Decadence d'Or, the cupcake features gold flakes and gold-vanilla caviar and is only available at the Sweet Surrenders store inside the Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. Splash News/Newscom
Cupcakes are decorated to look like spiders. Ron Nickel/Design Plus/Newscom
Cheeseburger cupcakes wait to be judged at Cupcake Camp in San Francisco, Calif., in October. Noah Berger/AP
Cupcakes can also feature people's photographs for special occasions. Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal/MCT/Newscom
Baker Teri Chan poses with the Guinness Book of World Records' World's Largest Cupcake at the Think Pink Rocks Concert in Boca Raton, Fla., in October. Newscom
Cupcakes are decorated to promote the 1,000th episode of 'America's Most Wanted' at the Fox Broadcasting Company Winter 2010 Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 11. Danny Moloshok/Reuters
Sweet Cupcakes employee, LIly Dromgoole, picks out dark chocolate cupcakes decorated for Valentines Day at the store on Massachusetts Ave. in Boston, Mass. Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor/FILE
Butch Bakery makes Butch Cupcakes for men. Founder David Arrick designed ways to make his cupcakes more masculine, which feature designs in wood grain and camouflage among others. Butch's cakes are even named with manly titles - The Driller is a maple cake with chocolate ganache and bacon bits. WENN.com/Newscom
At Cupcake Camp in San Francisco, a woman holds a plate of cupcakes, one featuring a breakfast theme with fake bacon, eggs, and a croissant on it. Noah Berger/AP
Today's announcement of restored diplomatic ties between Cuba and the US comes after five decades of antagonism, including the 54-year-old US trade embargo against the Communist island. The Christian Science Monitor covered the embargo from the start.
ByBertram B. Johansson, Latin America Writer
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Today, President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced that the United States and Cuba are restoring diplomatic ties after five decades of antagonism. The US has maintained a trade embargo against Cuba since Oct. 19, 1960. Below is The Christian Science Monitor's story from that day.