Archive for October, 2008

Personalized Sippy Cup, Monogrammed

By on Friday, October 31st, 2008

One of my very best friends sent my little Addi the cutest birthday present! She sent a Personalized Sippy Cup that is Monogrammed! I love it. Thank you Mandi!

It is a Playtex sippy cup with two (2) inserts of your choice of fabric. We received a cupcake print and an apple & pear print!

Available at J Designs (Mom of 4).

Happy Halloween from ATC!

By on Friday, October 31st, 2008

How do you win the heart of your lady Zombie? A Zombie Cupcake Necklace is sure to win her over!


What did the zombie bring to the Halloween party? Brain Cupcakes, of course!

Brain Cupcakes From HEY THERE, CUPCAKE! 35 Yummy Fun Cupcake Recipes for All Occasions.

I bet these Hoffa Zombie Cupcakes from would also be a hit at the party!

Dressing up as a Zombie baker with a tray of cupcakes would make an excellent costume this year! Are you dressing up? What are you going to be?

Happy Halloween from ATC!

Cupcakes In The News

By on Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Kathi Hardin of Leawood likes to decorate cupcakes as spider webs and mummies.

Spooky little cupcakes make Halloween sweet

Mary G. Pepitone; Wednesday Oct 29, 2008

At Halloween, Kathi Hardin scares up bewitchingly sweet treats. She also has plenty of tricks to help manage a busy household.

Finding the fun factor helps Hardin maintain balance between an active family — with husband Mike and their two sons, Maguire, 6, and Cooper, 2 — and her budding home-based business, Tray Bella. While preparing healthy food choices for her family is a priority, that doesn’t preclude the enjoyment of an occasional coolly decorated confection.

Residence: Leawood

Occupation: Homemaker and head of home-based, tray-decorating business

Special cooking interest: Baked desserts

Does Martha Stewart live here? No (laughing). You should see my kitchen after the boys have helped me cook. I think it’s good for kids to help make food, it’s good for their math and for them to go through the process of making something and tasting the end product. You need to let go of not making a mess. The kitchen needs to be cleaned anyway, and ideally, your kids help with that process, too. As far as my decorating goes, I focus on keeping things simple. I draw inspiration from home and gardening television shows, magazines and shops, then I file it away. When I’m ready to decorate, it just comes to me. I decorate on a budget, mix-and-match items and, luckily, received the gift to be able to pull it all together. When I get bored with how things look, I move all my furniture around, and it’s like I have a brand new house. My mother, Susan Kelly, is very creative and I think I get it from her.

Why start a business designing trays? Trays are so practical, so utilitarian. No matter what is being served, serving it on a tray just makes it so special. Although trays come in a variety of materials, from metal to wicker, I work with wood trays. I paint them and decorate them with beautiful or fun paper. It’s easy to build a tablescape on a tray, and then when it’s time to eat, you can easily remove the tray from the table for more room. It’s a special treat to serve lunch to yourself on a beautiful tray, you can sit anywhere, and cleanup is easy. Using a tray can be both functional and beautiful.

Have you always liked Halloween? I love the fall season, the cool weather, the colors. Nature provides so many things for decorating your home, too. Go out into your yard and collect a bowl of acorns or fill a basket with hedge apples with your kids. I decorate my house with these findings. When it comes to seasonal decorating, keep it simple and use what you already have. For Halloween this year, my fireplace mantel looks like a laboratory just by using glass containers I already owned. The boys and I like to make special treats for Halloween to give away, too. I save the paper towel tubes, decorate and fill them to resemble special English crackers. We also fill glycine bags with treats and I seal them with cute labels.

What is your fall food repertoire? During the fall I love to make soups, including white chicken chili, cheddar and pumpkin. But, to me, there is something old-fashioned about cupcakes. They are simple, beautiful, fun-to-make and a great way to control portions. White cake is the favorite flavor choice in my house. Decorate them using a pastry bag or simply add some sprinkles.

Please visit for more information and a recipe.

Chocolate Cupcake Candy Butter Cream Lotion

By on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Who wouldn’t want to slather themselves in cupcake scented goodness every day? Dylan’s Candy Bar brings us Chocolate Cupcake Candy Butter Cream body butter which boasts a unique, protective, non-greasy formula with Vitamin E, Jojoba Seed Oil, and Shea Butter. It’s a yummy smelling remedy for dehydrated winter skin.

Available for $22 at!

Cupcake Necklace GIVEAWAY!!!

By on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Have a craving for something sweet? How about a Cupcake necklace?

Mounds of vanilla frosting sit upon pink colored cake, bespeckled with bright, glass rainbow sprinkles and – of course – a cherry. The cupcake hangs from a dainty sterling plated chain. Necklace measures 18? in length. Adjustable, with lobster clasp closure.

Leave a COMMENT at The Cupcakes Club and you might WIN this adorable cupcake necklace- for real! for free! Have fun!!! WINNER announced 11/1/08!

*don’t worry Cupcake…if your name is not selected you can purchase the necklace here!

While you are at The Cupcakes Club, order their new book “Spotlight on the Cupcakes.” It will be perfect for any girl who is on your Christmas list!

Update: Congratulations go to :*kyliecat* who was selected via to be the winner of The Cupcakes Club Cupcake necklace!!

I (heart) Cupcakes Tote Bag

By on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I (heart) Cupcakes Tote Bag

I (heart) Cupcakes Tote Bag $28.00

This sweet bag contains 100% style and zero calories.

Available at Whimsy Press.

Girlz Lyfe Crochet Cupcake Giveaway

By on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Girlz Lyfe has graciously donated one of their Crochet Cupcakes with Sprinkles. These delicious cupcakes are 3 inches wide and 3 1/2 inches tall and have colorful sprinkles on top! Made from very soft yarn and love. Retails for $15 each.

How to enter: Visit Girlz Lyfe, then come back here to ATC and Leave a COMMENT here telling us which of their cupcake items is your favorite and you might win ONE of these adorable Crochet Cupcakes – for real! For free! Have fun!!! WINNER announced 11/4/08!

*don’t worry Cupcake…if your name is not selected you can purchase the Crochet Cupcake here!

Thanks to Girlz Lyfe for donating this fantastic prize.

Update: The winner is… Comment # 6

I like pirate cupcake tote! such fun!  – by Mary Jenkins

Timestamp: 2008-11-05 17:51:45 UTC