Archive for July, 2010

Real Simple Solution

By on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Real Simple Magazine is always coming up with new uses for old things.  This idea is even featured in the New Uses for Old Things Hall of Fame!  LifeSavers candy can be used to hold birthday candles. The original roll for the sized candy that ensures a snug fit. If you place the candy in the candle before putting on to the frosting, there won’t be marks left from the candles.

Mini Cupcake Factory by ThinkGeek

By on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Mini Cupcake Factory by ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek, the purveyor of many things great and geeky, has recently gone into the business of selling geek food.  They started with canned bacon (seriously) and have now moved on to making mini cupcake factories available to geeks everywhere. The mini cupcake factory bakes seven tiny cupcakes in 5 minutes.  According to the website, any storebought or scratch-made cake mix will do and tiny paper cups are optional.

The one con I can think of for a mini cupcake factory is that if you’re into giant cupcakes, this really isn’t going to do it for you.  On the other hand, the pros are 7 cupcakes in 5 minutes (!) and a higher lightly crispy outer crust to inner cake ratio.  Take a look at the video and see what you think:  Mini Cupcake Factory by ThinkGeek

New Times Features Cupcake Tattoos!

By on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Visit New Times to see a slideshow of South Florida chefs, cooks, and bakers and their tattoos!  Here are a few of my favorites, which belong to Amanda Linton, the co-owner of House of Sweets Bakery in Delray Beach.

New ATC Friend

By on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Hello cupcake fans!!  Tonight I’d like to introduce you to our newest ATC advertiser, FunFavors.   This Etsy crafter’s creative shop is dedicated to personalizing all types of events.  They create invitations, party decor and super cute cookie favors!  Check out a few of my favorites:

Sweet Cupcake invite

Cupcakes - Sweetie's Bakeshop-

 Be sure to become FunFavors fan on Facebook and Twitter!

Next week, ATC will be hosting a sweet giveaway for FunFavors but I’m not going to tell you what they are giving away!  Check out theirEtsy shop to see if you can guess what it will be!

An Indian inspiration

By on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

On the weekend my good friend came back from an Indian wedding and on her hands she had the most gorgeous henna tattoos.  Immediately I thought of cupcakes, as you do whenever there is a celebration at hand, and I had this brilliant unique idea, why not make henna inspired cupcakes?

So I jumped onto the internet, but of course I am not the first with this idea, so instead of make them myself I thought I would share with you my findings!

I might still make them at some point, perhaps when I am feeling a tad less intimidated :)

These images are top left by The Little Cakery, directly above by Small Things Iced and to the left by Cupcakes N Things.

They all look beautiful!

How to Make Hollyhock Dolls and Use Them to Decorate Cupcakes

By on Monday, July 26th, 2010

One Determined Gardener has made incredibly creative cupcake toppers.  She used Hollyhock Dolls to top cupcakes! To make the dolls, a hollyhock bud and partially opened flower along with scissors and a toothpick are needed.  Follow the three steps with pictures to create the doll and you have your cupcake decoration.  One Determined Gardener made honey cupcakes with buttercream frosting to display her hollyhock dolls.

Disney princess cupcakes

By on Sunday, July 25th, 2010

I found these amazing cupcakes on Flickr the other day and had to share them with you.  These princesses including Snow White, Ariel and Sleeping Beauty were made by Solange a Brazilian Cupcake Designer.

They are so perfect, but as you know, what is a princess without her accessories, so Solange made accessory cupcakes too!  I like this princess cupcake style – I just need my designer bag and sun glasses!