Archive for August, 2010

New engagement cupcakes

By on Thursday, August 26th, 2010

What to choose as the cupcake design when you are getting engaged?

One thing is for sure, you will need a lot of them, so it is probably best to go for a simple design, but if you still want something amazing and stunning then these cupcakes by Isabella’s Sweet Tooth are sure to be perfect.

Depending on the amount of time you have you can create just 3-5 of the amazing little fondant birds (in white cuts down on time mixing a color), or just go with that funky heart!

When creating a tall stand up cupcake topper like the heart, use a toothpick in the fondant.  This also makes it easy for those eating it to remove it!

Cover your other cupcakes with the same color icing to create a uniform look, even thought the actual decoration on top may be different and less work.  Isabella’s Sweet Tooth cupcakes are vanilla with strawberry buttercream.

Masterchef Cupcakes!

By on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Tonight’s episode of Fox’s Masterchef  featured a cupcake challenge!  But the contestants didn’t know that, at least not at first.  These home cooks are not necessarily bakers, but tonight, when they stepped up to their table, each of them found a mystery box full of mystery ingredients.

And when they lifted the boxes, guess what they found!  Cupcake ingredients!  They were given 45 minutes to bake a cupcake from scratch, without recipes or a chance to research.  There certainly wasn’t time for a little trial and error, which happens to be my speciality.  One of the finalists claimed he had never even made a cupcake before!  Yet they all gave it the old college try.  I couldn’t believe they did it in such little time.  I know from experience how difficult it is to decorate a piping hot cupcake!

My favorite did indeed become a finalist:  A gorgeous coconut cupcake with lemon glaze.  I could almost smell it through the television.  It was so delicious looking.  Chef Gordon Ramsay called it a “smart cupcake.”

But the winner was … Read the rest of this entry »

Quilted Cupcake

By on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Next time you want to do some online shopping, you might want to check out Quilted Cupcake.  I’ve just spent well over an hour (when I was supposed to be working) browsing through her websites, and she has some really cool items, many of them cupcake related or inspired.  Visit her blog here.  You can download her podcasts here.  And you can shop from her Etsy store here.  Her stuff is so cool, but what really amazes me is her prices!  Tres reasonable!

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ATC Review: Belle Announcements Fine Stationery

By on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Belle Announcements: Fine Stationery was created three years ago by a stay-at-home mom with a passion for graphics.  This passion comes across in her high quality line of products.  Since the stationery is printed on 110lb cardstock with real liquid ink, there is a not only high quality but this also adds to the desirable appearance of the final products.  But not only is the quality of the product important when purchasing stationery but it also needs to catch your eye which Belle Announcements stationery does through it’s beautiful graphics.  Of course I was particularly drawn to the cupcake images on the samples I received, one of which is shown below but there are tons of other graphics for all occasions to choose from.

One of the best things about Belle Announcements is that templates are not used so everything is customizable.  Since the entire piece can be customized this means that you can change the colors, text, and graphics to meet your needs.  You even have the option to change the type of cardstock to Linen, Pearl, or Glossy.  I personally liked the pearl cardstock which appeared to sparkle.  The colors are lighter when printed on this type of cardstock so individuals looking for bright, bold colors would prefer the linen cardstock. Read the rest of this entry »

Pink Plaid Cupcakes

By on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

To me it feels like every year when the flyers come out for back to school shopping and they talk about the fall’s style trends, plaid is always listed as being in style.  So why not make your cupcakes fit the season’s style trend and bake these pink plaid cupcakes by Reynold’s.  The Reynold’s website helps you find the pink plaid party liners at a store near you and includes detailed instructions on how to decorate your cupcakes with a plaid topping.

Free Cupcakes in Downtown D.C. today!

By on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

If you happen to be in Washington tomorrow then you are in for a Sweet Treat!  D.C.’s Hello Cupcake is celebrating their 2nd birthday, and will be giving away free cupcakes at 10am until they all run out!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HELLO CUPCAKE!

Eco-Friendly Cupcake Stands

By on Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Hello all my fellow cupcake lovers out there! This past weekend I made mini-cupcakes for my Best Friends bridal shower.

I made just about 100 mini cupcakes half chocolate and half yellow. I used 2 batches of butter cream frosting, divided into 3rds and made Strawberry and Raspberry frosting with 2 of them and left the other one plain butter cream.

I also used a cupcake stand from Green Party GoodsSquare Cupcake Stand !

Here is a picture of my lovely creation(s)!

Everyone loved them! Congrats Megan!