Archive for October, 2010

ATC Review: Hotel Chocolat

By on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Hotel Chocolat is one of the largest chocolate companies in the United Kingdom.  In addition to offering their chocolate in the UK, they serve the US!  Hotel Chocolat offers a wide variety of Christmas gifts which are great for the upcoming holiday season.

ATC was sent a large selection of chocolates to review but sadly when the giant box of chocolate, which would excite anyone with a sweet tooth, arrived it was melted due to issues with shipping.  Although some chocolate  had been melted beyond edibility, a portion of the chocolates remained intact enough to sample. Read the rest of this entry »

Do away with the cupcake pan!

By on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Okay I’m a little over the traditional round cupcake, I’m looking for something interesting, where are our square cupcakes, our star cupcakes, our oval and rhombus cupcakes?  Lets have diamonds and fleur de lys! We have giant, and we have mini, but lets see some more variety in the shape and design!

I guess the thing that is limiting is that the cupcake pan or muffin pan as it is more commonly known has round circles and although you may be able to find one that differs, you just can’t find the liners which means lots of greasing the pan in a desperate hope that your cupcakes will come out cleanly.  So what is the solution?

Simply Caked's Choc Fudge and Peanut Butter Frosted Cupcakes

Well I found one cool new product the other day on the Simply Caked blog, okay, so it is still slightly a circle, but I commend the design for a few key reasons.  It is different, with an interesting thick wobble edge, but also the liners are strong enough that you don’t need your pan!

Thats great, so you can create your cupcakes in a cool new shape.  If I had these I would make toad in the hole cupcakes – I think it is the wobble edge that gives me the idea of jelly molds and water!  So imagine, bright blue water cupcakes, frosted with a blue butter cream and a chocolate frog in the centre.  It is like a jelly toad in the hole only better, because it is cupcake!

Simply Caked didn’t go a watery theme, instead they went with a chocolate fudge and peanut butter frosting.  They look sooo yummy!  You can get these cups from ATC Sponsor Simply Caked here.  If you make some interesting cupcakes out of these, definitely let us know!

Handmade Cupcake Jewelry

By on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Brought to you by jewelry artist, Kristin Hipple, these adorable pink cupcake earrings are available from Virtuous Adornment through Handmade Selling for only $10. And this charm bracelet is only $15!  Kristin also does custom orders, so let your imagination run wild!

Mummy Cupcakes

By on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

The latest issue of the Hello, Cupcake What’s News letter features a Bootiful Mummy Cupcakes! The cupcakes which are by the creators of the Hello, Cupcake and What’s New Cupcake Cookbooks, have marshmallows hidden under red fruit roll-ups which looks like blood under the melted frosting.  Gory, I know but it’s Halloween after all! For tips on how to make the mummy visit the candy corner and for help with the spider webs seen in the image below check out the technique of the month and for directions look below!

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Giveaway Winner

By on Monday, October 25th, 2010

Our cupcake lanyard winner is Fiona!  Check out her sweet comment: 

October 18th, 2010 at 7:45 am
I loved the cupcake patterned crayon roll up! It’s so cute and practical. I loved the minky/stroller blanket but would love to see it in the cupcake pattern. I was also thinking that a collar/leash set in the cupcake pattern would be nice. Thanks for this! She’s got a great shop.

Congratulations! Please send your mailing address to   Special thanks to SewCosmic for sponsoring this week’s giveaway.

10 Reasons to Eat a Cupcake From a Jar

By on Monday, October 25th, 2010

In April we shared with you DIY Cupcakes in a Jar, now as if anyone would need more then one reason to eat a cupcake from a jar, Daily Candy has given us 10 delicious reasons to eat cupcakes from a jar. Number 5 was something I had not realized, which is how long cupcakes in a jar can be stored (12 days in the refrigerator)!

Horror movies for Halloween?

By on Monday, October 25th, 2010

If you are completely done with all the traditional Halloween cupcakes, of ghosts, witches and pumpkins and are looking for something very different, why not take your inspiration from PepsiNZ and create horror movie cupcakes!

She went all out creating heaps of different cupcakes, but you could choose your favorite couple and go with a theme!  I particularly love this one here!

You can see all the horror movie cupcakes on her website Random Crap here.