Archive for June, 2011

Cupcake Smiles

By on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

The weather here in Maryland is quite dreary today so I went looking on Etsy for something cupcake that would make me smile.  Check out this adorable Scrabble tile pendant.   It is made by Etsy crafter FrillyChili and their shop is full of happy little pieces of art.  This truly brightened my day!

LGM Cupcakes!

By on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

LGM cupcakes

I remain an enthusiastic fan of Disney’s Toy Story series and its LGMs (the “Little Green Men”).  Here is the classic out-take of LGMs with “the claw.”

Needless to say, this recipe for LGM cupcakes is a keeper in my book.

In fact, this Disney family website has an entire section of recipes with several terrific cupcake recipes such as Lightning McQueen from “Cars,” Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” Owl from “Winnie-the-Pooh,” panda bears from “Mulan,” and more.

Can Cupcakes be Healthy?

By on Monday, June 27th, 2011

The answer to that question is….OF COURSE!  Just because you’ve decided to eat healthier or go on a diet doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your favorite treat.  I found some great recipes and ideas to add a healthy twist to the traditional cupcake.  Whole-wheat flour, potatoes, fresh fruit, unsweetened applesauce and reduced-fat dairy products are some of the ingredients you can use to add some nutrition to your favorite cupcake recipes without sabotaging the flavor.  You can click on each photo below if you want to see the recipe.

1) Blueberry Cupcakes: These have a potato added to the whole-wheat batter to add some extra nutrition and create an interesting texture.  The potato flavor is masked by other ingredients.  Plus, blueberries are a great source of vitamins and anti-oxidants.

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Cake Sugar Designs Winner

By on Monday, June 27th, 2011


This week’s sweet winner is…

Melanie Couch
Wow! It was not easy to pick one design but my son’s 16th birthday is the next party here so I pick the Monogram Designs. His theme for the party is red, black and white and those would be perfect on top of cupcakes with the letter B for his name!!! :)

Congratulations!  Please email your mailing address to  A big “thank you” to Cake Sugar Designs for sponsoring this week’s topper giveaway.    



To Peanut or Not to Peanut?

By on Monday, June 27th, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake

Let’s chat on the subject of peanut butter cupcakes, like this lovely one from the Baker Street Bakery.

Smooth or chunky?

I have never met a peanut butter cupcake made with chunky peanut butter.  Have you?

Here’s a sampling of what I could find.  Some recipes create a peanut butter cupcake base and go so far as to say “smooth.”  Other recipes put the peanut butter in the frosting and indicate “creamy.”  Going over the top is a recipe that not only uses peanut butter, it also uses Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

And I did manage to find one recipe that specified “creamy or chunky.”

Cupcake Bathing Suit

By on Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Hallelujah! I finally made it to the beach today. I live on an Island and you think that getting to the beach would be easy, but with a busy summer so far and a handful of rainy weekends it has been a lot harder than expected. While I was at the beach, I was wondering if there was any cupcake bathing suits out there. And there are!

Pink Cupcake Halter Top Bathing Suit from AMI Clubwear

I also found this great Pink Cupcake Swimsuit Cover Up

Baby Rattle Cupcakes

By on Sunday, June 26th, 2011

These baby rattle-shaped cupcakes look like a perfect treat for your next baby shower.  They are sure to impress your guests but are relatively simple to make (how-to video and instructions here). Other than cupcake mix and a tub of frosting, you will need gumdrops, lollipop sticks, ribbon, tubes of decorating icing and sprinkles.  Of course, if you have a particular cupcake or icing recipe that you really love, then you could use that instead of a store-bought mix.  What a cute  and fun idea!