Archive for June, 2011

Says Who?

By on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

From Pinkalicious to Strawberry Shortcake, there seems to be a domination of cupcake images with pink and with girls.  On June 21, you can even tune in to season two of Canada’s “The Cupcake Girls.”

But says who?

Jackson loves cupcakes!

I have certainly never known a boy to turn up his nose at a cupcake and say, “Ew!  That’s for girls!”  See, for example, my proof of the same:  a photograph of Jackson eating one of my homemade cupcakes.

According to Jackson’s mother, when asked for his opinion on the matter, Jackson definitely had one, and it went something like this:

Nancy:  Do boys like cupcakes more than girls?

Jackson:  Boys.

Nancy:  Why?

Jackson:  I think some girls might be allergic to them.

So there you have it from the expert!

You Pick Your Prize!

By on Monday, June 20th, 2011

Happy Monday loyal cupcake fans! It’s giveaway time!!

 This week’s giveaway comes to you from ATC sponsor, Cake Sugar Designs.  They specialize in personalized edible cupcake toppers.   Actually, these toppers can be put on brownies, cakes and cookies too!  They are made with thin sheets of icing and food grade inks.   I am amazed by the variety of choices in their online shop.  And here is the best part- Cake Sugar Designs is giving away 24 toppers this week!  And the winner will get to pick whatever design they like best! 

So here’s how you enter: first check out Cake Sugar Designs and pick out your fav design.  Then come back to ATC, click on the comment area below and and tell us what is was and how you would use it.   One sweet winner will be chosen on Monday, June 27th.

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Get Fit with Free Cupcakes!

By on Monday, June 20th, 2011

Sprinkles Cupcakes is giving away free cupcakes this week at their Washington D.C. and Chicago locations!  If you live in either of those areas, you’re probably wondering how you can get in on this great deal!  You’re probably also wondering what cupcakes could have to do with fitness.  Read on to find out! Read the rest of this entry »

DIY: Edible Cupcake Toppers

By on Monday, June 20th, 2011

The Sweetest Occasion has really great party inspiration from guest bloggers like these edible cupcake toppers from Hank + Hunt.  I love combining bakers twine which is so popular with Fruit Roll-Up pendants.  For those with more patients the edible flowers are more time consuming but look great on top of cupcakes! Last time Hank + Hunt guest blogged on The Sweetest Occasion they shared a tutorial on how to crate Pom Pom Heart Toppers.  While checking out the site be sure to look at the printable protest cupcake toppers.  I think my favorite is the one that says “You can work it off tomorrow.”

Lawnmower Cupcakes

By on Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Happy Father’s Day to all the cupcake loving dads!  Do you need a last minute Father’s Day cupcake idea? How about these lawnmower coconut cupcakes that Kiss My Spatula tweeked from Martha Stewart.  Made from died coconut and a variety of candy you’ll be able to easily find the ingredients at your local grocery store.

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Cupcakes Set a World Record

By on Saturday, June 18th, 2011

This past week a huge crowd of cancer survivors and supporters came together for Barrington’s Relay for Life in Barrington, Illinois to honor those who have lost their lives battling cancer and to raise funds for cancer research.  Cupcakes took center stage at this event.  A tower of 16, 478 cupcakes stood at the center of the Barrington High School Community Stadium, setting a world record for the most cupcakes on a display tower.

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Orange Grilled Cupcakes

By on Saturday, June 18th, 2011

These orange grilled cupcakes have been on my “to-bake” list for some time now.  Now that it is summer, and it is H-O-T outside, it is the perfect time to attempt these cupcakes by Stef from Cupcake Project.  Even though I have never grilled anything I think cupcakes is the perfect food to start with, right?  For these cupcakes you grill the cupcake batter directly in the orange halves! Just be careful if you use a cupcake pan, Stef said that her pan charred. Below are the instructions for grilling, if you would like the vanilla cupcake recipe that she used and some more tips, check out the origianl post.



  1. Cut the oranges in half and scoop out the insides. You don’t have to be perfect about it. If there is some orange left in there it will just be a tasty treat at the bottom of your cupcake.
  2. Fill the orange halves 3/4 full with cupcake batter.
  3. Place the oranges in foil directly on the wood or coal as shown in the picture on the left or set the oranges in a cupcake tray on the grill as shown in the picture on the right. I tried both methods. I think the cupcake tray worked better but the tray got a bit charred and is a pain to clean. Use an old one if you have one.
  4. Monitor the cupcakes really closely. The cooking speed will vary depending on the heat of your grill. You may also need to rotate the tray or the individual cupcakes to account for uneven heat. You know they are done when a toothpick comes out dry. It took mine about 10 minutes to cook.