Archive for April, 2012

Backyardigans Cupcake Rings

By on Monday, April 30th, 2012

My kids love Backyardigans. So I was happy to spot these Backyardigan Cupcake Rings from Zoomparty. A set of 12 costs $3.29, and makes for a super quick way to make your kiddo’s cupcakes extra special. Zoomparty carries an entire of line of Backyardigan-themed party items, so, if you are ambitious, you could create an entire Backyardigans experience!

Cambodian Cupcakes

By on Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Cambodia has a dark history, but places like Bloom Training Center and Cafe are working to change Cambodia through the art of baking (and this includes cupcakes!).  Bloom offers training to local women, teaching them the art of Western-style baking and decorating.  After these women finish the training, they are given the opportunity to be employed, where they can continue to gain experience and expertise in this area.

These cupcakes are just a few of the lovely creations that these women have made!  I love reading inspiring stories of how cupcakes change lives!

Cupcake Rattle

By on Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Last week at Target I noticed this cute baby cupcake rattle by Fisher Price Toys.  It’s available on the Fisher Price website for $5.00 or $4.84 in Target stores.  I wish I needed a baby gift and I could give a baby it’s first cupcake!

Lightsaber Cupcakes

By on Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Here’s a quick but clever cupcake idea for the Star Wars fan in your life!

Lightsaber cupcakes!

New Inspirational Cupcake Gift

By on Friday, April 27th, 2012
There is an amazingly cute new gift on the cupcake market–Cravings from writer Carey Bailey. When Carey became a mom, she noticed that life got a little (or a lot) crazy. So, to help other moms find a few moments of peace and tranquility, she created Cravings, a collection of 40 card-size devotionals based on the Psalms. Each card contains an inspirational Bible verse, a “thoughtlet,” and an action idea. These cards are held in a gorgeous pink cupcake card holder that will be with its owners long after children are grown up (assuming of course that it is kept away from the children!).

 

I asked Carey, “Why cupcakes?” And she answered, “I knew I needed just the right image to capture the interest of moms. I began brainstorming with a good friend who also happens to be a graphic designer. I knew I wanted a shabby chic look but I could not pinpoint the exact image until I came across several hand stamped cupcake images on Etsy. It all clicked at that moment. My friend got to work and after just a few test cupcakes the Cravings cupcake was born. I love it!”
So of course, I had to know what cupcake Carey claims as a favorite. “It is much too hard to narrow my favorite cupcake down to one choice. My first pick would be a lemon cake with a lemon frosting with extra, extra lemon zest. I want it to make me pucker! My second pick would be a milk chocolate cupcake with a peanut butter frosting. Think of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in cupcake form.  I made both of these for the Cravings Cupcake Tasting Soiree I hosted for the launch of the product and they were a hit.”

 

If you know a mom who loves cupcakes, especially one who might be feeling a little overwhelmed with all that moms do, this would make a great gift!

Gluten Free Chocolate Streusel Cupcakes

By on Thursday, April 26th, 2012

I’m usually not a fan of gluten-free recipes, but this one sounds like it would be worth giving a shot.

These were made by combining the sweet taste of Manischewitz gluten-free chocolate cake mix with the savory flavor of Hawaiian Kettle Style Original Flavor Potato Chips.  In case you were wondering, the potato chips (crushed fine) are combined with sugar, cinnamon and butter (how can you go wrong with all of that?) to make the streusel topping.

And last, but not least, a combination of chocolate frosting and brewed coffee is drizzled on top.

The Flying Cupcake of Indianapolis

By on Thursday, April 26th, 2012

This past weekend, I made my first visit to the great city of Indianapolis! And I learned that there’s more to Indianapolis than football and race cars. The folks in Indianapolis know their cupcakes, as is evinced by The Flying Cupcake Bakery, which has four locations in and around the city. The Flying Cupcake’s slogan is “We eat all we can and then sell the rest.” Isn’t that great?

The Flying Cupcake is charming and spunky, just like the city where it was born. Not only do they sell an impressive variety of cupcakes, but they also offer cute t-shirts and even cupcake-inspired baby attire! We choose to sample the Black Bottom, a dark chocolate and cheesecake cupcake that seemed to weigh at least five pounds; the Pucker Up, a lemon chiffon cake filled with lemon cream and topped with lemon butter cream icing; and the Bart Simpson, a chocolate cupcake topped with rich peanut butter cream cheese frosting and then rolled in Butterfinger chunks. These. cupcakes. were. perfect.

Their red velvet cupcake, which they call the “Red Velvet Elvis,” claiming it is “fit for a king,” is loaded with chocolate chunks and topped with cream cheese frosting and white chocolate shavings. My daughter tried the Boston Cream Pie, a vanilla cupcake filled with Bavarian cream and topped with chocolate ganache. I admit, I stole a bite of it, and was happy that I did.

At The Flying Cupcake, the flavors change daily, so I can’t wait to go back for another round. I recommend you do too. You’ll find their daily flavors on Facebook. You can also follow them on Twitter.