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Chicago’s Periodic Table of Cupcakes

By on Monday, October 8th, 2012

The Two RAs in front of their masterpiece

Last week I had the awesome chance to see a real Periodic Table of Cupcakes.  Some of my friends are dorm parents on the University of Chicago campus, and the RAs in their house went all out to make one for their weekly study break.  Not only were the cupcakes delicious (pretty important in my book), but there was lots of thought given to each cupcake.

This Periodic Table included vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting, red velvet cupcakes with nutella frosting, oreo-infused cupcakes with oreo frosting, peanut butter cupcakes, carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and funfetti cupcakes with vanilla icing.  All of these were made from scratch.

Each group of elements on the Periodic Table was represented by a different type of cupcake.  For instance, the transition elements (the largest group of elements) were represented by the red velvet and nutella cupcakes because nutella is such a popular item among the students .

Way to go, guys!  Inspiring, indeed!

Students Coming to Eat the Cupcakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A close-up look at the cupcakes

 

 

 

Mini Monster Cupcakes

By on Monday, October 1st, 2012

This mini monster hardly looks like a cupcake, but it is!  This monster’s blue hair might disguise the cupcake, but it sure is a treat for all you icing lovers out there!  Just grab some round candies, red licorice and some circus peanuts and you have everything you need to put these little creatures together.

DIY Cupcake Costume

By on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

I am not a seamstress at all, so I am always on the look-out for Halloween costumes that require little to no sewing skills.  I would definitely give this one from the Food Network Magazine a try, but I’m not too sure how my little boy would feel about being dressed as a cupcake.

Bug Cupcakes

By on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Halloween is coming up, and so is the fall camping season!  Both are a perfect excuse to make these “Just Bugging You” cupcake cones from the Betty Crocker website.  You can use the ideas pictured, or you can choose different types of bugs or outdoor creatures to make.

 

Carrot Oatmeal Raisin Cupcakes

By on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

With fall on its way, I’m beginning to get excited about all the different flavors that go along with this season.  Pumpkins, raisins, apples, sweet potatoes, pecans, caramel, and many other lovely-smelling foods that I am forgetting.  I came across this interesting recipe for Carrot Oatmeal Raisin cupcakes.  Go ahead and bake some delightful-smelling cupcakes to kick-start the fall season!

Cupcake Nuggets

By on Monday, September 10th, 2012

Your kids will be pleasantly surprised when they take a bite of these cupcake nuggets.   These are certainly not what they look like.  They are made of cupcake pieces “breaded” with more cupcake and deep fried.  And the sauce? No, that is not barbecue sauce.  It is a raspberry sauce.  Yum!

Tips for Frosting Cupcakes

By on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Once again, the Huffington Post has some good ideas for the amateur cupcake artists out there.  Are you ever intimidated by the idea of frosting your cupcakes?  I don’t think I would have ever considered trying to swirl together two different colors of frosting, but now that I read this post, I’m not exactly sure what I was scared of.

Just pick two colors, get two piping bags and fill each one half-full with one of the colors, flatten the bags and stack them on top of one another, place them inside a large piping bag fitted with the decorating tip, and squeeze!