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Cupcakes at Japan LA Pop Culture Shop

By on Saturday, August 28th, 2010

While combing the internets for cuteness, I found Japan LA and their adorable store. Among the Hello Kitty and the sushi scarves, there I discovered some prize cupcake accessories.

Rilakkuma Cupcake Pouch - oh no, it's brand spankie new and it's already sold out!

Yummy You! Knitted Cupcake Scarf - $65

Yummy You! Knitted Cupcake Purse - $70

Sweet Cupcake Shopper (Bag) at BlueQ by 64 Colors

By on Friday, August 27th, 2010

Applecupcake gets the credit for introducing the design collective 64 Colors to ATC earlier this summer with her post about the group’s custom-painted Cupcake Dunny.  So this is part follow-up, part realization that I own something designed by them.

The Blue Q Sweet Cupcake Shopper is equal parts adorable and useful.  It’s got plenty of space and good strap length, and is a step above most reusable shopping bags in stylish cuteness and sturdiness (woven polypropylene is tough stuff!).  Two more important Sweet Cupcake Shopper attributes: you can own one without having to tackle anyone for it, and it’s only $12.

Red Velvet Fried Chicken by American Cupcake

By on Friday, August 20th, 2010

American Cupcake's Red Velvet Fried Chicken (photo by Anthony Mylott)

San Fransisco restaurant American Cupcake decided that the world could use more red velvet.  AC’s owner Devon Alpert reckoned that if  everyone loved the flavor in cake and cupcakes, they would like it in fried chicken too.   And it looks like she was absolutely right. In the delicious words of urbandaddy:

At first glance, it’ll look like a heaping plate of leg, thigh and breast. But upon further inspection, you’ll see that the chicken has taken on a slight reddish hue. That’s because your precious fried bird has been pre-soaked in AC’s signature red velvet cake batter, then dredged in toasted, crumbled bits of red velvet cupcake before being dipped in a frying pan.

Because they don’t want their delicious fried chicken to be lonely, American Cupcake includes a side of cream cheese and garlic mashed potatoes, inspired by the frosting on the cake.

Nomskulls Cupcake Molds

By on Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Nomskulls - Silicon Skull Cupcake Molds by Fred & Friends

If I did “Nerdcake Product of the Week”, Nomskulls would be top of the list in the category.  These cutie-skull molds come four in a box for $12 from Fred & Friends (though you’ll have to go to Amazon or Pop Deluxe to actually buy them).  F&F also includes a recipe for the squiggly brain frosting shown on the above nomskullcake:


  • 1 recipe for vanilla frosting (or a store-bought tub)
  • confectioners’ sugar (for stiffer frosting )
  • red or black food coloring (or both)
  • pastry bag and a large round tip (#12 works well)

Add confectioners’ sugar to the frosting until it‘s stiff enough to hold its form, yet still soft enough to pipe. To the frosting add food coloring(s) to reach desired color. If your cupcakes aren’t dome shaped, pile on a small mound of frosting first. Then pipe two lines down the center of the cupcake. Finally, pipe a squiggly pile of frosting onto each “hemisphere”. Mmmm…brains.

Mini Cupcake Factory by ThinkGeek

By on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Mini Cupcake Factory by ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek, the purveyor of many things great and geeky, has recently gone into the business of selling geek food.  They started with canned bacon (seriously) and have now moved on to making mini cupcake factories available to geeks everywhere. The mini cupcake factory bakes seven tiny cupcakes in 5 minutes.  According to the website, any storebought or scratch-made cake mix will do and tiny paper cups are optional.

The one con I can think of for a mini cupcake factory is that if you’re into giant cupcakes, this really isn’t going to do it for you.  On the other hand, the pros are 7 cupcakes in 5 minutes (!) and a higher lightly crispy outer crust to inner cake ratio.  Take a look at the video and see what you think:  Mini Cupcake Factory by ThinkGeek

“Where the Wild Things Are” Cake and Cupcakes

By on Sunday, July 25th, 2010

photo courtesy of Look Cupcake

These were created for a first birthday party that was ever-so-appropriately hosted at Woodland Park Zoo.   I like the mural-like frosting art on the cake, but am particularly tickled by the detailing on the cupcakes:

Photo courtesy of Look Cupcake

Rawr! Beware the wild cupcake!  They may be sweet, but they are fierce!

Miglet’s Gluten-Free Bakery Makes Cupcakes for All!

By on Saturday, July 24th, 2010

We usually think of cupcakes as a treat that’s available to everyone. Their small size seems to even make them an option for those with more restricted diets. This, sadly, isn’t entirely true, especially for those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance.  When you can’t eat wheat flour, creating cupcakes becomes a much bigger undertaking.

This is where Miglet’s Cupcake Shop of Danville, CA, comes in to save the day.  Miglet’s specializes in gluten-free baked goods – they started with cupcakes and soon expanded to everything from cinnamon buns to hamburger buns.  Katie Alin, Miglet’s founder, started the bakery after working at The Taylor Family Foundation’s Celiac Camp and at Whole Foods and seeing how hard it was for those with gluten-free diets to satisfy their sweet tooth. Read the rest of this entry »