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Summer Cupcake Contest

Posted by on July 11th, 2011

Got a favorite summer memory?  Maybe it’s days spent on the lake, a week at the beach, hiking in the mountains, camp-outs in the woods, eating ice-cream or snow-cones, or playing putt-putt on a warm summer evening.  Whatever it is, hop on over here and enter the ‘Savor the Summer’ cupcake contestChocolate Moose in Greenville, South Carolina and Cupcake in Columbia, Charleston and Mount Pleasant, SC are asking you to be creative and transform your favorite summer memory into a cupcake.  Finalists will have their cupcakes available weekly at each location, and customers will vote for the best flavor.  The grand prize winner will have their cupcake permanently featured in Cupcake’s flavor lineup.  See complete contest rules on the contest’s facebook page. Continue reading »

Cupcakes and Children’s Books

Posted by on June 28th, 2011

A Dr. Seuss Display

As a mother to a nearly six-month-old son who loves looking at (and trying to eat) any book he can get his hands on, the Iron Cupcake Madison Challenge definitely got my attention!  Bakers and cupcake enthusiasts gathered this past Sunday at Basie’s Restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin to eat and vote on mini-cupcakes, which were all based off of popular children’s books.  The proceeds from this event will benefit the Literacy Network. Continue reading »

DIY: Edible Cupcake Toppers

Posted by on 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

Posted by on 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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Orange Grilled Cupcakes

Posted by on 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.

Butterbeer Cupcakes

Posted by on June 16th, 2011

I have a confession to make, I am a Harry Potter fan.  I have read all the books, seen all the movies, and want to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure park.  One of the reasons I want to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is because I have always wanted to try butterbeer, even though it is a fictitious drink.  If you’re at all like me you might want to try out this recipe for Butterbeer Cupcakes.  The recipe comes from AmyBites who was lucky enough to get to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!  Click “continue reading” for the recipe!

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What is it about Hostess cupcakes?

Posted by on June 14th, 2011

Hostess Snack Cakes.  Gotta love their cupcakes.  Golden.  Chocolate.  Orange.  Fondant-y icing.  Seven, white squiggles down the middle.  Vanilla creme frosting in the middle.  Wrapped in plastic.  Mass producted.

Hostess is big business.  Hostess Brands, which owns Hostess Snack Cakes, employs 21,000 people in 39 bakeries in 41 states across the U.S.A.  (In case you’re interested:  they’re hiring.)

Hostess is still celebrating its February 2011 launch of the strawberry cupcake, so it’s not too late for you to vote for your favorite Hostess cupcake and get a chance to win $25,000 and other, daily prizes.

According to the Hostess Director of Marketing, “Hostess sets the standard for timeless treats that are loved from generation to generation.”  So just how many Hostess cupcakes do Americans eat every year?  600,000,000.  And it’s Memphis, Tennessee that’s the Hostess cupcake eating capital of the Hostess empire.