Archive for the 'Tips' Category

2 Amazing Things in 1: Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

By on Friday, February 12th, 2010

Annie of Frites and Fries brings us these tasty treats, an invention she created for her roommate. Not only does she give us lots of delicious looking pictures, she includes her recipe in her post, an altered version of the butter cake recipe featured in Gourmet in 2008 with Slashfood’s cream cheese frosting. And that wee little cinnamon roll on top just makes it as cute as all get out (yes, Annie has a recipe for that too!). This opens the door to a some other interesting alterations of the base butter cake recipe…crumb cupcakes, anyone?

10 Second Cupcake Decorator

By on Monday, February 1st, 2010

Picture this you have 10 seconds to live … what do you want the most in the world? Well if you answered a CUPCAKE than I have the fastest way to decorate a cupcake!  I found these tips in  the  February issue of Woman’s Day!

  • New Pillsbury Easy Frost … it looks like sqiurty cream but its even better its frosting!
  • Dip edge of frosted cupcakes in sprinkles
  • Garnish frosted cupcakes with chopped nuts
  • Stand up mini-cookies in frosting for a fun topping
  • Use oversize sprinkles in shapes like hearts, stars and circles
  • Pipe polka dots onto vanilla frosted cupcakes using a tinted icing

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Cupcakes All Year Round: The Hello, Cupcake! Calendar

By on Saturday, January 30th, 2010

As I was walking past some storefronts this afternoon, I noticed something I had never seen before: a cupcake calendar.  My boyfriend confirmed that while this was the first year he had seen it too, the Hello, Cupcake! calendar is in stores all over town. It’s sort of a companion to the Hello, Cupcake (Irresistably Playful Creations Anyone Can Make) book, being as it’s made by the same folks out of their favorite illustrations from the book.  From the pictures on their website (the little doggiecakes are the on front cover of the calendar), it looks like a darn cute way of keeping track of the days as well as a serving as a muse for the creative in the kitchen.

Cheesecake Cupcakes!

By on Thursday, November 19th, 2009

My roommates birthday was today and I asked her what kind of cupcakes she wanted for her birthday and she said, ” Cheesecake!!” and I said, “I can make that happen!” … So I made my famous cheesecake  into mini cakes!

Grocery List

  • 2 eight oz packages of cheesecake
  • lemon juice
  • raspberry jam
  • Nilla Wafers
  • mini chocolate chips

From your Cupboards

  • Sugar & Eggs

And GO!

Heat the oven to 325 degrees, find yourself 12 cupcake liners and place them into a cupcake pan! Take  vanilla wafer and put one in the bottom of each liner.  And then add a sprinkle of chocolate chips on top of the wafer. In a bowl add the cream cheese, 2 eggs, 2/3 cup of sugar and 3 tablespoons  lemon juice. Mix until smooth and there are no lumps. Disperse evenly into the cupcake liners. Place a spoonful of raspberry jam on-top of each of the cheesecakes and then add another sprinkle of the chocolate chips as well. Place in oven for about 30-35 minutes. After they are done cooking leave in cupcake pan until they have cooled all the way through and then place in fridge over night.


I brought them to work for my roomie and for everyone to enjoy and the went over very well. One of my co-workers said it was very satisfying.

Here is a photo!


Cupcake Hunting Anyone?

By on Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

I found myself feeling very stressed-out today so I did what I always do when I am feeling that way: I went cupcake hunting.  One of my favorite places to go is one of my local Hallmark stores. I can always find something sweet that I would love to own. Even if I don’t buy everything I see, it cheers me up just to look at cupcakes. Here’s what I found today:


Hallmark had these for each month and at a very reasonable price of only $8 each. 

I have several shops that I frequent just looking for cupcake items. Some of my favorites are Kohl’s, Pier 1, and Target.  Cupcake bakeries can often double your pleasure.  Many times you will not only find yummy cupcakes to eat, but they often  have cupcake clothing and knick-knacks for sale.   Online I can always find interesting things on Amazon, Etsy and Ebay. 

On the way home from my hunt I got to thinking; I wonder where our ATC readers like to go cupcake hunting?  Where do they find good cupcake stuff?  So let’s hear from you!  Click on the comment area below and let us know your hot spots!

Cupcake Secret Tips

By on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009


None of these cupcake tips in Newsweek magazine from Pam Nelson, owner of Butter Lane Bakery, were that ground-breaking, but these tips have a smack yourself in the forehead simplicity.  You can imagine if all the suggestions were followed, how much better tasting your cupcakes can be.  The tips are:

– Use the best butter you can find
– When possible use real ingredients not extracts or artificial substitutes
– Use real chocolate over cocoa powder
– Frosting does not have to be teeth-shattering sweet
– Wrap your cupcakes after baking to preserve moistness

    Tools of the Trade

    By on Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    I, just like some of you am an avid cupcake baker.  To make marvelous, mouthwatering, munch-able cupcakes you have to have some good tools. Here are a few of my favorite  tools I like to use when baking cupcakes.

    This right here is essential for frosting cupcakes. It is angled so you don’t get your finger and hands all covered in frosting.

    8 Inch Angled Spatula

    8 Inch Angled Spatula

    Another way to frost cupcakes is to use the plastic bags with the tips. Here is a good starter kit for cupcakes. It comes with a few tips to get you started and you can make fancy designs with it!

    Cupcake Decorating Kit

    Cupcake Decorating Kit

    This is the way to get all the last bits of cake batter and frosting.



    Instead  of using good old fashioned food coloring that get very messy you can you use this Icing Color Set! Plus it has some of the colors already figured out for you! (using food coloring i think you have to be a color chemist to get the righ colors you want).

    12 Icing Colors Set

    12 Icing Colors Set

    These spray mists are a great way to do a lil’ something different with your cupcakes

    Color Mist™ Food Color Spray

    Color Mist™ Food Color Spray

    This is a great way to carry you treats … bonus is that it has a cupcake pan with it!

    24-Cup Cupcake Carrier

    24-Cup Cupcake Carrier

    These are some of my faveorite tools! Do you have any secret weapons  you use in the kitchen?