Thursday, December 18, 2014

2014 Cupcakes Take The Cake The Cake Gift Guide

Better late than never, here's our 2014 Cupcakes Take The Cake gift guide.  The gift guide includes cookbooks, baking tools and more. The OXO dusting wand is a quick and easy way to take decorating up a notch.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Cupcake

These cupcakes are easy to make with candy and pretzels. Check out Juli Jacklin's blog.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cupcake and Hello Kitty Christmas Tree

Have you put your Christmas tree yet? Check out this cupcake and Hello Kitty decorated Christmas tree from Karen Kupcake for inspiration.
#cupcaketree #hellokittytree #cupcakekitchen #cupcakecookiejar

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Happy Holidays From Smuckers

I was pleasantly surprised to get a box of yummy goodies from Smuckers. IMG_1339

  • Smuckers Strawberry preserves
  • Jif Creamy peanut butter 
  • Hungry Jack Cinnamon Spice pancake mix 
  • Pillsbury Funfetti cupcake mix in Radiant Red
  • Pillsbury Funfetti Holiday 
  • Folgers Flavor in Vanilla 
  • Folgers Flavors in Caramel 
This box is like a Christmas holiday survival kit. Instead of Christmas cookies, I will be making Christmas cupcakes with the Funfetti mix.  Since the family is having ham for the holiday dinner, I place to eat some ham with blue cheese and strawberry preserves.   The cinnamon spice pancakes will be even better with whipped candied yams added to the mix. Finally, our house is a Folgers coffee-drinking house so the vanilla and caramel flavors are nice additions.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Royalty, Cupcakes and Basketball

I love the young Royals.  I love cupcakes.  Basketball and LeBron, not so much, but I love when worlds collide and prove that Cupcakes are perfect for any occasion!
"Following the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-88 win over the Brooklyn Nets, LeBron James met with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The two were on hand at the Barclays Center on Monday night to 'watch the basketball.'"
Also, from the article, "This isn't the first time he's used these cupcakes as an olive branch. Back when he was plotting his move back to Cleveland he sent boxes of cupcakes to his whole neighborhood (article with video) in Akron as an apology for all the fanfare, traffic, and the overall headache he caused with his return."
Baker Blvd of Akron, OH was the baker in both cases, with some cleverly  named cupcakes: "Just a Kid From Akron" (Cherry Cola Cupcake) and "Home Court Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes".

Monday, December 08, 2014

Paddington Bear Cupcakes

The Paddington Bear movie is coming out in the United States January 16, 2015. In the meantime, you can make these bear-y cute cupcakes from Victorious Cupcakes.
Paddington Bear Cupcakes

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Christmas Pug Cupcake

Isn't this cute? Bakers can easily make anything Christmasy with the addition of a Santa hat. This cupcake is from There For The Baking.
Christmas Pug Cupcake

Friday, December 05, 2014

A Visit to Bliss Cupcakes, Rogers, AR

Back in late September, my husband and I attended Bikes, Blues & BBQ, one of the biggest biker rallies in the country and of course I had to check out the local cupcakeries.  A chain local to Arkansas called Bliss was right down the street from where we were staying, so we headed there on the bike as soon as we got a chance.

The shop itself was cute, with a nice logo and inviting but small café style front.  The worker was pleasant and patient as we decided what to get.  In addition to their normal cupcake fare, they had gluten free and their red velvet was decorated for the Razorbacks, who were playing that weekend.

Now for the cupcakes themselves.  They were a nice medium size but at $3.25 plus tax each (in Arkansas), they were way overpriced.  You can get jumbos for that in KC.  We chose four from the end of day selection: Banana Pudding, Red Velvet (Razorbacks), Strawberry Bliss and Salted Caramel.  The banana pudding was the winner, with the best overall taste and texture, but the red velvet had the all too familiar tang of too much food coloring and the razorback was a thick, inedible gelatin.  The salted caramel icing had a nice flavor, but the vanilla cake was tasteless.  The strawberry cake was heavy because they used real strawberries, but tasted more like a muffin than a cupcake and the icing was also rather tasteless.

However, it did give me the opportunity to hold a box of cupcakes in my lap on the way back to our hotel (we've found after many attempts that the saddle bags are a waste of time).