Sunday, March 01, 2015

Watch Today's Google Hangout About Baking With Booze Here at 5PM EST

On today's #getbaked, we will be talking about "Baking With Booze".

Our guests: 
  • Meghan McGarry,, (@butrcreamblondi) Meghan McGarry is a pastry chef, professional recipe developer and culinary personality, who loves to glam up desserts. Her popular site,, documents her one-of-a-kind dessert makeovers, and was named one of the Top 10 Baking Blogs of 2014 by Better Homes and Gardens. McGarry’s creations have been featured in major media outlets including Cake Central Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Cooking Channel’s Devour and Raycom Media. With the mantra “Flirt with dessert,” you can be sure Meghan is always baking up something fun and exciting!
  • Leslie Feinberg, Prohibition Bakery: (@ProhibitionBake) is the owner and co-founder of Prohibition Bakery, where they make mini-alcoholic cupcakes in New York City. She’s a lifelong baker and long-time bartender who has gotten many highly regarded New Yorkers extremely drunk. (Leslie will be with us for half the show) 
  • Grace & Tonya, (@cakebuzzliquor) Grace is the Assistant to The CakeBartender, Sean of Cake Buzz. Grace runs their marketing, social media, Public Relations etc.  She attends to Cake Buzz’s daily business operations so that The CakeBartender can create his masterpiece cakes without being disturbed.  She decorates the cakes, delivers cakes, buys ingredients, conducts Quality Control, etc.  Grace keeps the  “BUZZ” beating in Cake Buzz! 
Your hosts: Babette Pepaj (@bakespace), founder of  and Nichelle Stephens (@cupcakeblog), Cupcake Expert on


Dark Chocolate Cupcakes With Speculoos Cookie Butter Frosting

Speculoos is a Dutch biscuit typically baked during the Christmas holiday. Lotus makes a Speculoos cookie butter that you can eat any time of the year. Grace Chan made these cupcakes with Speculoos Cookie Butter Frosting.

Ingredients for the frosting:

  • 150g unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1/2 cup cookie butter spread 
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar 
  • 1 tbs milk

Instructions: a mixer cream together butter until light and creamy. Add cookie butter and cream until blended
2. Add icing sugar and cream on high speed until very light and fluffy. Add the splash of milk and mix until blended
Dark chocolate cupcakes with speculoos cookie butter frosting

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Links: A Dollop of Frosting And More

Rainbow Cupcake Bouquet

Happy Friday, people.  I have been waiting patiently for the internet to stop talking about llamas and dresses.

In the meantime,  check out the links below.

Marlo Scott, owner of Sweet Revenge, is hosting a class on How To Write A Business Plan on Saturday, February 28.

Heather Saffer, who wrote one of my favorite cookbooks, The Dollop Book of Frosting, now has a line of frostings that is being sold in grocery stores. Look for Dollop Frosting in Wegman's and other locations.

Dara Furlow,  the founder of With Love From Brooklyn,  has just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Barnraiser to start a sweet subscription service.

Alan Richardson and Karen Tack have a new cake art book coming out, "Cake My Day" and they're doing a pre-order contest. You can win some nice stuff.

Babette Pepaj and I are doing our next #GETBAKED Google Hangout/web chat about baking with booze this Sunday, March 1st.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Baking with Booze: Get Baked w/ And Cupcakes Take the Cake

Our next Google Hangout/live web show will this Sunday, March 1st. To kick off March and since St. Patrick's Day is coming up, Babette of Bakespace and I will be talking about Baking With Booze. We will be joined by Prohibition Bakery co-owner Leslie and two other guests.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Safari Birthday Cupcakes or Empire Cupcakes

In case you have been living under a rock and are not on social media on Wednesday nights, then you may not have heard about the insanely popular TV show, 'Empire'. Today, I saw this safari birthday cupcakes, but I immediately thought of Taraji P. Henson's character, Cookie who loves to wear animal prints.

Safari Birthday cupcakes

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Red Velvet Cake Chat Today at 5PM EST

Red velvet cupcakes. Ready for cream cheese frosting. Yum.
What’s the fascination with red velvet? Is is the color? Is it the flavor? Babette of Bakespace and Nichelle of Cupcakes Take The Cake are doing a Google+ Hangout about red velvet today at 5PM EST/ 2PM EST. Our guest today wiil be Nicole Taylor of Food Culturist. Use the hashtag #getbaked to join the discussion on Twitter.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Cupcake Photography From Kanishke

Before there was Instagram, there was Flickr. Our Cupcakes Take The Cake Flickr Group has over 100,000 photos and 8,000 members. Both professional and amateur photographers post photos of cupcakes, cake pops and cakes to our Flickr Group. These photos are from Flickr member, Kanishke.
 Cupcakes with Seashells
Snowflake with vanilla bean

Thursday, February 19, 2015

#GetBaked Red Velvet Discussion This Sunday

Before you head to a Oscar watching party, we going to do real talk about red velvet. The red velvet cake flavor has grown in popularity, and now it has been co-opted by major brands like Oreo, Muscle Milk, Dairy Queen and more. I would venture to say that red velvet is the new pumpkin spice latte. It's ubiquitous, but most people don't know what is the flavor of red velvet. Has the re-discovery of red velvet gone too far? Anyway, Babette of BakeSpace and I are going to talk about the fascination with the red velvet, what makes a good red velvet cake, and how the affect the red food coloring has some people seeing RED.
Come join the conversation online! The first ever #GETBAKED Google Hangout will be about red velvet. It will Sunday, February 22nd at 5PM EST/2PM PST.
Watch on YouTube or Watch on BakeSpace or Watch on G+
P.S. Here's a great recipe for red velvet buttercream frosting.