Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. How many times will you go to the grocery store between now and dinner time? Anyway, check out these beautiful chocolate cupcakes by Juli Jacklin.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New York City Cake Crawl

My Cupcake Addiction goes on a cake crawl in New York City.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Cupcakery Review: Smallcakes Crown Center in Kansas City, MO


My previous reviews of various Smallcakes around the Kansas City area have been, shall we say, less than enthusiastic.  Still, every time I see a new one, I give it a try in hopes my opinion will improve and I can pass that information along to all of you.  Well, it finally paid off!  The newest Smallcakes opened up in the old Big Momma's bakery space in Crown Center and it's worth a stop!

The space itself is really cute, especially considering my opinion of most other Smallcakes is that they are a little stark and uninviting.  Decorated in pinks and blues with cute signage, it definitely looks welcoming.

I went this time with two of my favorite cupcake partners in crime, namely my daughter Heidi and Cupcake Chloe famous for driving the former 3 Girls Cupcakes van.  I always value their opinions and their company.
I bought a nice variety of cupcakes including Red Velvet, Lemon, Pink Vanilla, Caramel Crunch, Cookies N Cream, Chocolate Cream and a specialty cupcake.  This location also carries ice cream, so we tried a strawberry as well.
The cupcakes always look good and I've never had a problem with freshness or taste either, but almost immediately after eating one, I usually feel like there's a rock in my stomach and feel terrible the rest of the day.  This time that didn't happen!!  I think it has something to do with the fact that for whatever reason, this Smallcakes sells regular sized cupcakes, not the jumbos like at all their other locations (though the price wasn't much better :P).  Perhaps eating less overall or a better cake to icing ratio did the trick, but whatever it was, I was finally able to enjoy my entire experience.  I'm still not a fan of their greasy fudge style chocolate icing, but everything else was very nice.  The ice cream was nothing special and the strawberry flavor was fairly artificial tasting, so I don't think I'll be going back for that aspect. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Geeky Sprinkles

If you love to decorate cupcakes and cakes, then these Geeky Sprinkles would be a great holiday gift for someone who loves geeky stuff.

Geeky Sprinkles started as a Kickstarter and it is now a product. There are four different kinds of fun sprinkles: Steampunk, Police Box, Meeple and Lightning Bolt. The sprinkle are great for decorating cupcakes for birthdays and special fan-based events. Geeky Sprinkles is part of Cupcakes Take The Cake Holiday Guide which will launch on Cyber Monday. Subscribe to the Pinterest board today.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Butterfinger Cupcakes

Just in case you have any leftover Halloween candy... you can bake these Butterfinger cupcakes.  These cupcakes were made by Nicely Made Cupcakes in Columbus, Ohio.

Butterfinger cupcake

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

It's RKB's Birthday and National Vanilla Cupcake Day

When Rachel and I started Cupcakes Take The Cake nearly 11 years ago, we had no idea that cupcakes were going to be HUGE. Plus we didn't know about the cupcake holidays. November 10 is National Vanilla Cupcake Day, and it is also Rachel's birthday. Rachel is super busy writing and editing books but it doesn't mean she loves cupcakes any less. When she came to Savannah last week, she brought me cupcakes from Baked By Melissa. Then we had cupcakes from Savannah's Bake In The Day bakery.

Cupcakes at Back In The Day
Fans of Rachel Who Drove to Savannah To See Her Read

Some of Rachel's recent writing for

Also her latest anthology is out today, Dirty Dates.

Cupcakery Review: Cupcake Island, Omaha, Nebraska

I found a new favorite cupcakery in Omaha!  It used to be Jones Bros. but now it's Cupcake Island.  I had stopped getting Jones Bros. when I was in town, because they just started to disappoint - too sweet and heavy overall.  But Cupcake Island not only has beautiful cupcakes, but they're truly yummy too!

I tried Red Velvet, Black Forest, Strawberry, Snickerdoodle, Birthday Cake and Vanilla and there were really all highly edible.  The frosting wasn't as light as I like, but not too sweet or grainy either and the cakes were all fresh and tasty.

If you're in Omaha, skip Jones Bros.  from now on (unless you want a cronut or a macaroon), but head straight to Cupcake Island for gourmet cupcakes instead!

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Free Cupcakes From Hyvee!!

From the Hyvee grocery store Facebook page:

"In honor of the Royals championship, all Kansas City area Hy-Vee stores will be giving away 1,000 FREE cupcakes on Saturday, Nov 7. ‪#‎KeepTheCelebrationGoing"

I'm SO there for SO many reasons!!