Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Meeting Bakerella

Bakerella (aka Angie Dudley) made cake pops famous. She was inspired to start her blog because of this blog, Cupcake Take The Cake, and we are truly flattered. She is now the author of two cookbooks so far. We are superfans of her work! So it was great for me to finally meet her in person. [Rachel met Angie a few years ago.] She was with Jennifer Shea  at the Trophy Cupcakes book event at Williams Sonoma last week.
Trophy Cupcakes book event at Williams Sonoma
If you are unfamiliar with Bakerella's work, check out her cookbooks, Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, And Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistable Mini Treats and Cake Pop Holidays.

Carrot Cake Pops

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Video: How To Make A Cupcake Bouquet

Cake Cetera in Scotland sent us this short video on how to make a cupcake bouquet.

Frosted: Cupcake and Bakery News

Here's some links to things you may enjoy. A Duo of Chocolate Cupcakes From Baked
Kim Celano of KC Bakes is producing a Cake Pop Con in Philadelphia. Check out the schedule and register now. It will be from November 7-9th.

TECHmunch NY is May 20th at Home Studios. I will be leading one of the panels.

Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafato are the co-owners of Baked and honestly some of the sweetest bakers you will ever need. I am so happy to hear that they are opening a second location in Tribeca.

Allison Robicelli shows Nick Lachey how to make coconut macaroons on VH1 Morning Buzz.

101 Best Cupcakes 2014 from The Daily Meal

The website The Daily Meal just came out with this year's ranking of the best cupcakes in America (last year's top 50 here).
"Using last year's list as [their] basis, [they] re-entered all 50 into a network of over 100 other cupcakeries vetted from every state’s best-of lists. [They] then ranked them according to five different categories, assigning them a value of one thru 20 (20 being the highest) and tabulating the highest ranking cupcakes."
I've eaten at many of these cupcakeries and I have to say, they did a pretty fair job of covering a good selection, though I might disagree with the various placement of a few of the nominees and there are definitely a couple left off the list.  See what YOU think!  Is your favorite cupcake place listed?!

Cupcake Haiku For National Poetry Month

For the rest of April, I will be posting cupcake haikus to celebrate National Poetry Month. If you have a cupcake haiku, tweet us at @cupcakeblog. The haiku below is from ICookedToday The photo of the choco banana cupcake is by Desirée Galiano.

Choco Banana Cupcake

Cupcakes are charming. 
Almost too pretty to eat... 
but only almost!

Monday, April 21, 2014

New Cookbook Giveaway: Sweet And Unique Cupcake Toppers

Lynlee North Beckett will make you love fondant! Fondant is used for cupcake decorating. Rolled fondant is a sweet dough mostly of sugar, water and corn syrup. She has compiled over 80 cupcake toppers using fondant for any holiday or celebration in her new cookbook, Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers .

We're giving a way of copy of this fun and creative cookbook. Enter by Tuesday, April 29th.

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Another Mobile Cupcakery in Kansas City?

The local cupcake chain, Smallcakes, has opened another location in the Westport area, close to KU Med.  According to this recent article, the new franchisee is also setting his sites on a mobile unit!

Disco Easter bunny cupcake

I know Easter was yesterday, so apologies for the lateness, but this Disco bunny cupcake from last year at Cakeyboi was too cute not to post. Plus I'm a sucker for cereal cupcakes! Visit Cakeyboi for the recipe.


Easter Monday Cupcakes

If you are still eating Easter candy today, then you will love these Easter cupcakes.
Cupcakes by Juli Jacklin.
Chocolate Cadbury Creme Egg Cupcake
Chocolate Cadbury Creme Egg Cupcakes by Hongzhizhu

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Duck For Easter Cupcake

Easter Duck Cupcake
Death By Cupcake posted this cute duck cupcake. Ducks, chickens and rabbits are the favorite animals of spring. BTW, my Dad told me that he and his siblings would get biddies for Easter. I always thought the word "biddy" meant old lady. But back in the day biddy was another name for a baby chick. I guess I learn something new everyday.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Meyer Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Spotted on our Flickr feed, Grace Chan made these Meyer lemon meringue cupcakes. The cupcakes are vanilla lemon-scented cupcakes filled with Meyer lemon curd, frosted with burnt Swiss meringue. By the way, a Meyer lemon is a cross between a lemon and an orange. It is less tart than a regular lemon.
Meyer lemon meringue cupcakes

Trophy Cupcakes Event At Williams-Sonoma

After many years of blogging about Trophy Cupcakes in Seattle and seeing the lovely cupcakes they bake, I finally got to meet Jennifer Shea last night. Jennifer is a mini book tour for the cookbook, Trophy Cupcakes and Parties: Deliciously Fun Party Ideas and Recipes from Seattle's Prize-Winning Cupcake Bakery. I totally agree with this cookbook theme because I truly believe that cupcakes are the champagne of desserts. Cupcakes are for celebrations, big and small.

Trophy Cupcakes book event at Williams Sonoma
Jennifer did a decorating demo for Easter cupcakes and answered some cupcake baking questions. One of her best tips is to take out cupcakes two to three minutes earlier than the baking time on the recipe. The cupcakes will continue while in the pan on the cooling rack. This is to prevent cupcakes from being overcooked. A dry cupcake is never good. Also, don't refrigerate cupcakes. Keep them out for two days, but if you want to save them for later, you can freeze them.
Trophy Cupcakes book event at Williams Sonoma
By the way, if you are in New York City, you can stop by the Williams-Sonoma at Columbus Circle and see Jennifer Shea in person.

Trophy Cupcakes Book Signing and Cupcake Demo.
Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 1:00pm
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Lastly, if you are in Seattle this weekend go to Trophy Cupcakes and order the Easter Hi-Hat Cupcakes.