Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cupcake Dog Collars

I have no idea why or how I came across cupcake dog collars...but I did so I am sharing!

Muttropolis  ($40)

and don't forget the collar charms!
$5.99  from   iDogCharms

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Cupcake Collars

You know I am a huge fan and Chica and Jo
have done it again....
check out their new Easter Cupcake Collars!

$0.79 each or all three for $1.79

Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter Egg Cupcakes

This week I will be exploring Easter cupcakes...and yes, I know bunnies don't lay eggs!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Recipe of the Week - Fresh Raspberry Vegan Cupcakes

Week 37

A good friend was hired to be a personal chef for a Vegan client.  I don't know much about the Vegan diet but I decided to contribute a Vegan cupcake recipe this week.  Vegan recipes have a reputation for being a bit bland, so I chose one that is fruit-infused for lots of flavor.  I do not know where to find the Vegan cream cheese, but if anyone out there has that information, please post a comment. 

Fresh Raspberry Vegan Cupcakes

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup soy yogurt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup crushed fresh raspberries

Mix together flour, baking soda, sugar and nuts in a bowl.  In another bowl, beat together applesauce, soy yogurt, flavoring and oil until well blended.  Add raspberries and beat at slow speed of mixer until berries are partially broken.  Beat in flour mixture slowly until smooth, but pieces of berries are still visible.

Pour batter into greased muffin tins with cupcake liners, fill half-full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 22-26 minutes.

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

1 container Tofutti Better-Than-Cream-Cheese
1/2 cup soy margarine
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Cupcake Kabobs

For quite some time I have been wanting to make cupcake kabobs and today I finally took the plunge.  The strawberries really helped to stabilize the cupcakes, some of which wanted to slide down the skewer.  I tried a smaller 6" skewer at first but the cupcakes kept sliding down the stick.  I found the way to prevent sliding on the smaller skewer is to soften candy melts and pipe a small dot below each cupcake.  Let it harden for a few minutes.  It takes a little extra time but this will keep your cupcakes in place.  The strawberries were very stable on the stick - not sure how a raspberry would work.  Overall, my first cupcake kabob experience was a good one!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Cupcake Stand for Easter Eggs

No cupcakes in this stand....but a very creative way to display your dyed eggs.  I don't think your cupcake stand will mind. 

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cupcake Sushi

Tonight I am meeting friends for sushi.  I don't actually eat sushi (it's called "bait" where I come from in Mississippi) but I will be happy to order some other form of (cooked) fish or seafood.  I started thinking about making cupcake sushi and discovered that lots of others had already come up with that idea.

white cake wrapped in green fruit roll-ups

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cupcakes & Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I have to work in the ER on Easter Sunday and will be making cupcakes (of course).  Instead of the traditional Easter decorations - chicks, eggs, chocolate bunnies - I am going to make chocolate covered strawberries.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hospital Cupcakes

Cupcakes are the best medicine!
(just a little ER humor to get the week started)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Cupcake Clocks

Time for cupcakes!
(get it...time...clocks)

the clocks above are available from Amazon

available from Cafe Press

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Recipe of the Week - Hummingbird Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Week 36

Even though it snowed last week here at Lake Tahoe, there are many signs that spring is coming.  We are noticing trees and shrubs starting to get buds and there are many species of birds that are already building nests in our yard.  We had two pair of wild mallards land on our pond yesterday.  No hummingbirds yet...but I will bet they are on the way!

The traditional southern Hummingbird cake is very moist due to the addition of crushed pineapple and bananas.  Here is my family's recipe:

Hummingbird Cupcakes

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil   (altitude change:  use 1/4 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained  (I puree mine in the food processor)
1 cup finely chopped pecans
2 cups mashed bananas

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not beat.) Stir in vanilla, pineapple, pecans and bananas.

Pour batter into prepared muffin tins with cupcake liners. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes (check frequently after 15 minutes).  Cool completely.

Frost each cupcake with your favorite cream cheese frosting.  Store in the refrigerator if you are not going to eat them right away.

Don't Forget to Enter the Contest!

I need a name for the traveling cupcake!

Don't forget to enter the "Name the Cupcake" ends on April 1st. 

For more information see the blog post from March 15th!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cupcake Paper Plates

Perfect for any long as you are serving cupcakes of course!


Cupcake Placemats

laminated cupcake placemat with monogram

personalized placemat

Friday, March 19, 2010

Purple Cupcake in a Museum

Purple Cupcake in a Museum

Purple Cupcakes

Cupcakes & purple...I am preparing to make cupcakes for a birthday party and the guest of honor loves purple.  Which one(s) do you like best??

Purple cupcake (add your own flowers)

dragonfly cupcakes

purple cupcake wrapper

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring Confetti Cupcakes

Spring is only a few days away (officially) and I am thinking about cupcakes of course.  Here is a little spring cupcake inspiration!

Giant Confetti

Confetti sprinkles from Wilton

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick was born in either Scotland or Wales, the son of Roman parents living in Britain. When he was about fifteen or sixteen, he was captured and enslaved by an Irish chieftain during a raiding party across the sea. He spent several years enslaved in Ireland, herding and tending sheep and swine. It was during his captivity that St. Patrick dedicated his life to God. Legend has it that St. Patrick escaped captivity and Ireland after a dream in which God instructed him to journey to the Irish coast where he found a ship that returned him to his family.

After years of religious study, he became a priest. According to a document known as "The Confession," St. Patrick heard the voice of the Irish in his dreams, "crying to thee, come hither and walk with us once more." Eventually, Pope Clemens commissioned St. Patrick as bishop to preach the gospel to the Celtic people. Arriving back in Ireland, he commenced an incredible mission, travelling across the country, preaching and baptizing, ordaining priests and bishops, erecting churches and establishing places of learning and worship, despite constant threats to his life. It has been said that he and his disciples were responsible for converting almost all the population of Ireland to Christianity.

St. Patrick found that the pagan Irish had great difficulty comprehending the doctrine of the Trinity, so St. Patrick held up a shamrock (similar to a three-leaf clover) to show how the three leaves combined to make a single plant, just as the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost combined to make the holy Trinity. Since that time, the shamrock has been the symbol of the land.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Take Your Cupcake to Work Day!

If you are new to this blog, I am a cupcake blogger by day and an ER nurse at night.  I took my cupcake (not yet named) to work with me yesterday and we had a little fun with it.  CLEAR! 

Monday, March 15, 2010

Name That Cupcake - Win a Cupcake Stand!

Please help me name my traveling cupcake!  I bought this cupcake from the Etsy store of Crystal's Creations.  I am going to be taking the cupcake with me when I travel and photographing my cupcake adventures (kind of like the Travelocity Roaming Gnome).

Submit cupcake names to and on April 1, 2010 I will choose the top five submissions and randomly draw the winner!  I will contact the winner by email.  Anyone can submit a name, but I can only mail the prize to an address in the U.S. and Canada. 

The person who submits the winning cupcake name will receive a five-tier silver cupcake stand by Gordinger.  Retails for $54.99. 

Thanks for your participation!