Friday, April 29, 2011

The Royal Wedding Day

April 29, 2011
William & Kate
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge...and future king and queen of England.  I hope that at some point today they are served a cupcake.

My friend Kristi is in London this week and sent me some fabulous photos from local bakeries celebrating the royal wedding with baked tributes. She didn't identify the specific bakeries, so if the creators of these cakes happen to come across this blog, please email me your information.  I would love to credit your beautiful work. 

cupcake crown
(this artist has a store on Etsy)

royal wedding ring cupcakes

wedding caketribute to William & Kate...
the Union Jack tiers are stunning!

this is really a cake!
(and my favorite)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

William & Kate Cupcakes

Less than 24 hours to go until the royal wedding....for those looking forward to it and for those who can't wait for it to be over.  Whatever side you are on, only one more day to go!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Princess Cupcakes

Princess cupcakes are appropriate as the royal wedding day approaches.  Kate Middleton will enter Westminster Abbey as a commoner and emerge a if you are watching the wedding, take a big bite of a princess cupcake as she emerges from the church.

(to match the wrappers above)

You can make your own princess cupcake wrappers thanks to the blog Food Art Party!  There are lots of other goodies on that site too, so be sure to check it out.

Princess cupcake pops from The Cupcake Blog!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Royal Wedding Cupcake Supplies

Cakes, Cookies & Crafts (UK) has everything you can imagine to make Royal Wedding cupcakes....if only I had found this site in time to order before the wedding.  Oh well...Prince Harry will get married one day!  I will have to make room in my luggage to bring back some supplies. 

P.S.  I like the term "cupcake cases." 

Union Jack cupcake cases

Union Jack cupcake stand

Cake Topper Designs (UK) has many William & Kate cupcake toppers to choose from!

William & Kate edible cupcake toppers

Cake Craft Shop (UK) has a Royal Wedding kit....everything you need for your royal cupcakes!

Royal Wedding cupcake package

Monday, April 25, 2011

Blog Recommendation: Sweet Bakes of Mine

I recently received a comment from another cupcake blogger and wanted to share her blog with you.  We are nurses but also share a love of baking.  You will love her blog! 

by Yaneri

(Scroll down on the right side and play Sugar Sugar by The Archies while you are enjoying her blog.  I have listened to it five times in a row! This song has a special place in my heart...when I was in the 7th grade my boyfriend and I chose this as "our song")

London & Cupcakes

To kick off Royal Wedding Week I wanted to feature some cupcakeries in London.  You can't keep up the strength to follow the royals without a little sugar & cake!  I also have another motive....doing research for my trip to London in June.

Cake It To The Limit 

Bea's of Bloomsbury
I will definitely be visiting here.  Check out their slideshow (and the strawberries and cream cupcakes).

The Hummingbird Bakery
Lots of cupcake photos on this site and I will definitely be trying the lemon meringue.

Crumbs & Doilies
Check out their selection of Royal Wedding Cupcakes!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Royal Wedding Week Begins!

Countdown to the Royal Wedding!  My friend Kristi is flying to London tomorrow and will be sending me photos and Royal Wedding updates all week.  Her mission is to boldly go and seek out cupcakes from every corner of London!  Stay tuned this week....I feel a case of Royal fever coming on.

Mistake Corrected

Yesterday I posted about a contest from Nikki's Cakery....and mistakenly linked her site to another blog.  I have corrected it (a big thanks to the reader who caught the error).  I worked a night shift in the ER Friday night and blogged without sleeping first.  Lesson learned:  friends don't let friends type tired! 

Happy Easter!

No matter how you celebrate this holiday, enjoy it with a cupcake!

cross cupcake cake

“He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”        Luke 24:6-7

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cupcake Contest from Nikki's Cakery

Nikki from Nikki's Cakery is having a contest to celebrate her 100th blog post.  You could win this cupcake manicure kit.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

April 22nd is Earth Day and this year I would like to encourage everyone to do more than just celebrate.  I remember the first Earth Day in 1970 when we were driving gas-guzzling cars, wasting electricity like crazy and there were few laws governing air pollution.  We have come a long way but still have a lot more to do and there are lots of other countries that need to step up to the plate (you know who you are). 

Eat a cupcake to celebrate of course, but take a few minutes today to think about what you can do to keep our planet clean.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Teeth & Cupcakes

Going to the dentist today...clean teeth anyone?  On the same subject, I bought tooth & toothbrush cookie cutters to make cupcake toppers.  I actually ended up making my dentist & his office staff some cookies instead, and I even made a dollop of black icing so one cookie would have a cavity. 

(cupcake dental floss available from

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

One Year Ago Today....Gulf Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon exploded one year ago today and the real impact of this will probably not be known for hundreds of years.  I grew up on the Mississippi Gulf coast and a friend of mine was on that oil rig the day it exploded.  He is an engineer and was thankfully not injured, but the 11 people who died are being remembered today all over the world.

On a more upbeat note....I have eaten Gulf seafood recently and it is just a delicious as always.  If you have access to it, buy Gulf seafood and support the recovering industry!

memorial cupcakes

Monday, April 18, 2011

Party Cupcakes

Took some minis to a party tonight....they were deelish!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Recipe of the Week:

Easter is almost here and my favorite Easter cupcakes are simple white cupcakes with fluffy white icing (topped with coconut).

Easy White Cupcakes

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a muffin pan with cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder. Add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Fill liners 3/4 full.

Bake for 15-18 minutes - checking frequently after 12 minutes. Cool completely. 

** My favorite fluffy white icing is the Betty Crocker one in the can....but don't tell anybody.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Strawberry Cupcakes

I grew up in south Mississippi, just a short ride from Ponchatoula, LA...."the Strawberry Capitol of the World."   The 2011 40th Annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival was held last weekend and I have been thinking about all the strawberries we used to eat at the end of March and first part of April.  It seemed like they were everywhere.  I never had strawberries on a cupcake back then, but it is time to have them now! 


via Flickr

Friday, April 15, 2011

G is for Grapes

Doesn't this look just like a cluster of grapes!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Martha Stewart Sunflower Cupcake Cake

I was searching for meringue recipes on today and came across this sunflower cupcake cake. I LOVE the blackberry center.  Bee-you-tee-full.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

50th Anniversary of the First Space Flight

Fifty years ago today Yuri Garagin became the first human in space when the Vostok spacecraft orbited the Earth. Today's "Google Doodle" commemorates this milestone and the crew of the International Space Station sent a video message honoring him in multiple languages and wore black Yuri Garagin t-shirts. 

Yuri....these outer space cupcakes are for you!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Recipe of the Week: Key Lime Cupcakes

One week left before the retirement party cupcakes are due and I am thinking about making key lime cupcakes instead of margarita cupcakes (see last week's recipe).  So the experimenting continues....

Key Lime Cupcakes

1 Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
1/3 cup key lime juice
1 Tablespoon lime zest

Mix as directed substituting lime juice for part of the water required (I substitute buttermilk instead of water). Add the lime zest to the batter.  Bake as directed on package.
 ** If you feel adventurous, these cupcakes can be filled with lime curd. 

Key Lime Buttercream

1 stick unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups Crisco
1/4 cup key lime juice
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
8 cups powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon lime zest

Cream the butter and Crisco for several minutes. Mix the salt and lime juice and water until salt is dissolved. Add the powdered sugar and the liquid alternately and beat for 5 minutes. Add the lime zest and mix thoroughly. You can refrigerate this buttercream for one week or freeze it for up to three months. 

Garnish with a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs, a lime wedge, or some candied lime peel. 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Cupcake Wine Charms

Pier 1 has cupcake wine charms!  There are six charms for $7.95....a cupcake bargain.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring(?) and Cupcakes

As I sit here watching it snow (again), the need to see something bloom is getting more intense.  If I can't have real blooms...I'll take cupcakes with colorful flowers!  I do love living at Lake Tahoe, but could we please get some sun and spring weather? 


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Cupcakes & Feathers

I got feathers (FeatherLocks) put into my hair today and when I got home I started thinking about feathers and cupcakes.  Believe it or not...I found some on Flickr!