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Changes are coming!

12 Feb

Seize the Cupcake is currently in state of transition… so the cupcake of the month is currently on hiatus for this month.

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Knitters?

3 Feb

Little Cotton Rabbits has a cute cupcake decoration in her free patterns section- check it out!

Cupcake Decoration

Looking for a sweet Valentine’s Day present?

3 Feb

Check out these cupcake related etsy finds!

Looking for some adorable cupcake Valentine’s Day cards?
Sweet Valentine's Day Cards

Or maybe you’re just looking for some stickers to make your cards or presents more personal?
Valentine's Stickers
I can’t think of anything cuter to be called on Valentine’s Day than My Little Cupcake.

Does someone you love love to bake cupcakes?
Sailboat Cupcake Liners
These cupcake wrappers are completely adorable… and the seller does custom wrappers, just ask!

If you’re looking for jewelry this Valentine’s day, it can still be cupcake-themed! These cupcake earrings are subtle and gorgeous!
Cupcake Earrings

A little less subtle, but no less cute…
Baking Keychain
This whisk and baking pan necklace would be perfect for any baker- professionals and hobbyists alike!

Imagine Childhood is holding a giveaway: $75 dollar gift certificate to their store!
If you`re shopping for children or those young at heart this Valentine`s Day, this would be a great place to start, whether you win the gift certificate or not! Enter here!

Snowball Cupcakes

22 Jan

January in Vancouver has seen a nice amount of snow. So naturally, snow was our focus this month.

Snowflake Cupcakes

We tried to keep these cupcakes relatively simple in both recipe and design. Sometimes I feel with cupcakes it sometimes gets a bit crazy out there and it’s nice to have something that isn’t so overwhelmingly complex (both to make and to look at).

The cupcakes we made were just plain old vanilla, something I think is often underrated or portrayed as boring. But what I love about vanilla cupcakes is the ability to dress it up with all sorts of different flavours. It can be paired with so many things. We paired the vanilla cupcakes with fluffy vanilla frosting and dropped them immediately in coconut flakes. If your cupcakes don’t cover completely, sprinkling coconut on top should do it.

We used Martha Stewart’s recipe for our vanilla cupcakes.

Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups milk
Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with paper liners; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated and scraping down sides of bowl, beat in vanilla.
Add flour mixture and milk alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl to assure the batter is thoroughly mixed. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling papers about 2/3 full. Bake on the center rack of the oven until tops spring back to touch, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Here’s the recipe we used for the frosting. Thank goodness for Martha, eh?

We chose pretty blue cupcake wrappers to compliment our snow white cupcakes. There’s just something about white and blue that says wintery to me.

Which brings me to a possible twist:
To add to the white and blue theme, why not continue that into the cupcake itself? Adding some blueberries to the cupcake mix would be yum. Throw some cinnamon in there as well, it complements the blueberries nicely (experiment!)

We’ll try to get the next cupcakes of the month out a little earlier (can you guess what the theme might be?!).

We’re on Bakerella! (sort of)

29 Nov

During our vacation in New York we went to see Bakerella (Angie Dudley) at her Cakepops signing.

Here’s her Flickr Set- more to come on our trip in NYC soon!

NYC Cupcakes, prepare to be eaten…

27 Aug

… in November.

Becca and I (and our friend, Tara) are off to the Big Apple in November, and while scouring the web for off-the-beaten track things to do and new recipes, I found out what one of the highlights of our trip will be: Taking one of Butter Lane’s cupcake classes!

Not only will we get to experience how they make their cupcakes and perhaps learn a thing or two, but we will also get to make cupcakes in New York!!! (I was worrying about feeling baking withdrawal. I can see Becca and I breaking into unsuspecting homes and using their oven while they are out… Them coming home to delicious smelling goodness and flour all over their kitchen…)

How I found out about the class. It was a link clicking experience. I was first reading A Cupcake Activist‘s post about another post she had read with cupcake tips on them… and guess where said person got their cupcake tips? That’s right, Butter Lane Classes.

So, in addition to trying the bakeries of New York (Magnolia Bakery, Sprinkles, Milk + Cookies, Once Upon A Tart… any others we should know about?), we get to bake too! I’m terribly excited.

Ooh La La Cupcakes

14 Aug

Ooh La La Cupcakes Brochure

My sister and I were in Sidney, B.C. visiting our dear grandparents when we came upon Ooh La La Cupcakes (great name!) at the Market. I, for one, adore markets and Ooh La La cupcakes had a cute little stand there. They have two locations, one in Sidney and one in Victoria, but I cannot comment on the atmosphere of the shops themselves not having been there. I can say that their stand was set up nicely and the staff seemed friendly, albeit quite busy.

Ooh La La Cupcakes Brochure

My sister and I sampled two flavours of mini cupcakes. The “Kiss Me (I’m Irish)”, chocolate cake with creme de menthe buttercream icing and “Nuttin Butter” chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. Both were definitely enjoyable, but I would actually say they were almost too rich (and this is coming from a girl with a major sweet tooth!).

Ooh La La Cupcakes and my sister.

In comparison to Cupcakes by Heather and Lori’s mint chocolate cupcake (what is with me and mint!?), I would have to go with Heather and Lori’s. “Kiss Me (I’m Irish)” just wasn’t minty enough for me. Sure looked good though!

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Overall, I would recommend others to check out Ooh La La Cupcakes for themselves. It’s sure to be tasty!