Tag Archives: cupcakes

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!

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The long anticipated BAKERELLA post!

26 Dec

One highlight of our trip to New York was the crazy coincidence that Angie Dudley, known better as BAKERELLA of the cakepops fame, was going to be at Williams-Sonoma for her Cakepop booksigning!

BAKERELLA!!!!

It was a wonderful experience. We ended up getting there half an hour early and the line was already quite long. As a result of that we didn’t get to hear much of her lovely demonstration or question and answer period, but everyone seemed charmed by her.

We did get a special treat though- meeting Angie’s MOM. Holy, is she adorable. She couldn’t stop talking about how proud she was of Angie, how talented she was, and how much she wanted to be like her. I guess she thought we were adorable too, since she said we were “too cute!” and bopped me on the head. My favourite part of talking to her was when she was talking about how much Angie loves her fans. Not a direct quote, but she said something along the lines of this being “love going back and forth and back and forth”. From the fans to Angie and back again. It was so true. Everything there was so excited to see her.

Angie herself, wow. She’s just so sweet in person, it just oozes out of her. Perfectly lovely! I only wish we had been able to hear her demonstation, but just talking to her made it worth it. You can tell she just ADORES her fans. I’m so glad she is getting so much attention and her site is so popular, she deserves every little bit of it.

BAKERELLA!!!
(I love Becca’s face in this one… “OMG WE’RE REALLY MEETING BAKERELLA!!!)

P.S. I have learned since getting Angie’s book and finally making cakepops (Reindeer cakepops, nonetheless!) that they are tricker than one would think!

Last month we went to the Deathly Hallows premiere…

23 Dec

Harry Potter fans do a lot of weird things. Some get tattoos of scars (or get real scars!) on their foreheads, others try to adopt the actors. Megan and I, we aren’t that crazy. We just stand in line for the movies for hours.

This year we decided to try out a neat recipe we found: Butterbeer cupcakes! from Amy Bites

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Now, if there is one thing that Harry Potter has taught us is the importance of friends, so we had a couple of ours with us to help us with these! Sonia was back in the kitchen with us and Jeff joined us for the first time. 😀

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Yum yum yum, Jeff.

Makes 18
Ingredients
For the cupcakes:
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon butter flavoring
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup cream soda

For the ganache:
1 11-oz. package butterscotch chips
1 cup heavy cream

For the buttercream frosting:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup butterscotch ganache
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon butter flavoring
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 16-oz. package powdered sugar
Splash of milk or cream (as needed)

Directions
For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pans with paper liners. Combine your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, cream your butter until light and fluffy. Add your sugars and beat until well-combined. Beat in your eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Then beat in your vanilla and butter flavoring.

Alternate adding your buttermilk, cream soda, and dry ingredients in batches until all are well incorporated. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full, then bake for 15 to 17 minutes until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean and cake springs back to the touch. Cool completely on wire racks.

For butterscotch filling: In a double boiler (heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water on the stove), combine butterscotch chips and heavy cream and stir until completely combined and smooth. Cool to room temperature. Fill a squeeze bottle with ganache and insert into the center of each cupcake, squeezing until filling begins to overflow.

For buttercream frosting: Cream butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Add in ganache, vanilla, butter flavoring, and salt and mix until well combined. Beat in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until reaching desired consistency. Add milk or cream by the Tablespoon as needed. Frost cupcakes and top with a drizzle of butterscotch ganache.

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Notes:
Because we were going with a large group, we wanted to double the recipe. Instead of making just 36, we got 48!
We also had a lot of ganache left over- we most likely could have gotten away with not doubling that part of the recipe at all.

In addition, we would have run out of frosting if we had piped it on to all of the cupcakes. We only just had enough for all of them, and we just used knives on the majority of the cupcakes. If you want to pipe the frosting on to all of yours, I would recommend doubling the frosting part of the recipe.

Everyone that we went to see the movie with thought they were delicious definitely a hit!
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Sorry for the hiatus…

21 Oct

though we’ve not been baking much, we have been thinking about baking!

We are off to New York City soon and there we shall be tasting some of the finest cupcakes, such as at Magnolia Bakery!

And while we are there we shall also be seeing the Queen of Cakepops herself, Bakerella, at her signing at Williams-Sonoma. I’m sad we will be staying at a hostel and won’t be able to make cakepops for the occasion.

An occasion we will be making cupcakes for, however, is the midnight showing of Deathly Hallows: Part One. Amy Bites has a delicious recipe up, based off of the butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It looks really yummy, hopefully we’ll be able to find butter flavouring.

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!

What does the future hold? We went to find out.

10 Aug

So, Becca and I went to see a palm reader. You know, just to confirm our futures as bakers and cupcake enthusiasts. What we got instead was mostly a laugh.

From our palms she didn’t see a big future in baking, or at least, she didn’t mention one and we certainly didn’t let on about it. She did see that I would be taking a loan out and resenting it (yes, indeed! I would  imagine so, what with starting up a business being as expensive as it is!). She told me to take free money when offered and not worry too much about paying it back. Interesting, for sure, but I doubt it`s any advice I would follow… free money is almost never is free. Unless she’s talking about us winning the lottery, that I will take, no questions asked.

Becca, on the other hand, found that she wasn’t crafty at all and shouldn’t go in to business (This, about someone who is an avid knitter? If that’s not crafty I don’t know what is!).

To add to her list of wrongs, our palm reader predicted Becca would marry a boy and have three charming children (HA!), as well as told me I was extremely competitive (unless she was talking about  when I play scrabble…).

Sufficient to say, she wasn’t quite on the ball. Nonetheless a fun(ny!) experience anyway.