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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.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bird's Nest Cupcakes

Spring
The season of rebirth, renewal and regrowth.
birdsnest
These cupcakes are beautiful, and it is good to be reminded of the season especially like today when it is unseasonably cold. Happy Spring!

[Giveaway} Eat More Dessert!

I'm super excited to share with you today a super sweet new book!  Our friend, Jenny Keller of jennycookies.com, has recently published her first book "Eat More Dessert: More than 100 Simple-to-Make & Fun-to-Eat Baked Goods From the Baker to the Stars".  Her book is more than a cookbook, it's a guide to creating the most amazing dessert tables that will wow your guests!

I'm so excited to be giving away a copy of the book to one of you today!  ENTER BELOW!

You may remember a few years back, Jenny was a part of our Cupcakes Take the Cake 6th Birthday Bash where she donated a gorgeous cupcake tower and matching cookies for the event!

All of beautiful photos in this post are from her book and are for a "Shipwrecked" pirate themed party Jenny's book includes all of the how-to's, tutorials and recipes to make everything you see here!


More about Eat More Dessert
Jenny Keller, creator of JennyCookies.com and baker to the stars, is best known for her amazing dessert tables she makes for celebrity parties. The secret is she makes it simple with batch recipes and by doctoring boxed cake mix to easily bake a whole table full of treats.

You’ll also learn how to design the perfect dessert table, from choosing a theme to styling your sweets. Each theme has multiple desserts to fill the table, ranging from simple, crowd-pleasing sugar cookies to show-stopping, over-the-top cakes—and everything in between. With this book you’ll create celebrity-status desserts that’ll dazzle your friends, family and kids.


What others are saying about Eat More Dessert
“Jenny Cookies bakes and creates incredible desserts, she is a true inspiration!” —Tori Spelling, actress
“Jenny Keller is a GENIUS at creating mini masterpieces that are both perfectly designed and decadently delicious! She’s the best!” —Trista Sutter, the original Bachelorette, mom, author and wife of Ryan Sutter
“Jenny made the most magical dessert table for my daughter’s birthday. She truly blew me away with every little detail. I look forward to many more parties together!” —Tiffani Thiessen, actress
“Jenny’s dessert tables are the most amazing spectacles of sweets!” —Lisa Rinna, actress & mom   

BUY THE BOOK HERE--> Eat More Dessert: More than 100 Simple-to-Make & Fun-to-Eat Baked Goods From the Baker to the Stars (Page Street Publishing; April 2014) Printed with permission a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

San Francisco: Mission Minis Easter Bunny Cupcakes

These are adorable and if you live in the Bay Area, you can order them today at Mission Minis.
Easter bunny cupcakes for your holiday ☺️ email us to place your order: MissionMinis@gmail.com.

New York: How To Write A Business Plan Workshop


Marlo Scott, owner of Sweet Revenge is holding a class for budding entrepreneurs.

HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN WORKSHOP
Saturday April 26, 8AM-10AM
Held at Sweet Revenge®
$150 Fee includes breakfast pastries & caffeine

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Boston Strong Cupcakes

A year ago, the Boston Marathon bombing happened. Boston's Sweet Cupcakes made these cupcakes.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Atlanta Event: Trophy Cupcakes Book Signing and Cupcake Demo With Jennifer Shea And Bakerella

This Thursday, there is a fun event happening in Atlanta. Meet Jennifer Shea of Seattle's Trophy Cupcakes and Cake Pop specialist Bakerella for a book signing and cupcake demo. Pick up a copy of the cookbook, Trophy Cupcakes and Parties: Deliciously Fun Party Ideas and Recipes from Seattle's Prize-Winning Cupcake Baker.

Date: April 17, 6:30PM
Place: Williams-Sonoma at Lenox Square


A Trio Of Cupcakes: Vanilla, Chocolate And Red Velvet

Great food photography of the most popular cupcake flavors, chocolate, vanilla and red velvet.
cupcakefortwo-spoon

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Houndstooth Embossed Rolling Pin From Valek Rolling Pins

Wow! I got this lovely artisan houndstooth rolling pin in the mail yesterday from Poland. Zuzia who makes these rolling pins sent me one for review. Her Etsy store is Valek Rolling Pins. There are different designs and you can order a personalized rolling pin with your name on it. It is a wonderful gift for your favorite baker.
Polish rolling pin

Pink Velvet Cupcakes Made With Duncan Hines Cake Mix

Duncan Hines has a new Pink Velvet cake mix, and it has sparked my creativity.


I was really impressed the texture of the cake. It is an airy and moist cake.  The taste is vanilla like a birthday cake.  I added a tablespoon of cocoa powder and would have added more if I had known that it would not affect the pink color. The dark pink sprinkles on top are Hibiscus sugar crystals.

The Duncan Hines pink velvet cake mix is good choice as colorful base for Easter cupcakes, pink cake pops, strawberry shortcake cupcakes, or baby shower cupcakes. A pink lemonade cupcake would be a great idea if I can come up with a lemon custard buttercream frosting. Duncan Hines also has spring velvet cake mix which is good for making checkerboard cakes.