Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cupcake Pop Culture Moment: SNL's Lazy Sunday

A lot of journalists have assumed that the apex of the cupcake trend in pop culture was the scene of Carrie Bradshaw having a cupcake outside Magnolia Bakery in Sex in the City. I beg to differ. In 2005, when many friends emailed me on a Sunday about the Saturday Night Live skit that aired the night before is when the cupcake moment in pop culture had happened. It also coincided with the start of the Digital Shorts boom for the The Lonely Island guys at SNL and the rise of You Tube.  Getting cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery has been a thing ever since. Adam and Chris predicted the popularity of Google Maps which has all but ended MapQuest's use. However, they were wrong about baker's dozen. A true baker's dozen is actually thirteen cupcakes. We posted the video back in 2005. Nine years later, Andy Samberg has a new show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine,  and a Golden Globe. Chris Parnell is on Suburgatory and has the sexiest voice on television.  It's been nine years, and I have yet to see the "Chronicles of Narnia", but I do love Red Vines.

Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins From Mom Loves Baking

I don't normally talk about cupcakes vs. muffins on Cupcakes Take The Cake. In the past, I have considered muffins to be "frenemies" in the baked goods world. However, I met Lise Ode of Mom Loves Baking at TECHmunch and she told me about her gluten-free Lemon-Blueberry Muffin recipe. Her recipe is so good that she is a finalist in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off this year. Lise is 1 of 100 finalists and the only one from Georgia. She will be competing for the million dollar prize in Nashville on November 3, 2014.

 Check out Lise's recipe for Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins here.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcake From Sugar Queen Cupcake

Food photographers usually use a white or neutral background when taking photos, but when the cupcake is white and brown, the color red is appreciated. This bourbon pecan pie cupcake is from Sugar Queen Cupcakes in Plano, Texas. The photo is by Marie Z. Williams of Edible Photography.
Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcake

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes By La Guinda Del Pastel

Inspired by Martha Stewart's cookbook, Martha Stewart's Cupcakes. These cookies and cream cheesecake cupcakes are made by Ana La Guinda del Pastel. Her blog is in Spanish, but you can use Google Translate to get the English version.
cookies and cream cheesecake cupcakes

Cupcakes for Breakfast!

Mini cupcakes, so that's okay, right? Bought banana pudding and candy crunch ($1 each) from Baked by Melissa at JFK Airport, which opens at 5:30 a.m.! The candy crunch was the best by far.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie flavor, so I am so happy to see these snickerdoodle cupcakes.
snickerdoodle cupcakes

Friday, September 26, 2014

It's Bananas! Chiquita Recipe Contest

Chiquita Bananas is hosting a recipe contest. Eight lucky Grand Prize Winners will each receive $4,000 cash and have their winning recipe added to our site’s full collection of recipes. Each week 4 First Prize winners will receive a $100 Chiquita Kitchen Prize Package. Here’s a quick video that illustrates the general idea:

This contest will unfold over eight weeks this fall, every week there will be a new theme, such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and seasonal family occasions. Over the contest entry period, Chiquita Bananas at your local grocery store will have banana stickers promoting the contest.

The contest starts Sept 29th.

Here are some ideas to get you inspired.
Banana pudding cupcakes
Banana cupcakes with caramel frosting

Thursday, September 25, 2014

How To Make Mini Cakes By Coco Cake Land

There are cakes, cupcakes, cake pops and now mini cakes. Lyndsay of Coco Cake Land shows you how to make adorable mini cakes. These are perfect for a birthday.
how to make mini cakes tutorial - coco cake land