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Champagne Cupcakes

6 Jan

Happy {belated} New Year!

I’ve been quite a busy bee the past few months and have, admittedly, been slacking on my blog posts. Well, New Year = New Goals, right?! I’m going to try and post 2 recipes every week!

Before I fill you in on an awesome Champagne Cupcake recipe, let me tell you what I’ve been up to lately :)

I keep trucking away on growing my cupcake business – and things are going pretty good if I do say so myself. We are still working on renovating the cupcake truck and plan to have it up and running in February. I can’t even tell you how excited I am about it! Picture to come soon, I promise! I also had my first cupcake event at a local wine bar and it was a sweet, sweet success. I baked like a crazy women 600 mini cupcakes to give away as samples. People who came to the event were so friendly and so excited about my cupcakes. It felt really good to know that what I’ve been working toward for so long is starting to come together.

Also, my Etsy shop is still booming – keep an eye out for new Valentine treats and some really good discount codes!

Ok, enough about me.  Are you ready to whip up a batch of deliciously boozy cupcakes? Great! Let’s get started.

Champagne Cupcakes

What you’ll need for the Cake Batter:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups flour – I like to sift it first
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ¼  teaspoon salt
  • ½  cup unsalted butter. Make sure it is at room temperature (microwave for 15 sec)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼  cup milk
  • ½ Cup of Champagne (any brand will work)
  • 1/8  teaspoon cream of tartar

What you’ll need for the Frosting:

  • ½  cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼  cup champagne
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cupcake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Separate the eggs, placing the yolks in one bowl and the whites in another bowl.
  4. Using an electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add 3/4 cup of the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes).
  5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  7. Mix in the Champagne
  8. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.
  9. Use a hand mixer to beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue beating until soft peaks form.
  10. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  11. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter until combined. Do not over mix the batter or it will deflate.
  12. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes

Frosting Directions:

  1. In your mixer, cream the butter on medium high until it turns white and fluffy (about 5 minutes)
  2. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time- mixing on medium speed
  3. Add the champagne and the vanilla – mix for 2 minutes or until well combined
  4. If you want thicker buttercream – add more powdered sugar.

These cupcakes are delicious and add the perfect amount of elegance to any party. I like to decorate them with little pink and white pearls.

Until next time, stay sweet!

Xoxo, Jill

McCormick Giveaway Winner!

14 Oct

Happy Friday Everyone!

Are you ready to find out who the winner of my McCormick Halloween Box Giveaway is?? Drum Roll please……

Congrats Tara from Chip Chip Hooray! You are the winner of a McCormick gift box. You’re prize includes:

  • McCormick Assorted Food Coloring
  • McCormick Black Food Coloring
  • McCormick Vanilla Extract
  • Wilton Cupcake Liners
  • Bright Orange Oven Mit
  • Silicone Cookie Sheet
  • A Mini Spatula
  • A list of Halloween cupcake ideas
  • And some yummy Candy Corn!

 

This kit has EVERYTHING you need to make some fantastic Halloween cupcakes!

Please email me at staycalmcupcake@yahoo.com with your name, email address, and mailing address. Your box of goodies will arrive in plenty of time to make some festive Halloween treats!

Thanks Again McCormick, you are too SWEET!

If you didn’t win, don’t be sad. I have an awesome coupon code for you guys today. How about 20% off any item in my shop? Use code Halloween20 at checkout to activate your discount.

Annnnd…..

How about some majorly adorable FREE printable cupcake topper?!

Download and Print Here

Stay Sweet my friends. xoxo

 

It’s Been A Year!

15 Sep

Today is a very special day for me and I’m excited to share it with you all. One year ago today I opened up Stay Calm Cupcake Shop. It’s cliché to say, but I honestly can’t believe how fast the time has gone by.
In the past year I have learned so much about myself, my passion for cupcakes, the importance of a great customer, and the best way to be successful in an industry that’s always changing. I want to share a few key things that helped me succeed over the past year. I think these are important things to remember when running your own shop.

Stay Calm Cupcake

1. Do what makes you happy, even if you think it’s impossible! I thought that running a successful online shop and having a full time day job would be impossible. It’s not impossible; it just takes a bit of hard work and alot of dedication.

2. Promote your shop like it’s your job – because it is! I never let a day go by when I don’t post, comment, or interact on social media sites. Make Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram your best friends! They are free tools to help you network and promote your shop.

3. Give people more than they expect. I can’t tell you the many times I’ve given people free cupcakes, surprise samples in the mail, or extra goodies in an order. A little thoughtfulness goes such a long way with your customer.

4. Blog! I love blogging, and don’t post as often as I should. But I can tell you that my inspiration comes from all of the amazing bloggers I interact with on a daily basis. Blogs are great for getting inspiration, support, and even publicity. I would not have been so successful this year had it not been for blogs like: The Cupcake Blog, Sock It To Me, Mrs. Stephanie T, Delightful Designs, It’s Simple Love, and so so so many others who supported and promoted my shop!

5. Trust your customer. Feedback is key. Listen to what your customers are telling you and react accordingly. Without a solid customer base, I would have nothing. It’s important to keep that in mind!

6. Lastly – Make friends with other shops. Don’t be afraid of competition. Sometimes a little healthy competition is good :) I have met so many incredible etsy shop owners that have more than inspired me to improve my shop.

So, what’s next for Stay Calm Cupcake?

Right now I am developing some very yummy fall flavors including Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas treats. I am working with a designer to launch my own website, and am continuing to look for a cupcake truck to purchase. I’m happy to report that my dream of owning and operating the StayCalmCupcake Truck is closer now than ever. I can’t share too much right now, but I’ll keep you posted :) I also continue to cater parties and deliver to locals in the Volusia County, Florida area. Things are moving along nicely! I couldn’t feel more blessed.

Again, thank you for all the support and cupcake purchases over the past year! I cherish all of you and look forward to many more years of successful cupcake baking!

Use code “SweetYear” for a 25% off discount on any single item in my shop. Offer good Until October 1, 2011

Stay Sweet Friends! xoxo

Free Cupcakes!

14 May

Happy Saturday! A big welcome to some of my new readers that are following the Blog Crawl! Thanks for joining us in this fun event! Today, my shop is being featured on several blogs and to celebrate, I am giving away FREE cupcakes! Read below for details on how to win a “Cupcake Love” Cupcake kit from my Etsy shop. Have a wonderful day ~ Stay Sweet!

Hi! For those of you who are new to my blog, my name is Jill. I am the cupcake obsessed mastermind behind “Stay Calm, Cupcake Shop”. Thanks so much for joining in on this fun “Shop til you Drop” blog Crawl. Let me tell you a little bit about myself then I’ll share a fun giveaway with you!

 About Me:

I am passionate about creating inventive, delicious, and entirely homemade cupcakes for all of my customers. I opened my shop in 2010 with the hopes of sharing my baking talent with others and making a few extra bucks along the way. To my delight, my Etsy shop has turned into a much greater business venture than I ever anticipated. Thanks to the support of my wonderful fans and customers, I recently made it to my 105th sale! I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love and share my passion with other sweet treat enthusiasts!

My dream is to one day soon open up a store front and have my own cupcake truck. In my world, a sweet little cupcake can fix almost any situation. Just add a little frosting and a gloomy day is turned sunny again. Stay Calm Cupcake Shop was born out of the simply philosophy that all of us need to slow down a little bit and enjoy the sweeter things life has to offer. I truly love what I do and am looking forward to where the sweet smell of sugar takes me!

Time for Free Stuff!!

I will be giving one lucky winner a “Cupcake Love” Cupcake Kit. This yummy kit includes 6 cupcakes of your flavor choice, a piping bag full of frosting, and a cute little pack of sprinkles. Simply pipe the frosting onto your cupcakes, finish with sprinkles, and enjoy! Perfect for any cupcake lover out there!

How to Enter:

Become a Fan of Stay Calm Cupcake on Facebook 

Follow Me on Twitter @StayCalmCupcake

Comment on my blog  and tell me you are following on Facebook and Twitter

Thanks for entering and good luck!!

Stay Sweet ~ xoxo

Jill

Stay Calm Cupcake Shop!

 

Sweet Gifts

3 Feb

Valentine's Day is 11 days away!

After looking around the blog world, I realized that I better hurry up and jump on the Valentine’s Day bandwagon! Everyone has great posts about Valentine treats, gifts, date ideas, and reservation tips! I haven’t really had much time to think about Valentine ’s Day, but no more excuses – today is a VDay post!

Need some sweet ideas for that special someone? I am here to help!

Sweets for your friends.

 
 

So Sweet!

 

Cupcake Love, Cupcake kits are perfect gifts to give to your girlfriend of any age. My customizable kits are fun to decorate and even more fun to eat. Each kit comes with 6 unfrosted cupcakes, a piping bag full of homemade frosting, and a container of custom sprinkles. Just cut the tip off the piping bag, frost your cupcake, top with sprinkles, and enjoy!

Better yet, get a bottle of wine, turn on a chick-flick, and have a girls night decorating cupcakes with your closest gal pals.

A Gift for Cupcake Lovers!

 
 

Delivered straight to you door!

 

Try the gift that keeps giving (for 3 or 6 months atleast)!

StayCalmCupcake Club is the perfect gift for the cupcake lover in your life. Get a cupcake kit delivered right to your doorstep once a month for 3 or 6 months! Join the club and get exclusive coupon codes for the whole year – up to 50% off coupon codes, buy one get one deals, and so much more. This is a much cheaper way than buying cupcake kits individually. Each membership is 100% customizable, from date of delivery, to months you want them delivered, to flavor, and recipients! Stop by and take a look!

Looking for a sweet treat your man will love?

 
 

Cupcake Jars - Easy and Delish!

 

 

Cupcake Jars do the trick every time. 2 moist cupcakes topped with fluffy frosting, neatly baked into a mason jar. Ladies, we all know men don’t want the hassle of decorating their own cupcakes, so give them what they really want…a cupcake treat that they can eat mess free sitting in front of the tv! Each order comes with 3 jars and is decorated with fabric and ribbon. Does your guy have a favorite football team, hobby, or TV show? Let me know and I will decorate each cupcake jar according to his favorite things! Cupcake jars can be eaten right out of the jar, or can be warmed in the microwave and added to a bowl of ice-cream. What man could say no to that?

What about treats for the Single Ladies out there!

 
 

Single Girls Need Sweets Too!

 

I have some girlfriends who really dread the day of love! So for you Miss Independent, I have the Single Girls Survival Kit! A pack of cupcakes just for you, no need to share! This kit comes with 6 Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes filled with chocolate mousse, your choice of frosting, and a container of sprinkles! You will also receive 4 chocolate dipped Oreos…because no girl can have enough chocolate :)

Have Kids? Want an easy treat for them to take to school?

Cupcake's Individually Wrapped - Perfect for class parties!

My individually wrapped cupcakes are perfect for school parties, or Valentine treat exchanges. Not to mention you’ll look like a super mom who “baked all those cupcakes”. Each cupcake (order as many as you like!) is individually wrapped in a pink heart cellophane bag and tied with a ribbon. For each cupcake valentine you order you will receive a miniature bag of icing, and a small bag of sprinkles. Kids will love decorating their own cupcakes! It’s a fun way to trade Valentines. All orders can be customized with name tags if you would like.

Don’t forget to use code SCCS10 FOR 10% off your purchase. And if you spend more than $10 you get 4 free mini cupcakes added to your order.

~*~Check back tomorrow for a Spicy Hot Cupcake Recipe!~*~

Stay Sweet, xoxo

Jill

Sweet New Sponsors!

18 Jan

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. It was so nice having yesterday off!

Today I would like to introduce you to some fabulous new sponsors! Each of my new blog sponsors has a creative, affordable, and entirely unique Etsy shop. I just know you’ll love their products as much as I do.

First we have “Cupcake Fashion: Tasty Style”. An Etsy boutique specializing in a large variety of unique and adorable cupcake liners! These liners range in price from $2.40 – $4.50 and are perfect for almost any cupcake occasion you can think of. My personal favorite is the pink leopard print liners!   Check out the great selection and order some liners for your Valentines cupcakes!

 

Heart Sprinkles by Baking Supplies Galore

 

Next is “Baking Supplies Galore”. This fun shop is perfect for all cupcake lovers! From Pink Pig shaped sprinkles to Dinosaur Candy Sprinkles  this shop has everything a cupcake needs! Even better, “Baking Supplies Galore” is offering  Stay Calm Cupcake readers 15% OFF any purchase! Just use code staycalm15 to get your special pricing! Hurry while the offer lasts!

Koala Bear Lollipop from Suckers by Steph

Last but not least, we have “Suckers by Steph”. This shop offers a wonderful selection of homemade lollipops perfect a quick pick-me-up or a special valentine’s treats. Her chocolate lollipops come in all shapes and sizes. From personalized pops, to “I love you koala bears”, this shop has a treat for everyone! I have to say that I love the lip shaped lollipops the most!

A big “Thank-You” and a warm welcome to all 3 of my new sponsors. I know my readers will love your products as much as I do.

Don’t for get to stop by Stay Calm Cupcake Shop for all of your Valentine’s treats and snacks! Use code SWEET2011 for 13% off your ENTIRE purchase!

Stay Sweet

Xoxo,

Jill

Christmas Tree Treats!

2 Dec

Today in Florida the weather is refreshingly chilly, a bit windy, and so very seasonal!! I was admittedly not in any sort of holiday spirit a week ago, but am coming around. I finally feel like being festive!

Today’s recipe is for Christmas Tree Cupcakes. These cupcake are so easy, and are a great project to do with the kids or even a group of your girlfriends. The decorating options are endless and people won’t believe how delicious these little trees taste!

Christmas Treats!

For starters, you will need to decide on a base flavor for your cupcake. I chose chocolate because I knew I wanted to top it with my mint buttercream. But if you don’t like mint chocolate you can make regular buttercream frosting and tint it green.

Here is the buttercream recipe I use (and love!!)It is a wonderful base recipe that can be adapted to almost any flavor you desire!!

Easy Buttercream

  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 tbs of whipping cream
  • 1 tbs of vanilla

**If you want this to be mint buttercream, simply add mint extract and tint with green food coloring.**

Directions

  1. In a standing mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk together powdered sugar and butter on medium high speed. Once combined, whisk for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy
  2. Add the vanilla extract (if using mint, add the mint extract at this time) – mix well
  3. Add the whipping cream and food coloring and whisk for another 3 minutes

To decorate fill a piping bag with your frosting and cut the tip off. Make sure you have a large enough hole for the frosting to come out of. Pipe the frosting onto your cupcake starting from the bottom and swirling your way to the peak of the tree. Practice a few times if  you aren’t comfortable with it.

Gather your Christmas sprinkles and start decorating! I used little candy pearls and placed them on first. I then used little snowflake sprinkles and placed them around each layer – topping the tree off with one as the star. You honestly cant go wrong here, any type of sprinkle you use will be absolutely adorable!

Voila – Christmas Tree Cupcakes! I took mine into the office and they were such a hit. People always love a festive treat!

Til next time, stay sweet xoxo

P.S. Don’t forget to order your cupcake goodies for the holidays. I have added a ton of new stuff to my shop. Visit me at www.etsy.com/shop/staycalmcupcake . Use code SCCS10for a  10% DISCOUNT!

Sweet Review

15 Nov

Exciting News blog readers!!

Today, my cupcake kits were featured on “It’s Simple Love”

http://itssimplelove.blogspot.com/2010/11/cupcake-kit-caboodle.html

I met Rachel, from “It’s Simple Love”, about a month ago, and fell in-love with her blog immediately! After talking, we decided to host a cupcake-kit give away on her blog. As a special treat for helping promote my product, I sent Rachael a little sample kit for her to “test and tell”. I am so pleased with the review she did. Thanks Rachel, awesome job!

So what are you waiting for?? Stop over at It’s Simple Love to enter the give-away and read some really fun blog entries. My guess is, you’ll love it just as much as I do.

Hope your Monday has been sweet! xoxo

www.etsy.com/shop/staycalmcupcake

FREE Cupcakes!

27 Oct

Happy Wednesday!!

Alright loyal blog followers. I have some very exciting news!! With the holidays right around the corner, it is time to start thinking about holiday parties, work parties, family get-togethers, and of course…BAKING!!

In the spirit of the approaching holiday season, I have decided to do another giveway. Two lucky readers will receive a custom Stay Calm, Cupcake Kit as a little preview to the holiday flavors I will be creating and blogging about later this month. Each cupcake kit comes with 6 cupcakes, a bag full of frosting, and a container of sprinkles. You choose the flavors!! When the box arrives just cut the tip of the frosting bag and pipe the frosting directly on to the cupcakes. Add sprinkles, and enjoy!!

Yummy Chocolate Variety!

The Rules, you ask??

  1. Simply post something on your own blog about this give-away and why you would enjoy this cupcake kit.
  2. Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite holiday flavor is along with a link to your blog post.
  3. Voila, you are entered to win!

The winners will be announced on Monday, November 8th 2010. Good luck!!

There is more good news though, if you hop on over to my Etsy shop

http://www.etsy.com/shop/StayCalmCupcake you will see a special listing for all my blog subscribers. You get 5$ off any order!! Just my way of saying “Thanks”. Make sure you mention the code SCCS10.

Til next time, Stay Sweet! XOXO

Cupcake Jars for Sale!

24 Sep

I am now selling Cupcake Jars on etsy.com! Great for birthday parties, gifts, picnics, or a personal sweet treat!

Even better news…If you are subscribed to my blog you get a discount!!

Visit my shop to read more about it! http://www.etsy.com/shop/StayCalmCupcake

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