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Christmas Cupcake Essentials

6 Dec

Only 19 more days!!

Happy Monday! I woke this morning to FREEZING temperatures (well freezing to a Florida girl like myself). The Christmas season is officially here! Today I want to give you some tips on how to make gorgeous holiday cupcakes without breaking the bank.

In my mind, there are 4 things that are essential to making adorable (and yummy) holiday cupcakes.

  1. Holiday Sprinkles
  2. Holiday themed cupcake wrappers
  3. Holiday Flavors
  4. Red and Green Food Coloring

Let’s start with sprinkles. As I have said before, the sprinkles you put on your cupcake can make or break the presentation. You never want too many, but you don’t want too little. If working with large sprinkles, I usually use 5-6. But if I’m working with small sprinkles, I use 1/4 a tsp on each.

Let it snow!

Where can you find great and affordable sprinkles?? Well I’m glad you asked!

  • Walmart – In the holiday section you can find Wilton Brand holiday sprinkles for $1.99. Such a great price!! Only problem is your options are often limited and you have to go to Walmart. (I avidly hate that place!)
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  • Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Tuesday Morning – Any of these stores will carry season sprinkles in their “gourmet food” section. You can get a decent sized bottle of sprinkles for about $2.99. Larger containers of sprinkles range from $4-$6.

 

  • The Dollar Store – Yup, that’s right, the dollar store! You can always find non periels, and sanding sugar in festive colors at your local Dollar Store. You won’t find one likes snowflakes, trees, or candy canes, but hey…for only a dollar, what do you expect 🙂

The key is variety – you want a good variety so you can combine different sprinkles and have your own custom looking cupcake!

Next on the list are cupcake wrappers. This is simple… Michaels Craft store. They have ADORABLE cupcake wrappers at really great prices! You can get 50 Wilton brand wrappers for $1.99. You can even print off this coupon and get 40% off! http://mic.michaels.com/20101205SLUSLP.aspx 

Moving on to Holiday Flavor. The key to a fabulous Christmas Cupcake is the flavor. You want something festive, something people don’t have all year long. Think of flavors like:

  • Mint
  • Candy Cane
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Egg Nog

Feel free to browse my blog for some yummy holiday recipes!

Last but not least, we get to the food coloring. You want to make sure that your frosting is as festive as the rest of your cupcake. Red and green frostings can add a seasonal touch to simple frostings like vanilla, marshmallow whip, or buttercream.

Again, I find that Walmart has decent priced food coloring in their seasonal isle.

Hope this helps you to make adorable, and affordable Christmas Cupcakes. I can’t wait to hear about your cupcake creations. Have a great day.

Stay sweet! xoxo

 **All photos in this post are from www.weheartit.com **

 

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Double Cup Cupcakes

2 Sep

Hello readers! Can you believe that September is already here? I am happy to say that I have been busier than ever with baking projects. From bridal showers, to birthday parties, my plate has been pretty full. I am excited though, to share with you today’s INGENIOUS cupcake topper idea. I know you are going to love it!! So without further adieu….I present “Double Cup Cupcakes”

I got this idea from one of my favorite blogs, “Confessions of a Cookbook Queen” (http://confessionsofacookbookqueen.blogspot.com/2010/05/cupcake-cupcake-toppers.html. They are cupcakes with cupcake toppers, so cute, and so easy!!

Cupcakes on Cupcakes..this is an idea I can get behind!!

Picture by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

You will need:

Frosting of your choice

  • Piping Bag
  • Sprinkles
  • Red Sugar Pearls
  • Reese Cups

Simply unwrap the Reese’s cup, but leave the paper wrapper on. Pipe frosting on top like you would a regular size cupcake. Add miniature sprinkles and tada!! You have a really cute cupcake topper.

**Hint: You could also use these for cake toppers, or miniature candies at a child’s birthday party. The options are endless.

For the cupcake portion, you could use almost any recipe. I would choose chocolate to compliment the Reese cup.

Chocolate Cupcakes
Makes 18-24 cupcakes

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I always use Hershey’s)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together the cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Add the eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Beat until smooth with an electric mixer, about 3 minutes.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each cup no more than 2/3 full.

 Bake 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting, I say cream-cheese or butter cream: Recipes for Frosting found here!

Now, top them with sprinkles and the miniature cupcakes candies! These have to be the cutest double cup, cupcakes ever!!

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A Sweet Little Cupcake

Today’s  blog is dedicated to a sweet little girl named Madelyn. 

Madelyn

I went to high-school with Madelyn’s mom, Danielle. While I have never “officially” met Madelyn, the pictures that her mommy posts on FaceBook let me see what  a sweet little child she truly is. Madelyn is a special little girl not only because of her adorable chubby cheeks and her two-tooth smile, but because she has Down Syndrome, and fights every day to do things that we all tend to take for granted. Please take a second and visit Madelyn’s fundraising page. Danielle and “Maddy” are raising money to walk in the “Step up for Down Syndrome” walk on October 16th. To read more about Madelyn and the walk, or to donate to a great cause, please visit http://www.firstgiving.com/madelyncopello