Tag Archives: cupcakes

6 Fun Halloween Recipes

Good news–the Village Halloween parade is happening!  Yay!  So in between now and then, I have to get a costume and make some yummy Halloween treats. Here are some great ideas!

1. Candy Corn Cakes from Your Homebased Mom

photo used with permission of Your Home Based Momma

photo used with permission of Your Homebased Mom

2. Halloween Funfetti Pudding Cookies from Skinny Not Skinny

photo used with permission of Skinny Not Skinny

photo used with permission of Skinny Not Skinny

3. White Chocolate Candy Corn Pretzel Fudge from Lil’ Luna

photo used with permission of Lil' Luna

photo used with permission of Lil’ Luna

4. Mellowcreme Pumpkin Cookies from Lovely Little Kitchen

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photo used with permission of Lovely Little Kitchen

5. Chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M Cookies from Kirbie’s Cravings

photo used with permission of Kirbie's Cravings

photo used with permission of Kirbie’s Cravings

6. Chocolate Cupcakes Stuffed with a Cheesecake Pumpkin from Hungry Happenings

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photo used with permission of Hungry Happenings

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Cool Food Blog

Bits of Sunshine is a very cool baking blog from a blogger in South Africa.  The name alone is enticing, especially when we are having “bits of sunshine” as we wait for spring to finally arrive.  The blog has favorite modern recipes like chocolate salted caramel cupcakes and red velvet cupcakes along with creative cupcakes and cookies with ingredients like Rolos. I really want to make the custard cream cookies she recently posted.  I love their sunshiney yellow color, and I’ve always wanted to try a corn flour cookie.  This blog has a bright, fun feel.  She even designs free printable cake toppers and tags for readers to use.  And the best:  You can download her cookbook, Bakes & Treats, for free.

St. Patrick’s Day Goodies from Crumbs

I got some St. Patrick’s Day goodies from Crumbs.  This is a mini cupcake sampler of the store’s St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes.

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I also got a green St. Patrick’s Day whoopie pie and push-up pop.

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Tiger Cupcakes

Here’s a post for foodies who are also bookworms.  Try Tiger cupcakes inspired by the Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

10 Valentine’s Day Recipes

Here are 10 sweet Valentine’s Day recipes I found while surfing the Web.  There are some creative folks out there!

1.  Heart-shaped cake pops from 52 Kitchen Adventures

photo used with permission of Stephanie at 52 Kitchen Adventures

photo used with permission of 52 Kitchen Adventures

2.  Heart-shaped heritage red velvet cake from Sprinkle Bakes

3.  Red velvet icebox cake from Sugar Hero

photo used with permission of Sugar Hero

photo used with permission of Sugar Hero

4.  Strawberries and cream cake from Gimme Some Oven

photo used with permission of Gimme Some Oven

photo used with permission of Gimme Some Oven

5.  Heart-shaped chocolate-filled Lovanadas from Honest Fare

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photo used with permission of Honest Fare

6.  Cherry cordials from the Kitchen Witch

7.  Heart-shaped protein cookies form Yeah…imma eat that

8.  Heart-shaped whisky sriracha candy from Olives for Dinner

photo used with permission of Olives for Dinner

photo used with permission of Olives for Dinner

9.  Red velvet cupcakes topped with marshmallow from Toni Spilsbury

10.  Red velvet truffles from The Novice Chef

photo used with permission of The Novice Chef

photo used with permission of The Novice Chef

Two for Tuesday: Seasonal Flavors

The winter brings certain flavors like cinnamon, ginger and cranberry.  Most businesses create some kind of seasonal treat to enjoy with these flavors or that are reminiscent of the season.

The mini-cupcake shop Baked by Melissa has a special “Snowball” cupcake.  These cupcakes are about the size of a quarter, so they are perfect if you are watching your weight for the holidays.  The Snowball cupcake is white cake with white frosting and little white snowflakes. 

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The Doughnut Plant has some special doughnuts for the season.  I am a fan of the yeast doughnuts here, so instead of getting the cranberry yeast doughnut, I tried the cake doughnuts.  Here are cranberry and ginger, both very good.  The ginger has real ginger in the glaze.

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Sweets Week: Day 4: Buttercup Bake Shop

I think most New Yorkers know about Buttercup Bake Shop and have their thoughts on which is better, Buttercup or Magnolia Bakery.  I have been going to both since before Magnolia’s Sex and the City fame.  I prefer Buttercup, and not just because it has shorter lines.  I have fond memories of eating a Lady Baltimore cupcake and its perfect meringue frosting after nights of carousing the local Irish pubs on 2nd Avenue.  (I don’t like meringue frosting usually, but Buttercup does it right.)  I’m sure I’ve tried most of the cupcakes at Buttercup.  So, this time, I thought I’d try a slice of cake.  And what a slice it was–large enough for two, or so I thought after dinner at the Palm.

Verdict:  Same great frosting, fresh cake, delish filling.  Wouldn’t change a thing except maybe eating it on an empty stomach.

Lady Baltimore cake at Buttercup Bake Shop