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Free Printable Father’s Day Card

Filed under: Free Printables — SilviaW @ June 13, 2013 12:54 pm

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16. Tell your dad how much you appreciate him with this FREE printable Father’s Day card by Dress My Cupcake! Simply click here to download the file, print on 8.5″x11″ card stock, cut, fold & give it to the special father in your life! If you can’t print it at home, take the PDF file to your local print shop and follow the instructions on the printed file.

Mother’s Day Card

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Shayna @ May 10, 2013 4:09 pm

This card is perfect to show your mom (or moms) how great they are! Simply download this free printable card, print it out and follow the directions given. Write out your thoughtful message inside of the card and give it to your mom. If you are unable to print the card, take it to your local print shop and have them print it on card stock for you. Every great mom deserve to know that they are the best!

 

Do It Yourself: Pennant Flag Cupcake Toppers

There are many ways you can D.I.Y. with washi tape. From making wall decals to sprucing up your gift favor packaging to decorating cake pop sticks, the possibilities are endless. Here is an easy tutorial on how to make easy & adorable cupcake toppers.

 

TOOLS

  • Scissors
  • Baker’s Twine (or any cotton string will work)
  • 4 Toothpicks (or two short wooden BBQ skewers)
  • Washi tape colors of choice – We used our Summer Collection in this tutorial.
  • Glue (not needed if using BBQ skewers instead of toothpicks)

STEPS

  1. Take your twine and cut off a piece of about 3 inches long (or as long as you’d like)
  2. Use your scissors to cut a piece of tape 1-1.5 inches long and fold over twine. Make sure the twine is in the middle of the tape
  3. Repeat with the other styles of tape. Make as many or little flags as you’d like
  4. Glue the toothpicks together to create 2 longer toothpicks (skip if you are using BBQ skewers)
  5. Cut out a triangle with the point away from the twine to create a pennant flag.
  6. Repeat with other flags
  7. Once you have all the flags cut, tie each end of the strings to the top of the toothpicks or BBQ skewers
  8. Cut off excess twine.

Now you have unique cupcake toppers to complement your delicious cupcakes!

Helpful tips:

  • Before cutting your washi tape into triangle flags, draw them out with a pencil. This will help prevent making the wrong cut.
  • Use strong glue such as wood glue or hot glue (be careful!) to adhere the toothpicks to each other.
  • You can use this tutorial to create a pennant flag cake topper. Just use a longer piece of string, standard sized BBQ skewers, and create more flags!
  • Coordinate your pennant flag colors with our cupcake wrappers.

 

 

Old Fashioned Favorites

These days you can find cupcakes in a variety of hip and trendy flavors such as green tea cupcakes, champagne cupcakes, and caramel mocha cupcakes.  However, sometimes you get hit pretty hard by the wind of nostalgia and long for cupcakes featuring some of your favorite childhood treats. Take a look below at some of our most cherished flavors!

1.  Lemon Meringue – tart and bursting with flavor, lemon meringue is a treasured classic.  Turn it into a cupcake with a few of the right ingredients –  lemon zest and lemon curd (made of egg yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice, a heaping portion of sugar, and butter).  Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla flavoring into your batter and set your cupcakes to bake.  Once done and cooled, spread a generous dose of lemon curd onto the cupcake and top it off with fresh frosting.  Dress them in your favorite yellow cupcake wrappers!

 

2.  Peanut butter sandwiches – with jelly, banana, and everything in between – it doesn’t get much more nostalgic than that.  However, combine peanut butter with cupcakes (another childhood favorite of course!) and there you have a heavenly pair.  The trick to getting peanut butter cupcakes right is to make sure they are not dense, dry, or lacking in peanut butter flavor.  Add together equal amounts of creamy peanut butter and brown sugar for a deliciously moist cupcake. Then top with dark chocolate frosting and dressed in exotic Moroccan cupcake wrappers!

3.  Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes – Soft vanilla bean cupcakes frosted with sweet strawberry buttercream and topped with fresh strawberries is perfect to honor an old-fashioned classic.  Perfect for Mother’s Day!  We love cherry blossom cupcake wrappers or fuchsia filigree cupcake wrappers as the perfect compliment to these strawberry treats.

Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

Planning Your Dessert Table – Part II

Happy Friday everyone! We’re back with our picks for dessert table “basics” – those decor pieces that will carry you through any dessert table scenario.  Our last post covered a few dessert table building blocks such as apothecary jars and vases, cutlery, and cupcake stands and towers.  Today, we explore a few more options to help you create your dream dessert table – let’s get started!

1.  Cupcake Boxes and Bags – With an endless spread of cupcakes and other treats, it’s highly likely guests will be clamoring to take some of the goodies home.  However, brown paper bags or even plastic bags will just not do the trick.  Elegantly displayed cupcakes deserve to be sent home in style!  Consider using cupcake domes, cupcake bags, or cupcake boxes.  Guests will be delighted to be taking home a piece of the dessert table.

2. Crystal Decor –  While you may feel that delicious desserts are enough for your display, if you plan on using your homemade desserts, you just may not be able to create a full dessert bar (but more power to you if you can!).  That’s when a little extra table decor help comes in handy.  Crystal decor such as magnetic hanging crystals, diamond rhinestone ribbon wrap, and diamond confetti decor, fill space on your dessert table while also providing a decorative touch.

3.  Washi Tape – a current DIY favorite, washi tape is versatile and oh-so-cute!  It’s perfect for dessert tables as it can be used in practically any capacity. Mix and match colors and patterns for a whimsical look.  Apply it to wooden cutlery, favor boxes, cupcake domes, apothecary jars, and more – the possibilities are truly endless!

We hope we’ve inspired you a bit in getting started and creative with your dessert table. Remember that when you have the basics, you can build and create from there. Only your imagination is the limit!

 

 

Planning Your Dessert Table

When planning your dessert table, there are a multitude of options to choose amongst.  From theme, size, location, color scheme, and of course which desserts to feature, the possibilities for a captivating dessert table are truly endless.  Though it is all about creativity, you need to start with a few dessert table “basics” – those pieces that will carry you through any dessert table scenario.  Whether a whimsical Alice in Wonderland theme or a dessert table paying homage to your favorite sports team, take a look at a few basic favorites below.

1.  Apothecary Jars and Vases – if macaroons, cookies, or even candy (gum balls, anyone?) feature on your dessert table, then you’ll need to showcase these treats in an appetizing yet fanciful manner.  An assortment of shapes and sizes of apothecary jars keeps your cookies and macaroons looking organized and presentable.  Instead of laying them out on a tray on the table, these jars are efficient (easy for your party guests to grab a quick cookie) and also save valuable space on your dessert table (which can be used for a masterful cake or scrumptious pie). Best of all, apothecary jars and vases are so versatile and thus easy to find a use in your home after all the guests have gone!

2.  Cutlery –  save the fine silverware for the dinner table.  When it’s time for dessert, it’s time to indulge the kid in you.  Bring out the mustache spoonsmustache forks, and polka dot knives.   For weddings, we love cutlery with words.  Whatever you choose, just remember that even small details like cutlery can have a big impact.

3.  Cupcake Stands – if you’re planning to feature cupcakes on your dessert table, then it’s likely that they’ll take up significant space on the table.  When space is limited and the cupcakes are unlimited, it’s best to go with a tiered cupcake stand. Or try a whimsical approach with a flower stand or spiral stand.  For smaller dessert tables, mini wooden cupcake stands beautifully showcase a single cupcake – a piece of art to be admired.

We’ll be back tomorrow with more of our favorite dessert table basics.  Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

Fresh Ideas for Springtime Cupcakes

As we near the end of March, we can’t but help look forward to the spring season ahead. The frost is melting, the birds chirping, and the season’s first flower buds appear to bloom.  It’s also the best time to take advantage of seasonal fruits like lemons, strawberries, apricots, cherries, and oranges.  Enjoy fruits while they are in season to take advantage of maximum color and taste!  Below we’ve put together a few of our favorite springtime cupcake ideas as it’s time to bid adieu to winter and welcome in spring in all its glory!

1.  Lemon Cupcakes

Lemons peak from winter through late spring so now is the time to take advantage of a fresh burst of citrus flavor.  Use a vanilla cake batter as your base and once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, make a hole in the center to fill with fresh lemon curd (a soft, think and velvety cream) that is at once both tart and sweet.  You can make your own lemon curd using eggs, butter, sugar, and fresh lemon juice and lemon zest or go with store-bought curd – either is perfectly fine.  Top these cupcakes with a lemon-flavored whipped cream.  Use heavy whipping cream flavored with either lemon zest or lemon curd.  Finally, dress them up in your favorite yellow polka cupcake wrappers or yellow chevron cupcake wrappers.

2. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

There’s no better time of year to indulge in this spring favorite!  Soft vanilla bean cupcakes frosted with sweet strawberry buttercream and topped with fresh strawberries showcase a favorite spring berry in all its glory. Perfect for Easter or Mother’s Day!  We love cherry blossom cupcake wrappers or fuchsia filigree cupcake wrappers as the perfect compliment to these strawberry treats.

3. Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

Here’s an excellent way to combine two fresh spring fruits together into one delicious cupcake. Combine all the dry ingredients for a white flour cake and add half a cup of fresh blueberries (for a yield of 24 cupcakes).  This will infuse the sweetly tart flavor of blueberries into a regular plain white cake. White cake works best with blueberries as it is mild in flavor.  Then top it with lemon cream cheese frosting for a scrumptious bite (this also works well with pancakes).

Tell us about your favorite springtime baking ideas – we’d love to hear from you!


Entertaining Cupcake Ideas for Children

Happy Wednesday everyone! Since we are halfway to the weekend, now is a perfect time to plan ahead to weekend activities. In the midst of March Madness, kids may easily feel left out of the hoopla – but what better way to bring the whole family together than with a batch of freshly baked cupcakes! Children can play baker’s assistant and help you bake and decorate cupcakes for the big game.  Make them feel extra special by dressing up your cupcakes in kid-friendly wrappers that everyone can cheer on.

Cupcake wrappers for children is a fun way to top off a baking extravaganza with the kids!  Dinosaur wrappers, space robot wrappers, and polka dot wrappers are go-to favorites.  Fill these kids cupcake wrappers with kid-friendly flavors like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, or red velvet (save those champagne cupcakes for another time).  Get kid-creative with cupcake decorations – stick lollipops in the center, make faces with jelly beans or M&Ms, or top the cupcakes with toasted marshmallow instead of regular frosting!  If the family is rooting for a particular NCAA team, ask the kids to decorate the cupcakes with the team mascot or team colors (with your help of course!).  Kids will feel an instant connection to the game, not to mention the cupcakes!

However you decide to bake and decorate this weekend, cupcakes are a great way to get the whole family into the team spirit this weekend. Happy March Madness to our dear readers!

Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for more cupcake decorating ideas!

Shimmery Cupcakes

Happy Friday everyone! We’re closing out the week with lots of glitz and glam with one of our favorites – glitter cupcake wrappers!

Here are a few reasons why we just can’t get enough when it comes to glitter wrappers:

1.  Looking to take your event or dessert table to the next level?  When it comes to “wow” events, adding these glam cupcake wrappers will do just the trick! They’re bold, eye-catching, and sure to leave a memorable impact on your guests.  Nothing says glam event like sparkle in bold colors.

2.  They also work just as well at more low-key celebrations.  Whether a children’s birthday party, bridal shower, baby shower, or practically any gathering, platinum glitter cupcake wrappers fit perfectly into any theme.  If you prefer your glam in smaller doses or want to shine a light on the dessert table, your cupcakes are sure to stand out with these wrappers.

3.  Platinum glitter cupcake wrappers are REUSABLE.  Yup, you heard right. One of the reasons this wrapper is among our favorites is its reusability factor.  And because glitter wrappers are easy to dress up or down, you can use them over and over again for any type of event!  The special coating around these cupcake wrappers allow for multiple use.  We can’t wait to use them for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day….the possibilities are endless!

4.  Glitter cupcake wrappers are perfect to mix and match with colors – aqua with magenta, gold with silver, or baby pink with sky blue – go wild with your imagination!

5.  Let’s face it – your cupcakes deserve to be the center of attention. It’s likely you’ve spent time and effort baking your cupcakes (or you spent time and effort into driving to your local bakery to buy your cupcakes, which is perfectly fine too!).  The results of your hard work deserve to be noticed and dressed up in their finest!

Check out some of our other favorite cupcake wrappers on our Pinterest board!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day, one of our favorite holidays, is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to plan the festivities.

Because food plays a integral part of any celebration, it’s the first item party planners look to tackle.  With its strong Irish roots, St. Patrick’s Day is perfect time to feature Irish fare such as corned beef and cabbage or alternatively go with a “green” menu filled with items such as spinach, asparagus, or kale.  Of course, once the main meal is done, you’ll want to treat everyone to an array of cupcakes whipped up in honor of St. Patrick’s Day!  Here are a few of our favorite (all very different) ideas:

1.  Pistachio pudding cupcakes – make these delectable treats with pistachio pudding mix for a mild flavor that will also add a subtle pastel green color to your cupcakes. Top with cream cheese frosting mixed with optional green food coloring and kiwi green cupcake wrappers, and you’re set!

2.  Creme de Menthe cupcakes – just a few tablespoons of white or green creme de menthe added to chocolate cupcakes will do the trick. Creme de menth is a mint flavored liqueur, so be sure to keep this batch of cupcakes away from the kids! Dress them with festive green filigree cupcake wrappers!

3.  Green velvet cupcakes – people love red velvet cupcakes, but why not offer them a twist on a trusted favorite? Follow the recipe for traditional red velvet cupcakes and add green food coloring for a St. Patrick’s Day surprise!  These cupcakes deserve their very own platinum glitter cupcake wrappers.

4.  Green tea cupcakes – tea lovers, rejoice! Here is a special St.Patrick’s Day cupcake made just for you.  Add a few tablespoons of green tea powder (matcha) to the batter and frosting for a scrumptious bite. Finish off with green polka dot cupcake wrappers for the final touch!

Love St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know how you plan to celebrate!