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Why Watermelon Cupcakes Are Just What You Need

If you’re looking for the perfect fruit to help you lose weight and satisfy your sweet tooth, watermelon is a perfect choice. Watermelon is 92% water and a simple way to have more water in your diet. Did you know you’re supposed to consume 8 eight ounce glasses of water every day? Because the human body is made up of 60% water it’s important to keep supplying that water. I bet you didn’t think that you’d be learning something factual when you opened this everyday cupcake blog. Cupcake blogs are all about sugar and spice and everything sweet. But hey, we’re here to help make your life a little easier.

{Watermelon Cupcakes: Kiwi Green Mini Cupcake Wrappers, Red Mini Cupcake Wrappers}

This recipe is very simple. You can use any cupcake batter recipe that you choose by adding food coloring. Red velvet is a shoe in for the cupcake batter but vanilla with chocolate chips will create the same look. A plain batter with mini chocolate chips will simulate the seeds. Mix your batter with bright red food coloring. Your icing will need green food coloring to represent the rind. If you can find a recipe for how to incorporate a watermelon taste into your frosting then your green frosting will be more believable. Realistically, watermelon might had a thin layer of white frosting between the red and green to simulate the real deal.

What do you think about these cupcakes? They’d be great for a midsummer picnic. Instead of always bringing out the fruit and vegetables sometimes incorporate a sweet dessert into your picnic can add more fun. Surprise your kids after a successful week by giving them a cupcake instead of a fruit they hate. If you’re looking for a simple way to make watermelon cupcakes easier, use red cupcake wrappers and green cupcake wrappers. The red cupcake wrappers can have green frosting while the green cupcake wrappers have red cupcake frosting with mini chocolate chip frosting.

Which do you like more: red cupcakes with green tops or green cupcakes with red tops? Show us your fun watermelon cupcake photos for us to see and share with our friends. Log into Facebook to share your awesome cupcake photos!

Cupcake Ingredient Spotlight: Peach Cobbler Cupcakes

Summer is the best time to practice your cupcake recipes because you can involve the kids in baking. Teach them about measurements and baking becomes an educational experience. During the summer months you have more time to play around with recipes and learn the basics. Then by the time September rolls around and your little kitchen helpers are back in the classroom you’ve already mastered your cupcakes.

{Summer Cupcakes: Coral Peach Diamond Cupcake Wrappers, Coral Filigree Cupcake Wrappers, Orange Spanish Tile Cupcake Wrappers, Coral Cupcake Wrappers, Orange Striped Cupcake Wrappers}

These peach cobbler cupcakes can be made with fresh fruit of any kind. They’re made from a simple cake box mix too so your grocery list stays neat and intact. The recipe, from Loving Every Second, calls for a can of peaches but if you have fresh all the better in our book. We like adding fresh fruit whenever possible. Michelle tells us her secret is adding some of the peach syrup from the can. I love cupcake recipes that call for applesauce. It definitely seems to be healthier and makes sweeter cupcakes.

After you’ve separated the cupcakes into their cupcake liners, poke a peach into each cupcake. Of course for the real recipe follow Michelle’s advice. Our favorite part about this recipe is the fresh peach frosting made from peach syrup. A little tip courtesy of Michelle: if you don’t have a cupcake decorating bags, use a sandwich bag instead! How creative and smart.

These cute yummy cupcakes look delicious. We can’t wait to mix up a batch and invite the girls over for tea and peach cobbler cupcakes. With a few colorful orange cupcake wrappers and pink cupcake liners these will be perfect. Fuchsia and orange are very popular for summer. These are perfect for an all girls birthday party or summer picnic. With peach frosting, these are perfect for strawberry lemonade or sangria. What do you think: would these cupcakes be making an appearance at your next party?

Peanut Butter Fudge Coffee Ice Cream Cupcakes

The title certainly is a mouthful of words, isn’t it? Well, these delicious looking cupcakes are a sure to be a mouthful of goodness as well. If you’re looking for a fun perky blog to read look no further than How Sweet Eats. The tone and writing style of her blogs are hilarious. We practically giggled while reading this blog on how to make peanut butter fudge coffee ice cream cupcakes. And yes, the name of today’s featured cupcake recipe, really trips off the tongue.

{Coffee Cupcakes: Cupcake Tree, Brown Damask Cupcake Wrapper, Moroccan Diamond Cupcake Wrappers, Chocolate Brown Cupcake Wrappers, Moroccan Nights Cupcake Wrappers, }

As she clearly states in her disclaimer, these cupcakes take both freezer space and a lengthy prep time. But boy do they look beautiful when they’re finished! It’s very reassuring that they’re “100% worth” the pain in the butt process. What makes these cupcakes so darn delicious has got to be the variety of flavors in each bite; starting with fudge cupcake batter, then coffee ice cream and topped with peanut butter ganache!

Speaking of ganache, we found an easy recipe for ganache from Martha Stewart today.  If you’re still wondering what ganache is: ganache is a creamed chocolate mixture that can be used for baking. It creates a luxuriously smooth topping for cupcakes, cakes and pastries. It seems a lot harder to make than it looks. Once you get the hang of it you can make a quick batch of ganache for any cupcake recipes. Plus, you can whip or pipe ganache into frosting form.

Back to the original recipe, peanut butter ganache is used to top off these frozen cupcake treats. These will be perfect this weekend for a birthday party we have planned. Normally we’re a fan of warm chewy fudge cupcakes but hopefully these frozen treats will be a delicious alternative. What do you think? Ice cream cupcakes are very easy and seem to be popping up everywhere lately. As you can recall, we talked about them last week with cake batter ice cream cupcakes. Think of these coffee ice cream cupcakes as the ‘adult alternative’ to the fun-fetti style cake batter cupcakes.

After we’re done making these, we’re going to dress them up with a few of our favorite brown cupcake wrappers. We like to mix and match Moroccan cupcake wrappers whenever we’re making chocolate or fudge cupcakes. The brown ingredients go well with the brown baking cups and decorative cupcake wrappers. It’s easy to create a stunning monochromatic display when you use a variety of cupcake wrappers. With a pretty cupcake tree, these would be perfect for a green party or earth day.

What do you think about this cupcake recipe: do you think the flavor palette is too complicated or just enough to work? Tell us if you’d create these delicious concoctions for your next dinner party. Log onto Facebook and share with us your ideas and inspirations for how to decorate them with your favorite cupcake decorations. Whether you’re sharing your ganache story or saying yay or nay to this recipe, we love hearing your thoughts and input!

 

Summer Ideas: Cake Batter Ice Cream Cupcakes

When you think of summer, what comes to mind? Fourth of July, fireworks, the beach are among the top favorites but for us, it’s definitely ice cream. The popular summer favorite, ice cream is a traditional cold treat on a hot summer day. Even now, in this 95 degree summer weather we’re wishing we could escape the office and cool off with a refreshing ice cream sundae.

{Summer Cupcake Ideas: Emma Magenta Pink Cupcake Wrappers, Emma Orange Cupcake Wrappers, Emma Kiwi Green Cupcake Wrappers, Emma Lemon Cupcake Wrappers}

Ice cream is the quintessential summer dessert but it sure seems to upstage cupcakes more than we’d like. So when we came across this recipe for cake batter ice cream cupcakes, we were delighted. Not only are ice cream cupcakes simply amazing but cake batter with ice cream makes a chewy sweet combination. The best part about ice cream cupcakes is you can incorporate any flavor ice cream you choose. We wanted to show off this cupcake recipe because it really does seem to show of the bright happy-go-lucky feel of summer.

Cake batter ice cream cupcakes are very easy to make. All you need is a simply yellow cake box recipe and cake batter ice cream. The whipped cream topping can be optional, I suppose, but don’t feel obligated to take it out. After all, a cupcake is meant to be a splurge! Once you have your yellow cake box batter ready, fill your cupcake liners ¼ inch full. This will be the base for your ice cream cupcake. Bake according to your instructions, ten minutes should do the trick since you’re not cooking the full cupcake.

Once the cupcake bottoms have cooled, top each cupcake with a scoop of ice cream. This recipe obviously uses cake batter ice cream but be creative and play around! How delicious would chocolate chip cupcake bottoms with mint ice cream be? Sounds like we’re on to a pretty hot ticket trend. Anyways, put a scoop of ice cream into each cupcake liner. It’s important to choose cute, strong cupcake baking cups that will hold ice cream even after they’re baked. If you’re looking for a DIY recipe for cake batter ice cream, look no further than annies-eats. This recipe is really great and can be adapted for different dietary needs.

After the cupcakes are created, a whipped cream frosting completes the look. Decorating cupcakes with frosting techniques is easier with whipped cream if it’s been cooled and stabilized. Stabilized whipped cream only takes about twenty minutes and you’ll appreciate the work. Top each cupcake off with sprinkles and a colorful cupcake wrapper for support and you have the perfect summer treat! What do you think? Are these cupcakes on your to-do list? Tell us what fun ice cream combination you would use this recipe with on our Facebook page!

 

Cookies N Cream Cheesecake Ideas!

Our local cupcake shop had the brilliant idea to also serve mini cheesecakes and since then we’ve noticed them more often. One bite of strawberry mini cheesecake and all the troubles in the world seem to disappear. The tightened pants’ line might have a reason when we think about it. Anyways, back to the point: mini cheesecakes are amazing. You can make these mini cheesecakes using your favorite cupcake liners and cupcake flavors. Strawberry cheesecake, cookies N cream cheesecake and original are all among the most popular favors.

{Cupcake Liners: Solid Red Baking Cups, Red Polka Dots Baking Cups, Yellow Pisa Baking Cups, Swirl Cupcake Liners}

Our favorite, and the most recent obsession on Pinterest, are cookies n cream cheesecakes. These small bite size cheesecakes have a whole cookie at the bottom! The recipe, from Martha Stewart, calls for an oreo cookie but you could use a chocolate chip too. The recipe is pretty simple when you think of it: mix your favorite cheesecake recipe, add an oreo cookie to the bottom of your cupcake liner and bake accordingly. The oreo cookie substitutes for the graham cracker crust. These would be great with a vanilla wafer at the bottom! Best cookie bottoms: oreo, vanilla wafer and hmm… graham cracker bears! Whatever cookie you decide to bake, remember they can be seen from the bottom so make the pattern face down.

Putting together these cheesecakes would be a sweet treat for a summer picnic. You can make a few fun cookies n cream cheesecakes and then separate each into an individual cupcake box. Pack a few in the ice box and voila you have a portable dessert. Cupcake packaging makes sending your special someone off to work or school with a treat, much much easier. You no longer have to worry about smashed cupcakes and smeared frosting. Plus, any of these packages will put a smile on their face, especially when you pair it with a sweet note. Match your baking cups with a decorative ribbon on your packaging. Tie with note reading “thank you”, “love you” or “you’re sweet” and voila, you have edible favors and gifts! These are great for weddings, birthday parties or special occasions.

 

Salted Caramel Frosting Recipe + Autumn Apple Cider Cupcakes!

Every now and then we come across a frosting recipe that makes us drool. This salted caramel frosting recipe is no exception. It’s simple, if you know how to make caramel, and it can be applied to any cupcake recipe you choose. First things first you must be comfortable making caramel. You have to stand and watch it so that it doesn’t burn. Don’t be embarrassed if it takes you a few tries because it can be tricky.

{Autumn Cupcake Wrappers: Orange Spanish Tile Cupcake Wrappers, Moroccan Stripes Cupcake Wrappers, Leaf Green Polka Dot Cupcake Wrappers, Falling Leaves Cupcake Wrappers}

Once you have the caramel down then you can create your salted caramel frosting. Let your cooled caramel set so that it doesn’t melt your frosting mixture. Whip butter with powdered sugar to create a frosting batter. Carefully scoop in your caramel concoction and whip together. For measurements, we got the recipe from Blackberry Farm. Although, if we’re being honest we thoroughly enjoyed the images and commentary from Blooming on Bainbridge just as much as the recipe itself. We can’t wait to mix up this batch of salted caramel frosting and scoop it on top of our favorite apple cider cupcakes. Caramel and apples just seem to go together perfectly, don’t they?

With a few of our fall themed cupcake wrappers we’re already planning what we’re going to have this autumn. These cupcakes would be perfect for a back-to-school party with all our friends. Our favorite combination (although we’ll admit it’ll probably change between now and then, many times) for autumn cupcake wrappers our orange Spanish tile cupcake wrappers and the Moroccan stripes cupcake wrappers. Another popular combination? The leaf green polka dot cupcake wrappers and the falling leaves cupcake wrappers. Before you know it the school year will be here and summer will be over. Yes, we know, it’s only halfway through July but we like to plan ahead for our dessert supplies! Autumn is the perfect time to break out a salted caramel frosting recipe with anything apple cider flavored. What would you use this recipe for: is there a fun salted caramel frosting cupcake combination that we’re missing? Tell us on our Facebook page!

 

Glow In The Dark Cupcakes

Glow in the dark is usually popular for Halloween and haunted houses, but when summer rolls around we’re always looking for any unique way to keep the kids entertained right? So when came across this cool easy trick for how to make glow in the dark cupcakes, we couldn’t resist sharing it with you. These glow in the dark frosting ideas are from Food Snots, so we cannot take credit for the ridiculously awesome trick.

{Scary Fun Cupcake Wrappers: Orange Cupcake Wrappers, Black Striped Cupcake Wrappers, White Chic Spider Web Cupcake Wrappers, Orange Striped Cupcake Wrappers, Halloween Diamond Cupcake Wrappers, Spider Web Reversible Cupcake Wrappers}

But we can tell you how to make your own scary fun cupcakes with scary cupcake wrappers and glow in the dark frosting. Originally, you would think that if tonic water glows you can use it in your frosting as a base. But it has a bitter taste and your frosting will turn out too runny. So instead of adding tonic water to the entire recipe, she incorporates a way to dip your frosted cupcakes into a tonic water gelatin. After the cupcake frosting has cooled and hardened it is able to soak up the gelatin. Repeat this process a few times to achieve a strong glow. Cooled cupcakes can be taken out before your party for a great black light display.

These are great for Halloween cupcakes but can also be used for a frightful summer party. Check out a few ‘scary’ movies for the kids to watch, turn down the lights and set out some glow in the dark cupcakes. They’ll be amazed by your secret powers. For the release of Spiderman, host a Spiderman party! Decorate cupcakes with spider web cupcake wrappers and let kids hunker down in the living room to catch up on the classic film. Mix and match your favorite Halloween cupcake wrappers for a black, white and orange theme party.

 

Wicked Cupcakes: Lions, Tigers & Bears Oh My!

Before a small girl named Dorothy ever touched down in Oz, there were two fabulous witches. As you know, when Dorothy arrived in Oz her house landed on the Wicked Witch of the East, unfortunately crushing her. But if you’ve read the Wicked books or seen the amazing Wicked musical then you know there’s more to the story. Last weekend we had the opportunity to attend the Wicked show and boy, were we blown away. The story is completely different than The Wizard of Oz because instead of focusing on Dorothy and her companions, it tells the story before her arrival.

{Wicked Cupcakes: Kiwi Green Filigree Cupcake Wrappers, Black Cupcake Wrappers, Emma Lime Green Cupcake Wrappers, Glitter Cherry Blossom Cupcake Wrappers, Glitter Gold Cupcake Wrappers, Glitter Lavender Cupcake Wrappers}

Inspired by the award-winning musical we’re determined to create a batch of Wicked-inspired cupcakes. A few green and black ones for Elphaba and some glittered cupcakes for Galinda. If you didn’t know, “Ga-Linda” is told to be the original name for Glinda the Good Witch. Really, if you haven’t seen the musical you have to catch up.

A few of our green cupcake wrappers with a green velvet cupcake recipe will do the trick for Elphaba cupcakes. Her sweet turned wicked demeanor is perfect for a red velvet cupcake recipe with a drop of green food coloring. Then we’ll top it with black buttercream frosting and a witch’s hat.

For Galinda the Good Witch cupcakes, the glittery the better. Her wardrobe is laden with sparkly ball gowns and tiaras so a pink glitter cupcake wrapper will be perfect. A bright vanilla batter is cheery enough to represent her personality. Then add yellow or white buttercream and sprinkle with edible glitter. Using a cookie cutter you can make a chocolate mold in the shape of a tiara for a cupcake topper.

If you haven’t seen the musical, we highly recommend it. The wizard and dancing monkeys make it a must-see for boys and the songs and wardrobes make every little girl swoon. What a great idea it would be to host a Wicked themed birthday party with cupcakes before attending the matinee showing. Have each person decorate their own Elphaba or Galinda cupcake!  Whose team with you be: choose your side wisely!

 

Baby Shower Cupcakes: Pretty in Pink & Dashing Blues

This summer sure is popular for babies! All around us little bundles of joy are popping up. You know what that means: baby showers. We have been invited to numerous baby showers this summer and there are still two months left. Recently, we had the pleasure of attending a yellow baby shower for a little boy. The event planners chose to decorate with trendy chevron stripes and a popular yellow and gray color combo. We were delighted to see a candy dessert bar with macaroons and cupcakes.

{Baby Shower Cupcake Wrappers: Cornflower Blue Cupcake Wrappers, Kiwi Green Cupcake Wrappers, Cherry Blossom Pink Cupcake Wrappers,  Sky Blue Spanish Tile Cupcake Wrappers, Yellow Filigree Cupcake Wrappers,  Pink Polka Dot Cupcake Wrappers}

Planning a baby shower is relatively easy once you have your theme. Then all you need are the basic baby shower supplies and a few friends to share the news with. Here is our simple baby shower supplies list for you to use to brainstorm your own perfect shower.

  1. Party Theme
  2. Baby Shower Invitations To Announce Location Date & Time
  3. Guest List From the Mom-To-Be
  4. Tissue Paper Pom Poms
  5. Decorative Ribbon & Diamond Decor
  6. Centerpieces & Flowers
  7. Balloons & Decorations
  8. Tableware
  9. Edible Baby Shower Favors
  10. Cupcakes & Cakes
  11. Cupcake Supplies
  12. Dessert Table Supplies
  13. Drinks & Party Beverages
  14. Baby Shower Games & Prizes
  15. Baby Shower Gifts
  16. Thank You Notes

Popular baby shower themes are baby animals, where the wild things are and color palettes. The yellow and gray baby shower theme was simple and chic for a coordinated shower. You can create a similar look by using a monochromatic color theme such as pink, green or blue. We personally love the idea of a green baby shower but guests might be confused about the baby’s gender! If you prefer to have a specific color theme be sure to have your baby shower invitations reflect your color choice so guests know what color gifts to buy.

Decorate your dessert table with baby shower rattles, tissue paper pom poms and plenty of bite size sweets. Each small dish can have a baby themed title and feature a custom tag. Instead of playing baby games, focus on giving the new mom advice and ideas for how to decorate the baby’s room, play dress up and tips for how to conquer the terrible twos. Advice for different stages and different situations can come in handy more than a dirty diaper game! Baby showers are all about the mom-to-be so there are no rules stating you have the play the games if you don’t want to. Be creative and enjoy your own baby shower theme!

 

 

Congratulations to Cupcake Champion Wonderland Custom Cakes!

As we announced a couple weeks ago, Cupcake Wars put together an all-out duel between all the Cupcake Wars winners. The winner is crowned Cupcake Champion. The battle for “cupcake supremacy” aired in on the Food Network every Sunday night in June. Sunday was the final episode and crowned Wonderland Custom Cakes the cupcake champion. In addition to the honor of being known as the champion, the winner also goes home with $50,000 in cash and prizes. That’s worth a few cupcakes in our book.

{Cupcake Wrappers: Green Glitter Cupcake Wrappers, Super Hero Cupcakes, Silver Foil Cupcake Wrappers}

Wonderland Custom Cakes is a flavor-forward cake shop located in Pasadena, California. This means they’re right in our neck of the woods and on our to-do list for the weekend! We’re looking forward to sampling one of their nine daily confections. The have daily selections of red velvet, chocolate and vanilla but we’re especially interested in their special selections. Their Arnie P is a play on the drink Arnold Palmer and we’re intrigued by any cupcake called “Hunka Hunka”.

If any of these cupcakes strike your fancy or you want to taste the cupcakes that made them a champion on the Food Network series, they ship! Order online to receive a few of the cupcakes from their first time on Cupcake Wars. These cupcakes would be great for your own viewing party of Cupcake Wars. You can even decorate them with Super Hero cupcake wrappers to match the villain and vixxxen cupcake flavors. If you haven’t caught up with Wonderland, find them online or on YouTube to watch their shows. The aunt nephew team really knows what they’re doing in the kitchen. We can’t wait to fall in love with their cupcakes and have them at our next party. As we love to match cupcake flavors with complementary cupcake wrappers, we’ll be taking notes and planning which colors match best!