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Creative Cupcake Alternatives: Mighty Macaroons

While it may not make any sense to us personally, not everyone likes cupcakes. After all, cupcakes have cupcake wrappers, cupcake toppers and cupcake decorations. They’re the girly snack of the dessert world. This shocking news crushed a few of our employees and sent a few into violent rage, okay well we’re just joking about the rage. But we understand that not everyone can fall deeply in love with cupcakes like we have.   However, we’re willing to consider the possibility that there are other treats that are just as delicious. To ease ourselves into the challenge we started with a small dessert: macarons.

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Also called macaroons, the two names do not mean the same thing. Traditional French bakers only refer to the sweet as macarons, derived from the Italian word “maccarone”. The sweet confection is made with whipped egg whites, sugar and almond powder. They can be prepared in a variety of flavors and filled with jams and creams. The shape of the treat is the most familiar: a smooth domed top and bottom with a complementary filling sandwiched in between.

We tried a few different flavors and were pleasantly surprised. The bite size dessert is a great way to bring new flavors to a dessert table. Pastel macaroons are incredibly popular and we can’t help but imagine a pastel dessert table with cupcakes, candies and macaroons. Especially with a few special cupcake wrappers, these would make a great dessert for spring.

Next on our list? We may be open to other trendy dessert ideas but cupcakes are still by far our favorite. Even macaroons would look good in a cute cupcake box and tied with a bow for a party favor. A cupcake favor box layered with brightly colored macaroons would be a nice surprise for a birthday party or hostess gift.

 

Georgetown Cupcakes Bring Everyone Together During The Holidays!

One of our favorite cupcakery shops is Georgetown Cupcakes. We’re avid followers of DC Cupcakes and love following along on their latest cupcake order.  For the holidays we’re planning on sending care packages to our friends and family we can’t visit. The economy has left a lot of people in search of ideas for how to visit their friends without forking over their paycheck for airline tickets. Well, care packages are the perfect way to assure your love reaches those you can’t visit. Most big name cupcakery shops ship within the continental United States. Georgetown Cupcakes is one of them!

Georgetown cupcakes

Just because you’re sending a care package to your friends doesn’t mean you have to deny yourself some delicious cupcakes either. Pick up cupcakes at your local cupcake shop too! Then during the holidays you can webcam chat with your friends and share which cupcake is your favorite. In the past my family has had to plan to webcam chat with other members of our family over the holidays. Put together a cupcake display with different types of cupcakes, perhaps from your local cupcake shop. Then when your loved ones see you’re all enjoying delicious treats they’ll feel closer together! Baked goods really have a way of bringing people together don’t they?

To create a pretty holiday cupcake display we recommend Georgetown Cupcake’s Rudolph Red Velvet cupcakes with our festive Christmas cupcake wrappers. The reindeer is the perfect accent to a cheery festive cupcake treat. Mix and match their Gingerbread Cupcake with our  Christmas Jumbo Dots Cupcake Wrappers. The red polka dots look just like the gingerbread man’s red buttons! How much would you love to receive one of these cute care packages?

Christmas Jumbo Dots Cupcake Wrappers

 

Christmas Gift Ideas + Cupcake Care Packages

Nothing is cuter than a sweet cupcake topped with Santa Claus. Christmastime brings joy and giving and what better way to give back than with baked goods? We’d like to suggest a special baked goods donation to your local fire house, police station or homeless shelter. Holiday cupcakes are the perfect way to show someone you care. Stick with a recipe that doesn’t have nuts so you can avoid nuts allergies. Vanilla bean or pumpkin spice are great holiday cupcake options.

These festive Christmas cupcakes feature red and white fondant topping and can be decorated with peppermints or peppermint sprinkles for a unique texture. Then you can place them in any of our brightly colored Christmas Cupcake Wrappers for a special look. Your local servicemen and women will love feeling appreciated and really enjoy these holiday desserts. These gift packages are great for hostess gifts and holiday parties, especially when you wrap them up in a special cupcake favor box.

Christmas cupcakes

If you want to recreate these cupcakes from Bakerella, use a red velvet cupcake recipe and white fondant. Place a white fondant round on each cupcake and decorate with red fondant buttons or stripes. An easy way to attach the fondant is by using piped icing as a make shift glue. Personally, these cheerful holiday cupcakes would be perfect in our Red Striped Cupcake Wrappers. Giving back is a great lesson to teach your children for the holidays. If they’re lucky they may even get to sneak a bite at their own Santa Claus cupcake.

Christmas Red Striped Cupcake Wrappers

Thanksgiving Cupcakes Featuring Brand New Moroccan Cupcake Wrapper Collection

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and last minute planning is bound to happen. We understand! After all, you have company and guests to plan for let alone cooking, baking and cleaning to make time for, right? Well, eliminate the stress of baking pies and let your children be useful. Instead of the overabundance of pumpkin and pecan pie (it sounds sacrilegious doesn’t it) why not incorporate a pumpkin cupcake into your holiday traditions? Children can learn how to measure and count by helping separate ingredients. They may not be in school for the holiday but they can still be learning and exercising their brains! After a good baking session reward those by letting them decorate their own pumpkin Thanksgiving cupcakes complete with our selection of Thanksgiving cupcake wrappers.

Moroccan Twilight Cupcake WrappersOur Moroccan Twilight Cupcake Wrappers are just one of the festive brown and tan cupcake wrappers in the collection!

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for those around you and the bounty of good positive things in your life. Have each guest or child decorate the top of a cupcake with what they’re thankful for: friends, family, faith, food, etc. Then you have a lovely display of cupcakes that show your festive spirit. These cupcakes are perfect for our new bulk cupcake wrappers collection of Moroccan pattern liners! These festive cupcake wrappers are brown and tans and perfect for fall theme parties and Thanksgiving events. The Moroccan cupcake wrapper collection is made up of Moroccan Sunrise, Moroccan Twilight, Moroccan Dawn, Moroccan Evening & Moroccan Nights Cupcake Wrappers. I personally like to mix and match these with Ivory Cupcake Wrappers or our Brown Cupcake Wrappers for a solid color accent. Especially these Moroccan Evening Cupcake Wrappers that incorporate both tan and brown!

Moroccan Evening Cupcake Wrappers

Tricks To Beat The Black Friday Rush!

Every crazy shopper needs a little Black Friday pick me up right? A sugar rush to reward you for getting through the craze of people looking to save $10 dollars on an item they probably don’t even need! We’re not trying to sound skeptical but the idea of flocking to a mall with thousands of people sounds crazy and a tad bit dangerous. Since the kids are off school and you’re running around with a crowd in tow, try distracting them with these sweet Black Friday cupcakes.

Black Pinstripe Cupcake Wrappers

Here are a few tips on how to handle your Black Friday shopping:

1. Hydrate! Stay away from sugary drinks by sticking with water or healthy juice alternatives.

2. Save the cupcake treats for after the big rush, sugar can slow down your energy. As much as we hate to say it, stick to healthy treats for a black friday snack.

3. Prepare your body by stretching, wearing comfortable shoes and a smart small purse to guard yourself from theft or pick pocketing!

4. Avoid the mall entirely by shopping online with promo codes and coupon sites. Beware of spammers and scam sites asking for your personal information.

 

Holiday Cupcakes Santa Claus Would Gobble Up!

If you look up green and red cupcakes on your trendy addictive Pinterest account, you’re going to find a great variety of holiday cupcake ideas. Combine the delicious cupcake recipes with any of our new festive Christmas cupcake wrappers and you have a winning combination. These cupcakes are perfect for creating a stunning dessert table that will impress your guests. No one will consider the use of a dessert table at a function outside the wedding spectrum. While we do admit the cupcake dessert tables can be great and one of a kind, imagine a red and green dessert table that is drop dead gorgeous.

Christmas Dessert Table

Christmas Red Striped Cupcake Wrappers

The only thing I can think of to make this adorable cupcake dessert table from thecakeblog.com complete would be to use some bright Red Striped Cupcake Wrappers. Or another great inspiring cupcake dessert table from hostessblog.com features pastels and snowflake cutout cookies. Their cupcakes need a little covering up if we do say so ourselves? Do you think a pretty Tiffany Blue Glitter Cupcake Wrapper would do the trick? If you’re loving these ideas, be sure to check out our Pinterest page for more cupcake ideas!

Pastel Christmas Dessert Table

Emma Aqua Trio Cupcake Wrappers

Emma Pink Trio Cupcake Wrappers

Perfect Cupcakes For Thanksgiving 2011: Sweet Potato Cupcakes

In honor of Thanksgiving I searched around our Pinterest board doing some heavy research. Yes, heavy research on cupcake ideas. I found some great Thanksgiving cupcake ideas under our “Holiday Cupcakes” board. My favorite cupcakes so far? Sweet Potato Cupcakes are by far the most likely to make an appearance at your next holiday party. Personally, sweet potatoes are only good cut up and fried like french fries but in the hopes of creating a healthy treat this recipe is pretty spot on. I would love to see these cupcakes in our new brown cupcake wrappers, which you can find in our Thanksgiving Cupcake Wrappers.

Sweet Potato CupcakePhoto and recipe courtesy of annies-eats.com

Moroccan Twilight Cupcake Wrappers

Gingerbread Brown Cupcake Wrappers

I love having these for a pretty alternative to sweet potato casserole. Holiday cupcakes can be in a great any of our green and red cupcake wrappers as well. Our brand new Festive Polka Dot Cupcake Wrappers would really lighten up your dessert table. As the holidays approach we love sharing new cupcake recipes with you so be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more ideas on how to decorate with our cupcake wrappers!

Festive Christmas Dots Cupcake Wrappers

Christmas Jumbo Dots Cupcake Wrappers

Bake A Sweet Dessert Cupcake Perfect For Christmas!

How are you this evening? Are you hungry for a sweet treat after a grueling day at work? Well, these cupcakes are a great option for creating an after-dinner snack for your family. We’re not necessarily crazy about marshmallows but these cupcakes are the perfect combination of marshmallow and peanut butter that the gooey substance is tolerable. These cupcakes are perfect for any of our Brown Cupcake Wrappers or our a fun treat with bright Polka Dot Cupcake Wrappers. Bake these for dessert tonight or plan ahead for a fun birthday party treat.

Nutter Butter CupcakesPhoto Courtesy thenovicechefblog.com

The more that we swish around the idea of Polka Dot Cupcakes at a party, we’re really liking the possibilities. These sweet treats would be great for the upcoming holidays. Mix and match green and red for creative holiday cupcakes that will impress your guests! What would you use this delicious cupcake recipe for?

Kelly Green Polka Dots Cupcake WrappersKelly Green Polka Dot Cupcakes are bright and fun for festive cupcakes!

Red Polka Dot Cupcake WrappersRed Polka Dot Cupcake Wrappers complete these holiday cupcake pairing.

 

Pirate Cupcakes Spooky Perfect For Halloween!

Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re looking for ways to create a spooky dessert display, look no further! These pirate cupcakes are the perfect way to get your little guys pumped up for a fun pirate Halloween party. Dress up with an eye patch and show your spooky spirit! Make orange batter cupcakes and top with frosting dyed with orange food coloring. Then top with computer printed pirate flags. Once you’ve created these spooktacular cupcakes they’re perfect for any of our Halloween Cupcake Wrappers. These Spider Web Cupcake Wrappers are perfect for a spooky pirate party!

Halloween Pirate CupcakesPirate Cupcakes Courtesy of bhg.com

Spiderweb Cupcake Wrapper

Cupcake Ideas: How To Make Healthy Cupcakes

I made a new years resolution to eat healthier. Well, the year is almost over so I suppose it’s time to stick to it. Healthy cupcakes. That’s right, cupcakes made healthier. I found a great recipe for Carrot Cake Cupcakes and these are just in time for Fall. The most popular Fall cupcakes tend to be Carrot Cake, Pumpkin Bread and Spiced Apple. These Carrot Cake Cupcakes are delicious with or without frosting and would be great in any Orange Cupcake Wrappers. For healthy substitutes, apple sauce can be used instead of butter in some recipes. Rich dairy can be swapped out for soy products. And as long as your guests don’t have nut allergies, you can always add extra protein by including walnuts or almonds.

Carrot Cake CupcakesCarrot Cake Recipe at mamagrubbsgrub.blogspot.com

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spiced Cream Cheese FrostingPumpkin Recipe Courtesy of www.skinnytaste.com

Orange Gingham Cupcake Wrappers

Apple Spice CupcakesApple Spice Cupcake Recipe Courtesy of multiplydelicious.com

Red Gingham Cupcake Wrappers

I absolutely love these cupcakes because they symbolize Thanksgiving and all the holidays coming up. Apple Spice Cupcakes and Red Cupcake Wrappers are perfect for a Thanksgiving party, especially paired with Caramel Apple Cider. Stick with a white frosting for any occasion or go with a glitter red topping to represent any apple and a pretzel in the middle for a stem. All of these cupcakes go great with a cream cheese frosting but can easily topped with a simple Buttercream if you have allergies or don’t have the time. For Pumpkin Cupcakes try our Orange Cupcake Wrappers and a sweet Caramel frosting. These cupcakes have nutrition facts that I can actually stand to read!