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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 Decorating Tips & Ideas: Chocolate Molds

When we’re wandering websites looking for ideas for cupcakes and new cupcake trends, we find a lot of fun creative cupcake ideas. There are a lot of bakery tips that can be used to make decorative cupcake toppings, personalized cupcake toppers and don’t forget fun cupcake displays. These are only the beginning of a long list of cupcake decorating tips and ideas that we will start supplying you.

{Red Cupcake Ideas: Red Stripes Cupcake Wrappers, Red Polka Dot Cupcake Wrappers, Red Glitter Cupcake Wrappers, Red Spanish Tile Cupcake Wrappers}

Looking for a creative way to decorate your cupcake without using a special frosting tip? We have a solution! Did you know that you can create chocolate molds from cookie cutters? Not everyone can afford to buy a new chocolate baker’s mold for every occasion but most people have a standard set of cookie cutters.

  1. So, lay a sheet of wax parchment paper along your cookie sheet so you can catch any chocolate you drip.
  2. Lay your cookie cutters (if you have wacky shaped ice cube trays—those work too!) out in the shapes that you would like to create. For Valentine’s Day cupcakes try hearts, for Fourth of July cupcakes decorate starts, etc.
  3. Using heated chocolate, prepped according to instructions, fill each cookie cutter halfway with white or milk chocolate.
  4. Let them sit in the fridge for about 15 minutes and you’ll be able to put them out of the mold. If you add sprinkles into the chocolate you can create a red, white and blue star for Fourth of July!
  5. Once you have your shapes, you can top your cupcake frosting with cute cupcake toppers!

You’re probably aware that our creative cupcake wrappers really work well for cupcakes. But, most people forget that you can use cupcake liners and cupcake wrappers for holding other snacks too. A cake stand with a variety of cupcake wrappers can show off nuts, candies and macaroons—to name a few popular snacks. We’ve seen cupcake tree stands decorated with a variety of M&M’s and Jordan Almonds for a beautiful wedding cupcake display. Tip: alternate cupcake levels with cupcakes and snacks for guests to pick their own favorite treats from a variety of choices. Combine either of these tricks with your wedding cupcake display to create a show-stopping sweet presentation for your guests and special someone. You can use these ideas for any birthday party, special occasion or office party too!

Please feel free to share your favorite cupcake decorating tips with us for a chance for you and your tips to be featured on our cupcake blog! We love to shine a spotlight on unique cupcake decorating tips and how to add your decorative flair. Share your secrets with us on our Facebook page!

 

Cupcake Champions: Ultimate Cupcake Wars

Apparently, Cupcake Wars wasn’t enough! The ultimate battle for “cupcake supremacy” is on the Food Network Sunday nights. Cupcake Wars winners are being put in the ring to fight for the title of Cupcake Champion. The winner of the competition goes home with $50,000. That’s a huge stack of cash for some cupcakes. Those better be some outrageously delicious cupcakes! Here are our top favorites from past Cupcake Wars winners. Stick with any of these and you’ll be walking away a grand prize winner. (No guarantees, hey- we’re not the judges!)

{Cupcake Wrappers: Moroccan Sunrise Cupcake Wrappers, Lavender Filigree Cupcake Wrappers, Red Stripes Cupcake Wrappers, Green Trellis Cupcake Wrappers,  Ivory Spanish Tile Cupcake Wrappers}

  1. Brown Sugar Caramel Creme Brulee Cupcakes: These delicious cupcakes are definitely one of a kind. Who doesn’t love a good crème brulee cupcake? These would be beautiful when paired with our ivory cupcake wrappers.
  2. Sweet Tea Cupcakes with Lemon Sweet Tea Frosting: If you’re looking for a basic recipe that can be altered to include any of the surprising Cupcake Wars ‘special ingreidents’ our vote is on this basic sweet tea cupcake. You can add fruit or spices to it and still create a delicious cupcake, beats using vanilla! Bring a variety of cupcake liners and cupcake wrappers to match your flavor colors. For sweet tea, we like pink cupcake wrappers or green cupcake wrappers.
  3. Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting: Here at Dress My Cupcake we love incorporating new tastes and vegetables into our cupcakes. Mind you we’re not nearly as good as the professional bakers on Cupcake Wars but we do love trying. These sweet potato cupcakes are one of our favorites. The sweet potatoes are soft and chewy and actually a lot sweeter than you’d think for a vegetable! These would be perfect with any of our brown Moroccan cupcake wrappers.
  4. Peach Berry Shortcake Cupcakes: You can’t go wrong with a flavorful fruit cupcake. These shortcake cupcakes can be made with peaches or berries. Any type of fresh fruit they offer you will do the trick. We really like the peach berry shortcake recipe but it can be mixed with any other flavors too. For berry cupcakes, we definitely recommend a soft pink or purple cupcake wrapper.
  5. Apple-Spice Cupcakes with Blue Cheese: Get their mouths watering with these unique cupcakes. They’re definitely outside the box. The apple spice cupcake recipe topped with blue cheese and walnuts is definitely enough flair to get their attention. Especially with a red cupcake wrapper!

Any of these cupcake recipes will make your cupcake a top contender. The season started May 13th and we’re excited to see what cupcakes make it to the finale. Who are you rooting for?

 

Color Wheel Cupcakes: Rainbow Party Ideas

Rainbow parties are all the rage right now. The bright festive colors are just in time for summer pool parties and last day of school picnics. These palette inspired cupcakes feature different colored frosting and plenty of bright colored cupcake liners. Mix and match your favorite cupcake liners to create a color palette you love. This is also a great way to incorporate the huge design trend that is spreading like wildfire: ombre! These two color inspired frosting techniques can be easy to create yourself.

{Pink Ombre Cupcake Wrappers: Baby Pink Diamond Cupcake Wrappers, Pink Polka Dot Cupcake Wrappers, Emma Blush Pink Cupcake Wrappers, Hollywood Pink Cupcake Wrappers, Platinum Glitter Fuchsia Cupcake Wrappers}

Ombre Frosting: What is ombre? Ombre features graduated layers of colors. The design trend is on everything from wedding invitations to hairstyles! For frosting or cakes, this means starting with dark pink and ending with light pink.  Some bakers are incorporating the ombre into the batter for a surprise once you cut the cake: each layer is a shade darker than the last. This is super cute when combined with ombre frosting.

For an ombre frosting display, choose which color palette you would like to feature. For a wedding cake or wedding cupcakes, stick to one shade. Rich deep tones such as purple, blue or green are perfect. Separate the frosting into four different dishes. One dish should have slightly more than the others for layering over the top of the cake. Four color tones should give you a good amount of coverage without going too far overboard. Using food safe coloring gel, add color to each bowl. Start with one drop each and then add more as you go along. If you’re making ombre cupcakes, decorate with a variety of cupcake wrappers in fun shades.

{Ombre Cupcake Supplies: Yellow Cupcake Wrappers, Orange Cupcake Wrappers, Red Cupcake Wrappers, Pink Cupcake Wrappers, Purple Cupcake Wrappers, Blue Cupcake Wrappers, Tiffany Blue Cupcake Wrappers, Green Cupcake Wrappers}

Rainbow Frosting: The trick to making rainbow frosting is instead of using the same shade and adding more drops, separate frosting into five different colors. When we made rainbow cupcakes we separated the batter into five different colors: red, orange, yellow, green and blue. Each received five to ten drops of food coloring dye. Frosting is the same procedure: separate and dye. Then carefully scoop into a piping bag.

Cupcake Frosting Techniques: One popular way to decorate a cupcake is to use a cupcake frosting tip in round circular motions. With colored frosting this creates a wave of rose flowers. Start at the bottom with your darkest color and then move towards the top. When you frost in circles you’ll have spaces in between each rose. Pipe small swirls to fill these gaps. An easier way to frost your cake with ombre or rainbow is to frost in layers. Starting with the darkest color at the bottom, scoop frosting onto a spatula or frosting knife and “smear” the frosting along the bottom. Add colors as you go.

{Green Ombre Cupcake Wrappers: Kiwi Green Polka Dot Cupcake Wrappers, Kiwi Green Cupcake Wrappers, Kelly Green Spanish Tile Cupcake Wrappers, Platinum Glitter Emerald Green Cupcake Wrappers, Green Chalkboard Cupcake Wrappers}

Rainbow Cupcakes: You can create individual rainbow cupcakes by separating the dyed batter into bowls. Add a teaspoon of each color into your cupcake liners. Once your cupcakes are baked (per your standard instructions) frost cupcakes with rainbow frosting. Each cupcake has a slightly different color by separating the frostings and dying them individually as you go. This process takes longer but it yields pretty awesome cupcakes. To make it easier, use color coded bowls and cupcake liners so you don’t get confused.

Rainbow Cupcake Wrappers: Not up for individually decorating each cupcake? Use colorful cupcake liners and a wide variety of cupcake wrappers to create a rainbow display instead. Each cupcake tier on your cupcake stand can feature an ombre of cupcake wrappers. We’ve showcased this look for many of our cupcake displays. Starting on the bottom tier use blue cupcake wrappers with our green cupcake wrappers; then branch to purple and red, orange and yellow and top off your tiers with white! You’ll have the same bright fun rainbow cupcake display without the fancy baking tricks.

Any of these fun festive cupcake ideas are perfect for your next cupcake party. If you’re having a rainbow themed wedding or a colorful pride party, these are the perfect cupcakes for you!

Memorial Day Cupcakes: Proud, True, Red White & Blue

Last week we featured our red, white and blue cupcake wrappers for a beautiful Armed Forced Day party. Well, next week is another special holiday for the red, white and blue. Memorial Day is Monday, May 28, 2012 this year. The holiday is celebrated to honor all of our fallen soldiers and veterans. Originally the holiday was celebrated to honor the Civil War soldiers but it has come to represent much more over the years. Many soldiers fight for our country and we couldn’t be more proud. To honor them we raise a cupcake in their honor.

{Red Cupcake Wrappers, White Cupcake Wrappers, Blue Cupcake Wrappers}

Since the family has a long extended vacation, plan a special outing. Spending time together outdoors is a great way to honor those soldiers who gave their life for our country. Red, white and blue party decorations will set the tone for a beautiful Memorial Day party. With a cookout, root beer floats and some delicious red white and blue cupcakes you can create a special family day. Show your children facts about the war and share with them the importance of such a meaningful holiday. Memorial Day is the last holiday before schools out and the celebration of summer can begin! Celebrate with your family with a beautiful dessert spread of cupcakes, cookies and a good old fashioned apple pie. Decorate your pie with stars and stripe crust and your cupcakes with any of our patriotic cupcake wrappers. We want to wish all of our friends and a family a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 19th Is Armed Forces Day!

This Saturday, May 19th is Armed Forces Day. It falls on the third Saturday in May, which ends Armed Forces week with a bang. In the late 1940’s the holiday was created to honor all our Armed Forces—the Marines, Air Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard—with their own day of acknowledgement. In America it’s celebrated with parades and air shows but did you know there are over forty other nations that celebrate their own Armed Forces Day?

{Patriotic Cupcake Wrappers: Blue Glitter Cupcake Wrappers, Star Spangled Cupcake Wrappers, Red Mini Tissue Paper Pom Poms, Emma Red Cupcake Wrappers,  American Hero Cupcake Wrappers, Blue Tissue Paper Pom Poms}

We celebrate and honor our soldiers and active duty with their own day as a way to thank them for serving in the military. Thank your friends and family with a few red, white and blue cupcakes. We are very excited about our line of July fourth cupcake wrappers. All of these wrappers are perfect for a patriotic holiday, military wedding or a classic Fourth of July dessert bar. Red cupcake wrappers mixed with our Star Spangled Cupcake Wrappers can really make a beautiful cupcake display. Now is the time to start honing your cupcake decorating skills before the summer holiday comes around! Armed Forces Day cupcakes are the perfect way to prepare and practice for the perfect Fourth of July cupcakes!

We Salute You: Army, Navy and Air Force Inspired Cupcakes

There are plenty of reasons to plan a military wedding, for the honor and beauty is just one of them. We love seeing red, white and blue weddings that incorporate a military theme. After all, who doesn’t love a man in uniform right? We’re attending a wedding next weekend for an Army couple and can’t wait to see the military inspired wedding theme they’re decorating with! We’ve already gotten a sneak peek at the themed cupcakes their serving. We have a few recommendations for what cupcake wrappers would be great for a military themed cupcake.

{Photo Source: The Cupcake Blog, Skip To My Lou, American Hero Cupcake Wrappers, Cookie Artisan, Annies-Eats, Martha Stewart}

Are we right or what? These tank cupcakes are out of this world. You can create military inspired cupcakes with our American Hero cupcake wrappers or any of our red, white and blue cupcake wrappers. Use candy and licorice toppings to create an American Flag for a patriotic cupcake. Don’t forget to mix and match cupcake batter colors with food coloring for a tie dye cupcake in red, white and blue. All of these ideas are great for a patriotic party, military wedding or Fourth of July celebration. We can’t wait to see what delicious cupcakes you bake with any of these ideas!

Summer Dessert Idea: Fourth of July Family Reunion Cupcakes

Family reunions are a great reason for a sweet tooth. For some families, family reunions are the only time they spend together each year. There are plenty of ways to personalize your own family reunion with snacks and treats. We attended a party last weekend where each guest received their own personalized cupcake—wouldn’t that be a fun idea for a family get-together? If you’re hosting the get-together at your own home, serve a cupcake dessert on each place setting. Frosting tips will help you personalized each cupcake with a name. If you’re having the family reunion at a resort or hotel, you can create special party bags to put in each room. Have a local bakery box up the cupcakes in cupcake domes for a personal treat created for each family member.

{Photo Source: Summer Cupcake Wrappers, Sprinkle Bakes, My Cakies, Red Cupcake Wrappers, Oprah, Martha Stewart}

If you are celebrating a family reunion for a birthday or anniversary, create anniversary cupcakes to celebrate the memorable occasion. Since most family reunions are planned on holiday vacations, it’s not uncommon to have a summer Fourth of July theme or a winter holiday theme. Red, white and blue cupcakes with red piping are a great way to decorate family reunion cupcakes. Theme park or vacation resort cupcakes are also a great idea. Family reunions are a great time to celebrate togetherness and create special memories. Some of our favorite times together with family happen on vacation, away from the hustle and bustle of work and school. Surprise your family with a special personalized dessert for a great way to show your appreciation for making the trip.

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