Easter Cupcake Ideas

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Cupcakes are perfect for Easter parties! Looking for decorating ideas for your Easter cupcakes? Find out how to make festive Easter cupcakes! Make your own Easter cupcake!

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Cupcake Party

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Cupcake Party – Baking Up Memories

Cupcake pink frosting created on a cupcake partyYou probably already know that cupcakes are a major trend that is landing on the pages of gourmet magazines and in the front cases of the hottest bakeries in town.  But cupcakes come from a less glamorous – but far more fun – past. 

Cupcakes have always been a favorite treat for children. Whether it is a classroom party, birthday celebration, or just a chance to spend a few minutes with your kids, enjoying cupcakes is a perfect childhood activity. 

If you are looking for a fun and unique birthday party idea, consider hosing a cupcake baking party for your child and his or her friends.  Here are a few ideas for making your next event special:

  • Host a “make-it, take-it” party.  Perfect for kids of all ages, consider holding a party where each guest decorates a cupcake to eat at the party, and takes another one home to share or enjoy later.  Put out a variety of cupcake frostings and toppings, and let party guests decorate the cupcakes any way they like.  Consider sending each child home with a cupcake gift box to hold their special creation.
  • Hold a cupcake tea party.  Ideal for little girls, holding a cupcake tea party is something your little princess will never forget.  Set a fancy table with favorite princess or tea party themed furnishings, and bake cupcakes in advance for your little guests to decorate.  Let each girl create her own dream cupcake with a variety of colored cupcake frostings and princess-worthy décor, such as edible gems and pre-made frosting flowers.
  • Hold a healthy eating party.  If you have a child who has specific dietary needs or you just want to avoid giving your guests too much sugar, consider creating cupcakes that are sugar free, and then allowing guests to decorate the cupcakes using fruit.  Slice fruit or other healthy toppings ahead of time and let guests create tasty combinations.

You can create a cupcake decorating party to coordinate with any theme, just be creative!  Let your guests enjoy creating their special treats as much as they will enjoy eating them. 

Woman presents cupcakesRemember that cupcake decorating parties aren’t just for kids; grownups at wedding or baby showers will enjoy decorating cupcakes just as much. 

You can tailor your party to the age and ability of guests. For younger kids, you will need to spend time showing them how to decorate their cupcakes. 

Older party goers will enjoy trying their hand at advanced cupcake techniques, such as using icing bags and tips to create more sophisticated and complex designs. 

By creating cupcakes in advance, all your guests have to do is to enjoy decorating and eating their creations at the cupcake party!  Holding a cupcake decorating party is a sure-fire way to create a memorable event.

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Wedding Cupcakes

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Wedding Cupcakes

Wedding cupcakesWedding cupcakes are becoming a more popular trend now. Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, many people are choosing to have wedding cupcakes.

They are less expensive and allow for more creativity. Here are a few ideas for wedding cupcakes.

Decorate each cupcake with a different design. You can even make each cupcake a different flavor. For example, weave chocolate and vanilla together for a dazzling black and white effect. Golden rings and flowers of marzipan, redhearts, names and initials are a few of the creations possible with this versatile dessert.

No need to cut thewedding cake in pieces.  Every guest will be spoiled with a whole unique masterpiece.

Wedding cupcakesThere are many ways you can make wedding cupcakes unique, and the choices are limitless, from different sizes to different shapes.  The cupcakes can be made weeks ahead of time and stored in the freezer until the big day.

There are many decorating magazines for making wedding cupcakes. You can come up with lots of different ways to display the wedding cupcakes, with or without a display stand. Wedding cupcakes as centerpieces on the tables at your reception will save you money on flowers.

Having wedding cupcakes instead of wedding cake will be easy to make if you ask friends and family to help you make them, ultimately saving you time.

Your unique wedding cupcakes will be a big hit at your reception, with everyone talking about them for years to come. So check out different ideas on how to make wedding cupcakes.

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Cupcake Dessert Platters

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Cupcake Dessert Platters

Cupcake platterFancy, decorated cupcakes are one of the hottest trends on the dessert scene, and cupcakes are a favorite among home chefs who enjoy how easy it is to create these miniature dessert masterpieces. 

If you are planning a dinner party or other event, consider taking your baking skills to the next level by creating a cupcake dessert platter. 

Cupcake dessert platter birthdayThe idea is to create a plate that contains several miniature dessert items, each in their own individual display. 

Combine these tiny treats, and you will have a dessert that guests will remember.  You can create a cupcake dessert platter for any occasion.

Simply find a plate that coordinates with the theme of the event or matches the style of the desserts, then create different confections to arrange artfully on the plate.  The following are a few ideas for different dessert dishes that you can combine on a single plate to create a perfect platter:

  • Cupcake – Whether you use a full-size or miniature cupcake, this should be the centerpiece of your dessert platter.  You should coordinate all of the dessert items to create a theme.  For example, create a chocolate platter featuring desserts that include chocolate for a girl’s night.  Or, consider making different types of desserts that feature fruit, starting with a cupcake with a fruit filling or fruit topping.
  • Ice Cream – A small bowl of ice cream or sorbet is an ideal match for most types of desserts.  Guests can add the ice cream to the top of other dessert items or eat it alone.  The flavor of the ice cream should complement the other items on the plate.
  • Mousse or Pudding – The smooth texture of mousses or puddings is the perfect companion to your favorite cupcakes.  Consider topping your mousse or pudding with cherries, chocolate chips, or other garnishes.
  • Cheesecake – Miniature cheesecakes are surprisingly easy to make, yet they are a decadent accompaniment to your cupcake dessert platter.  You can make either a traditional plain cheesecake to go with nearly any type of dessert or a flavored cheesecake.
  • Homemade Candies – Serving a dish full of homemade candies invites guests to create their own desserts, adding them to the top of cupcakes or into ice cream.  Homemade chocolates are another surprisingly easy, yet very impressive, dessert item.

PuddingYou can use almost any type of dessert in your cupcake dessert platter.  The idea is to give guests a variety of treats to enjoy, each in its own bowl. Not only is this idea delicious, it also shows off your creativity as a chef as well. 

You can make larger displays ofindividual desserts in their own bowls using a tiered cake platter.  Be creative, and add in any type of sweets that you can think of. 

Ice and fruit dessertThe most successful displays will include a variety of confections that all have a common theme, whether it is flavor, color, or decoration.  Cupcake dessert platters are a fun, special addition to any party or event.

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Christmas Cupcakes

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Christmas cupcakes are also perfect to give as gifts!

There is something about the Christmas season that makes people particularly hungry for sweets and baked treats.  While all the traditional cupcake flavors you love are perfect during Christmas, it is also the ideal time to start experimenting with new flavors, cupcake recipes and fun decorating techniques.  Don’t forget, Christmas cupcakes are also perfect to give as gifts!  Whether you are making cupcakes for your own home, a gathering at work, your children’s school, a loved one, or a hostess gift, cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate the season.

Spice cake is an old favorite that fits in well with winter, but why not get really creative?  Think of your beloved Christmas treats and consider if they can be turned into a cupcake flavor.  What about hot chocolate flavored cupcakes with a marshmallow frosting?  Or, an apple spice cupcake with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting?  The flavor possibilities are nearly endless.  You may want to try creating a gingerbread-flavored cupcake, a sugar cookie cupcake, or even a fruitcake- style cupcake.  You may just find a signature cupcake that you will want to make all year round.

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When it comes to decorating, Christmas brings to mind so many choices.  There are a variety of candies that come out during Christmas time that are ideal to incorporate into cupcake decorating.  You can use all the techniques that you have learned during the year to come up with beautiful designs.  Traditional designs like Santa Claus faces, stars, wreaths, and gifts are all perfect choices for creating Christmas cupcakes.  Consider making three-dimensional trees from green icing on top of your cupcakes.  Envision using a three- or four-tiered cupcake stand filled with green-iced cupcakes to create a Christmas tree display. 

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Create a wreath from a ring of cupcakes topped with green jellybeans and dotted with red icing on a round plate for a simple yet striking exhibit.  You can find ready-made cupcake toppers in Christmas designs to help you quickly create a bunch of delicious treats for a large function at school or work.

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Cupcake wrappers in festive designs can make any cupcake a little more cheery.  Wrappers in gold, silver, or glossy white can give cupcakes an elegant touch ideal for more sophisticated gatherings.  There are also decorative wraps that hold your finished creation, giving them that professional bakery appearance.  When you are ready to bring your baked gifts to friends and family, consider purchasing carriers and boxes that make them look as delicious as they taste.  These cupcake boxes are specially designed to safely carry cupcakes and are available in a range of Christmas patterns.  You can find cupcake boxes and carriers that will hold between one and a dozen cupcakes, instantly turning your baked goods into a feast for the eyes.  Christmas is the perfect time to show off your baking skills to friends, family, and loved ones.  And this year, instead of cookies, perhaps you should leave Santa some milk and cupcakes!

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Christmas Shopping – Give the Gift of Baking This Year

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Christmas Shopping, consider a few of these ideas for your favorite people!

With Christmas coming soon, many people are thinking about giving the gift of baked goods to friends and family.  While cupcakes are a great gift, why not share your love of baking with friends and family this year?  Baking supplies are a great gift for the bakers in your life.  When you are ready to start your Christmas shopping, consider a few of these ideas for your favorite people.

Kids love to bake, and having their own baking supplies can make them feel all grown up.  Consider creating a cupcake baking gift basket for the young ones in your life.  Check out some of the fun cupcake baking kits just for kids that include everything you need to make fun cupcakes in kid-friendly themes.  These include both girl favorites, such as princesses, and boy motifs, like sports and dinosaurs.  Consider purchasing a few basic supplies, a super cool apron, and making a baking gift basket or box for your favorite pint-sized baker.

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Finding the right gifts for your fellow bakers can be easier than you think with some of the great new products on the market. One thing that everyone can use is a new calendar, and there is a whole line of baking-related calendars available,  including decorating ideas, new recipes, and fun cupcake facts. 

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If your favorite baker has to spend time in an office, consider a boxed calendar that features a new cupcake each day, such as “The Cupcake Calendar 2012 Box/Daily”.  Baking diva Martha Stewart offers the “2012 Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes” wall calendar that has baking tips and facts, plus new cake toppers for every event.  If you are looking for a little inspiration, try the “Hello, Cupcake!” 2012 wall calendar, which has fun ideas for every month.

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Consider holding a cupcake gift exchange this year among friends and family who also love to bake.  Ask each person to bring enough of their signature cupcake for everyone invited, along with the cupcake recipe used to create it.  Then, hold a gift exchange by asking each person to bring a cupcake-related baking item that costs $20 or less (ideas include silicone cupcake cups, fondant cutters, aprons, whisks, spatulas, recipe books, or a cupcake calendar).  Attach a number to each gift, and then have each person draw a number to determine which gift he or she will take home.  Holding a cupcake gift exchange in the early part of December gives everyone lots of ideas and inspiration for the coming baking season.

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Christmas is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to order cupcake-related gift items.  Remember that baking-related items are perfect gifts for many. Even those who don’t already like baking may fall in love with the hobby after receiving some great baking products.  Of course, giving the gift of homemade cupcakes from your own kitchen is always in good taste, so don’t forget to pick up some Christmas baking supplies for yourself while you’re shopping – cupcake webshop!

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KitchenAid Products – Perfect Holiday Presents Under $250

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KitchenAid Products – Perfect Christmas Presents for Cupcake Lovers

Christmas is just around the block, and this is literally the time where gifts will overflow. Not only do kids enjoy this beautiful season for receiving presents, but adults can also experience the magical thrill this celebration brings. But, what kind of present can we give emptying our wallets?

Anything that we perceive has worth qualifies as a present: new dishes, scrumptious desserts, modern-day gadgets, the latest fashion trends, and even toys. One thing that will definitely put a big smile on one’s face (especially on moms and those who love baking) is to give beautiful baking gadgets, like the KitchenAid baking tools. The good thing is that you can buy these gadgets under $250. This should be enough for a good bargain.

KitchenAid tools have been generating a buzz in the baking world because of the unique designs of the appliances. The company envisioned baking equipments that will replace industrial-sized mixers when it started in the early 1900s. Since then, more homes are using these special baking gadgets than any other appliances.

For the right baking equipment, we need to secure a KitchenAid stand mixer, and the Classic Plus Tilt-Head 4-1/2-Quart is the solution. For only $200, you can buy a stand mixer and give it as a gift. The design is user-friendly and features a unique mixing action at ten speeds. Fast whip or slow stir, just slide the lever and the mixer will do its thing.

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The equipment is certain to stand the test of time with its all-metal construction and ensures quiet operation. During the wee hours of the morning, when everybody else is asleep, you can bake without disturbing the kids and surprise them with hot and fresh cupcakes.

Accessories inclusive of the item are the dough hook, flat beater and wire whip. The flat beater is used for cakes and frostings, biscuits or cookies, and even mashed potatoes. For eggs, heavy cream, and sponge cakes, the wire whip will get the job done. Baking rolls, breads, and buns should not be a sweat with the dough hook. Washing the equipment by hand takes so little fuss, you will forget about putting it through the dishwasher. Thanks to the rubber feet of the mixer, the appliance is stable on any table and countertop. Take heed, though, that this 275-watt motor runs at 120 volts. Throw anything into the mixer, there is no task it can’t do! (Pretty powerful for such a small equipment.)

To complete your holiday present, partner your stand mixer with this KitchenAid Stand Mixer Cover to keep the mixer from collecting dust and splatters. It is bound to fit all stand mixers from KitchenAid. One side has a large pocket where you can put cookbooks and accessories for all your baking needs. The cover is made of quilted cotton with polyester batting to keep out dust and dirt. As an added bonus, this accessory is less than $20!

You now have the perfect gift for Christmas for under $220. With the KitchenAid brand, you can never go wrong.

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Science of Baking Cupcakes – Kitchen Chemistry

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The Science of Baking – Kitchen Chemistry

Little do people know, there is actually a great deal of science and chemistry involved in cooking. The fermentation process in beer and wine production and the yeast reaction in rising breads are all chemical reactions. Most dark alcohols are murky because of the caramelized sugars in them.

Baking must be fairly precise because of the chemical reactions taking place. Combining ingredients in different ways can be the difference between a firm pastry and a fluffy confection. These combinations are vital to achieving the desired result.

Sugar is a chemical that has a big impact on baked goods, such as cupcakes. Sugar contains amino acids that start the caramelizing process and release a chemical called aldehyde. The caramelized sugars create the brown color that many breads and pastries have.

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Baking powder and baking soda produce carbon dioxide as they begin to heat. This creates small air pockets in the cupcake or pastry, making it lighter. Baking powder, while less violent in its reaction, requires fewer other chemicals to balance the flavor.

Eggs exist in almost all baked goods, including cupcakes. Eggs act as a binding agent for all other ingredients. The egg whites are almost entirely made up of protein. These proteins break down as heat is applied and help to not only bind the other ingredients together, but also to add a lightness and airiness to baked products, like cupcakes.

It is not necessary to understand all of the inner workings of a recipe, but it does help sometimes to know what is happening and why. This information comes into play when you run out of an ingredient and need a suitable substitute. Another great experience for understanding the roles of your ingredients when you are baking is the creation of your own special foods. With a little knowledge under your belt, you can branch out on your own and start designing confections that no one else can imagine.

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Baking Cupcakes for the Holidays

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Baking Cupcakes for the Holidays

Baking cupcakes for the holidays can be a lot of fun for you and the whole family. The smell of batter baking in the oven wafts through the entire house and can bring joy to everyone who is able to catch a whiff. There are no rules dictating what holidays you can bake for – you can make exciting cupcakes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even the Fourth of July.

You can bake cupcakes using mixes or the old-fashioned way with a box of cake flour and a pile of other ingredients. Be a little exciting in the flavors you choose. Chocolate and vanilla are great; however, there are red velvet, devil’s food, banana and many others that you could be bringing to the table.

The decorations are a crucial aspect of designing. Without embellishments, you could be baking cupcakes for the holidays year round but no one would know that they are for special occasions. Decorations can be as simple or as intricate as you want to make them. It may be fun to compete and see what you can come up with.

A big bowl of frosting and some food coloring can be your best friend when it comes to icing cupcakes. Orange is good for Halloween or Thanksgiving, red or blue for the Fourth of July, lavender or other pastels for Easter, the list goes on and on. If you have a secret passion for butter cream, pile it up as high as you wish to go.

Now that you have a color scheme, you can leave it at that or you can start to add a little décor to the top of the cupcake. Visiting the webshop can inspire you to new levels. Or, you pick up sprinkles that are in the shapes of your particular holiday.

If you opt for a little creativity, then you can really “wow” everyone that you are baking cupcakes for. Spiders can be made with licorice legs and black gumdrops. You can use orange slices, cut with a pair of scissors, as cornucopia. Colored M&Ms can go a long way to making smiley faces, American flags, and ornaments.

When you’re baking cupcakes for the holidays, you can get the kids to help decorate or allow them to taste test only. Give the cakes away, hand them out at your next party or spread the wealth however you want. No one is going to pass up a delicious cupcake no matter what the holiday.

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Choosing the Right Flour

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Choosing the Right Flour for Your Baking Needs.

Choosing the right flour for your baking needs is crucial. The role of the flour will help determine the type you need.

There are many types of seeds and nuts from which flour can be processed. Once processed, you can choose from a variety of flours, such as wheat, barley, rice and others derived from vegetables, such as corn and potatoes. A very special type of wheat is used to make cake flour.

Cake flour is used for baking cupcakes, cakes and other delicate items, such as croissants. Cake flour is perfect for a light and fluffy cake. It has the finest, most delicate texture of all. If you cannot locate cake flour, you can create your own simply by combining all-purpose flour and cornstarch.

Flour gives your baked goods texture, structure and even flavor. You might think of flour as glue when you are baking: it holds all your ingredients together. Flour is great as a thickening agent for creams and sauces. It can help prevent cakes from sticking to the pan and dough from sticking to the counter by “dusting” the pans and surfaces. Another amazing thing about flour is you can coat nuts or fruit with flour before adding them to cake mix to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan.

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If you like to bake, cake flour should be in your kitchen at all times. Pastry flour is also a very good flour to use when baking light items, such as pies and biscuits. However, cake flour is even better because it has a lower protein content.

When using cake flour, you should always sift it first to avoid clumping. It is recommended you store your flour in the refrigerator to prevent bugs. Measuring flour is very important, too; if too much flour is used, then a very heavy baked good is the result.

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Flour is also bleached when it is processed, which allows us to have white cakes. The bleaching method also aids in breaking down proteins. Cake flour is usually about seven percent protein, a lot lower than most of the other flours. Flour is made up of carbohydrate and protein and, whole wheat flour also has a touch of fat.

Again, the type of flour you choose will affect the end results. If you use the wrong type of flour for your recipe, your outcome will most likely not be that good. Cake flour is ultimately used for cakes and fine pastries. All-purpose flour is great for cookies, while bread flour is, of course, good for nice, chewy bread. Choosing the right flour for your baking needs is an absolute must!

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