Valentine’s Day Cupcake Bouquets!

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We know roses are a Valentine’s Day classic, but if you are looking to do a little something out of the box pot (lol), then try these cute Cupcake Bouquets!  These are super easy to make, and with a little creativity, your gift will be the talk of your guy (or gal’s) friends~

This bouquet literally only takes 15-20 minutes!  Here’s how to make your very own….

Supplies 

Planter

Styrofoam ball

Green tissue paper

Wooden Skewers (or toothpicks for mini cupcakes & smaller bouquets)

Baked Cupcakes (mini & regular sized)

 

Let’s get started!

First, you want to make sure your styrofoam ball fits snugly into your planter.  Wrap the ball in a sheet of green tissue paper and place inside.  For a little added security, you can even use a little hot glue to secure the ball to the planter.  Do this ahead of time & please make sure the cupcakes are not in your craft area!! Hot Glue + Cupcakes= FAIL!

Next, decide on your placement of skewers and/or toothpicks, and insert them into the styrofoam ball.  If you are using toothpicks, make sure you use 2 per cupcake to keep secure. Just make sure the toothpicks are close enough for the cupcake to fit.  Any design you select will end up looking like a flower arrangement, so try not to worry too much about getting it perfect.

Continue by placing the full-sized cupcakes on your toothpicks or skewers first.  You will then be able to fill in the spaces with the mini cuppies.

You can frost your cupcakes before or after you have placed them on the skewers.  If this is your first time, I would frost after you are satisfied with the placement. If you decide to frost the cupcakes ahead of time, start decorating your bouquet from the bottom and work your way up.

Make sure pre-decorated cupcakes have had a chance to sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to decorating.

Do not use super moist cupcakes for your boquets, as they will be very difficult to stay on your skewers.  Same concept for your frosting.  Very soft frosting has a tendency to move or “run” when the cupcakes are at an angle.

Tie a pretty bow around your planter and be amazed at your fantastic creation!

 

 

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New Year’s Cupcake Idea: Champagne Cupcakes

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Looking for a sweet treat to help you ring in the New Year? Champagne goes with everything, so why not try Champagne Cupcakes?!?  No need to break the bank buying Cristal for this fun recipe, a good ole bottle of Andre will do the trick!  As an added bonus, you could always use the rest for one of my faves…. MIMOSAS!

Here’s a fairly simple recipe you can try to kick off the festivities:

Champagne Cupcakes

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

2/3 cup butter

1 1/2 cups white sugar

3/4 cup champagne (the sweeter the better – even strawberry would be great!!)

6 egg whites

 

Champagne Buttercream

 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar (more or less to taste)

1 cup butter, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons champagne, at room temperature

3-4 drops of red food coloring (also optional)

Lets Start Baking~

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).  Prepare a cupcake pan with liners. 

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until very light and fluffy. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, and then blend into creamed mixture alternately with champagne.

In another large clean bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the whites into batter to lighten it, then fold in remaining egg whites.  Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 full.

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Let’s Start Frosting~

With an electric mixer, beat together sugar and butter. Mix on low until well blended, and then on medium for another two minutes.  Add vanilla and champagne, beating on medium for another minute. You may need to add a little more sugar or liquid depending on how thick or thin you want your frosting.

Decorate & Enjoy!

The launch is here! Sweet Chubby Cakes is in Business!

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It is with much excitement that I announce the much-anticipated launch of my very own Sweet Chubby Cakes!  I have been patiently waiting & working on everything from logo approval, licensing, supplies, Etsy pages, yada yada … so that I can present to you all of my hard work.

It’s no surprise that baking is my life, and nothing gives me greater pleasure.  No matter what kind of day I have had, if I can get my hands on my trusty Kitchen-Aid mixer all will be right with the world.  What better way to share my love of baking with my family and friends and hopefully future customers (did I say that? lol), than with my infamous Cupcakes in a Jar?!?!  These sweet treats stay moist for up to a week in the recyclable glass jars! I even include a handy compostable wooden spoon  for immediate indulgence~ yum!

 

Choose from flavors such as Regal Red Velvet, 24 Carat Carrot, Vanilla Vixen, Charming Chocolate, and Sassy Strawberry!  We can be reached via email at SweetChubbyCakes@hotmail .com, or feel free to visit our Etsy page at SweetChubbyCakes.Etsy.com. 

Don’t forget to “like” our Facebook page for special news and offers!

Bakery Spotlight: Muddy’s Bake Shop (Memphis, TN)

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My first bakery spotlight is Memphis’ very own Muddy’s Bake Shop!  Muddy’s prides themselves with making delicious cupcakes with only the freshest ingredients!!  And we love the fact that they only use caged free eggs in all of their desserts.  From the website:

Muddy’s is a small neighborhood bakery made of up of people who have chosen to pursue a career where they connect with their community through baked goods; we do this because we love to bake (and eat!) and we love people.

Popular flavors from Muddy’s include Frankly Scarlett, Pink Lady, and the Grasshopper.  Regular sized cupcakes are only $1.60 and mini cupcakes can be purchased by the dozen for $8.50.  How can they afford to be so inexpensive yet so delicious?  The keep their costs low by not advertising.  Thats right!  Muddy’s rely’s on word of mouth to keep their business running,  It’s truly all about the cupcakes here!

Frankly Scarlett

 

Pink Lady

 

Grasshopper

If you are ever in the Memphis area, you can visit Muddy’s at 5101 Sanderlin #114
Memphis, TN 38117.  They are open Tues-Saturday.

~Peace.Love.Cupcakes.

Hello Cupcake!

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Welcome to She Makes Cupcakes! I am excited about my new blog and everything I have in store for you. Feel free to share all experiences related to cupcakes. Here you will find recipies, photos, decorating tips and reviews on everything related to cupcakes. Oh, and if you want to see anything else featured on your new favorite blog… just ask!

~Peace.Love.Cupcakes.