Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Charlize Theron's Favorite Cupcakes

You would think that celebrities don't eat sweets. That's how they stay incredibly thin, right? Maybe Charlize Theron just spends more time in the gym. Charlize recently shared her favorite sweet treats with InStyle. Candy Cakes NYC makes mini cupcakes that are "custom made with fillings of your favorite candies including Snickers, Oreos, and Reese's Pieces." Charlize favors the one with vanilla cake, chocolate icing, and Reese's Pieces in the middle.

$25 for one dozen mini cupcakes. Available in three flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet. Not much info available on Candy Cakes NYC's website, but I'm guessing they are located in New York City.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I'm going to San Francisco!

I will be in San Francisco for three whole days in October! I'm so excited!

The first time I visited San Francisco was over two years ago. My husband and I tried to do as many touristy things as possible, since it was a first visit for both of us. We visited Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, Alcatraz, Lombard Street, Chinatown, and the Museum of Modern Art. Our favorite event was renting bikes and riding across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Although I have always had a love for cupcakes, I hadn't yet started my cupcake blog when I last visited San Francisco, so I didn't take the opportunity to visit any cupcakes shops. This time will be different. I have started a list of places that I want to eat cupcakes at.

Please send me suggestions of cupcake shops to visit. I don't want to miss any of your favorites!

Monday, September 28, 2009

King Cupcake at Sprinkles?

Got this tweet from Sprinkles today:
"The first 25 people to whisper "Elvis" at each Sprinkles today receive a free King Cupcake -- banana cupcake topped with peanut butter frosting."
It's not unusual for Sprinkles to tweet about free cupcakes (because they do almost every day), but I've never heard about the King Cupcake before. I checked their website and couldn't find anything about it under flavors or calendar. I hope they keep this flavor because I really want to try it!

Pumpkin Pie Bites

You remember Bakerella's cupcake bites that I love to make? Well, Bakerella is back with a new twist for autumn -- Pumpkin Pie Bites! Mini desserts are so perfect, especially when you don't feel like eating a whole slice of pie.

How to make these sweet holiday treats: Bakerella uses ready to roll refrigerated pie crust. Using pre-made pie crust makes this recipe so much easier to bake. The filling for these pies is found in her post. Bakerella bakes these mini pies in a mini cupcake baking tin.

You can decorate for Halloween (see Jack-o-lantern pumpkins above) or Thanksgiving (see mini pumpkin pies below). Can't wait to bake these for my family!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Halloween Cupcakes 2009

Summer just ended a few days ago, yet I'm ready to transition into autumn and winter. The only problem is this awful hot weather. It was 100 degrees when I left my Chino office on Tuesday. Ugh!

I can pretend it's cold outside. I've already started eating soup, daydreaming about snowboarding in Mammoth, and thinking about my Halloween costume. I can't wait!

The first big holiday of the season is Halloween, so let's get started doing some Halloween baking. Check out the cupcakes I found:

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Canada Customizes Cookies

Last year I reviewed SweetSpot Baker's Workshop at the Irvine Spectrum. What made this cupcakery special was the make-your-own-cupcake concept. I have yet to see another cupcake shop attempt this.

Springwise recently featured Sweet Flour, a Canadian made-to-order cookie bake shop. Sweet Flour has a similar idea of SweetSpot and even Cold Stone Creamery: you, the customer, get to design your own cookie.

First, you choose a gourmet dough (original, peanut butter, oatmeal), then you add your mix-ins (chocolate chips, peanut butter pieces, pistachios, sunflower seeds, mini pretzels, etc). Last, using their signature baking process, your customized cookie is baked and ready in two minutes!

Also available for sale: a cookie sandwich. Crispy sandwich cookies with indulgent spread in between. I'll try the salted caramel spread, please!

Custom cookies are $2.50 and sandwich cookies are $2.25. Not sure if those are Canadian dollars or US dollars, either way, sounds like a great deal to me!

Sweet Flour
2352 Bloor Street West
Ontario, Canada

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Little Debbie Chocolate Cupcakes

Little Debbie is introducing their newest classic cupcake by giving away 1,000,000 of them! You can enter here!


But the Chocolate Cupcakes aren't the top prize. The Grand Prize is a Cupcake Car (sporty smart fortwo)! No wonder my husband sent me the link to this contest (he's been wanting a smart car before they even came to the US)!

First Prize is a year-supply of Little Debbie Chocolate Cupcakes.
Second Prize is a Garmin nuvi 205W personal travel assistant
Third Prize is a collectible scale model of a Cupcake Truck and smart fortwo Cupcake Car
Fourth Prize is an MP3 car adapter
Fifth Prize is a box of Little Debbie Chocolate Cupcakes

You can find Little Debbie on Facebook and Twitter, as well as their website.

Ultimate Chocolate Layered Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Birthday Cake

This may come as a shock, but I indulge in other desserts besides cupcakes. Gasp! I know that sounds crazy, but it's true. I feel justified enjoying cake because it's really just a giant cupcake.

As you might remember, last month I attended the "You've Been Just Spotted" OC Blog Awards (I was nominated). Although, I didn't win my category, I was introduced to a blog that won the Editor's Choice award.

Check out Picky Palate and you will agree that it is not just another recipe blog. Of course, I have been drooling over the dessert recipes, such as this Ultimate Chocolate Layered Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Birthday Cake, along with the Black Bottomed Mini Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites. Yummy! Good thing the holiday season is creeping up because I am armed with recipes to wow my family.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Crumbs College Care "Six-Pack"

My two brothers started school about a month ago. They go to the same college, but this is Cameron's first year being away from home. I wish there was a Crumbs Bake Shop near their college so I could send them this College Care Six-Pack. This "care package" from Crumbs includes:

Jolt: chocolate cake with bake in chocolate chips, espresso-flavored cream cheese filling, frosted with chocolate buttercream and chocolate ganache, and topped with chocolate chips and cocoa powder.

Brownie: chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling and frosting, topped with chocolate ganache and chunks of brownies

Cookie Dough: vanilla cake with chocolate fudge filling and vanilla cream cheese frosting mixed with soft chocolate chip cookies, topped with a mini chocolate chip cookie

Fluffernutter: vanilla cake with peanut butter flavored cream cheese filling and marshmallow cream cheese frosting mixed with peanut butter, topped with white sprinkles

Oreo: vanilla cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting, mixed in with Oreos, topped with an Oreo cookie

Snocap: chocolate cake with vanilla cream cheese filling, completely covered in Snocaps

The College Care cupcake six-pack is available from any Crumbs location and at The six-pack is $22.50.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Meringue Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween is just around the corner. Now, that's pretty scary! It's not too early to start planning your holiday parties. Just received this email from Meringue Bake Shop.

Cupcakes at any event make it that more fun! But add specially decorated cupcakes and you've got a great centerpiece and conversation starter.

Choose from any of our flavors to create your custom creation, including our limited time seasonal flavor The Great Pumpkin - pumpkin cupcake filled with caramel and topped with cream cheese buttercream.

Ideas are endless!

Witches Hats - Red velvet cupcake topped with vanilla
swiss meringue buttercream
dipped in chocolate

Candy Corn - a triple layer vanilla cupcake in orange,
yellow, and white topped with
vanilla buttercream

Vamp - Red velvet cupcake topped with cream cheese
buttercream and two red

To give your cupcakes that extra special touch, ask about
themed cupcake sleeves
and liners!

Call us at 714.927.7686
or email us at
to discuss
other ideas and flavor combinations and to place your order.


Meringue Bake Shop is a made-to-order cupcake cupcakery based out of Orange County. I reviewed Meringue's cupcakes when they were being sold at Bliss Yogurt in Orange. I love Meringue's flavors because they are so unique compared to the normal vanilla, red velvet, or chocolate. Which flavors look tastiest to you?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

$75 Cupcake!!

According to Cupcakes Take the Cake (via Grub Street Chicago), Chiacgo-based More Cupcakes had created the most expensive cupcake ever -- the $75 White Truffle Cupcake!

This cupcake is made with white truffle-infused cake and is topped with bacon frosting and shaved fresh white truffles. Who would buy this? It doesn't even sound good.

(By the way, have you ever seen what a real white truffle looks like? I googled it.)

Husband Does Cupcake Work in Chicago

Last week my husband and I celebrated our four-year anniversary! Problem: my husband was in Chicago for business. I knew he would be gone during our anniversary so I made him promise that he would bring me back a cupcake.

And just my luck, Cupcakes Take the Cake was hosting an unofficial cupcake summit in Chicago during the same weekend my husband was in Chicago. How did he get all of the cupcake luck this month?

Friday morning I saw a post on Cupcakes Take the Cake that Rachel would be visiting Swirlz Cupcakes in Chicago for a free mini cupcakes event. I immediately emailed the info to Skyler (my husband) in hopes that Swirlz would be near where he was staying. When I picked him up for the airport late Saturday night, he had cupcakes in hand, along with pictures and a story. Here's his adventure:

After attending a Cubs game at the famous Wrigley field, Skyler had about an hour of free time before he had to catch his flight home. Being the sweet husband that he is, he stopped by Swirlz Cupcakes (only two miles from Wrigley field) to get some cupcakes to bring home to me.

Swirlz was giving away free cupcakes to celebrate their three-year anniversary and Rachel's (from CTTC) visit. My husband sampled almost every flavor! He had Snickers, Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle, Vanilla on Chocolate (vegan gluten-free), Carrot, Chocolate Chip (gluten-free), Chocolate Peanut Butter (vegan gluten-free), and Red Velvet.

While vegan or gluten-free cupcakes are not usually his top choice in cupcake flavors, Skyler actually thought those cupcakes were some of his favorites. Making cupcakes with non-traditional ingredients is no easy task and bakeries that can pull it off are few and far between.

Skyler got a chance to talk with one of the owners, Pam. She gave him the low-down about their cupcakes. Swirlz Cupcakes uses a whipped Italian buttercream for the frosting on their cupcakes. They also had special toppers on their cupcakes in honor of Rachel's visit. The toppers were pieces of white chocolate with the Cupcakes Take the Cake logo.

Skyler called me on his way to the airport to tell me that he made it to Swirlz Cupcakes and told me about the cupcakes and the flavors he tried. He then told me that he met someone special. I couldn't imagine who he would have met, except....Rachel from Cupcakes Take the Cake! I couldn't believe it! He has the photo evidence to prove it.

Just like he promised, Skyler stepped out of the airport carrying two cupcakes!! I can't believe how well they survived the flight across the country (the containers were perfect)! I got to try Banana Split and Red Velvet.

The Banana Split was a vanilla cupcake filled with banana cream, layered with bittersweet chocolate ganache, topped with strawberry buttercream, toasted pecans, and a cherry-flavored flower. I'm really into banana in cupcakes lately. This cupcake definitely held up the trend, especially paired with the chocolate ganache. Yummy!

The Red Velvet cake was good. Like I mentioned before, it had a whipped Italian cream cheese buttercream frosting. Whipped frosting is not my favorite (I like the heavy, creamy kind), but this frosting was good.

Overall, Swirlz Cupcakes tastes and sounds like a great cupcakery! Skyler said the staff was super nice and he really enjoyed his visit. I especially like that they have so many choices of vegan and gluten-free cupcakes. You can also check out Rachel's photos of her visit and interview of Swirlz head pastry chef on Cupcakes Take the Cake.

If you are ever in the Chicago area, you must stop by:

Swirlz Cupcakes
705 W. Belden
Chicago, IL 60614

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Anatomy of a Cupcake

I couldn't have said it better! Stay tuned to see where this poster is from.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Cannoli Cupcakes

My recent trip to Italy included a large indulgence in all kinds of wonderful treats! The most satisfying, rich dessert I had was a cannoli. I haven't seen many places in California that sell cannolis, so I usually buy one when I find them.

When I saw these cannoli cupcakes on Sugarcrafter's blog, memories of Rome flooded my mind. Oh, how I miss Italy (and the desserts)!

If you are looking to make the real deal, Sugarcrafter also posted a recipe for cannolis. I'm so glad that someone realized that ricotta cheese is wonderful in a dessert!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Cupcakes at the Orange International Street Fair

I love to eat! It's not a secret. So the Orange International Street Fair is one of my favorite weekends of the entire year. Imagine the Orange County Fair without the rides, games, and exhibits. All that's left is food. Food, glorious food!

Cupcakes only make it that much better! While many of the stores in the Orange Circle are closed during the street fair, The Perfect Circle Cupcakery was open and selling their Babycakes.

I stopped by on Saturday afternoon to pick up a few Babycakes. I chose Red Velvet (because I already knew it would be great) and Cookies & Cream (a new flavor for me). Both were delicious! The cream cheese frosting on the Red Velvet is one of my favorite cream cheese frostings I have ever eaten. I love having a local cupcakery!

Thursday, September 10, 2009 you get it?

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Big Man Bakes Opens Tonight

Today feels like a cupcake day! There seems to be a lot of cupcake news today or maybe I'm just happier than usual.

According to Twitter, Big Man Bakes opens tonight. Their grand opening party is from 7:00pm-11:00pm. Unfortunately, I will be stuck at home cleaning tonight, but if you are in the LA area, I would suggest stopping by. Never tried them before, but I always welcome new cupcakeries.

Big Man Bakes
413 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Crochet Cupcake Beanie

The end of summer means the beginning of fall TV. Since there's so much good stuff on TV, I'll be spending a little bit more time on the couch. I'm the type of person that likes to multitask. During LOST or The Office, you can also find me washing dishes or folding laundry. But I want a new hobby, so I asked Carrie, the craft guru, to teach me how to knit.

She graciously invited me over for a kitting lesson and now I'm ready to knit scarves until my fingers fall off.

To give me something to aspire to, she emailed me a link to this crochet hit pink and vanilla cupcake hat beanie. This beanie is super cute, especially since the "model" is an adorable baby. Available on etsy for $25.

Disney Cupcakes

Stopped by Disneyland and California Adventure a few days ago and spotted these cupcakes. I've had many people tell me about them before, but I had never actually seen them. It was too bad that I had just eaten a huge ice cream cone from Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream. I wonder how good they are. Next time I'm getting one.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


I love seeing new products that make baking easier for me. My time always seems to be limited, so I was happy to come across this product -- Debbie Meyer CupCakeGenius 2-piece set.

Ever seen a cupcake with filling in the middle? Well, there are two ways you can make the hole for the filling. Either cut out a hole after the cupcakes are already baked or use a contraption like this. The silicone spacers form the holes as the cupcakes bake.

This product is available from for $19.90.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sweet & Saucy Shop

I finally made it! I've been trying to get over to Sweet & Saucy Shop since it opened a few weeks ago. I've been drooling over, I mean following, Melody's blog (My Sweet and Saucy) for several months. Sometimes you can just tell when something will taste good, just by the way it looks. That's exactly how I felt about Sweet & Saucy's desserts.

So after a morning of running at the beach, I headed down to Sweet & Saucy Shop in Long Beach.

Everything looked so delicious! I don't know how I was able to narrow down my choices. Luckily, there were mini cupcakes of each flavor. Here's what I got:

mini red velvet cake dipped in chocolate
mini candy bar cupcake
mini red velvet cupcake
mini chocolate espresso cupcake

Let's start with the red velvet cake dipped in chocolate. Cake pops are the new, popular dessert. (I even made the cupcake version of the pops last year.) It's a brilliant idea for eating a small serving of cake in a new, fun way. These cake pops were red velvet and sooo good! The cake was moist and the chocolate was perfect. So far, so good.

Next was the mini candy bar cupcake. Description: vanilla buttermilk cake, chocolate ganache filling, peanut butter cream cheese frosting, and salted caramel. This was my first experience with salted caramel. I've been dying to try a dessert with a salty flavor to go with it. Now, I don't know why I waited so long!

And I can't forget to mention the chocolate ganache filling. I'm a firm believer that all cupcakes should have a filling. This filling was even more special because it was different than the frosting on top. The chocolate ganache was perfect! The combination of flavors (chocolate ganache, peanut butter, salted caramel) in this cupcake earned it the spot of my favorite cupcake.

Next was the mini red velvet cupcake. This cupcake was exactly was I expected: red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting. And of course, it was delicious! Nothing more needs to be said.

Last was the mini chocolate espresso cupcake. Description: chocolate cake, chocolate ganache filling, espresso, kahula cream cheese frosting, topped with chocolate crunchy pearls. I picked this cupcake to try because I love the kahula cream cheese pie from Marie Callender's. I was secretly hoping that this cupcake would be similar to the pie that I love so much. Even though the cupcake tasted different than the pie, I really, really enjoyed this cupcake. Of course I loved the ganache filling and the kahula cream cheese frosting was so good! Can this one be my favorite too?

Summary: Sweet & Saucy Shop can be described with only one word: WOW! I knew it was going to be good and I love being right!

Sweet & Saucy Shop doesn't just serve cupcakes and cake pops. You can also find mini desserts, cookies, and of course cakes. You can stop by for a quick, yummy treat or you can order any or all of these items for special events. The regular-sized cupcakes are $3.00 each ($3.25 with filling) and the mini cupcakes range from $1.50-$2.00.

Sweet & Saucy Shop
6400 Stearns Street
Long Beach, CA 90815

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Today's Lesson: Self-rising Flour

It must have been the cupcakes! After getting out first win of the season (a forfeit by the other team), I promised my softball team cupcakes to celebrate. The sight of cupcakes must have motivated my team because we got our first REAL win of the season last week. We are on a roll, two wins in a row!

Let me tell you about the cupcakes I made. I found a recipe for peanut butter and banana cupcakes. The recipe asked for 2 cups self-rising flour. I have to admit that I had never heard of self-rising flour before. I assumed that all flour was self-rising. I used my normal all-purpose flour.

Well, the cupcakes turned out very dense and they didn't rise much. I frosted them with milk chocolate frosting. Even though I thought they tasted great I worried that no one would like my cupcakes because of how heavy they were. I was wrong (thank goodness). Everyone loved the cupcakes so much that I've been requested to bring treats again to our last softball game.

But there is a lesson to be learned here: how to make self-rising flour. For each cup of all-purpose flour, add 1-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Cupcakes at Sea

Three years ago my family discovered cruising. We started with Alaska, then migrated to the Caribbean the next year. We love cruises because everything is provided for you. You don't even have to make your bed!

Royal Caribbean is launching a new cruise ship at the end of this year called the Oasis of the Seas. Of course, this ship has to be bigger than the last, so it can hold 5400 guests. That's a lot of people!

According to, the Oasis of the Seas will introduce the first cupcake shop at sea! The Cupcake Cupboard will offer a variety of baked delicacies, including cupcakes. Cupcake decorating classes will also be offered. The cupcakes will be available for purchase at a la carte pricing.

Since most of the food on a cruise is unlimited and free, I usually spend a lot of time at the on-board gym to balance out the effect. Now, with cupcakes available, I don't know what I'm going to do! Can't wait to hear more details about this.

September = School = Apples

September is apple month at SusieCakes! I can't even explain how excited I am for this. I love apples! I eat one every day for lunch. So of course I am thrilled to see Apple Spice Cupcakes at SusieCakes for the month of September! They are also offering other apple desserts such as double-crust apple pie and sour cream apple cheesecake. Yummy!

September also means back to school. To make the transition from doing nothing to studying for tests, SusieCakes is offering a free apple spice cupcake to every K-8 student who brings in an "A" assignment. The student can also sign up to win cupcakes for their entire class.

Remember that an apple a day keep the doctor away. Who knew that a cupcake could be healthy for you?!


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