Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Homemade Avalanche Bark

Besides a million other things, my friend Jill and I share a special bond: sweets. We both love sweets more than practically anything else.

Jill is almost 37 weeks pregnant. Neither of us have kids yet, so this is a pretty big deal! Last night I threw her a baby shower. Of course, I made sure there were plenty of treats to get us on an everlasting sugar-high.

One of the desserts I brought was Avalanche Bark. If you've never tried or even heard of Avalanche Bark, you have been missing out. You can find Avalance Bark at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, but I recently came across the recipe on cookies and cups.

Avalanche Bark is similar to rice krispie treats, except there's even more goodness: semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and peanut butter. Super easy to make, no baking involved.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

More Cupcakes Coming to Orange County

Foodie is Disguise is reporting that two more cupcake shops will be opening in Orange County. He says,
"One will be opening in Mission Viejo across from the Gateway Plaza Shopping Plaza in April and the other will be located at Downtown Disney this summer."
I reported on the opening of a cupcake kiosk in Downtown Disney in December. Before I had a chance to visit, I heard that the kiosk closed.

The kiosk was owned by a company called The Cupcake Store. Upon further research, found out that The Cupcake Store has just opened a new cupcake shop in Mission Viejo in March. Their website is also reporting that they will be opening a location in Disneytown Disney soon. Sounds like the mystery is solved: the two new stores are actually one company.

And hopefully their cupcakes have improved because I talked to several people who tried their cupcakes at Downtown Disney and they said the cupcakes were no good.

Monday, March 29, 2010

What's New, Cupcake? Book is here

If you've ever had a thought about making creative cupcakes, you've probably seen the cookbook, "Hello, Cupcake!" Talk about cute cupcakes!

Photo: Amazon

Well, the authors, Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, are back with more. Their newest cupcake cookbook, "What's New, Cupcake?" is now available for sale. You can find it on Amazon for $11.53, but I'm sure it's available at most other bookstores too.

Just a sample of the amazing cupcakes you are sure to find in this book...."An Apple for the Teacher Cupcakes."

Photo: Amazon

Friday, March 26, 2010

Sweet Tooth Fairy Opens New Location

Although I have a race on Saturday, I secretly wish I was going to be in Utah for the grand opening celebration of the Sweet Tooth Fairy's second store. I reviewed the Sweet Tooth Fairy almost three months ago and have been in love with them ever since. Their success has led to the expansion of their second store in Draper, Utah.

Their grand opening celebration takes place on Saturday, March 27 at 10:00am. They will be giving away 100 mini cupcakes on a first come first serve basis. They will also be holding a giveaway for a year's supply of cupcakes (one dozen a month for a year). Oh how I would love that!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

First Taste of Doughboys

Being the Cupcake Activist definitely has advantages. Whenever my friends and family run across something cupcake, they are sure to pass it my way. After our running workout on Saturday, my good friend surprised me with a box of leftover cupcakes. The cupcakes were from Doughboys Cafe in Los Angeles.
Three flavors: Red Velvet, Hummingbird, and Golden. The cake was good on all of the cupcakes, but the frosting lacked. It wasn't creamy enough and there wasn't enough of it. Still pretty decent cupcakes though.

I would like to stop by Doughboys in person to try some of their regular menu. How does their P B C & B sound? A chunky peanut butter, bittersweet chocolate, and banana sandwich on their pan de mie bread, dipped in egg batter and grilled, served with raspberry dipping syrup. I guess I'm just a sucker for sweets that I can pass off as a meal.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My Free Sprinkles Cupcake

My husband and I were in Newport Beach to pick up his lost cell phone (long story) when I got this tweet from @sprinkles:
First day of spring! The first 25 people to whisper “flowers” at each Sprinkles receive a free daisy dark chocolate!

I couldn't believe it! I was just blocks from Sprinkles! We rushed over to Sprinkles and I was happy to see there wasn't a line. Ever since Sprinkles started tweeting about passwords to get free cupcakes, I've been curious how fast the free cupcakes go. Until Saturday, I had never been in the area to find out.

I went inside and said, "flowers." She smiled at me and said, "Is that all?" I was thrilled! The only thing that tastes better than a cupcake is a free cupcake!

This was my first time trying their dark chocolate cupcake (belgium dark chocolate cake with bittersweet chocolate frosting). It was better than I expected, which made it hard to split between two other people.

P.S. Again, I couldn't wait to take a picture before I had a bite. Can you blame me?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Best Cupcakes at the Hospital?!?

Last week I became an aunt again! My sister delivered Rose Kate, my first niece on my side of the family. I could barely wait to see her at the hospital!

While I was visiting, my sister and her husband received their celebratory dinner from the hospital. Never having stayed overnight in a hospital myself, I haven't tried hospital food before. I would assume it's pretty similar to airplane food -- yucky. So when I noticed that two cupcakes were included in their "dinners," I was suspicious of their tastiness.

Imagine my surprise when I received a text from my brother-in-law that night that said, "We were skeptical about those cupcakes, but they were seriously two of the best that I ever tasted. I am seriously impressed because I was neither hungry (I ate two dinners) or hankering for a treat."

The flavors were Red Velvet with a dab of chocolate in the center and Peanut Butter Chocolate. Who knew that Kaiser Permanente Hospital would have some of the best cupcakes around? I wonder who makes them.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Time for Elizabethan Desserts!

Last year I competed in my first Ironman 70.3. It was a long, exhausting day that ended with a trip to my favorite bakery, Elizabethan Desserts in Encinitas. Well worth swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 miles, and running 13.1 miles.

In five days I will be doing it all over again! Swimming, biking, running, and eating cupcakes from Elizabethan Desserts.

Fingers crossed that I will be lucky enough to score a Monkey Business cupcake!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Alice in Wonderland Cupcake Toppers

The new Alice in Wonderland movie debuted in movie theaters two weeks ago. I can't wait to go see it, especially since my husband never saw the original cartoon. Found these Alice in Wonderland cupcake toppers on You can download the template and print out the designs to decorate your cupcakes.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

St. Patty's Day Cupcakes from The Perfect Circle

Either everyone is getting their taxes done earlier this year or it's going to be a hectic tax season!

In case I haven't mentioned it before, I am a tax accountant. So the months of February-April are crazy busy for me. I barely have time to squeeze in a workout before I'm fast asleep.

Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day and I didn't even get the chance to post pictures of my favorite green cupcakes. Kelly, from Just Spotted, picked up some St. Patty's Day cupcakes from The Perfect Circle, tweeted about them, and I salivated for one all day long. Unfortunately, I didn't get off work in time to try one. They sure looked good though.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Paul Frank Cupcake T-Shirts

Yesterday I saw this adorable Paul Frank t-shirt featured on All Things Cupcake. This Julius cupcake shirt is available at Target for $8.99. Target started selling Paul Frank brand clothing about a year or two ago. I'm happy that Paul Frank clothing is available for cheaper prices, but being sold at Target takes away some of it's value.

I was curious if Paul Frank had any other cupcake-inspired clothing. My google research found the Cupcake Vic Tee from the Paul Frank website. Unfortunately it is sold out. I bet there will be more cupcake clothing from Paul Frank in the future.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Cupcake Kits

Thanks to my friend Jill, I came across these ADORABLE cupcake kits. These cupcake kits come with 24 cupcake liners and 24 cupcakes toppers. In this case, the theme is Cute Kittens. (If you couldn't tell, I love cats!)

These cupcakes kits from Meri Meri also comes in many other themes, such as Fairy Wishes, Circus Party, Space Cadets, and Pirate Party. The cupcake kits are available for purchase from Bake It Pretty for $12.95 each.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Green Velvet Cupcakes

I would guess that Red Velvet is the most popular flavor of cupcake, but let's try something different. With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, Cupcake Project had the great idea of making Green Velvet Cupcakes.

You can find the recipe on Cupcake Project's website, or use your favorite red velvet one...but don't forget to add green food coloring! Top with your favorite cream cheese frosting (along with more green food coloring) and you've created Green Velvet Cupcakes.

Save a little room after your corned beef and cabbage dinner and wow your friends with these fun cupcakes.

P.S. Check our last year's featured St. Patrick's Day cupcakes.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Review: Dots Cucpakes

A few months ago I featured Dots Cupcakes as a cupcakery I haven't been to, but really want to try. Yesterday a friend called to tell me that he had some cupcakes for me. Of course I was excited, but especially excited after finding out the cupcakes were from Dots Cupcakes.
I was lucky enough to try two cupcakes from Dots: Chocolate and Red Velvet. Both were delicious! The chocolate had a swirl of caramel on top which gave a normal chocolate cupcake a little something extra. The frosting on the red velvet was just how I like it...great! My only suggestion would be more frosting, but that's just a personal preference. Although I technically tasted Dots Cupcakes, I still plan on visiting one of their Pasadena's store this year. So many flavors that I want/need to try!

P.S. Awesome packaging! Although sometimes overlooked, packaging is a huge part of cupcake buying, which some cupcakeries skimp on. Dots is smart.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tony Hawk SkateCake

Of course this post is dedicated to my husband.

Crumbs has partnered with The Tony Hawk Foundation to create the Tony Hawk SkateCake. This is a chocolate cupcake with rainbow sprinkles baked in, topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting. and edged with red and white sprinkles. In the center is an edible replica of a Tony Hawk custom designed skateboard.

Photo: Crumbs

Crumbs will donate $1.00 from the sale of every Tony Hawk SkateCake to The Tony Hawk Foundation. These special cupcakes are available at all Crumbs locations and online for $4.50 each.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Free Cupcake at Claim Jumper -- Today Only!

The picture says it all. Claim Jumper is giving a free "mini indulgence dessert" in honor of International Women's Day. You can choose between a Warm English Toffee Cake, Mini Hot Fudge Sundae, Red Velvet Cupcake, or Old Fashioned Chocolate Cupcake. Offer is valid for today (3/8/10) only.

Featured: Katja's Kupcakes

About a month ago I received an email from Katja. She sent me a few photos of her cupcakes along with a short bio. Katja owns a cupcake business based in England called Katjas Kupcakes. The thing I like most about Katja's cupcakes is how beautiful her cupcakes look. Look at all of that detail!

Katja's experience comes from training for three years at Cupcake Cafe in Manhattan. Katjas Kupcakes use "American Butter Cream instead of the more commonly used sugar craft" of other British cake-confectioners.

I love seeing cupcakes around the world. Maybe one day my travels will take me to England and I can try Katja's Kupcakes.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Knit Night Cupcakes

I have recently taken up knitting, thanks to being inspired by Carrie from This Mama Makes Stuff. She introduced me to the Love Scarf Project and I began knitting until my fingers hurt.

I came across these cute knitting cupcakes. These cupcakes definitely take decorating to the next level. I wonder if you need to know how to knit to decorate these cupcakes.

All photos from Design You Trust

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Other Recaps from LA Cupcake Challenge

I wasn't the only one who attended the LA Cupcake Challenge two weekends ago. Check out the reviews from some fellow cupcake lovers.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Groupon features Divine Desserts

I recently learned about Groupon, a website that offers deal on stuff in your area. So far, I've only seen deals for food stuff, but I am definitely ok with that.

Today's deal is for Divine Desserts in Laguna Niguel. With Groupon's offer, you can get six cupcakes from Divine Desserts for only $8! That's a killer deal! You must buy the deal today before it expires (which is about 10 hours from now). The "groupon" is good until 9/3/10.

I reviewed Divine Desserts a few months ago. Their cupcakes are awesome!

Monday, March 1, 2010

My Business Card

I don't think I've said enough times how much I love my husband! A few weeks ago I was talking about the upcoming LA Cupcake Challenge and said something about wanting to have business cards for the event. Imagine my delight when he surprised me with a stack of business cards on the morning of the event!

He is wonderful and he is mine!


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