Why Hello, Cupcake!!

November 4, 2009 Ella
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So what are you gonna do with all that Halloween candy??  I’m guessing you either have a bowl full of Snickers and Reese’s which you are steadily polishing off or you had to turn your lights low early in the evening cause you ran out of sweets… but either way you’ve gotten stuck with a munch-worthy sack full of candy your kids brought home?

I always hate that bowl of riff raff leftovers after about a week or so, you know after the Kit Kats and Butterfingers are gone all thats left is over sized Tootsie Rolls, some pennies, and Neco Waffers—ewww!  Heres an idea: make some cupcakes inspired by: Hello, Cupcake! Irresistibly playful creations anyone can make.


So I was a little skeptical of this book at first.  I like to focus on the way cupcakes taste.  Ask anyone about my Guin-Bomb cupcakes (Yeah thats right! Chocolate Guiness infused cake topped off Bailey’s and Jamison Frosting…Stay tuned for St. Patty’s Day posts).  I typically top my cupcakes with some frosting piped with a fancy piping tip and call it day. They are devoured in minutes.  

 I tend save the extra energy for bigger cake projects where I take a long weekend from work and go nuts Ace of Cakes style carving cake and rolling fondant, but imagine you can spend a mere morning in the kitchen and come out with a cool project to celebrate say um… Shark week?  See below:

This book is great inspiration for anyone who wants to lead a project that involves kids.  And all the of the ingredients are found in your average grocery store, between the candy and baking aisle.  You don’t need a wonderfully well trained hand to pipe flowers etc.  In fact Karen Tack and Richard Alston (the authors) suggest plenty of already-in-your-kitchen supplies in order to achieve many of their projects.  No decorating saavy required.  

Check out some of their fall inspired cupcakes in this video or Come to my fall cupcakes class on November 8th and you can make them with me (click the Classes page for details)


One of the most clever and cutest cake projects they offer is their idea of Spring/ Easter inspired cupcakes.

Yes those are little bunny butts.  I think its a great idea.  Most of these projects like I’ve mentioned require candy from M&Ms to green taffy, to black licorice. Depending on your taste buds or your metabolism these might not be around your kitchen on the average day, so that picked over bowl of Halloween Candy might be just the perfect inspiration to make some cupcakes.  

Perhaps you can use your green M&M’s, some Oreo cookie crumbs and jelly beans to do this project below…and remind yourself that…its time to eat more vegetables.


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