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Kupcake wednesday.

My cousin Kristy started a blog about cupcakes. You can find it HERE. This amazes me for a number of reasons:

1. I remember when Kristy was BORN. So the fact that she’s even literate is weird to me – her sister and my sister were born 6 months apart, so they were thick as thieves, and as a result Kristy and I used to hang out at all the family functions even though she’s much younger than me. As a result I feel a certain connection to Kristy that I don’t have with many of my other cousins on the other side of my family. I think she’ll probably always be that little kid to me in some way.

2. Kristy is a grad student at Rutgers University, she goes to a lot of concerts, has a flourishing social life. How does she have time to blog about cupcakes? She must REALLY love cupcakes.

3. I had no idea that she loved cupcakes enough to blog bout them. Of course, who doesn’t love cupcakes, but how many people take the time to blog about them? (actually, a quick wordpress search led me to 180,298 results for “cupcake,” so it seems that lots of people are blogging about them.

4. She is also the cutest little thing – I’m shocked that she ever eats at all, let alone chows down on cupcakes. If I even LOOK at a cupcake I gain a little weight. Some people have all the luck.

All of this led me to ask myself how many other people are obsessed with cupcakes. So today, in honor of my cousin Kristy, I present to you my Kupcake Wednesday post, which will be full of cute cupcake things, a couple recipes, and other baking related items that are sure to revitalize your love for cupcakes as well! Please click the links at the end of this post for more info on these amazing finds.

CLICK HERE for lots of cupcake decorating ideas from Wilton!

l.o.v.e.

 

Yummm!!

Coconut Cupcakes with Seven Minute Frosting and Coconut Flakes
from Martha Stewart, queen of the cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup packed sweetened shredded coconut
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, plus 2 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Seven-Minute Frosting (click HERE for recipe)
  • 1 1/3 cups large-flake unsweetened coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk dry ingredients (including sweetened coconut) in a large bowl. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.
  3. Reduce speed to low. Mix any remaining wet ingredients in a bowl if needed. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with wet ingredients and ending with dry. Scrape sides of bowl. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
  4. Bake cupcakes until testers inserted into centers come out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks. Cupcakes will keep, covered, for up to 3 days, unless otherwise noted.
  5. Once cupcakes are cool, mound frosting on tops. Sprinkle with unsweetened coconut. Serve immediately.

I hope this post has made you hungry, or better yet inspired you to do some baking (or shopping)! Please remember to check out Kristy’s blog from time to time for new and exciting cupcake news.

Featured Images:
Cupcake False Eyelashes from EyelashJewelry on Etsy

Lace Cupcake Wrappers by SundayRabbit on Etsy

Happily Ever After Cupcake Flags by GoAgainstTheGrain on Etsy

Will Run for Cupcakes Charm by JessicasGifts on Etsy

Custom Birthday Cupcake Stand by vesselsandwares on Etsy

Sexy Cupcake Apron by ApronsByVittoria

Coconut Cupcakes from Martha Stewart

Fondant Moustaches by parkersflourpatch on Etsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Work, work, work!

I’ve been slacking on the blog tonight for a few reasons:

  1. I was asked by Hedonist Artisan Chocolates to design some holiday cards. I designed the art for their Valentine’s Day Truffle Collection this year, and they were sweet* enough to ask me to do some more work with them! (Incidentally, they are running the “Art on Chocolate” series again this year, and I can’t wait to see who designs it this time around! You can read about the series here (and their chocolate is available for domestic shippinganywhere in the country. Goat cheese truffles? Yes, please!).  Below is a photo of the final chocolate project (they are so stinkin’ cute):

2.  I have been working on a new invitation design!  This has taken up most of my free time this week, in addition to the awesome invitations I’ve been putting together (small gallery to follow). Check it out and please let me know what you think of it!

Now tell me that isn’t adorable.  Check out more color variations in my etsy shop and keep an eye out for more new designs to be added in the next couple weeks!

3.  I’ve been updating my photo gallery on facebook. You would think this would be a fairly quick procedure. However, locating all of them on my laptop took me quite a while =)

4.  I’m assembling a big order for a wonderful couple who are getting married in November at a winery. You’d like to see photos? Well why didn’t you say so?!

I know it’s kind of hard to see in these photos (and I will post some nicer ones eventually) but there is a faint grapevine graphic on these in a lovely blush color.

And now, my friends, it’s time for me to get some sleep or I will be completely useless tomorrow =) Happy Saturday!

*sweet – get it? Because they’re chocolatiers?

Chocolate Weddings!

I have made a sincere effort to bring you something new every day, even on days like today when everything I’m doing seems to be taking longer than expected, and as a result, I am rushing through everything!

I do have something wonderful to share with you, however. I came across this post on GreenWeddingShoes and just fell in LOVE with this invitation:

And can we please talk about this gummy bear?! It weighs 5 lbs and is equivalent to 1,400 regular sized gummy bears. I actually bought one of these for my dad a couple years ago for Christmas. You can get them in 7 different flavors HERE.

Not to mention the chocolate bouquet. Yup, chocolate. An edible bouquet.

So it got me thinking about a chocolate wedding! What if chocolate was your whole theme, not just the color of the bridesmaid dresses and the flavor of the cake? Perhaps you would purchase items like these:

slice of cake favor boxes by imeondesign

pearl bracelet by AMIdesigns

teal and chocolate earrings by fineheart

cupcake magnets by Stefaniaiovon

love is sweet candy tubes by InTheClear

Hershey Kiss Stickers by reneeorr

Candy is Dandy posterby ChattyNora