Resolutions for the New Year

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Isn't the little decorative cupcake box I got for Christmas cute?

So as this is the time for resolutions, I think it’s a good day to set some goals for myself concerning my baking and this blog. I want to thank you for continuing to read my blog too. I started this blog back in March of this year not really expecting it to be more than just a blog to share my cupcakes with friends, but it has grown to be more than that. I want it to keep growing and hope that you’ll stick around for the ride.

So here are the goals I’m setting for myself:

  1. I am going to post at least once per week. I’ve been really bad at posting regularly on here and I want that to change. Starting in 2012 I will share something with you at least once per week. It might just be a picture, or a project, or maybe even just a random musing but I will post.
  2. I will learn to bake from scratch. I’ve never been much of a baker. I’ve always been more interested in the decorating part, so I’ve taken short cuts and used canned frosting and boxed cake mix often, but the flavor of my cupcakes have always suffered because of this. This year I want my treats to taste as good as they look!
  3. I will learn more about photography. Online your food only looks as good as your camera can make it, and something that looks awesome in person can look terrible in a photo if it’s not taken in the right conditions. I only have an inexpensive Canon point and shoot camera for my food photos, but I want to be able to use it to the best of its ability so that my blog will look more professional and eye catching.

What are some of your resolutions for 2012? I know it’s cliché these days to make resolutions anymore, but it’s never a bad idea to set goals for yourself. And setting them at the beginning of a year just feels like you can push the Reset button and start over.

By the way, my good friend Amber will be a guest blogger on here soon. The post that she’s preparing could be the only one she posts but hopefully she’ll want to do more writing for me here in the future. I look forward to what she has to share with us.


A Few of My Favorite Halloween Things

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If you want to give your Halloween treats a spooky makeover, give some of these items a try:

1. NOMSKULLS by Fred

These silicone skull cupcake molds are great for Halloween, and if you pipe some grey or pink frosting on the top into a brain shape, they’ll become instant zombie food for your party guests.

2. Metal Spider Cupcake Stands by Crate&Barrel

Have a bunch of creepy spider cupcakes crawling all over your Halloween dessert table with these Spider Cupcake Stands (cupcake liners and cupcakes not included). I’ve also seen them available at Cost Plus World Market and Target.

3. Cake Stand Spider Web Paper Wrapper by Fancyflours

If you have a cake stand that needs to be a little scarier, try Fancyflours’ Spider Web Paper Wrapper. This laser cut paper wrapper adds a delicate spiderweb around just about any cake stand up to 15 inches (cake and cake stand not included).

4. Zombie Cupcake Kit by Layer Cake Shop

This kit comes with plenty of decorations to make an army of 24 Zombie cupcakes.

Kit includes:

  • 24 assorted zombie cupcake toppers.. a mix of eye balls, green fingers, zombie hands, gravestones, graveyard fences, bats, grass, trees, bugs, hatchets, shotguns, revolvers, and daggers
  • 24 assorted black and lime green baking cups
  • 1 ounce of white bone sprinkles
  • 24 royal icing eyes

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Clothing Freshly Baked from Caked!

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Baked Fresh!

A few days ago I was contacted by Caked to check out their online store. I have to say, I like what I’ve seen so far. Caked is an apparel company specializing in bakery themed clothing, or as they call themselves “a bakery without the baked goods.” They have tons of cute t-shirts that they “bake” regularly and are sold in cake boxes.

They have a full menu of cute and hip t-shirt designs ranging from the Caked Baker to the cute little Cupcake Lovers. If you want fresh style hot out of the oven, Caked is the place to go.

Here’s the story of Caked from the their website:

Caked, a bakery inspired clothing line, was first baked in 2009. Our shirts first became popular when they “sold out” at Farmers Markets up and down California. We baked a dozen and sold them like “sweet bread” so we baked another dozen and again they sold, this time like “hot cakes”. We mixed our two loves; baked sweets and clothing and out came Caked so fresh.

You can find Caked on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Who wouldn’t want to buy one of these awesome t-shirts? I personally like the Cupcake Lovers t-shirt because I love the little mustached cupcake and his cutesy red-lipped girlfriend.

A Special Deal Just For YOU!

As a thank you for checking them out, they are offering you guys, my readers, 25% OFF your entire order if you use the promo code KILLERCUPCAKED during checkout. That’s a pretty sweet deal!

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Awesome Measuring Cups!

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While you’re waiting for my next cake project, which I’ll have posted in a little over a week, I decided to share with you some of my favorite measuring cups because one thing you definitely need when making cupcakes is a measuring cup. I’ve scoured the net to find my favorite ones with a little flair and here’s what I found.

Up first are Chef’n SleekStore Collapsible Cup Set. These measuring cups aren’t just colorful but practical too, especially if you have a small kitchen. The cups collapse flat for easy storage in a drawer and can stack on top of each other to take up very little space. They come in two color sets: Trend which is the set I have a pictured here and Core which are more primary colors. The cups are made of heat resistant silicone and come in one cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup and 1/4 cup sizes.

I once had a roommate that owned a set of cups like this and they came in very handy considering our kitchen was the size of a small jail cell. There was barely any drawer space to keep all of the kitchen supplies that we had, but with gadgets like these it helped make room for many other utensils.

Another set of measuring cups that caught my eye a while ago was the Fred M Cup Measuring Matroyshkas, Set of 6 Dry Measuring Cups because they were just so damn cute. Modeled after Russian stacking dolls these measuring cups stack together to create a cute little kitchen decoration when not being used. Unlike many measuring cup sets, this one comes with six different sizes making it a great help with those recipes that call for odd measurements. Sizes include 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, 2/3 cup, 3/4 cup, and one cup.

Although they stack together to make a nice, neat package, it is a bit large so keep that in mind if you have a small kitchen with little counter or drawer space.

This next measuring cup set comes from Anthropologie, which carries many different styles of cute, unique measuring cups. This one though is particularly cute. Made of ceramic, it stacks to look like an old fashion milk bottle! They come in the regular sizes (1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup and one cup) and are best for liquid measurements as the measuring lines are slightly down from the top of the cups and wouldn’t work well for dry measurements that need to be leveled off.

Once taken apart, the cups show a little color in orange, light blue, yellow, and green, giving this a little more flair for your kitchen. As with the matroyshka measuring cups, this could also become a lovely counter top decoration when not in use.

All put together it stands at about 6 inches tall and would look great in any vintage inspired kitchen.

The final measuring cup set on my list is Pier 1 Import’s lovely springtime ceramic Flower Measuring Cups. These ones are also for liquid measuring and stack into a pretty flower blossom when not in use. They come in 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and one cup sizes and have a nifty little pouring spout on one side, making it easy to pour your liquid measurements into other bowls.

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