Posts Tagged ‘cupcakes’

Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Cooling Muffins

August 11, 2015

When we take muffins out of the oven, we like to flip them onto their sides while still in the pan to let the air circulate as they cool. This prevents the bottoms from getting soggy. Use a fork to gently nudge them over so you don’t burn your fingers. Once they are cool enough to handle, move them to a wire rack until ready to store.

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Monkey Business

October 14, 2013

It was a very special little boy’s first birthday, and of course cupcakes were in order. He loves monkeys, so I set out to find a way to make monkey cakes. Pinterest was rife with ideas, and these little monkeys were easy to execute and almost as cute as the recipient!

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To make the monkey faces:

Prepare cupcakes and ice them with light brown icing. I used unsweetened cocoa powder to color mine. Slightly imperfect icing gives the illusion of fur.

(and it was 10:30 on a Friday night!)

Place a vanilla wafer cookie in the center of the cupcake, and draw a mouth and 2 nostrils on it with icing.  There are colored icing tubes available at most supermarkets and specialty cake shops, which makes this quick and easy. Mix up the expressions for fun!

Using a serrated knife, gently cut a vanilla wafer in half, using a sawing motion. This prevents them from breaking.

Press the cookie halves into the sides of the cupcakes, to form ears.

Add candy eyes, and enjoy!

By the way, a few pandas wandered in to join the fun.

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Happy Birthday to our favorite little monkey, Landon!

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Instant Indulgence

March 18, 2012

In our self indulgent, instant gratification seeking society, we want what we want when we want it.  So what do you do if you want a freshly baked gourmet cupcake at 2:00 in the morning? Well, if you live in Los Angeles, your problem has been solved.

Sprinkles, the L.A. based cupcake emporium of the moment, has installed a kiosk outside of their shop stocked daily with over 600 fresh cupcakes in various flavors.

Just make your selection on the touch screen, swipe your card and the machine dispenses a boxed cupcake, instantly.

Don’t be jealous New York; Sprinkles plans to install 3 cupcake automats before the summer begins.


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