Tag: cupcakes

Yippee kai yo kai cupcake

Whether you’ve got a tiny horse fanatic, a country themed shindig, or just some really unruly cake pops that need to be rounded up like little dogeys, we’ve found the perfect cupcake wrappers for you. Bonus: Hello, ponies! I’ve got a case of the blahs regarding the store-bought party decor available right now. And I love horses. No wonder I totally dig these printable horse cupcake wrappers from Spaceships and Laser Beams on Etsy– you know, the folks who brought us those adorable bacteria cupcake wrappers on Valentine’s Day? When you buy the wrappers. you’ll receive an Adobe PDF...

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Cupcake o’clock is my favorite time ever

What time is it when the little hand is pointing to the chocolate cupcake and the big hand is pointing to the cherry-topped vanilla? Who cares? It’s a cupcake clock that you (or your kids) can color with crayons! In a world dominated by singing, dancing, holographic digital clocks, I’m seriously digging on this gorgeous line of color-yourself letterpress clocks. The tagline at 9SPOTMONK is Exquisitely Modern Design And Letterpress, and I love that they’ve applied their elegant sensibilities to an art project that’s perfect for any kid’s room. Or my kitchen. If you’re not into cupcakes, they also...

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Free calories from Starbucks! We’ll take it.

There’s a lot of talk about Starbuck’s new logo launch this week, and frankly, whatever. What I like is that it gave them an excuse to offer customers their new treats to sample, totally free. Starbucks has just introduced Starbucks Petites, desserts that are the perfect size for me or my kids. These treats aren’t exactly low-fat, but a mini peanut butter and chocolate cupcake has to be better than one four times the size. Thanks to what Starbucks calls their “Tribute Days,” if you’re buying a drink between 2 and 5PM today through Saturday,  you can try a...

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Cupcakes just for grownups

I have come to love looking forward to my Foodzie tasting box at the beginning of each month, and all the little nibbles and gourmet noshes contained therein. A few weeks back, I opened my box to such an amazing treat: Mini cupcakes in very adult flavors. I had heard of Kyotofu cupcakes, because they get a lot of buzz around NYC, but I had never bitten into one of these moist little gourmet cakes until just now. Subtle, delicate flavors like Matcha Green Tea and Miso Chocolate are a welcome change from that traditional cupcake flavor: Lots and...

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7 great picks you might have missed this week – Gimme some sugar edition.

More snow? Valentine’s Day? Groundhog’s Day? Any time is a good time to indulge in a little extra sweetness, like these totally sweet picks from the last week. Bonus: only one of them actually involves calories. 1. Your honey needs some sugar, and that can be in the form of wine, gourmet chocolates, or… um… super-eco-fabulous luxury watches? Check out our curated Valentine Gift Guide for AHAlife to see some other choice picks. 2. Girls might be made of sugar, spice, and everything nice, but boys are pretty freakin’ sweet, too. Check out our round-up of Valentine goodies for...

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A Super Bowl requires super cupcakes

It’s Super Bowl Sunday(tm), that day of pigs-in-a-blanket, three-million dollar commercials featuring talking animals, and of course, Puppy Bowl. Also there’s a football game. Or so we hear. Without any Green Bay or Pittsburgh mamas among us, we’re going to remain impartial today, and instead turn our attention to the snacks. Like, say, cupcakes?If you’re scrambling to pull together some themey treats for guests, or to haul over to a wide-screen owning friend’s house today, we love these printable football-themed cupcake wrappers. A recent fun Etsy find for us, Spaceships and Laser Beams, makes it easy to get these...

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Love, cupcakes, and other indoor sports.

For some reason my daughter has been obsessed with the idea of make your own cupcakes lately. Oh wait…I remember why. Because cupcakes are good. Or at least they’re supposed to be. We’ve tried a few DIY kits recently have been hardly worth the calories. (HFCS frosting? Yuck.) And then recently we sampled the goodies from Saint Cupcake, whose cupcake kits give new meaning to OH GOD YES. Portland’s Saint Cupcake does as magnificent a job as I’ve ever seen with a make-your-own cupcake kit. Start by choosing your fresh-baked cupcake flavors, from vanilla, chocolate and red velvet to...

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The best cupcakes are wrapped in cooties

I can’t stop giggling over these printable cupcake wrappers available from the Spaceships and Laser Beams Etsy shop. The description says it’s so hard to find anything for Valentine’s Day that appeals to little boys… and sure, I can see the elementary set loving the germy depiction of love, absolutely. But honestly? Forget the kids. If you have coworkers or a beloved who works in science/medicine, I think the adults will get a huge kick out of these hearts-turned-bacteria cupcake wrappers. A few bucks gets you a downloadable PDF so you can print your own. Or just use them...

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Cupcake kits that turn ho-hum cupcakes into a party

The UK’s Meri Meri has put together these smart Cupcake Kits and my party-throwing life just got a little easier. With 24 colorful cupcake wrappers and assorted toppers, the designs are way cuter than the plastic licensed character stuff I see everywhere.  I think every party theme I’ve ever used for my three kids is reflected in the dozens of styles available. Along with the super-cute Space Cadets kit shown above, check out the cat lovers’ Meow cupcake kit, and the thank-goodness-I-have-girls Fairy Magic cupcake kit whose fairies have real fabric skirts. While these paper designs may not make it past...

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Safe and yummy treats, now homemade

We first raved about Divvies Bakery almost four years ago, when we discovered that nut-free, dairy-free, and egg-free didn’t have to mean yummy-free. There’s nothing not to love about vegan, kosher, most-common-allergen-free bakery treats that actually taste the way treats ought to taste. And now you can make the Divvies magic happen right in your own kitchen, with the release of their cookbook. The Divvies Bakery Cookbook is your home guide to food allergy-friendly versions of sweets, from the cupcakes kids love to more adult pies and cobblers. There’s slushie recipes too and even a dairy-free chocolate pudding. Every...

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Hey Kid – Make your own cupcakes

My three kids, and even my 2-year-old, are super eager to help me in the kitchen. And surprise, they seem even more eager to consume what I’ve prepared when they’ve had a hand (or entire arm as it seems to go) in making it. Granted, they probably won’t need any prompting to chow down on cupcakes, but this awesome My First Baking Kit is a fabulous way to give any kiddo a little kitchen inspiration. Each tin is made to order, featuring a slew of baking essentials including cookie cutters, sprinkles (or jimmies, ahem), and cake toppers just to name a few. There’s also...

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Giving the gift of creativity – Great craft kits for kids

As the nieces and nephews and various children in my life get a little older, I’m increasingly more into finding crafty gifts that not only entertain them for a little while, but let them show off their handiwork when they’re done. Here are a few favorites that help kids explore their creativity- while showings off yours. (You awesome gift giver, you!) CMP fave Zebra Mix has come out with a really fun new kit – a Cupcake Studio activity kit. Could you just get a kid a box of cheap cupcake mix instead? Sure, but then you’d be lame....

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Hey, cupcake: The Melissa and Doug cupcake kit is an awesome birthday gift for your preschooler.

My kids can play “birthday” pretty much every day. We have a ridiculous number of play cake sets, and if they’re not around, my girls are happy to crumple up a piece of paper, stick a Q-tip in it and belt out Happy Birthday anyway. So when I got a look at the brand new Bake and Decorate Cupcake Kit from Melissa & Doug I knew we had a home run. The latest offering from the most famous little toy company that made it big is another great option in their line of toys that inspire imagination and creativity....

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Have your cupcake and eat it too

Whenever I bake with the brood, I am reminded that juggling three kids, a recipe and a big container of flour can end up being not a whole lot of fun. But when I had the chance to try out Zebra Mix’s Decorate & Dazzle All Natural Cupcake Kit for kids, I gathered us all into the kitchen to give it a go. The cupcake and frosting mix are mostly organic (good enough) and it comes with all-natural decorating sugars, flag toppers and colorful cupcake liners. There’s also a vivid safari “baking map” to spread out that keeps the...

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Take that, Magnolia Bakery.

Anyone with a kid over about 18 months knows that cupcakes are essentially crack for children. I could get my daughters to clean every room in the house with a toothbrush if they knew there were a cupcake in it for them at some point. (And, ahem, so would their mother). So when I saw that Chronicle Books came out with the Cupcake Kit recently, I jumped at a chance to check it out. Elinor Klivans has put together a fantastic little gift set here that any cupcake lover would be delighted to drool over. Er, own. It includes...

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Of Cupcakes, Lactose, and World Domination

The first time I gave my daughter some yogurt, she projectile vomited all over the seat of our brand-new car. One of my first thoughts after learning about her allergy to milk was, "no double cheese pizza, chocolate chip ice cream, donuts, lasagna, EVER?!?!" She is seven now and still cannot have any of those foods, but I don’t want her to feel like she is missing anything because of this allergy. And so I discovered a cupcake cookbook that produced the most delicious little cakes of goodness that were also safe for my girl. The cupcakes are moist,...

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