Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cupcake Decor

Cupcake mania seems to have hit North America. I found these adorable little cupcake decorations in Homesense and put them on a baker's dozen of Vanilla Buttercreams for my friend Disey in lieu of candles. Once your over 10, it's just too many!. The only Vanilla cake recipe I use is the one from The Cupcake Cafe in New York. Perfect every time. You can get the recipe HERE. And speaking of dogs, I mentioned on Saturday I was to be bringing home another Foster Dog. Unfortunately, the vet discovered she was incontinent and I couldn't take her. Once the sort her out, I am still hoping to offer her a home for a bit.


  1. Beautiful cupcakes! These are really cute and what a great idea to replace the candles. I shop at Baker's Warehouse for my chocolate supplies and I am amazed at all the cute, pretty and wonderful things they have for cake making and cupcakes. I often pick up a pack or two of the pretty cupcake wrappers that they have for my daughter who makes a lot of cupcakes.

  2. You always have such clever ideas! I've put so many of them in my to-do idea file. :) I can't believe that cupcakes have become such a craze...every block here now seems to have a cupcake bakery. and I always think, "why didn't I think of that!"

    I love you for taking in the dogs. xo

  3. Where can I find the recipe for the buttercream? I am making the cupcakes for my tennis group.

    Thanks so much!

    1. This is the one I use. Alternately you can whip 8 oz unsalted butter add 3 cups of icing sugar and one egg yolk and 1 tsp vanilla. This below is the real buttercream though.

      • 2 cups sugar
      • 1/2 cup water
      • 4 egg whites
      • 1 pound butter, cut up
      • 1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
      In a small clean dry saucepan, place 2 cups sugar and then pour 1/2 cup water down the sides of the pan. Make an X in the sugar with 1 finger to encourage the water to seep into the middle of the pan of sugar. Bring to a boil and cook until softball stage or 235 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
      Meanwhile, in a mixer with a whip attachment, whip the whites until they form soft peaks. When the syrup is up to temperature, drizzle it down the wall of the mixing bowl with the mixer running. Continue whipping until light, fluffy and almost cooled down. Start adding the butter a few cubes at a time to cool the frosting and thicken it. When it gets thick you can stop adding butter; you may not use the whole pound (it depends on how much water you cooked out of your syrup). Add vanilla extract to taste.

  4. I think I just gained 5 lbs.

  5. The frosting on those cakes looks - DELICIOUS! I'm drinking a cup of tea right now as i read, and suddenly I feel as though something is missing...something vanilla and sweet with a paper dog perched on top! Thank you for the recipe, i always love to try out new ones, so will definitely have a go at this one. x
    p.s. Well done to you for fostering - such a kind and compassionate thing to do for the poor little things.

  6. I love those little doggies. So cute!

  7. Lots of yummy looking treats on the blog this week. Making me hungry Chania


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