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Post by MC » April 24th, 2009, 9:22 am
Mara and Jas - beautiful.  Can you make ones with Lego figures on them? Image My kids would love those!  Maybe I should call around for the next birthday party and see if someone can do that. 

Post by mia1181 » April 24th, 2009, 10:58 am
dh97-  Those are adorable!

MC- They do make lego candy, so you could just make cupcakes and put the candy that looks like legos on top.  ETA- Oops just realized you probably meant the little lego men.... those would be so cute!

Post by mia1181 » April 24th, 2009, 11:03 am
trying to post.....

Hmmm I guess it won't let me copy a link.....

Post by mia1181 » April 24th, 2009, 11:07 am
Found these on Flickr:
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Post by mia1181 » April 24th, 2009, 11:12 am
well I guess there is no way to take a pic from flickr or post a link, so if you google "lego men flickr" you''ll find some cute cupcakes.

Post by lili » April 24th, 2009, 5:47 pm
mia--
the "eat me" cuppies came out really nice.
i love how the medallion turn out.

dh97--
adorable cuppies!!
very impressed that these were your first try!

Post by InLuv101 » April 25th, 2009, 8:02 am
All you ladies have seriously inspired me with all of your beautiful cuppies!!  Image  I''ve stalked this thread for a long time and finally decided to jump in and try some cuppies myself.  This was my first time and I was pleased with how they came out.  I use a carrot cake recipe posted here recently (by Skippy?) and found a cream cheese icing recipe.  The carrot cake was fab!  The icing came out a tad too soft but I think I overmixed.  Carrot cake is DH''s fave so he was a happy camper!!  I look forward to making more.  Hope you like and thanks so much for inspiring me!  Image



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Post by InLuv101 » April 25th, 2009, 8:02 am
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Post by InLuv101 » April 25th, 2009, 8:03 am
Last one...thanks for looking!
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Post by Loves Vintage » April 25th, 2009, 1:44 pm
In Luv - Your cupcakes look fantastic! The frosting looks great! I can't believe this is the first time you've made them!

I found these fondant penguins today. I thought they might inspire some of you who bake for kid's parties! How cute are they?

From here:
http://mybakingaddiction.blogspot.com/2009/04/fun-with-fondantpingu-cupcakes.html
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Post by Mara » April 27th, 2009, 4:57 am
Jas... re: NYC cupcakeries, I have heard the same thing. Do you know there are like 20 cupcakeries in NYC? It''s crazy the amt of places you can go.

Martha had Butter Lane and Sweet Revenge on her show recently. SR is a cupcake and wine bar!

My friend went to Magnolia and Buttercup when she was in NYC. They *are* different. She categorized Magnolia as having a ''cornbread'' texture more like a muffin and Buttercup was def more cupcakey. She brought me back some Buttercup halves, and I loved them, particularly the Lemon and the traditional Vanilla.

Try using Yelp.Com to figure out where you might want to go cupcaking while in NYC...people are typically pretty candid with reviews on sweets...!!
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Post by ChinaCat » April 27th, 2009, 5:32 am
InLuv- Seriously, that was your first try? WOW.

You ladies are so talented. I am so not a baker, or really even a sweets eater, but I love the pics on this thread.

Post by MC » April 27th, 2009, 6:21 am
Date: 4/24/2009 4:58:13 PM
Author: mia1181
dh97- Those are adorable!

MC- They do make lego candy, so you could just make cupcakes and put the candy that looks like legos on top. ETA- Oops just realized you probably meant the little lego men.... those would be so cute!
Mia - I have seen the lego-block-looking candy.  Santa gave the boys some in their stockings and they loved it!  Over the weekend, my son went to a b-day party and there was a Lego guy on top of his cupcake.  He was thrilled!

Post by InLuv101 » April 27th, 2009, 6:39 am
Thanks China and LovesVintage!  It was my first time and was sooo much fun!  I''m planning on making more this weekend...DH says I''m trying to make him fat Image

Post by Jas12 » April 27th, 2009, 8:15 am
Mara--thanks for the tips--will def. check out yelp. If you like Buttercup i think i will go there--that''s a few good reviews i ''ve heard now and i know u have discerning tastebuddies  Image

Iluv--hmm, so want one of those cupcakes now! Your frosting looks like soft-serve icecream--yum!

Post by Ara Ann » April 27th, 2009, 8:39 am
Oh boy...I was avoiding this thread for a reason...and now I know why! Image

I love cupcakes...I love eating cupcakes...I love chocolate cupcakes with white frosting...(not sure why, maybe the contrast?) But a dark chocolate cupcake with white frosting always makes my mouth water!...the only thing better than a cupcake, is another cupcake!


You ladies have a lot of talent!!! Keep up the good (yummy) work and thanks for sharing your pictures and recipes too!Image

Post by icekid » April 27th, 2009, 1:56 pm
InLuv- can''t believe those are your first cuppies!  So pretty.

Post by fisherofmengirly » April 28th, 2009, 1:23 am
InLuv,

Those look so yummy!!  Image  Excellent job, girl!!  Image

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The penguins are adorable!!


Post by skimmy » April 28th, 2009, 10:33 am
re: NYC cupcakeries...

magnolia was originally started by two women who had a falling out over franchising the business
(according to the rumors).  one stayed on at magnolia and the other went on to create buttercup.
over time, magnolia was sold to new owners who kept the same recipe and yet, it doesn''t taste
quite the same any more.  as far as i''ve read, buttercup is still owned by one of the original owners
and if you go on the sex and the city tour, they actually take you to magnolia''s but give you
buttercup''s cupcakes!

magnolia also begat billy''s...one of the guys who started it used to be a manager at magnolia.
the taste is very similar...

sweet revenge is good...very dense cake, not small and heavy on the icing (which tastes a lot like
traditional american buttercream).  but they don''t have as much of a selection and they''re not as
fresh if you go later in ther afternoon.

sugar sweet sunshine is a pain to get to but their cupcakes are delish!!
great selection and all of the times i''ve made the trek, very fresh..try their lemon and pistachio.

i would also suggest batch...really interesting flavors, much more "adult" tastes.  it just lacks in
presentation and customer service.

the other one that has really great reviews (that i have yet to try) is two little red hens.

(yes...i LOVE cupcakes.)  Image  HTH!

Post by skimmy » April 28th, 2009, 10:45 am
more info than you could have ever wanted on NYC cupcakes...
http://misnatalietastetested.blogspot.com/

the only one i don''t really agree with is tonnie''s...i found them a little too sweet.

Post by InLuv101 » April 28th, 2009, 11:01 am
Thanks Fisher, Jas and IceKid!

Question for you ladies...

I want to bake more cupcakes in the future but DH and I won''t/can''t eat them all.  I''ll probably bring some to work or send some with DH for his students and/or co-workers.  Are you guys using cupcake carriers to transport your cupcakes?  Any recommendations on a good sturdy one I should purchase?  I''d appreciate any suggestions!

Post by fisherofmengirly » April 28th, 2009, 2:38 pm
I take cupcakes and cookies to work about twice/three times a month because of the same thing, InLuv.  I love to bake them... but we certainly don''t need to eat them!  (Not a batch at a time, anyway!)

I have a hand-me down from my mom with a cute cover that has pink handles.  I don''t even think it has a brand name on it, though... it''s from the 80s, I think.  Retro.  Image

Post by InLuv101 » April 29th, 2009, 3:28 am
Date: 4/28/2009 8:38:54 PM
Author: fisherofmengirly
I take cupcakes and cookies to work about twice/three times a month because of the same thing, InLuv. I love to bake them... but we certainly don't need to eat them! (Not a batch at a time, anyway!)

I have a hand-me down from my mom with a cute cover that has pink handles. I don't even think it has a brand name on it, though... it's from the 80s, I think. Retro. Image
And why have I not seen any pics of your cuppies on this thread?! Image

Post by FL Steph » April 29th, 2009, 11:23 am
Ok, creative cupcake ladies....I need your help! I am making some cupcakes for a friend''s shower on Sat. She wants mini cupcakes in chocolate, vanilla, and coconut. The shower is for a baby girl. Any suggestions for toppings? I looked at the baby chocolate molds they had, but they were way too huge for minis. Any ideas would be great. Thanks!

Post by DandT » April 29th, 2009, 11:47 am
oh my--- those picture sure doesn''t say you''re a first timer Image pictures looks deliciousImage
Date: 4/25/2009 2:03:14 PM
Author: InLuv101
Last one...thanks for looking!

Post by InLuv101 » April 29th, 2009, 11:51 am
Thanks D&TImage It was so much fun and I can''t wait to get in the kitchen and bake more this weekend.

I read back through this thread and saw the suggestion for cake/pasty boxes for transporting them, so I will look into those when I go shopping tomorrow.

Steph -- I haven''t made any minis yet nor have I really explored fondant and toppers yet, but when I go shopping tomorrow, I''ll keep my eyes peeled for any good ideas for you!

Post by FL Steph » May 1st, 2009, 9:42 am
Yea! Finally have some to add. Did an order for a baby girl shower for tomorrow.
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Post by FL Steph » May 1st, 2009, 9:45 am
chocolate
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coconut
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Post by lili » May 1st, 2009, 9:47 am
steph--
i always like how your coconut ones turn out Image


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