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Cupcake ATM success at Sprinkles Cupcakes Chicago

Yay! I found another credit card in my purse after mine was declined at the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM and got my chocolate marshmallow cupcake! I was even able to explain to a guy trying to use it that it doesn't take MasterCard debit cards. It was fun. Video coming soon. The Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM sells a variety of cupcakes, including their doggie cupcake and vegan and gluten free cupcakes.

Sadly the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM doesn't take my card

Sadly the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM doesn't take my card by Rachel from Cupcakes Take the Cake
Sadly the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM doesn't take my card, a photo by Rachel from Cupcakes Take the Cake on Flickr.

Cupcake blogger sadness - I came to Chicago in large part to try the Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM and it doesn't take MasterCard debit and that's the only card I have on me right now. Wish I'd known that but it was still cool to see. Video of my attempt to use the cupcake ATM coming soon!

Candied salted caramel cupcakes and recipe link

This caramel salted cupcake by The Full Moxie caught my eye because the candied salted caramel topper is so beautiful! These have salted caramel filling and salted caramel buttercream! Visit The Full Moxie for the recipe!

Say Happy Hannukah with a latke cupcake with sour cream buttercream and actual potato pancake on top!

I love the look of these latke cupcakes featuring sour cream buttercream and actual latke (potato pancake) on top from Swirlz Cupcakes in Chicago will be selling starting December 7th to celebrate the Festival of Lights! I'm also thrilled to see them promoting my favorite cupcake flavor, s'mores. I won't make it there this visit to Chicago but I am a big fan and they are a great place for gluten free as well as regular cupcakes. Visit and their Facebook page for more information and call 773-404-2253 to order.

Have a permanent reminder to Keep Calm and Eat Cupcakes

I saw these Keep Calm and Eat Cupcakes hollow boxes that you can hang on the wall at Barnes & Noble the other day, and think they'd make great holiday gifts! I just had to rebook a flight and it was a little stressful, but I already implemented the keep calm part of the equation and now am off to eat cupcakes!

Interesting Infographic on the Rise of the Cupcake

Reprinted with permission from

Image source: MoneySupermarket;

And look-y here, CTTC gets a nod. Yeah!


Pretty mini cupcakes at Chicago's Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique

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Pretty mini cupcakes at Chicago's Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique, a photo by Rachel from Cupcakes Take the Cake on Flickr.

I'm visiting a lovely bakery I haven't been to in years, Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique in Chicago. More later, but I'm happy to see they also have cake pops. See their website for events, including kids' baking classes and cupcake wine tastings.

Time to celebrate: A cupcake tree with chocolate Twizzler trunk and a cupcake wreath

I love this idea for cupcake trees, and even though I'm more of a red Twizzler than chocolate Twizzler fan, they work perfectly as the tree trunks! It makes me so happy to see candy used alongside cupcakes and these sound fun to make with kids or for a holiday party, and you could do whatever you want to decorate them on top; I think I'd use Skittles (not sure if they would stay on though). Find out how to make your own at Woman's Day. Via the excellent charity Take Them a Meal, which helps people coordinate meals for loved ones who need them during challenging times.

And while I was looking at the Take Them a Meal website, I found this cupcake wreath on their Facebook page. Love it too!

How to make your own Movember moustache cupcakes

As we near the end of Movember, here's a video tutorial on making your own moustache cupcakes!

Hot Cocoa 3 Musketeer Cupcakes!

It's finally getting cool enough in Southern California to enjoy some hot beverages! If your city is still confused about what season it is you can enjoy your hot chocolate in cupcake form! Hayley, the creator of The Domestic Rebel, has developed this easy to follow semi-homemade recipe for Hot Cocoa 3 Musketeer Cupcakes, because nothing says chocoholic like mixing hot chocolate and a candy bar! This recipe only has eight ingredients and is perfect to cure that sudden chocolate craving! Check out the recipe here!

Fig pudding cupcakes filled with caramel and topped with whipped brandy-chocolate ganach

I love how creative New York City custom company Man Bakes Cake is with their flavors. They're always innovating and the holidays seem to bring out some of their most fun flavors, like these Sticky Figgy Pudding cupcakes. There's caramel inside and they're frosted with Whipped Brandy-Chocolate Ganache. Via their Facebook page. Contact manbakescake at for orders and questions, and visit for more information.

Eggnog Bourbon Caramel Mini Cupcakes + Recipe

Kristin over at Little Devil Cupcakery in Ohio shared her favorite holiday cupcakes with us!  Eggnog + Bourbon + Caramel goodness all wrapped up in a mini cupcake!

If you can't make it to Ohio and Kristin's shop... she's shared the recipe with us so you can make them at home! ENJOY!

To learn more about the Little Devil Cupcakery, visit them on Facebook or their Website!

Eggnog Bourbon Caramel Cupcakes 
Makes 24 standard cupcakes 

1 ½ C granulated sugar
½ C butter, room temp
3 eggs, room temp
1 tsp vanilla
¾ C eggnog
¼ C bourbon
2 ¼ C flour
1 tsp baking powder
 1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg

Preheat your oven to 350 F. Cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, blending well after each. Mix together the eggnog, bourbon, and vanilla and set aside. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Alternate adding dry and wet ingredients into egg mixture mixing until combined. Scoop into lined cupcake tins about 2/3 full and bake 20-22 minutes. After cooling in pans for about 5 minutes, I brush the tops of the cupcakes with a bit of bourbon. This is optional!

Bourbon Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting 
2 T brown sugar
2 T whipping cream
1 T butter
pinch salt
2 T bourbon
1 ½ packages cream cheese, room temp
½ C butter, room temp
4 C confectioner’s sugar

Heat brown sugar, cream, butter, and salt over medium high heat whisking until sugar is dissolved. Cook for another minute. Pour in bourbon and stir to combine. Take off heat and let cool. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until soft. Add the confectioner’s sugar ¼ cups at a time, beating to combine after each addition. Add three tablespoons of the cooled bourbon caramel (you might have some left over) and beat to combine. Frost your cupcakes and used any leftover caramel to drizzle tops!

This polar bear cupcake makes me smile big

This fun polar bear coconut cupcake is by Flour & Sun Bakery in Pleasantville, New York (Westchester), via their Flickr account. Find out their daily flavors at

Christmas tree cupcakes 2 ways plus candy cane cupcake topper designs

You have a few choices (or my favorite choice: all!) for your Christmas cupcakes with these Christmas tree and candy cane cupcakes from We Choose Organic, who also has the recipe for these vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Merry merry! Via Flickr.

Super Mario Cake Pops

Rosanna Pansino has created this easy to follow video tutorial on how to create your own Super Mario Cake Pops as part of her Nerdy Nummies series! These are sure to be a hit with the Mario lover in your life and would be an adorable party favor!


Yum! A lomography cupcake:

Lomo cake*

Excellent. Too nifty to eat, for sure. Image courtesy of Barcelona's own Katratzi.

Enfeites de árvore de Natal


Image courtesy Lá na Má Arte, enfeites de árvore de natal en Portuguese (or, Christmas tree ornaments en English!). Lovely patchwork ornaments for the holidays.

Spice up your family holiday party with chocolate raspberry martini cake pops!

I've heard of alcohol-based cupcakes, but this is, I think, the first time I'm hearing about alcohol-infused cake pops - these chocolate raspberry martini cake pops have raspberry vodka in them (and chocolate sauce!) and you can get the recipe from My Little Cupcake POP Blog. Find out more about the My Little Cupcake Pop mold at and their Facebook page, where the snowman, reindeer and other festive pop photos are from. Get more recipes here and order molds, including the snowman mold, here.

chocolate raspberry martini cake pops

Lovely Lavender Wedding Cupcakes

Lavender Rosebud Wedding Cupcakes

Lavender rosebud wedding cupcakes created and photographed by Graceful Cake Creations. Located in Mesa, Arizona, you can see more of Grace's cupcakes here.

Is There a Right Way to Eat a Cupcake?

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Precious birthday boy tries to cram entire birthday cupcake into mouth all at once.  Shot courtesy mliu92.

Eggnog Cupcakes with Nutmeg Frosting

There are two kinds of people in this world.
Those who love eggnog...
and those who don't.

If you fall in the latter category, these Eggnog Cupcakes with Nutmeg Frosting
just may convince you to switch sides.
They are full of yummy eggnog flavor, 
topped with nutmeg cream cheese frosting.

These cupcakes are so delicious...WOW!
I need to give some away quickly, before I eat them all!

Eggnog Cupcakes with Nutmeg Frosting
by Bird On A Cake
Eggnog Cupcakes (Yield: 22-24 cupcakes)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Nutmeg Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons eggnog
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in the eggs. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. In another bowl, mix the eggnog, rum extract and vanilla. Alternate adding the dry and wet mixtures to the butter/sugar/eggs until thoroughly combined.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 with batter and bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove from pans and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the eggnog. Mix in the confectioners' sugar a little at a time, until thoroughly combined. Add the nutmeg.

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Adorable Aquarium Cupcakes

Cute Aquarium Cupcakes!

So cute!  Cupcake image courtesy rmhowie, cupcakes found at the Sydney Aquarium.

Tempting Cupcake Artwork

Sexy Cupcake

Understandable. I myself have a love/hate relationship with sexy and alluring cupcakes.  Excellent illustration courtesy university student leejayjee.

Free cupcakes and other deals on Small Business Saturday

Today is Small Business Saturday by American Express and many cupcake bakeries are participating! You can catch who's talking about it on Twitter and here are a few - if you're doing something, tweet to us (@cupcakeblog! And whether or not there's a special promotion, remember that your favorite cupcake bakery small businesses can only exist with customer support, so why not stop in for a cupcake today?

Butter Lane in New York's East Village is offering a dozen free cupcakes - see their Facebook page.

a photo of their cupcakes I took

The Lucky Cupcake Company in Pipersville, PA is offering 2 free cupcakes with the purchase of a gift certificate for a dozen and 15% off their Lucky Cupcake merchandise. Via their Facebook page.

Movember moustache cupcake toppers in all sorts of colors and shapes

Hunkydory Cakes in Sheffield, UK, is going all out for Movember with assorted moustache cupcake toppers! All photos via their Facebook page. Contact them at enquiries at or +44 114 266 4573 and find out more at

You could meet Cupcake Wars judge Candace Nelson and win $1,000 shopping spree today at Sprinkles The Grove opening

You can also win a year of cupcakes at the opening of Sprinkles Cupcakes at The Grove in Los Angeles today, along with $1,500 or $500 shopping sprees! Sorry we're a bit late in posting about this, but you can meet Sprinkles Cupcakes co-founder and Cupcake Wars just Candace Nelson until noon at 189 The Grove Drive. Contact them at 323-931-4498. Follow Sprinkles The Grove on Facebook and @sprinklesgrove on Twitter and Sprinkles at as well as Facebook and @sprinkles on Twitter.

Hostess lovers, get your fix of 24-hour shelf Snowball and Hostess-inspired cupcakes at Cupcake Royale

Yes, we're featuring Seattle's Cupcake Royale again (yesterday they were giving out free Thanksgiving pumpkin maple cupcakes) because they are doing a very timely promotion today, Saturday and Sunday, at all 6 of their bakeries, featuring the CupCake and the Snowball for all of the people freaking out about the demise of Hostess. Here's the official descriptions via their Facebook page. (they also sell ice cream!):
The CupCake, you got it, is a Cupcake Royale chocolate cake with a marshmallow fluff filling, topped with chocolate frosting and decorated with a signature white piping that we all love. The Snowball is a chocolate cake filled with the same delectable marshmallow fluff, surrounded by a delicate shower of coconut.

Their Ballard location also has t-shirts like this one for sale. Visit for hours and locations.

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