In this corner. Weighing 10lbs (No joke!) with 20% of the votes.
The Colossal Peanut Butter Cupcake!
by Stephanie of Cupcakes and Sundry
Weighing in at … who cares! It’s got booze, buttercream *AND* bacon! Um. Win-win-win.
Peanut Butter Cupcakes w Bourbon Buttercream & Candied Bacon!
by Stephanie of Honey I’m Homely
Looks like it’s the battle of the Stephanies. Who will take home the prize?
Good things come to those who wait.
Let the throw down begin!!
Tags: peanut butter
Ipagpaumanhin ninyo ako!
Je suis désolé!
(And now you know how to spell “Sorry” in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Japanese and French. Don’t say I never taught ya anything! *wink*)
I know Cupcake Hero::November is long delayed and I apologize profusely. I never claim to be very tech savvy and Flickr threw me for a loop by changing up the way they link pics in the groups so it took me a few
days weeks to figure out how to do it. On top of that I was in the middle of moving into my new home. Talk about stressball! Thanks to all IHC readers for your housewarming well wishes. I am happy to say we are moved in, most of the boxes have been unpacked and we can finally park one car in our 2-car garage. Hey it’s a start right? HA! I can’t wait to get back into the kitchen and bake!
Without further ado. LET’S ROCK THE VOTE! — > Poll on the side menu bar. Voting ends December 6th @ 11:59pm EST. But you won’t win on votes alone. That will be decided in my kitchen. May the best cupcakes throw down!
Good luck to all cup-testants!
I promise!! I haven’t forgotten! I’m hoping to post the Cupcake Hero::November roundup soon. I’m in the middle of
chaos moving this weekend (going internet-less in tminus 4 hours. Eeek!) and Flickr isn’t making things easy either. Until then get your creative juices flowing for Cupcake Hero::December!
Please check out Jamieanne’s blog for more details >> Click here.
Thank you all cup-testants for your patience!
Argh! I know this is way belated. We’re already mid way into November’s Cupcake Hero and I haven’t announced the October winners yet. So sorry to keep all you cupcake-ers out there fussing and fretting. Especially the 2 cupcake-ers actually in the throwdown! But my excuse is a good one. I promise! Ready?? *deep breath* I’m in the middle of moving into my first home! EEK! It’s beyond stressful and if I have to sign my name on another piece of paper I might barf! Just gimme the keys already?!? Ok now that that’s off my chest…
Let’s rewind a little bit. Remember I mentioned before that Cupcake Hero’s October throwdown resulted in a tie. Can you imagine?? What are the odds? I thought about what to do for a couple days and then decided to ask my readers for some suggestions. Thank you all for your emails and comments. My favorite one was from Donna.
“Declare both of them the winners and 1 person gets the prizes and the other one can choose the ingredient for December.”
Um. Love that idea.
So I ran it passed Samantha of Sweet Remedy and Jamieanne of The Sweetest Kitchen and they both jumped on board too. (Crazy! I just realized they both have “sweet” in their name.) Since Jamieanne graciously suggested that Samantha can have all the prizes initially, she will be hosting Cupcake Hero for December.
CONGRATULATIONS SAMANTHA *AND* JAMIEANNE!
You are the Cupcake Hero::October winner(s)!
Done and done!
I will be sure to post again as the ingredient date gets closer to remind everyone to visit Jamieanne’s blog for all the Cupcake Hero deets.
PS- I’m working on the Cupcake Hero::November roundup up! Come back later to see what peanut butter-licious entries I received this month. A couple of them even have bacon. And we all know that everything’s better with bacon! HA HA
Please forgive me fellow cupcake-ers.
I know I’m a bit ♪tardy for the party♪♫ with this post. <– Omg *smacks forehead* too much Real Housewives of Atlanta reruns! Talk about train wreck with big hair. I just can’t look away…
Wow. So where do I begin? This month’s Cupcake Hero was interesting nonetheless. I’ve been debating for the last 4 days about how to announce the winner. I hit a little snag. Let’s just say it’s a little more than tricky. But I’ll get to that in a minute.
Since I hadn’t announced a winner yet can you imagine my surprise when Occasional Sugar and Cupcakes Take The Cake (posts have since been edited) announced the winner for me? It seems I wasn’t the only one anxious for a winner, eh? Thankfully Jamieanne was a gracious “winner” and immediately contacted both parties to set them straight about the throw down with Samantha. And Occasional Sugar sent me an apologetic email and distraught tweet explaining what happened. No harm done! Am I upset? Of course not. Why would I be? This is the way I look at it. I know that Occasional Sugar and Cupcakes Take The Cake’s misquote wasn’t malicious and any press is good press. (Lindsey Lohan might not agree with me right now though.) In my blogging world, as long as you don’t steal my content without credit, anything is amendable. That’s my blog-osophy. But thanks to all concerned parties for the emails. It’s actually quite cute. You all are such drama queens. HA!
So about that Cupcake Hero snag.
What are the odds of a tie?
Because that’s what happened.
This is what I figured out. Both pumpkin “cake” recipes were the same Martha Stewart recipe so the cake scores balanced out for every taste tester. The only difference was the filling/frosting and apparently half my peeps liked the vanilla cream filling (which was AH-MAZING by the way!) and the other half liked the dulce de leche (which was FAN-FRIGGIN-TASTIC in my opinion!)
Now the question is. Who is the winner?
My husband suggested a red velvet cupcake off. But I think he has ulterior motives. *wink*
I will take all suggestions into consideration via email or comments.
Deadline November 6th @ 11:59pm EST.
Tags: throw down
Wowie! Another month of incredible entries!
Congratulations to Samantha of Sweet Remedy Bakeshop coming out on top! Can I just tell you that this baker knows how to
sell herself (Wait that didn’t sound right.) appeal to the masses for votes? She’s obviously got a connection on a Jeep Forum b/c I can’t tell you how many hits my blog got on voting day from Jeep lovers. Way to get non-cupcake peeps involved!
To say I agonized over my baker’s choice this month would be an understatement. There was more than 1 cupcake that I wanted to bake. I even contemplated baking 3-4 this round but limited time, funds and people to pawn off cupcakes to (Why do people insist on dieting during October, November, December trifecta? That’s just asking for failure IMO.) prevented me from doing that. Yes, yes I know *I* could have eaten the cupcakes but…um… I’m on a diet.
Wanna know how I broke the tie? That good ol “eenie meanie miney mo” strategy. Hey don’t knock “eenie meanie”! That’s how I picked my husband… and that seems to be working… for now. HA! I kid. I kid. I love to kid my husband. *looking innocent*
Let the throw down begin.
Stay tuned. Stay tuned. Stay tuned. Stay tuned. Stay tuned. Stay tuned. Stay tuned.
Can you all believe it’s almost November?
November is one of my favorite months. You’ve got Fall, Thanksgiving, turkey, pumpkin pie, family, friends, paid non-work days and no gift buying responsibilities. What more could you ask for in a month right? There are so many fun food ideas in November that it was hard to choose just 1 ingredient for Cupcake Hero. So how did I choose?
I wussed out and let my husband choose. HA!
But I knew it was a mistake as soon as I saw him going over the November food holidays list. It didn’t take him long before he said excitedly, “I didn’t know that November was National Peanut Butter Lover’s month?” I proceeded to smack my head. “What about cranberries or something more Thanksgiving related, hun?” But after my husband saw peanut butter on the list, there was no going back.
“To me, peanut butter is the breakfast of champions!” ~Greg Louganis
The thing about peanut butter. I like it. But I wouldn’t say I’m a “lover”. My husband? He’s a lover. But I’ll make it a little easier on all the peanut butter like-ers out there. You aren’t limited to just peanut butter. You can use sunflower butter, cashew butter, almond butter. Any nut butter. As long as I can find it in the store, you can use it. (EDIT TO ADD: Nutella is excluded.)
And now I’ll leave you with a little song to get you in the peanut butter groove.
Deadline: November 15th @ 11:59pm EST
PS- You’ve got until 11:59pm EST tonight to get those last minute votes in. I don’t care what you have to do! Beg, bribe and/or barter for votes if you have to. T-minus 16 hours and counting…
Tags: halloween, pumpkin
I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date.
(SIDE NOTE: I am SO excited for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland coming to a theater near you.)
Sorry fellow Cupcake Hero-ers. I’m a day late getting the roundup on the ol blog. I had all intentions of getting it done yesterday. I even tweeted about it. See! I’m not a slacker… ok maybe a little. But that’s not why I didn’t finish on time. Do you have a time for a little story? Gather round readers.
Once upon a time. A happy little CB, with no care in the world, settled into her Ikea Solsta Olarp computer chair for a little blogging time for Cupcake Hero. Her fingers swiftly moved along the keyboard adding word after word, punctuation after punctuation to the blank computer screen in front of her. Suddenly without warning the screen went black. CB screamed. Two hours later when the power came back on, she rushed back to the computer only to find that the post she spent hours working on had only 1/2 saved. Disgusted she cursed at the power company and decided it would be best to walk away and finish another day.
Now I know that any bloggers out there that have experienced the same blog post loss will feel my pain. I almost felt like wearing black the whole rest of the day to mourn. But California’s weather is in the 90s right now so I just settled for my black swim suit and went to the beach instead. Tehee.
Thank you to all our cup-testants who participated in Cupcake Hero::October! Sorry for the confusion this month with the pumpkin shortage. Since I changed my mind multiple times during the month I decided to accept all entries regardless if you didn’t get the memo about decorating them Halloween-y.
Without further ado. LET’S ROCK THE VOTE! — > Poll on the side menu bar. Voting ends October 21st @ 11:59pm EST. But you won’t win on votes alone. That will be decided in my kitchen. May the best cupcakes throw down!
Hint for next month’s ingredient: What do Reeses pieces, Jif and Skippy all have in common?
PS- Please, Please, Please don’t forget to email me your entry *AND* add 1-2 pics to our flickr group. I had a couple pictures in the flickr group that I didn’t get an email so I had no idea who you were, recipe, name of cupcake etc. Unfortunately I decided to leave them out of the roundup since I had no information.
Don’t shake your head at me.
I know what you’re thinking.
“It took you a week to count up the votes, CB, really?”
My answer? Yes, yes it did. I never said I was a math whiz and I do have a life outside cupcakes. *gasp* I know. Actually if you want the real scoop; There’s a lot of pretty exciting stuff happening at mi casa that took center stage above Cupcake Hero for a week. More deets here.
When I say this was a close call, trust me. This was a close call. By one vote. One stinking vote. Can you believe it? Obviously my taste testers loved both cupcakes but unfortunately “…only one can be the winner.” (It’s killing me that I can’t remember what show that’s from!!)
Yes, I made scorecards.
Yes, I forced my
friends taste testers to fill them out.
No, I don’t have too much time on my hands. Thanks for asking.
Winner to be announced soon.
Even though I haven’t chosen September’s winner yet, there are A LOT of you that are pitching a fit for October’s ingredient. I LOVE all the enthusiasm! I’ve gotten emails, comments and tweets begging me to announce the next ingredient. Patience is a virtue… that I don’t have so… here we go.
But before we announce the ingredient *ducking stale cupcake stumps being thrown at me* it seems like the consensus on our flickr group discussion regarding the new monthly ingredient was to build up the suspense with hints so that’s what I was trying to do! Apparently some Cupcake Hero-ers weren’t feeling the haiku, eh? FYI hints are SUPPOSE to be vague. Just saying.
Are you readyyyyyyy?
I CAN’T HEAR YOU!?!
ARE YOU READY?!!?!
I’m a Fall girl. When October arrives I get all giddy for the trifecta of holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Halloween is my husband’s favorite holiday (Thanksgiving is a close second b/c of the food gorging and no gift buying thing) so I let him pick the ingredient this month. Of course he chose pumpkin. He’s a pumpkin freak. Cookies, cheesecake, cupcakes, pie, Starbucks etc etc. I think pumpkin is like his bacon. You pumpkin it. He will love it.
But wait. I’m not done yet.
Now I don’t know if my readers remember, but last year I co-hosted a Halloween cupcake contest with Cassie of How To Eat A Cupcake but unfortunately due to time constraits Cassie is unable to host with me this year. *sad face* (Congrats to her for starting her new biz though!) So I said “What the heck? I’ll combine Cupcake Hero and Booo-tiful Cupcake Contest for double the
Not only do you need to include pumpkin in the cake, filling and/or frosting, you need to make your cupcake Halloween-y. (UPDATED: Due to an unforeseen (or maybe I’m the only one that didn’t know?) pumpkin shortage I’m changing so that you can substitute squash if you can’t find pumpkin.) Bake your cupcake with pumpkin (or squash) in the cake, filling and/or frosting and decorate your cupcake Halloween-y. “Halloween-y” is open to interpretation. You can use fondant, candy, frosting. Anything goes. Your cupcake creation. Your call. Just bare in mind that I’ll be recreating them so I’m more likely to invoke baker’s choice with something that’s not gonna take me days to put together but still makes me scream in terror! Check out last year’s entries for inspiration.
Deadline: October 15th @ 11:59pm EST
Please, please, please don’t forget to email me your entry! Name, blog link (if applicable) and cupcake name.
Bake, drink and be scary. *Muhahaha*
Wow. Just wow.
I am in shock at how many votes you all got in our first Cupcake Hero challenge. Almost 1400! That’s what I’m talking about!
Now be honest. Raise your hand if you sat in front of your computer and voted for yourself 100x? Don’t look innocent. There’s no shame in voting for yourself over and over again. Heck if the rules say I can “vote as many times as you want” you better believe I’ll be hitting “vote” every 5 secs. I might throw in a mercy vote for a few of my cup-testants here and there but it’s really all about me, Baby! Call it egotistical (I call it competitive spirit) but if you don’t think you’re the best how can you convince others right? However after getting some concerned emails from fellow Cupcake Hero-ers, I decided in the name of fairness, I’ll be changing the rules to 1 vote/person from now on.
Any complaints call Jenny at 867-5309.
Ok. Enough administrative business. Let’s talk cupcakes. If you check out the side menu bar, there was a tight 4 way race for voter’s choice but eventually Christy’s Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich Cupcake came out the favorite with 319 votes! Whoa mama! Congratulations Christy! Are you ready to see who you’ll be facing?
Baker’s choice (hey that’s me!) was a hard one. There were so many cupcakes that I wanted to bake and probably will later. I hope you all realize how momentous this occasion is. Me? Of all people. Wants to bake banana cupcakes. Key word. WANT.
But eventually I kept coming back to one cupcake. It had me at burnt frosting.
Pssst… Want another hint for October’s Cupcake Hero ingredient? Brought to you by haiku.
Hey Cupcake Heroes
Halloween is coming soon
Bake and be scary.
Let the throwdown begin!
Don’t mind me. I’m just wiping the drool off my face and keyboard.
Ok I’m ready.
First of all… Can I just say that you ALL are FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC?!! I had high hopes for bringing Cupcake Hero back but I am beyond stoked to get 40+ entries the first month. Special thanks to the Cupcake Hero diva herself, Laurie of Quirky Cupcake for giving me her blessing to bring
SEXY Cupcake Hero back. Last but not least. Thank you all cup-testants for your creativity and droolworthy entries. I am honestly craving bananas. Whaaaaat? Will the real CB please stand up? HA HA
Without further ado. LET’S ROCK THE VOTE! — > Poll on the side menu bar. Voting ends September 21st @ 11:59pm EST
Vote as many times as you want. <~ (Changed my mind b/c I can! You got a problem? Take it up with yo mama! HA!) But you won't win on votes alone. That will be decided in my kitchen. May the best cupcakes throw down!
Hint for next month's ingredient: Booo-tiful Cupcakes. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
PS- Please let me know if I’ve made any link errors, name misspellings, etc etc. To err is human. To arrgghhh is pirate!
Tags: cupcake hero sponsors
Shawn Askinosie is the brainchild behind Askinosie Chocolate. Derrr! Honestly I’m not a big chocolate crave-er but this chocolate makes me C-R-A-V-E chocolate. (That Honda CRV ad campaign just popped into my head. Don’t ask me why! HA!) Laurie from Quirky Cupcake got me hooked when she introduced me to Askinosie from a past Cupcake Hero challenge… and I’ve never looked back. It’s the BEST chocolate EVER. Don’t take my word for it. If you win Cupcake Hero, Shawn is (generously) sponsoring a tube of natural cocoa powder and chocolate bar for every monthly winner! Let’s all say it together… SHAWN ROCKS!
Etsy store >> ThreeRabbits
Aren’t these the most ADORABLE cupcake magnets? They are even cuter in real life. Each one is handmade and unique by Crystal. She even hand delivered them to me. We found out during our Etsy convos that we lived down the street from each other. WHOA! Small world, right? Every Cupcake Hero winner will receive 2 magnets. They come individually wrapped and ready to make your refrigerator delicious!
Etsy store >> StitchesAPlenty
I can’t even describe how much I PINKY PUFFY HEART these kitchen towels. Stacey stitched up these towels with the official Cupcake Hero logo and even came up with the fun idea of changing up the colors with the monthly holidays. For example: red and green for December (Christmas). Do you get it? Do you love it?!! Every monthly winner will receive a set of 2 kitchen towels with the official Cupcake Hero logo. I’m tempted to keep one set for myself. Shhhhh! Don’t tell!
Etsy store >> SygnetCreations
Every baker has their favorite “things”. Most will say their KitchenAid mixer. Am I right? Don’t get me wrong. I love Ginger Spice (Yes, I named my Kitchenaid mixer.) but I’m a sucker for oven mitts. You give me cupcake oven mitts and I’ll swoon. When Amanda contacted me about cupcake oven mitts I knew I had to have them for Cupcake Hero. I mean think about it. What baker doesn’t need oven mitts right? Every monthly winner will receive a set of oven mitts. Could be cupcake fabric or cupcake applique depending on sponsor availability. Also check out her blog too.
Etsy store >> KupcakeNaturals
I’m not much of a girly girl. Yeah I get manis and pedis but I rarely wear makeup. Forget about mascara or lipstick in my purse. That’s just wasted purse space for me but I ALWAYS carry lip balm to keep my lips soft and silky smooth. Usually in a couple different brands and flavors so when Danielle contacted me about her cupcake flavored lip balm, I knew I’d be buying some for me (Hey! I’m looking out for #1 first!) and Cupcake Hero winners. Each monthly winner will receive 2 tins of lip balm. (Flavors to vary each month.) Flavors include: vanilla cupcake, raspberry chocolate cream, chocolate cupcake and buttercream. Yum! But that’s not all Danielle does. She also has her own cupcakery where she sells her lip balm and creates tasty cupcake confections. Check out her website ~> www.forcupcakes-sake.com for more information.
** Footnote: Danielle emailed me recently that she’s been evacuated from her home b/c of the Los Angeles fires so please understand if the September winner may not be able to receive lip balm tins during her current situation.
Etsy store >> LizSage, LLC
Joy from LizSage is an absolute joy to work with. (Sorry I couldn’t resist the pun!) But seriously. She’s so creative with her cupcake notepads, notecards+envelopes, recipe cards and more. I have a love affair with stationery. There’s something so Victorian about writing letters in a time where email, twitter, facebook, myspace is how we keep in touch with people. Don’t get me wrong. I love my email but there’s nothing like a handwritten letter on beautiful stationery. Joy has come up with a couple different designs for cupcake stationery. Every monthly winner will receive a set of stationery. (Designs vary each month.) And get this? We’re in talks about how to provide IHC readers with a .pdf file to download cupcake stationery to print themselves! How cool is that? So cool.
Etsy store >> TinyTokenDesigns
Raise your hand if you saw the picture (above) and said outloud “Omg those are adorable!” Go ahead. Don’t be shy. I’m guilty of that exclamation too. I was on my nightly lurking on Etsy, saw these cupcake earrings and IMMEDIATELY contacted Sandi about making them available to my Cupcake Hero winners. Not only did she agree to sponsor Cupcake Hero, she went above and beyond by individually packaging each pair of earrings in a little box complete with a bow for every monthly winner. Just between you and me. I bought myself a pair too and they are my favorite pair of earrings. So dainty, so cute, so cupcake.
Etsy store >> GadgetGear
I’m not sure how much I talk about it on my blog but if you follow me on twitter, you know how much I L-0-V-E my iPhone. Of course I couldn’t have a prize package and not include something iPhone related right? Right! This cupcake case is made of double layers of felt to keep your gadget safe from scratches. Measures approx. 4.7 x 3.1″ (12.3 x 8cm). No iPhone? No problem. I bet it could fit your Crackberry (Boo! Hiss!) or current cell phone too or use it to carry your ID or cash. Every monthly winner will receive a cupcake case. (Colors may vary each month.)
Etsy store >> Leather Prince
Click on the Leather Prince etsy store link above. Now. Trust me. I met Beon and Candy last year when they made me a custom leather cupcake iPhone case and a ninja keychain for my little brother. I knew that I would contact them again to sponsor Cupcake Hero. Now I’m not what you’d call a biker chick but I love the leather. Leather cupcake keychain that is. Doesn’t that cherry just make you smile? Every monthly winner will get a custom made leather cupcake keychain.
… and last but certainly not least!
Etsy store >> Cakespy
The lovely, the fabulous, the talented Jessi of Cakespy is sponsoring a custom Cuppie artwork for the TOP CUPCAKE MASTER at the end of the year. Now I don’t have to tell my readers about Cakespy right? I think most bloggers that know anything about anything about blogging desserts knows about Cakespy. I am honored to have her as part of Cupcake Hero.
So what do you think…?
Are you overwhelmed?
Are you inspired to start baking?
Are you giddy with all the goodies?
I hope so.
I know I am.
Disclaimer: All cup-testants are welcome but some prizes may not be able to be shipped internationally. Thanks for your understanding.
You read it here first! Cupcake Hero is back, baby!
As much fun as I’ve had participating every month in Iron Cupcake, I have a sweet (no pun intended *snort*) spot in my heart for the original cupcake blog event known as CUPCAKE HERO started by my dear friend Laurie of Quirky Cupcake almost 2 years ago. This was the first cupcake – scratch that – food blogging event I EVER participated in!
Gosh. How time flies…
♪♫Memories. Like the corners of my mind♪♫
Oops! For a minute there my mind wandered and I was singing a duet with Barbara Streisand.
Now you may or may not have read on Laurie’s blog that her son was recently diagnosed with epilepsy. And as any great mother would, she made the hard decision to cut back on blogging responsibilities and focus on her son and family. While the rest of us cupcake bakers understood, it definitely left a hole in the cupcake world (in my humble opinion).
But I’m happy to report that with Laurie’s blessing… I’m bringing CUPCAKE HERO back!
First thing’s first.
Join our flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/cupcakehero/
Next. Get your creative juices flowing. I’ll be announcing the participation rules, prizes and September ingredient and/or theme soon. Very very soon.
So don’t touch that dial… errr… mouse! We’ll be back after these commercial breaks.
PS – Just for kicks. Leave me a comment if you are interested in participating, any suggestions, comments and/or questions. You know me. I’m a CW!