Monday, March 30, 2009

Voting is now open! Vote for me!

Voting for this month's Iron Cupcake Challenge is now open at No One Puts Cupcake in a Corner! Just click on the link and be sure to vote for both of my entries this month!! Voting is open until Friday at noon (central time)! Thanks so much for your vote!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Peanut Butter loves Bananas

For my second entry in this month's Iron Cupcake baking contest, I wanted to try to recreate a cupcake based on one of my favorite childhood foods: the peanut butter and banana sandwich! I would get so excited when I opened my fabulously chic CareBears lunchbox and find a PB&Banana sandwich in there! I think they usually appeared towards the end of the school week when we were running low on lunch supplies, but they were such a treat to me! Seriously, it's like eating dessert for lunch...like you are totally getting away with something. Which is exactly why I decided to turn that sandwich into a dessert!


These cupcakes are made up of a deliciously sweet banana cake and are topped with creamy peanut butter frosting. I then rolled the edges in chopped honey roasted peanuts to give it a little more texture and crunch!

Anything banana always smells so good while it is baking and these cupcakes were no exception! I could barely wait for them to cool so I could top them with the peanut butter frosting and take a bite! While these take a little longer to pull together than the sandwich that inspired them, I think they are definitely worth it!

If you like baking with bananas but are trying to get in bathing suit shape since it is almost time for summer, check out this banana bread recipe on my food blog!

Once again, I'm competing with fabulous bakers around the world for the following great prizes:

A Bunnycake Easter Plushie by DOGBONEART, http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21636297.A whimsical piece by CAKEASAURUS, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5729584.as well as a pair of cupcake earrings from LOTS OF SPRINKLES at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6057281.a collection of all new printed cupcake liners, 200 in all from Sweet Cuppin' Cakes Cupcakery, http://www.acupcakery.com/PLUS, IronCupcake:Earth can not forget our good friend, CAKESPY, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5243382, who is now going to be doing a piece for our winner each month until further notice - sweet!Last and certainly not least, don’t forget our corporate prize providers: HEAD CHEFS by FIESTA PRODUCTS, http://www.fiestaproducts.com/, HELLO CUPCAKE by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, http://blog.hellocupcakebook.com/, JESSIE STEELE APRONS http://www.jessiesteele.com/; TASTE OF HOME books, http://www.tasteofhome.com/; a t-shirt from UPWITHCUPCAKES.COM http://www.upwithcupcakes.com/. Iron Cupcake:Earth is sponsored in part by 1-800-Flowers, http://www.1800flowers.com/ . And as a special thank you, we would like to once again thank DIANAEVANS - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5599270 for her participation in the February challenge. An incorrect link was posted and we want to be sure that she gets the recognition she deserves. Thanks again Diana!

Voting will begin no later than Sunday, March 29 at 8 p.m. at NO ONE PUTS CUPCAKE IN A CORNER, http://www.ironcupcakemilwaukee.com and will be open through Friday, April 3 at 12 noon.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Almond Joy All Grown Up

Well look at me all on the ball and everything for this month's Iron Cupcake Challenge! This month the challenge is to use nuts and/or seeds. The very first thing that popped in my mind when thinking cupcakes and nuts was one of my favorite candy bars: the Almond Joy! I decided to kick it up a notch and make an "All Grown Up Almond Joy Cupcake." Which basically means I added booze!


This is basically a super moist devil's food cupcake spiked with Amaretto to give it a great hint of almond flavor.


Before adding the Amaretto Cream Cheese Frosting I brushed a bit more Amaretto on the top of each warm cupcake just to make sure it had enough of that almond flavor I was hoping to achieve.
After frosting each of these little guys with homemade amaretto cream cheese icing, I topped them with toasted coconut and toasted almonds to finish them off!
I love how the toasted almonds cut the sweetness of the cream cheese icing...and made for such a pretty decoration!

These are definitely going in the keeper file! I think they look so pretty and sophisticated with their toasted coconut and almond decorations!

Once again, I'm competing with fabulous bakers around the world for the following great prizes:


A Bunnycake Easter Plushie by DOGBONEART, http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21636297.
A whimsical piece by CAKEASAURUS, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5729584.
as well as a pair of cupcake earrings from LOTS OF SPRINKLES at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6057281.
a collection of all new printed cupcake liners, 200 in all from Sweet Cuppin' Cakes Cupcakery, http://www.acupcakery.com/
PLUS, IronCupcake:Earth can not forget our good friend, CAKESPY, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5243382, who is now going to be doing a piece for our winner each month until further notice - sweet!Last and certainly not least, don’t forget our corporate prize providers: HEAD CHEFS by FIESTA PRODUCTS, http://www.fiestaproducts.com/, HELLO CUPCAKE by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, http://blog.hellocupcakebook.com/, JESSIE STEELE APRONS http://www.jessiesteele.com/; TASTE OF HOME books, http://www.tasteofhome.com/; a t-shirt from UPWITHCUPCAKES.COM http://www.upwithcupcakes.com/. Iron Cupcake:Earth is sponsored in part by 1-800-Flowers, http://www.1800flowers.com/ . And as a special thank you, we would like to once again thank DIANAEVANS - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5599270 for her participation in the February challenge. An incorrect link was posted and we want to be sure that she gets the recognition she deserves. Thanks again Diana!

Voting will begin no later than Sunday, March 29 at 8 p.m. at NO ONE PUTS CUPCAKE IN A CORNER, http://www.ironcupcakemilwaukee.com and will be open through Friday, April 3 at 12 noon.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Zen Cupcake Barbie Giveaway

Can you believe Barbie is about to be 50!?! She has certainly aged well!


My sister and I had an enviable collection of Barbie's as kids and I can't even imagine the number of hours we spent playing with those dolls! We had the dream house, multiple cars, the rockers stage, and even had the icecream shoppe where you could make your own icecream (it always took forever and had a weird consistency but that didn't keep us from making it over and over and over).


As part of the celebration Zen Cupcake is having another fabulous giveaway! This time there are Stila cosmetics and Juicy Perfume on the line! Check it out and be sure to enter for a chance to win!