I am so super excited to announce the launch of the Cupcake Couture Blog Party today! I have teamed up with the owner of Bella Cupcake Couture, Carrie Middlemiss, to bring you this fantastic party. Cupcakes, party displays, Bella Cupcake Couture and…. A HUGE PRIZE! So make sure to read the whole post so you don’t miss a thing!!
Carrie and I, along with 18 other bloggers have created custom cupcakes to coordinate with 20 different Bella Cupcake Couture cupcake wrappers (provided graciously by Carrie – THANK YOU!). Each blogger then created a display for the cupcakes – but here’s the best part… the displays were made of every day items found in each bloggers home! No trips to the store for any fancy props. What that means is that you can recreate all 20 of these cupcakes and party displays by yourself – easily! Maybe you’ll even be inspired to create a cupcake in Bella Cupcake Couture wrapper and a display all of your own!
Please visit all 20 blogs, read all 20 recipes and check out all 20 party displays! Links to each party can be found below!
An American Cupcake in London
Bella Cupcake Couture
Chronicles of a Foodie
Crazy for Crust
Cupcakes Take the Cake
Diary of a Mad Hausfrau
Eat Your Heart Out
In Katrina’s Kitchen
Inside BruCrew Life
Love From the Oven
Make Bake Celebrate
Not Just a Mommy
Sugar Swings! Serve Some
The Baked Equation
The Baking Cup
The Decorated Cookie
For the party, Carrie sent me her Jolene Pink Camoflague cupcake wrappers for this party. For the party, Carrie sent me a package of her pink camo wrappers. Kinda perfect for me since my hubby is in the Army and we’re stationed over here in Germany! All Army – all the time! hehe I decided to make a strawberry cupcake with strawberry buttercream … both made with fresh strawberry puree. It’s almost summertime so I thought this flavor would be a perfect choice… plus, the pink matches the wrappers! Super easy, yet so super delicious!
For the display, I used things I already had at home… didn’t need to run to the store to buy anything. Although, if I had to purchase any of the items I used, it wouldn’t be that expensive to recreate.
Here’s what I used to create the display:
- Pink vinyl table cover
- Pottery Barn white cake stand trimmed with 1 1/2 inch pink ribbon
- Martha Stewart white rectangle platter trimmed with 1 1/2 inch pink ribbom
- Pink tissue paper pom pom (watch this tutorial to learn how!) – hung from the wall
- Pink curling ribbon – curled & hung from the wall
- Cupcakes adorned with Bella Cupcake Couture Pink Camo cupcake wrappers
- Army helmet, patrol cap and toy Stryker (You can go to any Military surplus store to look for similar items. Also, any military toy truck would work!)
This display was super simple to put together and I think the addition of the ACU Army equipment really makes the pink POP! And don’t worry if you don’t have access to an Army helmet or patrol hat – just use whatever your kids have already! Got boys? Use their Army trucks in the display! Live near a military surplus store? Run inside there and get some cheap ACU Army gear to put on your table. No need to spend lots of money.
The pink curling ribbon I had in my stash of ribbon already and I think it added some texture and color to the back drop of the display. The pom pom and the curls added much needed height to the entire display.
The cupcakes are a super yummy strawberry cupcake topped with strawberry buttercream and more fresh berries. YUMMMMMMMMOOOO! Seriously. This is THE perfect strawberry cupcake. Everyone who ate one RAVED about it. This recipe makes 3 dozen cupcakes, so you could easily turn it into a cake with 3 8in layers or 2 9in layers. Om nom nom nom
- 3 cups fresh strawberries, diced
- ¼ cup honey
- 2-3 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 3¾ cups cake flour
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- ¾ salt
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ¼ + 2 Tbsp cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp almond extract
- seeds of 1 vanilla bean
- 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2½ cups sugar
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1½ cups strawberry puree
- pink food coloring (Wilton Gel - Pink) - optional
- 3 sticks (1½ cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 lbs powdered sugar, sifted
- ½ cup strawberry puree
- 1 tsp strawberry extract
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ⅛ tsp salt
- In a medium bowl, drizzle up to ½ cup of honey over the top of the chopped strawberries. Add the sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix with a rubber spatula until the strawberries are completely coated.
- Let sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours. You want the sugars to get into the berries to create a delicious syrup.
- Puree in a food processor or blender until smooth.
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees and line cupcake pans with liners.
- In a medium bowl, sift flour, salt and baking soda and set aside.
- In a measuring cup, measure out the buttermilk, oil and almond extract.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, press the vanilla bean seeds into the sugar using the back of your spatula. This will release the oils in the seeds into the sugar.
- Add the butter and cream with the vanilla sugar for 1 minute with the mixer on high.
- Add the beaten eggs in three parts. Scrape the bowl and mix for 30 seconds after each addition.
- Add the buttermilk and oil mixture. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix until completely incorporated.
- Fold in the flour using a rubber spatula until no more white can be seen. DO NOT OVER MIX.
- Add the strawberry puree and fold until combined.
- Add a few drops of food coloring to amp up the pink color - this is optional.
- Fill cupcake liners ½-2/3 full. Bake for 17-19 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pans for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter.
- Add the sifted powdered sugar 1-2 cups at a time and beat on high until smooth after each addition. If the frosting gets too hard to mix, add a the extract and a few tablespoons of the strawberry puree.
- Once all the sugar has been added, add the extract (if you didn't already), salt and the strawberry puree and mix until combined.
- Add up to ½ cup heavy cream until you reach your desired consistency. This will vary on the humidity and temperature you're living in.
- Beat frosting on high for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
- Using a Wilton 1M piping tip, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
- Top with sprinkles and slices of fresh strawberries.
- Set each cupcake in a Pink Camo Cupcake Wrapper from Bella Cupcake Couture
There were just so many amazing photos of these cupcakes that I just can’t help but share so many with you here! I mean…. how cute are these… really!!?
I can’t decide what I’m more excited about…. the awesome cupcake wrappers from Bella Cupcake Couture, the strawberry cupcakes & the pink camo Army display or the fact that I’m giving away a Prize Pack worth $565!!!!!
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