We are now taking orders for St. Patrick’s Day. Last day to order is Sunday, March 12th. [Read more...]
At the book fair at Emily’s school last week, Emily was sooooo excited that she found a book that was PERFECT for me!!! “It’s Raining Cupcakes” by Lisa Schroeder is about a 12 year old girl who is dreading her boring summer until her mother opens up a cupcake bakery! [Read more...]
While making cupcakes tonight, I decided to try out my new iPod Nano video and make a buttercream tutorial. It’s my very first video tutorial! The video is “How to make Mint Buttercream”! Enjoy [Read more...]
Ran across this today. I bet this took a ton of time to make! So cute though! [Read more...]
A friend of mine on Twitter (@peacelovedmb) sent me this photo… it’s too cute not to share!!!
I was in the mood for a simple cupcake since the last few I’ve made have been pretty elaborate. What’s more simple than a white cupcake with chocolate chips? YUM! [Read more...]
I’ve been researching how to make buttercream roses for cupcakes I’ll be doing this spring. [Read more...]
I know these are holiday… but this technique can be used for any occasion! [Read more...]
For Valentine’s Day this year I was inspired by the Hostess cupcake with creme filling and chocolate top. [Read more...]
Wow!! What a great giveaway this has been!! Thank you to EVERYONE who has made this last year possible for me and THANK YOU to everyone who gave so generously to make this giveaway so amazing! [Read more...]
If you could ask your favorite cupcake baker or cupcake bakery owner a question or two and get a 100% honest answer? What would you ask? [Read more...]
Over the past year, I’ve learned a few tricks that make baking cupcakes a lot easier! This is a simple trick that makes filling a pastry bag with frosting so simple!
4 Easy Steps to Filling a Pastry Bag
- Place your pastry bag, tip down, in a tall cup. Fold edges of the bag over the side of the cup. Using a spatula, scoop frosting into bag.
- Using the spatula, push the frosting down into the bag, holding the cup for support. Use the spatula to wipe off extra frosting, creating a smooth top.
- Fold up the sides of the pastry bag.
- Take the bag out of the cup and with your hands push the frosting down to the tip of the bag, trying to not let any air in the bag. Twist the bag at the top of the frosting.
Shopping at Wal-Mart the other day for my husbands Valentine’s Day goodies, my daughter spots this box of chocolate covered strawberries. [Read more...]
If you know anything about cupcakes in the world of blogging, then you’ve probably seen the “Cupcakes Take the Cake” blog! The founding editors of this blog, Rachel and Nichelle, have been bringing us the best of the best in the cupcake world via their blog and were even guests on the Martha Stewart Show. [Read more...]
The First Annual JavaCupcake Blogerversary Giveaway is here! $300+ in prizes could be YOURS!!
There are tons of “mommy blogs” out there, hey JavaCupcake could even be considered a mommy blog! Kim at momyear.com was inspired during her pregnancy by reading the blogs of moms, she said it helped her get through the hard times and now, she’s giving back to the mom bloggers community! She has taken it upon herself to highlight a new mommy blogger everyday for the next year! And guess who is Day 9 on the blog?? That’s right, JavaCupcake.com is!!! Thank you Momyear.com for the honor!
Here’s what Momyear.com had to say. You can find the article here.
Betsy loves everything about cupcakes. She’s also a stay at home mom of a 10-year-old girl and an Army Wife. In her blog, Java Cupcake, Betsy shares recipes and photos of her homemade cupcakes In addition, she highlights cupcake accessories and themed products.
I find this blog to be a breath of fresh air on the cupcake front. Not every cupcake is perfectly decorated so there is no intimidation in trying. Not even every recipe works out at all, and I think we’ve all been there. So if you feel the need to create some cupcakes, take a visit to Java Cupcake for inspiration.
Here’s a sampling:
Strawberries – You know that time of the year when strawberries are perfect and everywhere and you don’t know what else to do with them? Mmmm. Strawberry Cupcakes.
Peanut Butter Cups – Well, as Betsy says, they aren’t exactly cupcakes, but, ya know, they look like one.
When new recipes go bad – I love this. I’ve had more of my fair share of recipes end up in the trashcan. I love that she showed us.
Mini Cupcake Crawl – For those in the Seattle area, or if you plan on visiting.
CONNECT with Java Cupcake
Screen Shot from Java Cupcake – http://www.javacupcake.com/
Oh…. when I saw you, I knew we’d go together like a “Wink” and a smile!! Oh yes, little Wink cupcakes you were made for me and I was made to smile for you!!
My little angel and I hopped in the Routan and jetted up to the big city of Seattle to the quaint neighborhood known as Queen Anne. My mother lived in this neighborhood back when she met my father, so I knew this place was magical. Wink Cupcakes, well you’ve continued on with that magic with your cupcake shop!
As I walked up to the counter, I drawn immediately to the display case that held the cupcakes. Three rows of beautifully displayed cupcakes. 10 different flavors. How was I going to choose? Oh wait… why choose? Just get one of each! So excited to taste my favorite little treats, I forgot to see how much they cost. Now… I planned to spend a few dollars at Wink today, but I guess I wasn’t expecting the $36 a dozen price tag for these little puppies. EEEEK. At this point, I’m crossing my fingers they are worth it!
So we sit down with our loot, eager to take a bit out of each one. Here’s the run down of what we got.
Now on to the taste testing! Emily wanted to try the Peanut butter with Peanut butter buttercream first. The base of this cupcake tasted so much like a peanut butter cookie. Mmmmm it was good. The frosting was creamy and smooth and topped perfectly with a kiss!
Jen and I tried the Chocolate with Chocolate buttercream next. It had a very intense, distinct coffee flavor in both the frosting and the cake. If you like coffee flavor, you’ll love this cupcake. It wasn’t your typical chocolate flavor, yet still very tasty!
We also tried the Red Velvet with Cream Cheese frosting and the Coconut with Coconut buttercream as well as the Hazelnut with Hazelnut icing. All very different in their flavors! The Red Velvet had the moistest cake of all of the flavors we tired while the Hazelnut had the most distinct true to their name flavor. By the time we got to the Coconut, we were on cupcake overload and could only finish half of it!
And this is what you look like when you’ve eaten too many cupcakes. Oohhhh my belly!
We spent almost 2 hours in Wink Cupcakes, enjoying the decor, the friendly people, and the tons of customers coming in and out of the shop. As we were enjoying our cupcakes, one of the Wink staffers brought us a complimentary Buttercream Latte! Such a sweet surprise! Thank you!
Overall, we had a really great experience at Wink. It was just what a cupcake shop should be… fun, sweet, and yummy! There were a few things that I’d like to see differently at Wink that I think could really make this cupcake shop a HUGE success!
First, their buttercream frosting was almost too sweet and smooth, airy and light. When I think of a standard buttercream, I like a thicker, more “meaty” buttercream. Wink’s frosting was a little too smooth and light for my taste. Now…. if you like this type of buttercream… then Wink is the place for you! It was good, just not my ideal for a cupcake.
Second, the size of their cupcakes were surprisingly small. For $3 a “wink” sized cupcake and $36 a dozen, I would expect a slightly bigger cupcake. Some of the cupcakes we sampled didn’t even rise up over the edge of the liners, being only about an inch or so tall. Having tasted so many cupcakes and been to so many cupcake shops, these by far were the smallest cupcakes for the price.
Lastly, with the exception of the Red Velvet cupcake, every cupcake we tasted was slightly over cooked and dry. When I pulled away the liners from the cakes, I could see a lighter color on the inside of the cupcake than the browned outer edges. This was a little disappointing. With each bite of a new cupcake, I was hoping that I’d find more moistness in them… but, I didn’t. I’m hoping that they can tweak their cupcake recipes so that these beautiful little gems can be as moist and delicious as they look in the case!
Now… don’t get me wrong, despite these three things… I thought that Wink Cupcakes was a big success! I had a great time up on Queen Anne hill at Wink and I’d definitely stop back in if I were in the area! And… if they ever start selling their T-Shirts in “big girl” sizes and online… I’ll be buying one! Oh… and get this, the glass window said, “Please refrain from licking the glass!” hehehehe
Thanks Wink Cupcakes for being such great hosts to our visit! My daughter and my best friend and I had a really great afternoon in your shop!
Here are a few extra fun pictures from our afternoon at Wink!