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Monday, September 8, 2014

Candy Corn Cupcakes!

Candy Corn is here to cheer us up as we gradually let go of the short summer we just enjoyed.
Even if you think candy corn is gross, you can't deny, it is a staple of the chilly..tingly..blissful Fall that lies ahead ♥ 



While making the candy corn cupcakes , I always ask myself..what color comes first in a piece of candy corn?  The yellow or the orange or the white?  Deep thoughts..



Or an excuse to shop the sprinkles aisle at my local Bulk Food Shoppe and do some yummy research.
If my dad doesn't eat all my research (he loves to eat my sweets from the bulk shoppe), I can use these gummi candy corns as cupcake toppers!

Tripled Candy Corn Cupcakes
(Candy Corn on the inside, Candy Corn Frosting Swirl, and GIANT Candy Corn Gummies on top).
Yellow on the bottom.
Orange in the middle.
White on top ♥

The inside even looks like a piece of candy corn. ♥
My candy corn cupcakes are vanilla almond, but when you eat one, your inner kid kicks in and believes that they taste like candy corn! 


This is how I turn a cupcake into a piece of candy corn.

I start with a white batter (see a delicious recipe below)
The two edible colors I use are from Americolor:  Electric Yellow and Electric Orange Gel Paste.
I divide the batter into two separate bowls and color each bowl a separate color a candy corn color story.

Using a small cookie scoop, I layer one scoop of yellow on the bottom of the cupcake liner,
I repeat with the orange on top of the yellow batter to make a "striped" effect, and fill the cupcake liner about 1/2 full.  I bake at 325 for about 22 minutes ♥ Sometimes I change it up and leave some of the batter white and add a white "dome" on top of each cupcake like real candy corn.

Super puffy candy corn cupcakes!!

The candy corn cupcakes look really good with rainbow owls on top too ♥
(almonds for the "feathers", white candy wafers, multi-colored m&ms for the eyes, and sunflower seeds for the beek!) For rainbow technique, see my rainbow cupcake blog here!

They also look good with Halloween costumes!
Maybe I'll dress up as Lucille Ball with my friend Alicia as Ricky again ♥
Or how cute would it be to be Lucille Ball wearing a cupcake costume?!
Fall Inspiration is everywhere.
And it all started with candy corn.

I've got a treat for you. (I'm more into the treat side instead of the tricks).

The Bake At Home Version of the Amanda Cupcake Candy Corn Cupcakes!
(I recommend these for this year's Halloween Party):


Ingredients Needed:
White Cake Mix (Betty Crocker works well if you buy in the local store)
1 1/2 Cups Buttermilk, room temperature (in place of the water on the box)
4 eggs, room temperature
3.9-4 oz White Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 1/2 teaspoons of Almond Extract
½ Cup Vegetable or Canola Oil
Light colored cupcake tin
White Cupcake Liners (this recipe makes about 18 cupcakes)
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Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 325.
2. Line your cupcake pan with cupcake wrappers.
3. In a bowl or a stand mixer cream eggs, vegetable oil, and dry box of pudding mix.
4. Gradually add remaining ingredients, little by little until everything is evenly blended, scraping bowl down in between to make sure all ingredients are evenly mixed).  I don’t dump everything in the bowl all at once.  When doctoring a cake mix, I treat this like I am mixing ingredients from scratch so that all ingredients are evenly blended/mixed.
5.  Take out 2 separate bowls, divide batter in half into each bowl.
6.  For Electric Yellow:  Mix a few small drops of Americolor gel paste in one vanilla batter bowl.
7.  For Electric Orange:  Mix a few small drops of Americolor gel paste in one vanilla batter bowl.
**The more color you add, the more vibrant it will get.
8.  Using a small cookie scoop for each color, scoop the yellow batter onto the bottom of the cupcake liner. Dip your second scoop into the orange batter and layer this orange batter on top of the yellow. Fill cupcake liner about 1/2 full and let bake for appx 325 min.

**Once cupcakes are cooled, frost to your heart's delight and top each cupcake with an candy corn gummy treat!  (I bought mine at Greenville Bulk Food Supply).

Frosting Recipe (for coloring, use same technique and colors as the candy corn batter technique):

13-14 oz Marshmallow Fluff or Cream
1 lb butter
1 T Vanilla Extract
Dash Salt (to lessen the sweetness a tad)
8 Cups Powdered Sugar (depending on how thick you want your frosting to be-use less for creamier frosting and more for thicker swirls)

  • Use a spatula to scrape the fluff and the butter out into your stand mixer.
  • Mix well until fluffy and well blended.
  • Gradually add a pinch of salt and vanilla extract.
  • Now add your powdered sugar, slowly until the frosting reaches desired consistency.
  • (The more powdered sugar you add—the more stiff the frosting will be for decorating, so you will get a "point" that looks just like a piece of candy corn when piping on with a 1A round decorating tip.)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I auditioned for Shark Tank ♥

 I did it.

I auditioned for Shark Tank. 

I'm a fan of the show, but I have to admit..watching it makes me nervous.
I get nervous because I watch all these dreamers (like me) taking big risks.
When the recipient on the show receives a good offer, I get nervous because I start listing all the things in my head that ***I*** need to do to turn this little cute company I've got into a glittery lifestyle brand! I think.. "If they can do it, so can I." Then I can't sleep.  And...when the recipient gets declined, I am sad with them but then I start to problem solve about how they can move forward from here.  I know what it is like to put yourself out on the line.  I am rooting for these small business owners with big dreams.  ♥


So..I wasn't so sure about auditioning.
But I could totally use a launchpad for Amanda Cupcake!

Sort of a big deal...right?! This is honestly what motivated me to audition. Even if this was the ONLY conversation I have ever had with this man. It was on Facebook, in the middle of the night.


Can you imagine a whole line of Amanda Cupcake products for sale on QVC?
Edible Glitter, Blinged out Mixers, Interactive Cookbooks..
In hopes of a product line, I designed this t-shirt a few months ago. I hope to start selling it to my fans in the near future!


Maybe I'm dreaming here..but I've even dreamed of a Cupcake Jet that can fly anywhere globally to deliver cupcakes to the world?! ♥ 
I've already delivered cupcakes on a giant cupcake float in the New Dublin Parade.. a jet isn't too far off. ♥ Maybe I'll start with a cupcake mobile that poofs glitter out the exhaust!



Oh and where those ideas come from there are many more.


You see..Amanda Cupcake is so much more than just a delicious cupcake.
She's a brand. A lifestyle of glitter, love, dreams come true, indulgence, luxury, youth.
The world has a Cake Boss.
They have a Martha Stewart.
They have a corporate Cupcake Company (Sprinkles)
but the world doesn't have a Cupcake Queen yet!

My first solo cover girl moment, quoted as a Cupcake Queen! Wisconsin Lifestyles Magazine! I look like a cupcake...right?!

My inspirational characters or brands in my own brand making venture are Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, Starbucks, Ellen Degeneres, Dr.Seuss, Betsey Johnson, and Willy Wonka. Big dreams, I know.

However..look at what I've done this year!
It has almost been 1 year since I started selling at my 1st big box retailer, Woodmans ♥

The 4 packs of nostalgic cupcakes are the most popular!


And the surprise Instagram tags I receive from fans make my day. ♥♥♥


One of my biggest events of the year, teamed up with the Make A Wish Foundation to make cake pops that looked like balloons (that guy is my biggest fan, my dad) ♥ This was on my 35th birthday!



This past July, I auditioned for Shark Tank.
(My "Shark" Cupcakes!)

When I auditioned, I couldn't see anything beyond making it to the next level. It meant the world to me, and you can see why with all my big dreams and ideas. How in the world was I going to describe me as a person and as a business to a casting director in 1 minute?!!?  But I did. At the end of my short meeting with the casting director, I handed her a bag of sprinkles to take outside, throw in the wind, and make a wish. 

After I was done with the casting call, I received all of this recognition from you (my fans), and just that by itself was overwhelming.  I couldn't believe it:

I didn't hear back from the show.
But after putting this blog together I was like, wow...look at all I've done and can do as just Amanda Cupcake in just one year's time. Who is to say I won't try to get on the Shark Tank again? Maybe I won't be quite as nervous next time! 

And I'll leave all of you aspiring entrepreneurs and dreamers with this inspirational "recipe", I look at it every time I am a little bit sad that I didn't make it on the show. There are great things to come for those who have a vision and never stop trying!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cupcakes with Mrs. Doubtfire ♥



I have to share my Mrs Doubtfire cupcakes with you and all of the world ♥




When I made these cupcakes, I laughed and cried.





After I heard the tragic news about the death of Robin Williams, my intuition told me I needed to collaborate with Robin Williams in the kitchen.  So I invited one of my favorite ladies from my childhood (Mrs. Doubtfire) and her swirls of grey curly  hair, oversized grey glasses,to my kitchen.  And the cake scene, oh of course the famous cake scene was re-enacted in our baking collaboration. (upper left cupcake)   Something told me that even in the darkness, people needed to chuckle a little bit.  There have been many words said, many tabloids posted, they won't stop.  But the echoes of my giggles in the kitchen after baking and bringing Mrs Doubtfire back to life in the form of a cupcake spoke much louder than any words could. ♥ 






Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I am a Cupcake Fairy Godmother!

This is dedicated to my friend Alicia in California. Remember her? I flew out to her a few years ago when she was getting married (see the blog story here).
She recently found out she is expecting a baby girl, and this is her adorable little baby bump ♥

And when I made these stenciled baby shower cupcakes, I thought they might match her belly perfectly.



A sweet baby girl, already leaving a trail of sparkly footprints (in the belly..and soon on her own path in the world).  




Yesterday...  I received this wonderful surprise in the mail, and it made me think about something interesting:
A thank you letter from Daisy Troop 2289 with a custom made cupcake patch!
The girls from the troop designed this Amanda Cupcake patch after taking one of my classes, and now they proudly wear the patch on their sashes!  This by far was one of the best presents I have ever received in the mail.   That's when I realized I too, am on a maternal journey in my very own way. I am a cupcake fairy godmother to all these girls and all the babies/kids I meet along this cupcake journey!  But you know what else is awesome about this "cupcake fairy godmother" responsibility? All the moms and mommies and daddies to be that I meet along the way.  I share the excitement with them every time they visit me or I create a custom cupcake order for them. Maybe Alicia will ask me to be the cupcake fairy godmother for her baby girl?! I hope so.

See these two?  They are husband and wife. Lizzi and Alex Brockmann.
They drove out to my cupcake mansion in the snow (as you can see above) and ordered an item off of my secret menu.  A wish (and wishes are free at The Cupcake Mansion). All you have to do is ask for a handful of sprinkles to take outside and throw in the wind and make a wish. Lizzi didn't tell me what her wish was when she was throwing the sprinkles until her wish came true ♥  Lizzi is wishing in this photo..to have a baby..and she recently revealed to me that her wish came true. She is pregnant! 


Since I am over 2000 miles away from Alicia during a precious time in her life, my hope through this blog is to share some fun cupcake ideas/recipes with her, and maybe someone who loves her can try to recreate their own cupcake love and it can be expressed to her across the miles!  (and what's really awesome..now you can try these too).

Some Cupcake Fairy Godmother Inspiration: 

BEEHIVE CUPCAKES ♥

Cupcakes are Lemon Sundrop flavored. (easy bake at home recipe below!)    Can you tell..it's a girl?! I filled a disposable piping bag with my buttercream frosting (see recipe below). The tip I used was a giant 1A round tip to swirl dreamy fat beehive swirls on top of the cupcake.  The colors used: Americolor Electric Yellow and Americolor Electric Pink. ♥ The bees on the top are made out of yellow fondant, white heart shaped sprinkles for the wings, and a chocolate jimmie for the stinger.  The stripes are drawn on with a black edible ink marker.  You can also buy pre-made bees as pictured above too if you want a quicker option!  The pre-made bees are by Wilton and are sold at cake decorating supply stores ♥

Mini Baby Bump Cupcakes ♥
These were for a boy. You can tell because the heart on the belly is blue! (but you could easily change it to pink).  How I made these:  2 mini cupcakes, and one large cupcake for body shape! I stuck them all close enough together to make "mini baby bump" cupcake cakes! People are always making big Baby Bump cakes lately..I figured I'd give baby belly cupcakes a shot:

Baby Reveal Cupcakes (It's a boy):
I filled the inside of each vanilla cupcake with sky blue frosting for the boy (using Americolor Gel Paste.  If it was for a girl, you could use Electric Pink Gel Paste by Americolor).  The top of the cupcake is a heart..divided between pink and blue ♥ Is it a girl..or a boy?  I've heard it truly doesn't matter because you'll love him/her no matter what (that's why I made the heart)!


Ladybug cupcakes:

Everything edible and made by hand! The face made out of an oreo, cut not in half, but about 3/4.  The mouth made out of a red heart sprinkle. Sugar eyes.  M&Ms as the spots.  The antenna are drawn on parchment paper using chocolate candy melts (I cut a hole in the end of a disposable piping bag filled with melted candy melts and drew little lines on a parchment paper lined pan to make the antenna!  I added little heart sprinkles to the top of the antenna while the chocolate was still wet).  Frosting color used:  Super Red ♥

For the NICU Nurses:
Handmade and delivered in person to the NICU nurses at St Elizabeth Hospital here in Appleton, Wisconsin.  NICU nurses are wonderwomen! They should wear capes with their uniforms (and I believe that they are also fairy godmothers) ♥



Lemon Sundrop Cupcakes: (great to use with the beehive cupcakes)
♥Bake At Home Version of Amanda Cupcake's recipe♥

Ingredients:

1 box lemon cake mix
1 cup Sundrop
1 tbl lemon zest (optional)
1 small box instant lemon pudding
1 tsp lemon extract
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs


Directions:

Pour your box mix into stand mixer. Make sure you pour your Sundrop out of the can ahead of time into a bowl or clear measuring cup so it will lose some of its “fizz”. Once this is done, you can add to your box mix. Add box of lemonpudding, in powder form to the mixture. Add lemon extract & oil. Mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes until well blended. Last, add your lemon zest using a spatula. Bake at 350 in cupcake tins (filled about 2/3 full) for approximately 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcake comes out clean.

Optional: Dip your cupcakes in a lemon sundrop syrup so they have a deeper Sundrop flavor.  Mix 1/2 Cup of lemonsundrop with 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar.  After your cupcakes have cooled, dip the top of each one in your Sundrop syrup. The syrup will saturate the cupcake so the Sundrop flavor is more intense.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting:

1 lb of unsalted butter
5 tbl of heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1-2 tsp lemon extract
2 tsp lemon zest
5 Tablespoons Mountain Dew or Sundrop Soda
Around 8-10 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

Cut butter into small squares into a large bowl and blend with mixer until fluffy. Add soda beverage, whipping cream, vanilla, and lemon extract to butter. Once ingredients are incorporated, turn mixer down to low and gradually add powdered sugar until frosting reaches desired consistency (the more powered sugar you add, the thicker the texture of frosting-if frosting is too thick, you can always thin it out with heavy whipping cream so don't be afraid to add powdered sugar!  Frosting pipes out more beautiful when it is on the "stiff" side). Last, add your lemon zest by hand.