Roundup: 25 Easy Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas!

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Valentine’s Day is next week, which means it’s time to get busy with the treat making! We’re here to help with 25 simple, homemade treat ideas that will make perfect “thinking of you” gifts for neighbors, teachers, co-workers, play-date parents, kids, or anyone on your V-Day list!      

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2. Chocolate-Covered Valentine Pretzels

3. Ice Cream Sandwich Hearts

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4. Cross-stitch Cookies

5. Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

6. Edible Arrow Valentines

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7. Woodsy Woodsman Cookies

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How to Frost Cupcakes Like a Pro!

created at: 03/12/2012

It’s hard not to love a beautifully decorated cupcake. Gloria from Glorious Treats shows us how we can do just that. She explains the four most popular frosting tips that are used and includes links to her favorite frosting recipes. As a ‘grand finale’, she even includes a video. I find it particularly cool how frosting ‘inside out’ versus ‘outside in’ with the same tip creates two completely different effects. Thanks Gloria! Visit Glorious Treats for the whole megillah. Continue Reading

How To: Create Colorful Swirled Frosting!

created at: 11/10/2011

So, maybe you don’t have time to bake crazy shapes into your cupcakes but you still want ’em to have a little pizazz.  Well, hold the phone, you’re in luck!  This simple technique will have you seeing (or would that be eating?) rainbows in no time!   

Chica and Jo have created a fabulously easy tutorial for making your own colorful swirled frosting.  I love the multi-colored rainbow look, but their technique can be applied to any color scheme your heart desires!   Continue Reading

How To: Bake a Heart (or Any Shape) into a Cupcake!

created at: 09/22/2011

Sure, there are lots of fancy things you can do to the outside of a cupcake (make it look like modern art, fake popcorn, or even add a brainsucker or two), but you know what they say: it’s the inside that counts.  Learn how to bake a heart—or any shape—into a cupcake and become the coolest kid at the party!  

Baker and blogger extraordinaire Hannah Glennerster shares this simple technique for creating shapes inside cupcakes.   Continue Reading

Round-Up: 8 Oh-So-Sweet Turkey Recipes

Homemade sweets that look like turkeys but taste like heaven…now that’s some fowl I’d like to devour! Any of these exceedingly clever recipes would be a fun addition to the Thanksgiving table.

We start with Gimme Some, who tells us how to make Rice Crispy turkeys  using such things as candy corn, cashews and Whoppers! (Via.)   

Who wouldn’t like to munch on an OREO Turkey Cookie?

Not quite as ambitious, but just as yummy! Continue Reading

Make Popcorn Cupcakes!

Popcorn? On CUPCAKES?? Well…yes and no. It just LOOKS like popcorn. Can you guess what it really is? The sweet concoctions come to us from Stephanie Lynn, who shows us how to make marshmallows (yes, marshmallows!) look like popcorn. Seriously, what kid wouldn’t love diving into one of these babies?? Here’s what you need to make some:

  • cupcakes, any recipe of your choosing 
  • white icing, any type you like
  • miniature marshmallows
  • a knife and cutting board
  • yellow food coloring
  • water
  • a small, clean paintbrush
  • red and white striped scrapbook paper, scissors & tape

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Brainsucker Cupcakes

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What can’t they create with icing? Brainsucker cupcakes are just the right intermission snack during outdoor zombie movie night, or for just for fun. The pink brainy matter wouldn’t be so bad but the green fondant brainsucker may trigger the gag reflex.

Make Root Beer Float Cupcakes

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The conversation in my upholstery classes often roams into the land of sweet, unusual, and delicious recipes. We spend a lot of time discussing the latest from The Smitten Kitchen. Finally I had to see it for myself. You’ll love the magazine-quality photography as well as the side commentary on all sorts of cleverly turned recipes. I’ve actually been daydreaming about these Root Beer Float Cupcakes; a perfect portable combination of chocolate cake and a root beer float. Continue Reading

Not Your Mom’s Cupcake Wrappers

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Would a plate of these not impress your guests?  The finely cut detail just screams, “I’m a pretty sassy hostess, don’t you think?”  The laser cut Magnolia Mint cupcake wrapper (above) is just one of many high style wrappers you can purchase from SavOnCrafts.com.

“Girls Night Out” wrappers run 12 for $12.00…

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Bella Cupcake Couture Cupcake Wrappers for any party decor are on sale now, 18 for $11.99. (Cupcake tops??)

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See the picket fence, black filigree as well as palm tree, and more. Continue Reading