Tuesday, February 28, 2012

No Double Dipping Please

 "Happy and successful cooking doesn't rely only on know-how; it comes from the heart, makes great demands on the palate, and needs enthusiasm and a great love of food to bring it to life." Georges Blanc

Whether you are baking a batch of cupcakes or rousing a pot of soup taste and tweak as you go, but no double dipping in the process. Even if you have made your recipe a thousand times, learn to trust your palate. Don't be afraid to get creative with flavor by being in the moment of your kitchen. Food is comfort, so bring love to your table with each delicious bite.

Friday, February 24, 2012

First Gluten Free Bite

Andrea (left) & Lisa (Right)
 We met with the spunky Kristi Hayes, owner of Tabor Mountain Bakehouse, to taste test her gluten free version of Cupcake Girls ET Phone Home and Berrylicious flavors. They were fantastic!

Cupcake Girls were virgins to gluten free treats until Kristi charmed us with her friendly smile and super yummy goodies. We were pleasantly surprised and impressed with such a flavorful and moist cupcake.

 Kristi's cupcakes are gluten free vegan and diabetic friendly. We have one word to describe Kristi's "sexy cakes"  WOW!!!!

Kristi's star ingredient for ET Phone Home is cashew butter and Berrylicious is tweaked with scrumptious strawberries. Mmmmmm!!!! Both cupcake flavors are exclusive to Cupcake Girls.

Cupcake Girls are over the moon to be able to provide a tasty alternative for those of you with food allergies and food sensitivities without comprimising the integrity and richness of our unique cupcakes.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cupcake Tip Tuesday


For the majority of cupcake recipes you want to bring your eggs and butter to room temperature before you begin making your yummy, "sexy cakes." We have all heard this before and we are all guilty of bypassing this little bite of knowledge because of time constraints or forgetfulness. However, this baking 101 step is an important one if you are looking to bake the perfectly domed, scrumptious cupcake. There are chemical reactions that occur among ingredients throughout the baking process and you can actually see the eggs and butter blend more smoothly when chilly eggs and frigid butter are brought up to room temperature.
 How can you save time and not forget this piece of the cupcake baking puzzle? 

When it is time to bake, walk into your kitchen and immediately take out your eggs and butter.

Make a killer play list on your IPOD because baking is always more fun when dancing is involved. I recently saw Mat Kearney in concert with my hubby and he was awesome!

French press a lovely cup of coffee, Seattles Best (Number 4) is my preferred coffee of the month and enjoy. If you want, you can even pour in a jigger of Baily's for added baking fun. OR.... fill a glass with lots of ice, drop in a few orange slices & pour yourself a bubbly S.Pellegrino.

Find your recipe, gather your equipment, grab your dry ingredients, prep any produce, preheat your oven and VOILA.....your eggs & butter are room temperature and you are ready to bake!

If  you still forget or your eggs are not quiet ready then place your chilly eggs in a warm bowl of water for a few minutes and call your mom or a friend just because.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Crazy For Gluten Free Cupcakes

We receive many requests for gluten free cupcakes so we recently met with the lovely & gluten free activist, Kristi Hayes at Tabor Mountain Bakehouse.  

We are working together to twist and tweak  Cupcake Girls unique and modern flavors in efforts to cater to our gluten sensitive customers. 

There is no need to compromise taste when it comes to accommodating food allergies & Cupcake Girls are determined to add amazing, gluten free cupcake options to our menu. 

We look forward to our first taste next Wednesday, February 22 with Kristi's gluten free version of our Berrylicious and ET Phone Home.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cupcake Tip Tuesday


If you are baking cupcakes for your sweetie this Valentine's Day, here are a few quick tips from the Cupcake Girls.

Be careful not to fill your cupcake liners too full. Fill the liner only 1/2 to 3/4 full to prevent the cupcake top from separating from the cupcake bottom.

The Colorado altitude is tricky so if the liner is filled too full, your cupcakes may invert. If your cupcakes tend to sink, try using a little less sugar and substitute some of the oil with apple sauce. Lighten up your cupcakes!

Say Cream Cheese
Rotate your cupcakes in the oven midway through baking time.

The best way to tell if your cupcakes are ready is the old fashioned way. Grab a toothpick or cake tester, if it comes out clean you are good to go. They should also feel nice and springy on top too!

 For your topping, do not use a store bought jar or can of frosting. Put some love into your baking for your honey! Fake cupcake bakers do exist, do not be one of them! Take the time and be thoughtful about your ingredients.

Now it is time to enjoy! Pour yourself a generous glass of wine or a tall glass of cold milk, sit back with your love and eat your sexy cake whether it is in one big embarrassing bite or several small savory bites.

Tell us how you like to eat a cupcake?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

Serve With Champagne
What do women really want for Valentine's Day? The Cupcake Girls, who are both happily married, think that women really just want a small gesture. A unique little something that says that they are in the thoughts of their significant other and whatever that something is, it would be better if it could be shared. Valentine's Day seems to be the perfect day to let the one you love know how much they are loved with a simply notion of gratitude. Truthfully, a smidgen of the sentiment of Valentine's Day should be distributed every day to the one you love, but the holiday allows you to make up for the days you may have missed throughout the year. The stress over elaborate gifts like diamonds should be abolished because women really just want your time and your thoughts. What better way to show the one you love with an old fashioned bouquet of flowers accompanied by some cupcakes, the new trend of chocolate that can be enjoyed by all.

Pretty in Pink
Over the past few months, we have had the privilege of getting to know Amber Mustain, the lovely owner of Beautiful Expressions,  a remarkable flower & gift boutique. We decided to merge our talents for the romantic holiday. Beautiful Expressions will arrange a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and Cupcake Girls will provide a decadent 6 pack of delicious mini cupcakes for a Valentine's Day special. Our romantic flavors will include our 'Pretty in Pink' a cute pink velvet cupcake topped with a pink cream cheese frosting & chocolate covered pomegranate as well as our 'Serve With Champagne' an indulgent chocolate cupcake baked with a hint of Chambord liquor & infused with fresh raspberry juice topped with a rich chocolate frosting & completed with a fresh raspberry.

Think of Cupcake Girls for Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Have you had a cupcake today?

December 15th is National Cupcake Day, but we think every day should be a Cupcake Day!

Cupcakes evolved in the United States in the early 19th century. The cupcake was considered revolutionary not only because of its taste and personality, but because it actually saved time in the kitchen.

One cupcake is consumed for every adult every day in the United States. Get your cupcake today!

The cupcake phenomenon shows no sign of diminishing despite its skeptics. The popular HBO show, ‘Sex in the City,’ drew fans to New York City’s ‘Magnolia Bakery’ after featuring the delectable desserts well over a decade ago; instantly igniting the trend.
The world’s first cupcake only bakery was founded by Candace and Charles Nelson; ‘Sprinkles’ opened in Beverly Hills in April, 2005. Oprah made ‘Sprinkles’ a celebrity hot spot when she raved about the tasty treats after Barbra Streisand sent them to her!

Rival competitor, ‘Georgetown Cupcakes’ sells 10,000 cupcakes per day at their DC shop! The entrepreneurial sisters, inspired by their late grandmother, opened their flagship store on Valentine’s Day in 2008. They also have their own reality show on TLC called ‘DC Cupcakes.’
The Food Network launched the popular ‘Cupcake Wars’ in June 2010. The competition features the country’s top cupcake bakers in 3 elimination rounds. Not only does the winner gain popularity, but they also receive a grand prize of $10,000!