Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cake Week Day 3 ~ WFMW ~Creative Cupcakes

Wow - Day 3 of Cake Week! Welcome! I hope you are having fun! If you are just getting here, you really should get caught up - I wouldn't want you to miss out on great recipes and giveaways! And once you get to the bottom of this post, link up your favorite cake or cupcake recipes/posts!

Day 1: Video preview, German Apple Cake, Giveaways
(I was having trouble getting my video to play earlier, but you can also check it out here: Video on facebook )
Day 2: Yellow Cake with Raspberry Filling and Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

What's working for me today is creative cupcakes! When we think of cake, sometimes we forget that cupcakes are also cake. I even wrote a couple of haikus for the occasion!

Little cupcake says:
Don't forget that I'm CAKE too,
Perfectly portioned.

Cupcakes are cake too
Already perfectly sized
For your enjoyment

Write up your own cupcake haiku and submit it to Cupcakes Take The Cake! Isn't that fun?

Cupcakes can be presented in so many ways, not just cake mix poured into paper cups with a little frosting on top (though I won't refuse one if you offer it to me!). Check out other blogs to find all sorts of great cupcake recipes and unique designs. I have a couple of cupcake blog friends you can start with:

Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ a lovely twitter friend and maker of what I call my BFF cupcakes :)
Susie's Homemade ~ a loyal commenter and a cupcake competitor, maker of this cute tea cupcake

I have a few creative cupcake ideas for you today!

Have you tried Cupcake Cones?
These are so fun for the kids! And I have decided I am a huge fan of these because they are so easy for the kids to carry around and much less messy for them to eat.

Cupcake Cones

1 package Cake Mix
ice cream cones

1. Heat oven to 350.
2. Make cake batter as directed.
3. Fill each cone about half full.
4. Stand cones in muffin pan.
5. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool. Frost.
Makes 24-36 cones.


You can also try using molds to make your cupcakes pretty! My favorite thing to use to make fancy cupcakes is my Pampered Chef Silicone Flower Mold. You can get the recipe for these delicious Powdered Sugar Poundcakes (my son's fav) from Pampered Chef. They're really nice for serving at a tea or giving as gifts.

Another creative presentation is to serve your cupcakes in cups! Take a look at how you can serve up these Mochaccino cupcakes! Cute, huh? The recipe is from a Cupcakes cookbook.


1 stick plus 3 tablespoons butter, chopped coarsely
3 1/2 oz. dark chocolate, chopped coarsely
1 1/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup coffee liqueur
3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons self-rising flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 egg

1 1/2 cups heavy cream, whipped
3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Line 12-hole standard muffin pan with paper baking cups.
2. Combine butter, chocolate, sugar, the water, liqueur and coffee in small pot; stir over low heat until smooth.
3. Transfer mixture to medium bowl; cool 15 minutes. Whisk in sifted flours and cocoa, then egg. Divide mixture among baking cups.
4. Bake about 50 minutes. Turn cakes onto wire rack to cool.
5. Remove baking cups from cakes. Place cakes in coffee cups, top with cream. Place chocolate syrup in piping bag with small plain tube, pipe spirals over cream; feather and fan cakes by pulling a skewer through the spirals or, dust cakes with sifted cocoa.


I hope I have inspired you to give cupcakes the respect they deserve - LOL! What was your favorite cupcake idea today?

Creative cupcake ideas work for me - to see what's working for everybody else, stop by Works-For-Me-Wednesday at We Are THAT Family! And creative cupcakes can be part of a beautiful life, a series at The Inspired Room!

Now, make sure you're entered in the giveaways and go find a cake post, then come back here and link it up. I want to see a lot of recipes shared here today - for some strange reason I'm feeling like having a piece of cake. :)

See you tomorrow with a cake that goes well with a cup of coffee!


  1. I must be craving lemons, because I liked Susie's lemon cupcakes the best. I decided to link a breakfast cake recipe. I've been known to eat birthday cake for breakfast, but thought a more conventional muffin-type would be better to share. Why limit this wonderful concoction to the evening hours?

  2. Too cool! I've always wanted to try the cone cupcakes and the mocha cupcakes look so cute too. Oh so much to try so little time! Maybe I'll make the cone cupcakes for my sons birthday next month. He'd love that I'm sure.
    Big 101 things to do with a cake mix size hugs to you my friend.

  3. I haven't tried the tea/coffee cupcake yet. Look interesting. sounds yummy. I like cupcakes and make them often during the summer. Great Deck snack. Oh boy my mind is turning now! Lemon poppyseed is repeating itself in there,lol.

  4. You had me at cupcake haikus! Love haiku. I haven't made cupcakes in forever. For some reason they drive me crazy to make but they are all the rage right now. I may have to give them another try. I've only just discovered your blog recently through Like a Warm Cup of Coffee. Coffee and chocolate is a perfect combo.

  5. Yum! We must be on the same wavelength because my WFMW is about cake too - a teapot cake that I made for my daughter's 5th b'day party. So I went ahead and linked up.

    My kids love the ice cream cone cupcakes. And they are a lot less mess than the regular ones. :)

  6. those are so cute! we love the ice cream cupcakes :) thanks for the ideas!

  7. Everything looks so wonderful! We need to figure out a way to make it all "free food"-free of calories, free of fat, free of sugar, free of guilt....we should probably start working on that this weekend. : )

  8. You are so creative my friend! The difference is your creativity makes me hungry! But that's a GOOD thing!

  9. Ok, you knew you would get me with that Mocha Mud Cake... ha! And, served in the cup! I so love that!


    *Posting button on sidebar.

  10. oh. my. tastebuds! They are gonna love you for the Mochaccino recipe. LOVING that!!! And your ode to a cupcake - darling!
    oh. my. hips. gonna hate all the walking i'm gonna have to do to burn off said mochaccino... =)

  11. Yum! I am definitely going to try some cupcakes-in-mugs - what a fun idea!

  12. What creative ideas!!! I am SO trying out the Mocha ones...

  13. WOW lots of good recipes to try!! I think the Mocha Mud Cake will be first!


  14. I added to your my linky... but you must know it's an Easy Bake Oven Cake that my daughter and I made.

    Love the recipes you've been sharing! I heard about this from another blog I follow.

  15. Great idea & thanks for sharing the recipe.

    My daughter copied this, coz she love baking. She send her regards to.

    Have a happy w/end!


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