Tuesday Tip - Bella Cupcake Couture Blog Party + $565 Baking Giveaway

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Winner update: 5/28/13: Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky winner (listed on the Rafflecopter widget) is entry # 5321 Sara Adukonis

Cupcake Couture Blog Party

When Betsy of Java Cupcake invited me to participate in Bella Cupcake Couture's Blog Party, how could I say no? Design and style cupcakes using Bella Cupcake Couture cupcake wrappers? It's a big old party featuring  all these fabulous food blogs...although I'm not quite sure I got all caught up in this, 'cuz I am far from a food blog.  But making cute cupcakes, that I know.

So our challenge; create a cupcake to match/coordinate with the cupcake wrappers we were sent, then style and display using items we already have at home. It's a partay-partay so check out everyone else's posts  for more fabulous cupcake creations...

An American Cupcake in London
Bella Cupcake Couture
Chronicles of a Foodie
Crazy for Crust
Creative Food
Cupcakes Take the Cake
Diary of a Mad Hausfrau
Eat Your Heart Out
Haniela's
Hoosier Homemade
In Katrina's Kitchen
Inside BruCrew Life
Java Cupcake
Love From the Oven
Make Bake Celebrate
Sugar Daze
Sugar Swings! Serve Some
The Baked Equation
The Baking Cup
The Decorated Cookie


This is a long post, but I promise it will be totally worth it because not only do you get to see pretty cupcakes, you can win some pretty for yourself near the end of the post.  But pleasure before business. I received BCC zebra wrappers and the first thing I thought of was Living Locurto's free  bling baby shower printables.


In fact, I'm creating an entire baby shower shoot based on these cupcakes, but that is a future post.  The color scheme is perfect because I have everything I needed.

UPDATE - Check out the full party table here.


I tell you, investing in disco balls and giant gem stones is the best thing I have ever done. Your favorite party store probably has them if you don't (gasp!) have a stash of your own. Glittah is always in style. 

A zebra print cloth from a party years ago made a perfect backdrop spread across the couch.



I knew my OCD with buying paper straws always pays off with my Target polka dot straws and birch straws from Garnish.  My only prop purchase were the zebra masks from Michael's, $2 for a 3 pack? Score!



If you are a foodie, especially visiting from the other blogs, you may want to avert your eyes and try not to spit on your screen.  My readers know my baking abilities go no further than the storebought stuff so there is no fancy cake recipe here. But I can jazz up a chocolate box mix like nobody's business.  I substitute chocolate milk for water and applesauce for oil.  I also add in mini chocolate chips. If I don't have any, I chop up unsweetened baking chocolate squares.  I may even get dangerous and throw in a box of pudding.

And egads...I use canned frosting too.  I started with strawberry frosting, tinting with AmeriColor Electric Pink and piping with a 1M tip.  See, I have a few skills.

So here is where you all get to play along!

Cupcake Couture Blog Party Prize Pack

My favorite part is Bella Cupcake Couture's prize of all the cupcake wrappers every blogger received to use.   So not only do you see them in action, you could win them and be even more inspired.

A big old thanks to our amazing Prize Pack sponsors for their generous donations! Please, visit their websites to see more of their fabulous products!

Bella Cupcake Couture
Java Cupcake
Cupcake Stand
Lil' Punkin Creations
Sweets & Treats Boutique


The deets:
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