Tuesday Tip - Sprinkles Will Fly! Cupcake Couture Blog Party + $300 Baking Giveaway

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Winner update 7/3/13: Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky winner (listed on the Rafflecopter widget) is Becky Nelson of Hampton, VA
 
cupcake couture blog party sprinkles will fly 4th Of July

I'm so thrilled to be back participating in another Cupcake Couture Blog Party! Remember my
awesome Bling Baby Shower cupcakes?  This time around, we are all gathering together for Sprinkles Will Fly! to inspire you  for the 4th Of July!

So we have the same 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...
A Pumpkin & A Princess 
An American Cupcake in London 
Bella Cupcake Couture 
Chronicles of a Foodie 
Creative Food
Cupcakes Take the Cake 
Diary of a Mad Hausfrau 
Haniela’s 
Healthful Pursuit 
Hoosier Homemade 
Hungry Happenings 
In Katrina’s Kitchen 
Inside BruCrew Life 
Java Cupcake 
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons 
Love From the Oven 
Make Bake Celebrate 
Not Your Momma's Cookie 
Pint Sized Baker 
Sugar Swings! Serve Some 
The Baking Cup 
Cupcake Project 
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 Bella Cupcake Couture's red cupcake wrappers.

starfish and stripes 4th of july cupcakes nautical

Not wanting it to scream 4th Of July with flags and stripes and such, I went for a more subtle with a nautical look, Starfish And Stripes. In fact, I'm creating an entire dinner table along the same lines, so stay tuned.

So introducing my contribution, red, white and blueberry cupcakes; strawberry and vanilla swirled frosting with a dollop of blueberry pie topping. 

starfish and stripes 4th of july cupcakes

I made the paint chip banner a few years ago for another party and wouldn't you know, the red matched the cupcake liners perfectly.  My hoarding always, eventually, pays off. All I did was dig out some of my nautical fare and my favorite chalkboard sign. 

starfish and stripes 4th of july washi tape cupcake toppers


I make a simple flag topper with wooden candy sticks and a strip of washi tape. Someone needs to stage a washi tape intervention. I love them and I am seriously hoarding them.  I'm surprised I didn't use a paper straw instead of the candy sticks.  I need an intervention for that too.
starfish and stripes 4th of july cupcakes shell filler



Fun, right? And so easy...again, to my foodie friends that are visiting, no fancy recipes here.  We are box mix/store bought folks around these parts. But don't get me wrong, we love our gourmet cupcakes and I know some places to score good, cheap ones that aren't made with cursed sugar/lard frosting.  My boys have been cupcake connoisseurs since they could eat them.  
But, I've noticed lately cake mix prices are going up! I could get them on sale for less than a dollar and now, even at my cheap places, they are almost $2.  I may have to revisit this whole make-it-from-scratch movement.

cupcake couture blog party sprinkles will fly 4th Of July giveaway

Now, on to how you get to play along! This fabulous Prize Pack is worth over $300 and will make your next soiree fab-u-lous! It most likely won't make it to your for the 4th, but Memorial Day is coming up fast! And guess what? It's open worldwide!

Thanks to our amazing Prize Pack sponsors for their generous donations! Please, visit their websites to see more of their fabulous products!
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To enter to WIN this Prize Pack, simply fill out the entry form below. Contest opens 25 June 13 at 0700 PST and closes 1 Jul 13 at 2359 PST (that's 11:59 p.m. for you non-military-time-reading people). One winner will be chosen and announced within 48 hours of the contest ending. Winner will be contacted via email by betsy@javacupcake.com and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If they do not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. This contest is open to residents worldwide.

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