Monday, December 15, 2008

A Few of My Favorite Things

I’ve been having a lot of fun when it comes to cupcakes and I want to share with you a few of my favorite cupcake-related items from the past year. So, read on and then we’ll have a little guessing giveaway for some of them.

sprinklescupcakes
I think most of us have heard about Sprinkles Cupcakes and if you’re like me you’re waiting with milk in hand until they decide to open one up in your area. Well, here’s the next best thing. It’s their red velvet cupcake mix. I haven’t actually tried the mix because I can’t bear to open the super-cute packaging. However, I did try the real thing when traveling to Dallas this year. And, yes… it was totally worth the car I rented and twenty minute drive from my hotel just to do a taste test. (Don’t tell anyone I did that.)

Sprinkles Cupcakes locations

apron
The pattern, the bows, the pockets, oh… the cuteness. I just can’t stand it. This Jessie Steele Apron is full of fun and funk. So who cares what your cupcakes look like because all eyes will be on you when you wear this in the kitchen.

Get a Jessie Steele Apron

bakingcups
Brown. Yes, brown. Who knew this color would be so popular when it comes to cupcakes. But apparently these things are hard to get your hands on. Thank goodness I can order them online from the Confectionery House because now I’m hooked.

Get your own brown baking cups.

cakespy
The picture of sweetness… cupcake cartoons from Cakespy. I think I have six of these little drawings now. And each one puts a smile on my face. Order one of your very own from Jessie Oleson’s etsy store or just keep up with the cuteness on the Cakespy website.

Buy Cakespy Artwork

cupcakepopcutter
Here is the exact cutter I use to make the Cupcake Pops. I have tried a few other kinds, but for some reason, this one works best for me. It comes in this cute set of 12 decorative cutters from Williams-Sonoma. I don’t think you can get them online, but I have found them recently at more than one Williams-Sonoma retail store.

Find a Williams-Sonoma near you.

cupcakecourier
36 cupcakes. three trays. one courier. PRICELESS! This is the best cupcake courier I’ve come across and, let me tell you why. Not only does it hold 36 cupcakes, but if you take the trays out, you can even use it for a cake. But here’s the best reason. I use it to keep my cupcake and cake pops covered. It’s tall enough that I can put my styrofoam block on the bottom and keep them covered without having to wrap them individually in treat bags and ribbon. Like I said, PRICELESS!

Get a Cupcake Courier

cupcaketshirt
This super sassy cupcake t-shirt from bakelove.com is another one of my favorites for this year. And, it has nothing to do with the fact that I’m selling these. Even if I wasn’t selling these, I would still think they’re super-cute. Did I mention that I’m selling these?

Order a cupcake t-shirt.

HelloCupcake
Karen Tack is a genius. And it shows on every page of this cupcake decorating book that she co-authored with Alan Richardson. So take your cupcakes up a notch in cuteness and try one of the awesome decorating ideas from the book, Hello, Cupcake!.

Get a book.

cupacake
This might be my favorite. It’s so simple and smart. Just tuck a cupcake in and snap the container shut. Shake it, turn it upside down, toss it. No problem. Open it back up and your cupcake is just as cute as it was when you made it. Perfect for a packed lunch or even an afternoon snack at work.

Contain Yourself.

Okay, you’ve seen my cupcake faves. Now, let’s play a little game. Below are nine cupcakes with five different prizes listed on the bottoms. Get a good look. I’m getting ready to turn them over and mix them all up.

The FIVE prizes up for grabs are:
Brown Cupcake Baking Cups
Cupcake T-shirt
Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcake Mix
Cupcake Container
Cupcake Pop Cutter

prizes

Okay, here they are all mixed up. I wonder which prize is under which number. You’ll have to wait to find out. Oh, the suspense.

numbers

Guessing Giveaway
Here’s how to play:

  • Pick a number (just one) and leave your pick in the comments with a link to your website or blog profile so I can contact you if you win.
  • And just for fun, list what you hope you could win from the FIVE prizes listed below. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be a match. I’m just curious.
Cupcake T-shirt
Brown Cupcake Baking Cups
Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcake Mix
Individual Cupcake Container
Cupcake Pop Cutter
  • The deadline to enter is Wednesday, December 17th at midnight.
  • I will announce the winners sometime Thursday night… That’s right I said winners. There will be five (5). Yippeee!
  • The winners will be chosen at random using random.org’s integer generator.
  • Once the winners are picked, I’ll reveal the number they chose and the prize behind that cupcake. Now, theoretically, the winners could all choose the same number, but I’m crossing my fingers that there will be one winner for each of the five different prizes shown.

So take a guess and play for a prize!

1
Anonymous said...

hmm… 7!

I’m hoping for the t-shirt, because my fiance always calls me ‘cupcake’!

demoisellestatin -at- gmail.com

December 15, 2008 05:27 AM
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nina said...

I pick number 3! If I had to pick, probably the apron.

December 15, 2008 05:28 AM
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Katherine said...

Wow! I’m the first contestant! I love your list of favorite things.

I pick #6

http://www.dougalldaily.blogspot.com

December 15, 2008 05:29 AM
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Pattie T. said...

I’ll pick number 9. I’d like the pop cutter or the book.

December 15, 2008 05:29 AM
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AdornmentsbyMilani.com said...

I pick number 7 and am hoping that it is a year supply of your yummy creations.

http://www.adornmentsbymilani.com
http://www.adornmentsbymilani.blogspot.com

December 15, 2008 05:31 AM
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Lily said...

Lucky number 4!!

lily79@gmail.com

December 15, 2008 05:31 AM
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Morgan said...

I will choose #1!

I would love the cupcake container or the shirt….but really I would take any of those prizes! They are all great!

http://www.whippletroupe.blogspot.com

December 15, 2008 05:33 AM
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a. reed said...

number…..2!

and my favorite would be the pop cutter or the book

my email is alrz67 *at* mizzou.edu

December 15, 2008 05:33 AM
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netsr said...

I’ll pick #2! Thanks for the giveaway!

December 15, 2008 05:33 AM
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Lunch Buckets said...

#5 – cause I just know it’s the set of decorative cutters!

December 15, 2008 05:34 AM
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ashley884 said...

#2, I hope it’s either the cupcake carrier or the tshirt!

December 15, 2008 05:34 AM
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Anonymous said...

I pick 8. I hope it’s … (tough choice) … the apron… or the cutters … or the cupcake mix … or …

jeremyb76 at yahoo.com

December 15, 2008 05:34 AM
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Ali said...

5. Cupcake Container.

msitomosquito.blogspot.com

December 15, 2008 05:35 AM
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Anonymous said...

#1 – I would love the cupcake container. Would come in handy with all the cupcakes i make

Crystal890@cableone.net

December 15, 2008 05:36 AM
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Gina said...

Okay, that was toooooo cute! :)

I’ll choose #4 in honor of my four kiddies. And my “dream” win would be the cupcake pop cutter.

December 15, 2008 05:36 AM
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Becky said...

Number 4! I hope it’s the brown cupcake wrappers or the shirt. I have a sprinkles mix in my pantry right now. : )

December 15, 2008 05:36 AM
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SNW said...

#7 – I’d want the individual container or the sprinkles mix… tough choice!!!

saranwilliams {at} gmail [dot] com

December 15, 2008 05:37 AM
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leslie ruth said...

I’m going with 6. And I’m really hoping it’s the Cupcake Pop Cutter. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at those for a while…

December 15, 2008 05:38 AM
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Kristen said...

I’m going to pick #8 and I hope it’s the cutters or the carrier. This is a fabulous give away!!

December 15, 2008 05:39 AM
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mckenna said...

6! cupcake pop cutters i hope!

December 15, 2008 05:39 AM
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Jenny said...

I pick #9. I would love to win the cake pop cutter! jmojmo24@gmail.com

December 15, 2008 05:40 AM
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Sara said...

Ok, I would love ANY of these prizes, as I LOVE LOVE LOVE cupcakes.. so i’ll go with #3.

SaraIto.blogspot.com

December 15, 2008 05:42 AM
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LeAnn said...

Lucky # 7…I hoping for the cupcake mix=)

December 15, 2008 05:42 AM
24
Eva said...

#2… Cupcake t-shirt? *fingers crossed*

December 15, 2008 05:42 AM
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Nichole said...

I guess #8 and am hoping for the cupcake pop cutter. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

December 15, 2008 05:43 AM
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momof4girls said...

I pick number 6 and I am hoping for the cupcake container, what a great idea.

December 15, 2008 05:43 AM
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blondiagw15 said...

number 2 and i hope its the cupcake mix, ive never had sprinkles cupcakes!

December 15, 2008 05:43 AM
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daniebagel said...

I choose Number 4! Some cultures say bad luck, but not I!

I hope its the cupcake cutters. I
<3 cookie cutters.

December 15, 2008 05:44 AM
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Julia said...

#4 is my pick. And, I want those cupcake baking cups!

http://foreverinsweatpants.blogspot.com

December 15, 2008 05:46 AM
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The Branches said...

Number 5. I love Sprinkles cupcakes…they are the BEST!

December 15, 2008 05:49 AM
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emily said...

#5! I hope I win the cupcake pops cutter.

Thanks! I’ve had a lot of fun following your blog this year!

Emily (unothinkmybrain(at)hotmail(dot)com)

December 15, 2008 05:49 AM
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melissa said...

I pick the number 4. I would love the cupcake pop cutter.

December 15, 2008 05:51 AM
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Stephanie said...

Okay, I’m picking number… two.

I’m hoping for either the Sprinkles Cupcake mix (I’d love to try it)… or the cupcake carrier… or the cupcake pop cutter.

They all sound wonderful!

Chocolate & Whine

December 15, 2008 05:52 AM
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Karen said...

I picked #6 – it’s my favorite number since there were 6 of us that were best friends in high school. :-) I love your blog! Thanks!

December 15, 2008 05:53 AM
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Mama Bear said...

7!

I’d love the Cupcake Container!

December 15, 2008 05:54 AM
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Suzanne said...

I pick #3 and I really hope I win the Sprinkles cupcake mix!!!! It’s a little bit of a long story but I’ll tell why… Red Velvet is my Texan hubby’s favorite and I can’t ever find red velvet cupcake mix in Canada (and apparently I am too lazy to make it myself) but on my most recent road-trip to the states I bought the Sprinkles red velvet cupcake mix to make for my hubby’s birthday, and he LOVED them of course… but I’m a huge klutz so I made such a mess with the mix that I almost dyed my entire kitchen counter bright red! I’ve only recently finished getting all the red out of every nook and cranny (seriously, I had an accident with my mixer and there was red cupcake mix EVERYWHERE)… so I figure I’m about due to mess it up again now :)

December 15, 2008 05:55 AM
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Lori said...

#4! I would love the multiple cupcake carrier…it would make it so easy to take treats to work.

loritagirl@hotmail.com

December 15, 2008 05:55 AM
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Choofy Mama said...

um…9.

i’d love the cupcake carrier, i so need some of those!!!

choofymama @ gmail.com

December 15, 2008 05:57 AM
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Alice said...

9!

I’m hoping its the cupcake pop cutter, but I would love any of them.

December 15, 2008 05:58 AM
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SarahLiau said...

okay i’ll go for #7!

hope my lucky number brings me luck, cos i’m hoping for the sprinkles cupcake mix! (:

December 15, 2008 05:59 AM
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Benj and Melinda said...

#4

I would be really excited for any of them, but the apron would be great since I do not have one.

December 15, 2008 05:59 AM
42
heidi said...

#7 woooohoo

December 15, 2008 05:59 AM
43
Alison said...

I pick #5, and would love the cupcake container.

rickandalison.blogspot.com

December 15, 2008 06:02 AM
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LolliCakes said...

I pick 1 – because I have one Princess Baby granddaughter! I would pick the t-shirt because I like people knowing that cupcakes are the new “everything!”

December 15, 2008 06:02 AM
45
Carly said...

I’m going with door #6.

I’d love to win any of the prizes, but my heart’s desire would be the Cakespy art – I’m such a fan!

December 15, 2008 06:03 AM
46
Tammy said...

I will guess #1… because, why not. I am really hoping it is the cupcake pop cutters!

December 15, 2008 06:03 AM
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kim said...

cute contest :) #5! and i’m wishing for the cupcake pop cutters ;)

December 15, 2008 06:04 AM
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Beth Hansen said...

I pick number 3! I’m hoping for the cupcake carrier – it would sure come in handy when I bring cupcakes to my kids classes! Thanks for the giveaway!

December 15, 2008 06:05 AM
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Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

#2 and I’m going to pick the little cutters. How fun!

December 15, 2008 06:07 AM
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Krista said...

#4 and the sprinkles mix sounds yummy.

December 15, 2008 06:09 AM
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A family of boys said...

I pick number 6…and I really, really love all of it. Sprinkles, aprons, cupcake carries. Such fun stuff! Thanks for the chance.

December 15, 2008 06:10 AM
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Kristen said...

definately number 5! If I was firced to pick probably either the cupcake container or the pop cutter!

http://cliffordhousehold.blogspot.com/

December 15, 2008 06:10 AM
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Christy said...

I’m going to have to go with the number 4! And it would be awesome if I won the cupcake container, haha :)

I love the list. Awesome stuff. I have the Hello, Cupcake book (just got it for Christmas) and it’s wonderful :)

December 15, 2008 06:11 AM
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LizA. said...

Oh, #6 — and I would have to say I would choose the cupcake container — if I could choose, that is. Because, if I had the cupcake container, I would have to bake my husband some cupcakes for him to take with his lunch.

December 15, 2008 06:12 AM
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Mama Moose said...

I pick 5. It is mine and my hubby’s birthday so I think it is lucky! I hope it is the cupcake cutters!
themoosehouse at gmail dot com

December 15, 2008 06:13 AM
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Sandra said...

Love your blog, such eyecandy -

voting for #8 and hoping for the cutter pop kit or the cute curior.. but they are all wonderful!

smr1980@gmail.com
Sandra

December 15, 2008 06:14 AM
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ihearrtsushi said...

I'm going to pick numbah 3! If I had to pick from the prizes.. Most definitely the cutters! Anything would be amazing however?

December 15, 2008 06:16 AM
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Tiaras &amp; Tantrums said...

#4 – I like the Hello Cupcake book – I ahve wanted this for awhile now!!

http://tiarastantrums.com

December 15, 2008 06:16 AM
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MamaSkates said...

number 3…and i ? that apron!!!

December 15, 2008 06:17 AM
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LaDue &amp; Crew said...

Oh, without a doubt, #5! I know it has those pop cutter’s underneath there!! http://laduecrew.blogspot.com/

December 15, 2008 06:19 AM
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Dewi said...

#9. I’d love the brown cupcake liner or the container.

December 15, 2008 06:19 AM
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Mel said...

Oh…#4

I’d pick the pop cutters, but they all look great!

December 15, 2008 06:19 AM
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Sofia said...

I pick #8.

I’m hoping for a cupcake container!

December 15, 2008 06:20 AM
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madsonblueeyes said...

I’ll pick 7 but like others I would love any of them! book, cookie cutters, apron, carrier, cake mix….
http://wwww.kids-cooking-activities.com

December 15, 2008 06:20 AM
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Rachel said...

I am going to go with lucky number 7 and hope that it’s the cupcake pop cutter!

December 15, 2008 06:22 AM
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Monica H said...

#3!!!

I like the brown cupcake liners (because they are hard to find!)and the Sprinkles mix because I haven’t tried their cupcakes yet.

December 15, 2008 06:22 AM
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orangepunctgreen said...

7 is my favourite (and sometimes lucky) number, so I’ll choose 7 :)

I’d like to win the cupcake cutter or the t-shirt, but any of them would be great :)

orangedotgreen@gmail.com

December 15, 2008 06:23 AM
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HILLARY said...

I pick 4 – for my 4 kids. I’ve always wanted the cupcake carrier. Just never splurged on myself. (remember, I have 4 kids :)
My blog is http://www.beamish6.blogspot.com.
I look forward to hearing from you on thursday ;)

December 15, 2008 06:25 AM
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Penelope said...

I pick number three, since my mum, myself and my daughter are all born on the third of the month! I really hope it’s the red velvet cake mix since I’m in outback Australia and have no chance of getting to ANY cupcake shop any time soon…

(BTW, I have Cup-a-cakes, Cupcake Courier and a very similar cupcake pop cutter…love them all!)

December 15, 2008 06:26 AM
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mrsbumblebee said...

I pick number 2!
You can reach me at mrsbumblebee.blogspot.com
I would really love one of thosoe cupcake containers, they are so cute!

December 15, 2008 06:26 AM
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Sami said...

I guess #1. I would love the Jessie Steele apron!

napalmlove at gmail.com

December 15, 2008 06:27 AM
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Carm said...

Four.

It’s a toss up, for me, between the cup-o-cake container and the nifty tee shirt. I would really love any of your sweet prizes. Thanks for the chance!

superpowerstoo@gmail.com

December 15, 2008 06:27 AM
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dedesmith32 said...

I pick #3 – and I could go for anything – but I think I like the Baking Cups or the Container!

dedesmith32@gmail.com

December 15, 2008 06:28 AM
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M and M Wedding said...

I pick #9 and hope for the Cupcake Pop cutters.

We just got a Sprinkles in Scottsdale and I am hooked!! Even having at our wedding!

December 15, 2008 06:28 AM
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gran family said...

7. I hope to win the cupcake carrier. It does look awesome! I like the brown cupcake liners too. My daughter’s 2nd birthday party will be chocolate brown and turquoise colors. :)

December 15, 2008 06:29 AM
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This Girl loves to Talk said...

number 9

I love all the prizes.. but the cupcake container and tshirt the most :)

December 15, 2008 06:30 AM
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ang :o) said...

lucky number 8 baby…come through for me! :) I love the cupcake courier!

December 15, 2008 06:32 AM
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erin said...

#2! Cupcake Pop Cutter!

December 15, 2008 06:32 AM
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Spencer Family said...

It’s a tossup between the apron and the shirt. I choose number 8. I hope I win!

December 15, 2008 06:34 AM
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dawn said...

#3 – and I would want the Sprinkles mix – red velvet is my favorite cake.
http://www.creakybones.blogspot.com

December 15, 2008 06:34 AM
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Kimberly said...

I pick number 2. I like all the prizes, but I think I would like to win the cupcake carrier the most.
http://kimberlysgetaway.blogspot.com

December 15, 2008 06:34 AM
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Bec said...

I say #4. And I would love, love, love to win the cupcake pop cutter! Especially because I live on a tiny little island with nary a Williams- Sonoma in sight!

December 15, 2008 06:36 AM
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Jennifer Beales said...

…5!

And I love the apron, and the liners. Anything; they’re all great!

December 15, 2008 06:39 AM
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Azul said...

I pick #8. I’d love any of the prizes, but if I had to pick one it would be the cupcake courier.

December 15, 2008 06:40 AM
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Marie said...

I will pick 4 in hopes of getting the cupcake mix!

December 15, 2008 06:42 AM
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Bonnie said...

#5
I cannot decide between the cupcake mix or the cup cake pop cutter!!!

December 15, 2008 06:43 AM
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MegRuth said...

#3!!!

I hope I get the Sprinkles Cupcake Mix because we had some for our wedding last year.

Our anniversary is tomorrow 12/15!

December 15, 2008 06:44 AM
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Janine said...

Number 3… hoping for the cupcake pup cutters or the apron. :)

stampwithjanine.stampinup.net

December 15, 2008 06:44 AM
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Amy said...

I’m gonna say number 5. I’d hope for the t-shirt or the cupcake mix!

December 15, 2008 06:45 AM
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The Unlikely Homeschooler said...

#5
hmm…the cutters I think because i’ve tried a few and none am I overly thrilled with.
rachel(at)bartlettlearningsolutions(dot)com

http://www.theunlikelyhomeschooler.blogspot.com

December 15, 2008 06:46 AM
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Samie said...

hmm…very excitingg!!

I’m picking 8. My favourite number!

and I think I love the cupcake carrier….I make cupcakes all the time, and it would be amazingly handy.

readbookwilllive.blogspot.com or samie.luc@gmail.com

December 15, 2008 06:47 AM
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Shannon said...

#2. That’s my daughters birthday month. I would love to win any of the prizes, but the ‘Hello Cupcake’ book would be my choice if I got to pick. My daughter and I have looked at it many times together in the book store!

Thanks,
Shannon

spokaneshannon3(at)gmail(dot)com

December 15, 2008 06:50 AM
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Nicki said...

I’ll pick #5. I’m hoping it’s the cupcake container. :)

December 15, 2008 06:50 AM
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Mary said...

my favorite # is 5 and I would love it to be the cupcake book, but if I won, I would be suprised! Mary @ runningthehalls.blogspot.com

December 15, 2008 06:52 AM
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sharyl said...

number 8! and i’m hoping its the cupcake tshirt! *crossing fingers*

December 15, 2008 06:53 AM
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Angie said...

I’ll say 4. I would love the cupcake mix, although all the prizes are great!

December 15, 2008 06:53 AM
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April said...

Woopie, I love your creativity and yummy treats. Thanks for the giveaway. I pick number 3 and I hope its the cupcake pop cutter.

December 15, 2008 06:56 AM
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Robyn said...

I pick number 8! I’d love the cupcake courier, but anything would be an awesome addition to my kitchen. :)

December 15, 2008 06:56 AM
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avanika said...

I pick #7, my favorite number.
I’d love to win any, but mostly I’d like to try the mix, or maybe the t-shirt.

December 15, 2008 06:58 AM
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Karina said...

#8!! The cupcake courier

December 15, 2008 06:58 AM
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