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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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


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.


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!