Thursday, December 18, 2008

CTTC 12 Days of Cupcakes Post

The girls over at Cupcakes Take The Cake recently asked me to do a Guest Blog for their Guest Blogger series for the month of December. I thought it would be fun to do a 12 Days of Cupcakes piece! I've reposted it here for you guys to see, or you can check it out on the CTTC Blog by clicking here. Happy Holidays!

I’m so excited to be doing a guest post for the ladies over at CTTC! These girls inspired me to start the Washington DC/Metro Cupcake Meetup, which in turn inspired me to start a blog on cupcakes in the DC/Metro area. Ever since then, my life pretty much revolves around cupcakes!

When the girls asked if I’d like to be one of the guest bloggers, I jumped at the chance! After much brainstorming, I thought it’d be fun to put a spin on the 12 Days of Christmas – how about the 12 Days of Cupcakes! I’ll cover different holiday flavors from 12 cities across the country. Hopefully I hit a city by you, or maybe even inspire you to grab the flour and eggs and get crackin! Happy Holidays everyone! And enjoy!

On The First Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, a Hot Buttered Rum Cupcake From Hello Cupcake in DC! Washington DC’s Hello Cupcake is serving up this original holiday treat for the month of December. It’s a rum cake with rum soaked raisins and rummy cream cheese frosting. RUM!!! Oops, I mean…YUM!!!

Hello Cupcake’s Hot Buttered Rum and Gingerbread Cupcakes. Credit: Penny Karas, Owner Hello Cupcake.

On The Second Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, Trophy Cupcake’s Snickerdoodle Cookie! (Cupcake, that is). That’s right, a Snickerdoodle Cupcake from Seattle’s very own Trophy Cupcakes. A butter cake baked full of cinnamon & sugar, topped off with a cinnamon buttercream, this one makes me want to grab a glass of milk and get down to business!

Credit: Chris Blakeley’s Flickr Photostream, Blakeley Photography.

On The Third Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, a Candy Cane Cupcake from Albuquerque! (Catching on to the rhyming yet??) Candy Cane isn’t the only charming holiday flavor on Cake Fetish’s menu this December. If you drop in to the store, you can get your fix with Eggnog, Pumpkin Pie, Biscochitto, Gingerbread, and Christmas Coconut.

Photograph - Caryn, Owner Cake Fetish

On The Fourth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, a rich Red Velvet Cupcake from the island of Hawaii! What do you get when you put together Hawaii and cupcakes? Honolulu’s Cake Couture Cupcakes, of course! Located in East Oahu, this cupcakery serves up their Red Velvet flavor Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Delish!

Picture from Blogger DebinHawaii of Kahakai Kitchen

On The Fifth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, an Eggnog delight from Cupcake Lane Bakery! This very merry creation, also known as “Bedford Falls,” comes straight from the streets of Las Vegas. Available only in December, it’s an eggnog cake covered with a light topping of whip cream, dusted with nutmeg and finished with a holly design.

On The Sixth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, Vanilla Peppermint Cupcakes from LA’s Sprinkles Cupcakery! This famous west coast (and beyond) cupcakery will be serving up Vanilla Peppermint Cupcakes in celebration of the holiday. The flavor is composed of their traditional Madagascar-bourbon vanilla cake with vanilla-peppermint frosting and crushed peppermint. And what’s more, Sprinkles recently decided to share this recipe! Click here to check it out!

Photograph from Sprinkles/Andrea Lenardin

On The Seventh Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, a Chocolate Peppermint cupcake from Cakes & Tee! Okay okay, it’s actually called Tee & Cakes (sorry, needed it to rhyme!) and they’re located in Boulder, Colorado. Their other holiday flavors include Coconut Snowballs, Spicy Gingerbread, and Red Velvet!

Photograph from Tee & Cakes Gallery

On The Eighth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, a Pumpkin Spice Cupcake from the Windy City! Molly’s Cupcakes “Chief Egg Cracker” named this bakery after his third grade teacher, Molly! This holiday flavor is made up of spice cake with a sweet and creamy mascarpone center, topped with brown butter buttercream. I just spent a weekend in Chicago and was lucky enough to try some of these cupcakes, including Pumpkin Spice, and they were fantastic!

Molly’s Cupcakes, Pumpkin Spice is top right corner.

On The Ninth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, an Apple Cinnamon Cupcake from the Polkadots Cupcake Factory! This charming Austin bakery serves up 12 different flavors a day, and for every 11 cupcakes you buy, the 12th is free! To make Apple Cinnamon, Polkadots tops an Apple cupcake with Cinnamon buttercream and sprinkles it with Cinnamon Sugar.

Polkadots Cupcake Factory’s Apple Cinnamon Cupcake

On The Tenth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, a Crème de Menthe Cupcake with a Chocolate Ganache Pattie! Sweet Cupcakery of Boston, MA is serving up quite the selection of flavors now through December 31st, with options like Gingerbread, Candy Cane, and Crème de Menthe (Sweet’s dark Belgian chocolate cake with creamy mint filling, topped with peppermint buttercream and a chocolate ganache “pattie.”), how could you resist?!

Check out Sweet's gallery for Crème de Menthe and Candy Cane, but here’s a shot of their Reindeer topped Chocolate & Vanilla cupcakes!

On The Eleventh Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, an Apricot Almond Cupcake from Knoxville, Tennessee! I wish Tennessee weren’t 11 hours away; otherwise I’d hop in the car and head to Magpies so I could try this gem! “Dense almond cake shmeared with tangy apricot jam, topped with almond buttercream and an almond sliver” sounds divine! Magpies other holiday flavors include Gingerbread, Buttered Rum, Dark Chocolate Peppermint, and Caramel Apple.

Photograph from Magpies Gallery

On The Twelfth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, Spice Islands Carrot of Sweet Revenge in NYC! Carrot Cake, Pumpkin Spice, and Eggnog, are some of the traditional holiday flavors you can grab from NYC’s Sweet Revenge. While I’ve never had the opportunity to try these unique looking cupcakes (where else have you seen a frosting pattern like that?!) I’ve heard nothing but great reviews since their opening this past summer!

Photograph from Rachel’s Flickr album - Spice Islands Carrot Cupcakes

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