Cupcake Day is Coming!

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No, you’re not imagining that sugary smell in the air. It is, in fact, the delicious aroma of cupcakes being baked and prepared for the return of Cupcake Day!

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s sweetest annual fundraiser is returning on October 17th, so now is the time to start planning the kinds of tasty treats that you want to make to support Chicago’s homeless animals. As always, we’re looking to recruit individual participants, groups, and business sponsors, so if you would like to participate in Cupcake Day (or know someone who would), now is the time!

To learn more about how to get involved in the event that puts the “fun” in “fundraiser,” please follow this link: http://cupcakeday.org/involved.html.

Try not to spoil your appetite in the meantime.

5 Pupcakes Your Dog Will Love

I bake a lot, and I always get a little sad for my pup when I look down and see her watching me, dutifully offering her services as a taste tester. Usually I’ll toss her a handful of raspberries or a couple baby carrots to keep her placated, but I still get a look that says “Come on, we both know I’d prefer to eat that fresh baked cookie.”

Fortunately for her and other doggies who are forced to smell––but not touch––the things their humans whip up in the kitchen, there are pupcakes: Cupcakes made from pet-friendly ingredients that are just for them. Because dogs deserve something sweet too!

1. Apple Crunch 

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Recipe on Lola The Pitty

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Simple Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Cupcake day is almost here! If you need to whip up cupcakes quickly or maybe get the kids involved, try this easy red velvet cupcake recipe. This recipe is made with a cake mix, but still tastes like you made it from scratch.

Serves: 24      Total time: About 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 (1 ounce) bottles red food coloring (do not reduce amount!)
  • cream cheese frosting (You can whip up your own cream cheese frosting in about 5 minutes. Here’s the recipe for Kittencal’s Best Cream Cheese Frosting (Extra Creamy Option) 

Directions: 

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 24 regular-size muffin tins with paper or foil liners. 
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix with baking cocoa, eggs, oil, buttermilk and food coloring for about 2 minutes. Scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  4. Spoon the batter evenly between the muffin tins about two-thirds full.
  5. Bake according to package directions for cupcakes or cake.
  6. Remove from the pans immediately and cool on wire racks.
  7. Spread tops with cream cheese frosting.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Food.com

Cupcake Day is Almost Here!

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Can you believe we’re less than a week away from Cupcake Day?! We can’t wait to see and here all about your tasty goodies and the community’s reaction to all your efforts!

If you’re hosting a public Cupcake Day sale on the Society’s behalf, we want to hear about it! Post the time and location of your bake sale in the comments below and we’ll help to get the word out.

Happy baking!!!

Ideas: Grumpy Cat Cupcakes

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Just in case you’re looking for some design inspiration for your batch of Cupcake Day treats – we wanted to share these adorable fondant based grumpy cat cupcakes. We bet your batch would sell out in minutes if it looked this cute! Thanks to Cake Central for sharing the awesome photo!

Vanilla Cupcakes with Cinnamon Roll Frosting

There’s something so promising about a simple vanilla cupcake. It not only stands on its own as a delectable treat, it’s also a perfect base for any flavor of frosting you can think of. And these cupcakes… they’re all about the frosting.

I love cinnamon rolls, almost as much as I love cupcakes. So why not combine the two? You could go crazy and find a recipe for a cinnamon roll cupcake base (I bet the brown sugar cupcakes from a few weeks ago would also suffice quite well), but I felt like pairing such a rich frosting with something more subdued. Try these and you’ll agree––sometimes vanilla is just what you need.

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Valentine’s Day Cupcakes: Hugs and Kisses

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Are you pressed for time, but still want to add a little more love to your cupcakes? Nothing says “you’re special” better than cupcakes topped with hugs and kisses.

You can get pretty creative with this cupcake topper and use anything from an icing pen to your favorite candy such as M & M’s or cinnamon candies to create the “X’s” and “O’s”.

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Or you can give your heart away as a cupcake topper!

This cupcake decorative idea is courtesy of Red Couch Recipes.