Cupcake Limericks

Today I will tell you a tale

About a cupcake as big as a whale

Thousands gathered to eat

But before ‘twas complete

It had already grown to be stale

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The Animals: Long Term Residents

Here at The Anti-Cruelty Society we believe that every healthy animal deserves a good home – which is why we don’t discriminate based on breeds, age or length of stay. What that also means is that there are no time limits for the animals in our care.

Some cats and dogs may be adopted in a matter of days or weeks – while others are with us for several months. For this week’s animal feature – we wanted to show off the 10 cats and dogs who have been with us the longest.

Introducing our current Long Term Residents!

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Kim

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Madison

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Sal

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Charlie

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Ragu

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Gypsy

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Bonnie

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Lassie

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Hoku

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Missy

Recipe: French Toast & Bacon Cupcakes

Looking for that perfect sweet and savory combination? Try out these French toast cupcakes topped with bacon! (Recipe found on http://www.foodnetwork.com)

Total Time: 1 hr 20 min

Prep: 40 min

Cook: 40 min

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Level: Intermediate
 

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 3.9-ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon (we recommend using artificial bacon!)

Glaze:

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 strips bacon, cooked and chopped (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place paper liners in a 12-cup muffin tin. Prepare the cupcakes: Combine the flours, pudding mix, baking powder, potato starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl with a whisk.

In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugars with a mixer on low speed until combined, 6 to 8 minutes. Gradually mix in the vanilla and egg whites. Scrape down the sides of the bowl; continue mixing until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the maple syrup and half-and-half, mixing after each addition and ending with flour. Mix until the ingredients are just combined; do not over mix. Fold in the bacon. The batter will be thick.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about three-quarters of the way. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, prepare the glaze: Beat the cream cheese and butter with a mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon; beat until combined. Spread on the cooled cupcakes; top with chopped bacon, if desired.

Awaiting Adoption: Kim

Look at this beauty!  Kim is one of the many wonderful kitties awaiting adoption at The Anti-Cruelty Society. Kim came to the shelter 9 months ago when her owner could no longer care for her. Kim can sometimes start off a tad shy, but a few soft pets later and you will see what a sweetheart she is. Kim enjoys attention and playing with fun kitty toys. Ready to move in and spend her life hanging out with you, please come by and say hello to Kim!

Find more information on Kim here.

Printables: Cupcake Day Fliers

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Are you planning on hosting a Cupcake Day sale at your school or workplace? Then help tell people about it in advance using these fun Cupcake Day Posters!

Right click on the poster of your choosing, choose “save picture as” and then open the file and print it up. It’s that easy! You can also use the images below to post an announcement about your sale to your Facebook, Pinterest or blog. The possibilities are truly endless!

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