The Cookbook Winner Plus More Cupcakes

So sorry it has taken me so long to announce the winner…life is busy as normal.  But before I congratulate the winner I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the contest.  I was absolutely blown away with how many people left comments.  Not only did I get a lot of comments, I got really nice comments…THANKS!!!  I was so happy with this last cookbook giveaway that next week I will be doing another one so make sure and check back with me.  Well, I have delayed enough…the winner from the random drawing is MANDY SESSLER!!!  Congratulations Mandy!  Please email me your address and I will send the book off to you so you can start the baking!  

Today my friend from pastry school is having her 40th birthday party and she asked me to help out.  For the dessert she wanted cupcakes of course.  She said she wanted to keep it simple so we went with vanilla cupcakes with chocolate mousse buttercream and chocolate cupcakes with Chockylit’s cream cheese frosting (aka Vanilla Bean Frosting).  Both of these are simple delicious!  The vanilla cupcakes I tried for the first time are from Vanilla Bakeshop.  They gave the recipe away on the Martha Stewart show and I knew I had to try it.  The chocolate mousse buttercream is from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey which is a fantastic book that I recommend.  This is probably my favorite chocolate frosting right now…definitely worth a try.  

As you can see I topped the pearls with little balls of goodness!  On the chocolate mousse buttercream I sprinkled Pearlized Ivory Dragees from Surfas.  On the cream cheese frosting I sprinkled Valrhona Chocolate Pearls from Surfas too (You can also get them at a lot of Whole Foods too).  These are a fun topping that also taste delicious!

 

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30 Responses to “The Cookbook Winner Plus More Cupcakes”

  1. Ingrid says:

    I understand completely about being busy. I have three active children, work full time, take a class after work on Mondays, and try to bake,read and now blog in between.

    Congrats, to Mandy! I actually have the book (I have about 130 cookbooks mostly desserts) but have yet to make anything from it. I’m thrown by the potato starch. I have yet to find any but actually haven’t made a huge effort.

    I can’t recall if I thanked you for the buttercream info. I did as you suggested and googled the different ones and now have a recipe of each to test. I’ll only have one of my three children home next week, so I’ll be a baking fool!

    Looking forward to you next post!

  2. cakebrain says:

    I’m loving those little pearls! Yummy looking cupcakes!

  3. Leslie says:

    OMG this cupcake stand is sooooo cute!! Where can I get one?

  4. noble pig says:

    Congrats Mandy!

  5. grace says:

    neat pearls! you can actually taste them? i’m intrigued. and hungry. :)

  6. linda says:

    I love the polka dot theme!

  7. Jenny says:

    What adorable little polka dot cupcakes! They are picture perfect, congrats to the cookbook winner too!

  8. ingegerd says:

    its look so lovly!!I i love the polka dot!yummy!

  9. Aran says:

    lovely cupcakes as always!

  10. Kim says:

    The cupcakes are just lovely, the swirls and dots.

  11. CC says:

    Super cute cupcakes! What tip do you use when piping icing onto your cupcakes?

  12. Tiffany says:

    Those cupcakes are too cute!

  13. Dragon says:

    I have to quit coming here when I’m hungry. Now all I want for dinner is cupcakes!

  14. GirlCanBake says:

    Your cupcakes really pop on Tastespotting! Just darling!

  15. They are so cute Melody! And I love the wall paper and cake stand as well! Hope your friend had a fun b’day and congratulations to Mandy!

  16. Gina says:

    Yummy, yummy, yummy! And did I say yummy?!

  17. Aimee says:

    Did you say Valrhona Chocolate Pearls? Don’t think I’ve ever seen those in Canada. WOW! There’s an idea for your next giveaway. :)
    Congrats to Mandy.

  18. Vida says:

    I love those little pearls and I looked up the website you mentioned but had no luck finding them! What am I doing wrong??? LOVE you site!!!! Vida x

  19. june isaak says:

    I just love your ideas. The cupcake stand is adorable. Could you please tell me where to buy one.

  20. admin says:

    Let me answer some questions for you guys…
    The cake stand I got at Crate & Barrel. I don’t know if they carry it anymore…I got it about 3 months ago.
    The little pearls are edible and I bought them at Surfas Restaurant Supply Store. I did put the link up so you could see the store, but unfortunately they don’t sell the pearls online. The chocolate ones you might be able to get at Whole Foods like I said, but as for the white pearls I don’t know where to send you…so sorry!
    Thanks for the sweet comments though… I love reading them!

  21. Gigi says:

    oh my you have been a busy bee! piping tutorials, giveaways, and baking stunning cupcakes for a friend. thank you for the piping tip I really appreciate it. omg, i almost forgot, the prickly pear margaritas were amazing! thanks for the idea. :)

  22. Y says:

    Great little cupcakes! I like those ivory dragees. They look like tapioca pearls :)

  23. Prudence says:

    You have been super busy, girl!! Next time, I am in on the contest!! Keep on cakin’!!

  24. Tartelette says:

    The cupcakes look fantastic! Congrats to the winner!

  25. Emiline says:

    Wow, I scolled down and saw you got 220 comments! That’s crazy!
    Congrats to the winner!

    Your cupcakes look spectacular.

  26. zenchef says:

    Look at these cupcakes. They are magnificent and the frosting looks devilish. Yum!
    Congratulations to the winner!! :-)

  27. sara says:

    OMG I loooooove Vanilla Bakeshop!!!!

  28. Kerry says:

    Hello,

    Can you post Vanilla Bakeshop’s vanilla cupcake recipe? I only saw Amy give the meyer lemon one on Martha Stewart–must have missed that one, and can’t seem to find it by googling it.

    Thanks!!!

  29. Vickie says:

    Yes, please post Vanilla Bake Shop vanilla cupcake recipe! I can’t find it anywhere!

  30. Sandy says:

    Cant find the recipe for the vanilla cupcakes anywhere. The link that you posted doesn’t seem to connect. Any chance you can share so I can make these delicious cupcakes? Pretty please.

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