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Spring Fest: 5 Kid-Friendly Cupcakes

Cupcakes, when you get down to it, are just cakes sized for kids. And some of the best cupcake flavors — including strawberry — are at their peak in spring. Give in to sweet temptation with these spring cupcake recipes that appeal to kids of all ages. A few are even decorated with seasonal, floral accents, making them ideal for a spring garden party.

1. Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes
Perfect for a spring party or birthday celebration, these cupcakes hold an unexpected burst of strawberry frosting inside, not just on top. The inviting pink hue is all natural — the jewel-colored berries mean that no food coloring is needed.

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Hump Day Snack: Thanksgiving Dinner Cupcakes

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

Now that we’ve entered the feasting month of November, chances are that you’re beginning to plan out your Thanksgiving dinner, course by course. Maybe you’re even inspired to model dessert after the savory dishes themselves? If so, consider this sweet alternative to pumpkin pie: cupcakes that mimic all of Thanksgiving’s classic dishes. Made with pumpkin cake, multicolored buttercream and a whole mess of fondant, these cupcakes take after a turkey leg, mashed potatoes with gravy and even green bean casserole. Obviously coloring and rolling fondant takes time, so only attempt these if you’ve got a backup kitchen crew to assist you in the prep, or make them the day before Thanksgiving so you’re not stamping out fondant kernels of corn while your guests wait in hunger at the table. Get the full cupcake tutorial and then dig in to some of Cooking Channel’s best Thanksgiving-ready sweets:

Sifted: Spring Recipe Inspiration + Must-Try Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade by Crepes of Wrath
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  1. Celebrate spring sunshine the right way with strawberry bourbon lemonade by Crepes of Wrath.
  2. Creating your own original cookie recipe isn’t as hard you think, thanks to Baker Bettie. It’s time to let your cookie creativity run wild!
  3. Still feeling your Easter candy hangover? These ham and broccoli quinoa bites by Leanne Bakes are loaded with protein to refuel your energy.
  4. Joy the Baker’s spinach and artichoke grilled cheese recipe captures all the flavors of the addictive dip between two slices of crunchy, buttery bread. You have to make it — it’s National Grilled Cheese Month.
  5. If you’re like us, your box of Samoas is probably long-gone. To satisfy the endless craving, make Taste and Tell’s Samoa cupcakes.

Craving more?

  • We’ve got plenty of grilled cheese recipe ideas for you to pick from. And since it’s a month long celebration, go ahead and try them all.
  • Make use of in-season fruits and vegetables in our top spring recipes.

Sifted: Crowd-Pleasing Recipes For Your Holiday Party

Christmas Tree Cupcakes by Just a Taste

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  1. Looking for a jaw-dropping dessert to showcase? Just a Taste’s Christmas tree chocolate cupcakes double as both decoration and tasty treat.
  2. To get the party started, serve Shutterbean’s candy cane vodka and toast to the Christmas season.
  3. These apple cider caramels by Pixelated Crumb will not disappoint. Give them out to friends and neighbors, or just keep the whole stash for yourself — we wouldn’t blame you.
  4. Boozy foods: A Cozy Kitchen’s dark and stormy quick bread comes together in a flash and captures the irresistible flavors of the cocktail: spicy ginger, zesty lime and rich dark rum.
  5. Amp up your appetizers and make Soup Addict’s recipe for fried deviled eggs. This one is on our must-try list.

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Cupcake-Off, A Sugary Competition

Cupcake Spread

If you don’t know by now, the digital teams for Cooking Channel, Food Network, and Food.com love a good inter-office cooking (or baking!) competition. In honor of Food Network’s new Cupcakes! app, we decided to show off our skills in a cupcake showdown. Thanks to the amazing spread (pictured above) we soon lulled into afternoon sugar comas, but not before we snapped a few photos and jotted down the easy recipes to share with you.

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Spring Cupcakes for Easter

Cupcakes for Easter Spring Cupcakes for Easter

The most exciting aspect of spring for me is all of the color. Living in a place like Minnesota means that I see nothing but white landscapes for nearly 7 months of the year.  Then April arrives, the snow melts and life happens.  By Easter I am full of hope and promise for a more saturated season. These brightly colored cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate this joyous occasion. The classic yellow cake is light and has a soft, tender crumb; it is perfect topped with the sweet, creamy icing. The giant roses that sit on the cupcakes are not only gorgeous, but also simple to create with the right tools.

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Sifted: Special Cupcake Edition

Cupcake Linkage were liking:

  • Beautiful, bizarre and breathtaking… Food2’s Cupcake Challenge — Food2
  • Cupcakes Push Pops push the limits of the cupcake universe — Love From The Oven
  • Host a Cupcake Fondue Party! — Chickabug
  • Going undercover: Cupcakes in disguise — Our Best Bites

Got a sudden cupcake craving? Feast your eyes on one-of-a-kind cupcakes from Unique Eats.

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Green Velvet Cupcakes

People are crazy about red velvet cake. It’s beloved in the South (who remembers the Bleedin’ Armadillo Grooms cake from Steel Magnolias?) but has taken all of America by storm over the past few years — it’s found in nearly every bakery on the block. Is the obsession with red-velvet cake due to the cake’s obvious merit: tender, moist cake in an attention-grabbing hue, topped with a pouf of creamy-tart cream cheese frosting? Or do we have the rumor mill to thank? Baked goods-enthusiasts have been spreading tales for some time that the cake gets its blush from a chemical reaction between the baking soda and the cocoa powder in the recipe. This is completely false, in fact, some red velvet recipes don’t even call for cocoa. The cake gets its color from nothing more scientific than a large amount of food coloring.

So if you can make the cake red by dumping in a whole bunch of red coloring, then you can turn it any color, right? You sure can. Case in point: Green Velvet Cake for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s as easy as swapping green food coloring for red in your red velvet cake recipe. Or Chuck Hughes’ Red Velvet Cupcake recipe, if you really want the best.

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Halftime Banana Cupcakes

Peanut butter and bananas: game on.

Some things people might be sad about by halftime on Sunday: No cheerleaders. Bon Jovi isn’t the halftime performer. And there’s a good chance not everyone will be happy with the score by then, whether they’re rooting for the Packers, the Steelers, or themselves in the football pool.

Really, the only safe bet this weekend is on great food. Put a smile on everyone’s face by bringing out Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese-Peanut Butter Frosting at the end of the second quarter. Top them with a couple of marshmallows — don’t ask why (Ok, it’s for texture. Just try it.) — the cheers will soon be directed at you.

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Steelers Treats vs Packers Treats

Bakerella scores with Oreo Truffle footballs. Photo from Bakerella.

Which team will take the cake, er, Super Bowl ring this year? Like Mom always said, “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s how you plan your menu.”

For the snack portion of your big game buffet, football fans expect the usual favorites: wings, 7-layer dip, maybe a taco bar, or a steaming pot of chili. You can get creative and nod to your favorite team with some hometown favorites — for Steelers fans: pierogies, Kielbalsa, Heinz ketchup, Iron City Beer or Rolling Rock and Klondike bars, and for a Packers fan party, put out some cheese curds, smoked herring, bratwurst, some Titletown beer, and of course a wedge of Wisconsin cheddar.

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