Wango Tango Cupcakes
This weekend I worked the Wango Tango KIIS FM event for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. We were gifting our amazing coffee and teas to our favorite celebrities including Kyle from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (umm LOVE her!), Jordan Sparks, and other pop culture celebs.
There were also two cupcake bakers who had baked some special treats for all of sweet toothed celebrities. Sweet E's - winner of Cupcakes Wars, also at Cupcake Camp LA had a tiny spot for her special cakes. Check out the photos below, she really went above and beyond to make the celebs feel special.
Also below, Casey's Cupcakes. I've never heard of her, but from the display, I'd say she might just be worth a taste test someday soon. I didn't have the chance to try them, but the photos are mouthwatering delicious!
Happy Mother's Day!
Looking for the perfect Mother's Day Cupcake?
If you want to be extra sweet this Mother’s Day, surprise her with cupcakes! It’s her special day, encourage her to treat herself!
Below is a recipe I highly recommend for Mom’s special day:
Mother's Day Hummingbird Cupcakes
Recipe from MarthaStewart.com
Yields 24 Cupcakes
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 large)
- 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
- 1 cup chopped walnuts, or pecans
- 1 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
- Cream Cheese Frosting - below
- Dried Pineapple Flowers - below
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.with rack in center. Line cupcake pan with paper liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, vanilla, and sugar until combined, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating each before adding the next. Beat at medium speed until mixture is pale yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
In a medium bowl, stir together banana, pineapple, walnuts, and coconut. Add to egg mixture, mixing until combined. Stir in flour mixture.
Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 28 minutes.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cupcakes have cooled, use a small offset spatula to frost tops of each cupcake. Decorate with dried pineapple flowers, if desired. Serve at room temperature.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
Yields 3 cups
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
- 1 pound confectioners' sugar, sifted
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and vanilla until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. With mixer on medium speed, gradually add butter, beating until incorporated.
Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add sugar, beating until incorporated. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before using.
Dried Pinapple Flowers:
2 large or 4 small pineapples, peeled
Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line two baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper.
Using a small melon baller, remove and discard pineapple "eyes." Using a sharp knife, cut pineapple crosswise into very thin slices. Transfer slices to baking sheets. Bake until tops look dried, about 30 minutes. Flip slices; bake until completely dried, 25 to 30 minutes more. Pinch center of each pineapple slice to shape into a cone, and let cool in a clean egg carton to form flowers. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 days.