Kitchen Crafts 'n' More

Wednesday, October 08, 2008 Fun Ideas for Cupcakes - Cupcake Sprinkles, Cupcake Pans, Cupcake Decorations and More

I love a delicious cupcake. (Check out My Favorite New Gluten Free Cupcake Mix - just tried these last week and they were fantastic for anyone craving yummy gluten free cupcakes with decadent fudge frosting. And yes, that link will also share my favorite ooey gooey Chocolate Fudge Frosting recipe! It is SOOOO good it's insane.)

But, even more fun than making cupcakes is - of course! - decorating those cupcakes! Have a cupcake baking day with your kids or grandkids this autumn, using some of the following fun ideas to make your cupcake decorating more fun than ever. And if you have a wonderful cupcake or frosting recipe to share, please send them in!

Cupcake Carriers

Cupcake Decorating Sets

Cute and Unique Cupcake Sprinkles

Adorable Cupcake Paper Liners

And Finally...A Giant Cupcake Pan
A huge - and hugely fun - novelty cake that makes one giant cupcake that everyone will want a piece of!

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Friday, October 03, 2008 Raspberry Buttermilk Coconut Muffins Recipe - from Newspaper

Adding buttermilk to muffin recipes calling for milk will create delicious, tender muffins. Treat your family with this gourmet treat - Raspberry Buttermilk Coconut Muffins.

Raspberry Buttermilk Muffins with Coconut
(from the Victoria Times Colonist Newspaper)

Serve these flavourful muffins warm with butter.
Makes 9 large muffins

1 3/4 cups (425 mL) all-purpose flour (for gluten free - try a gluten free flour mix)

1 teaspoon (5 mL) baking powder

1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) salt

1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) baking soda

1/2 cup (125 mL) unsweetened medium coconut flakes (divided)

1 large egg, beaten

1/3 cup (75 mL) granulated sugar

1 cup (250 mL) buttermilk

3 tablespoons (50 mL) melted butter

1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure vanilla extract

1 cup (250 mL) fresh raspberries

Preheat the oven to 375F (190C). Lightly spray nine cups of a 12-cup muffin tin with vegetable oil. In a large bowl, whisk the first four ingredients with 1/4 cup of the coconut flakes.

In a second bowl, beat egg with sugar, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla. Sprinkle raspberries with 2 tablespoons of the dry ingredients. Toss to coat. Combine wet and dry ingredients in swift strokes. Batter will be a little lumpy. Gently fold in floured raspberries. Scoop muffin batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with remaining coconut. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until puffed and golden.

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Legitimate Home Based Business Ideas

In this economy, it seems like we're all looking for innovative ways to make a little extra income. If you're looking for some legitimate home based business ideas, I'm working on an ever-expanding list of them! Hopefully a few of these ideas will get you inspired...

Real Home Based Businesses - Index of Ideas

And if you have another idea to add, please email me!

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Butter Bells - The Best Little Butter Keepers

Do you know what a Butter Bell is?
Visit Why I Love Butter Bells! to find out about this great little invention that keeps your butter both fresh and spreadable! It's one of my favorite must haves in the kitchen, and I know once you try it you'll love it too. (PS: Makes a great gift!)

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