Semi-Homemade Halloween

We are sure that you’ve found a slew of wonderful Halloween treats that you want to make, but where to find the time? So we’ve put together a list of Semi-Homemade Halloween treats that are great for sending to school or work, having for the kids when they get back from Trick-or-Treating, or even to serve at a party. Semi-homemade is a great way to have personalized treats without spending hours in the kitchen.

Monster Donuts
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These are one of our most favorite semi-homemade halloween treats. You just need your favorite donuts, some plastic vampire teeth, and some chocolate chips and you can create some super fun treats. I love the idea of doing this and then putting them back in the box. Imagine your co-workers surprise when they open a seemingly harmless box of donuts and find these creatures staring back at them.

Mini Pumpkin Pies
mini pumpkin pies
In case you haven’t noticed we are fans over handheld sweets around here. And these mini pumpkin pies are just too cute to eat! Almost. All you need is pumpkin pie filling, pre-made pie crust, and some whipped cream and you are good to go.

Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs
Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs from Sallys Baking Addiction
These are cute, use all store bought items, and take no time at all! Plus they have candy corns on them. Anything with candy corn are a win in our book.

Semi-Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

Our friend over at Meghan on the Move has a great recipe for Semi-Homemade Hostess Cupcakes. She starts with chocolate cupcakes (made from a box cake mix), fills them with a yummy filling, and tops them with chocolate ganache and the famous hostess swirls. Did you know that the actual Hostess cupcakes have 7 swirls on the top? Do you know how hard it is to get SEVEN swirls on the top of a cupcake? Its darn near impossible! Regardless of the number of swirls on the top of your cupcakes, these are bound to impress your Halloween guests.

We hope that this gives you a little bit of inspiration for having a sweet Halloween! What is your favorite semi-homemade Halloween treat?

Semi-Homemade 4th of July Treats

The 4th of July brings about thoughts of BBQs, picnic foods, fireworks, and eating outside. The last thing you want to do on an extra day off is spend hours in the kitchen baking up tasty treats for your family. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still whip up something extra special!

Check out some of our ideas that we found for easy, simple, and semi-homemade treats for your 4th of July parties and picnics!

I just love this idea from AThriftyMom.com! She just took store bought ice cream sandwiches and coated the edges with red, white, and blue sprinkles! Another idea is to cut the ice cream sandwiches in half before adding the sprinkles, then stick a Popsicle stick in each one to make them a little less messy.

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Mariah at Giggles Galore has two of my favorite EASY treats that are also a little bit more healthy – Patriotic Fruit Kebobs and White Chocolate covered strawberries.

Using marshmallows, strawberries, and blueberries you can easily throw together some Patriotic Fruit Kebows. This is also a good alternative to fruit salad because you can eat it without a plate or even a fork!

Pair some strawberries, white chocolate, and blue sprinkles and you have a very festive and tasty red, white, and blue treat!

If you have a little bit of time before your party you could easily throw together these Fireworks Push-It-Up Cakes. I’d suggest baking the mini cupcakes ahead of time and just throwing them in the freezer until the day of the party. You can use premade frosting as the recipe suggests or make your own. Throw in some sprinkles and you’ll have a treat that everyone will enjoy!

Fireworks Push-It-Up Cakes

We hope this gives you a couple ideas for some fast and easy treats for your 4th of July bash (or any summer party)!

Happy 4th of July!

Start off November with a cupcake (or 12)

We will be at two exciting events this coming Saturday, November 2nd!

First you can find us at The Fresh Market at the Shops at Wiregrass from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

That night we will be at Green After Dark at Odessa Organic Farmers Market from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Come on out to try out our fall flavors! Don’t forget that this is the perfect time to start placing custom orders for your holiday parties. We do special orders starting at just a dozen!

Fresh Market at Wiregrass – We are back!

We will be at The Shops at Wiregrass this weekend, September 21st, for the Fresh Market at Wiregrass!

Come on out and get some of the delicious flavors we will have available or contact us for a special order pickup!

We will be at The Shops at Wiregrass this weekend, August 3rd! Come on out and get some delicious flavors we will have available or contact us for a special order pickup! This weekend's flavors are: double chocolate, apple cinnamon, funfetti and adult pink lemonade (with delicious red berry vodka!). Yum!

We will be at the Fresh Market at Wiregrass on the following dates for the remainder of 2013! And don’t worry, will be back again in 2014!

September 21, 2013

October 19, 2013

Don’t waste money on your wedding! Get cupcakes!

An article on CNN this week entitled “Don’t waste money on your wedding!’ talks about where money is spent for weddings and where it can be saved. We all want to save money on our weddings right?

One of the first things they talk about is favors. Wedding planner Tracie Domino says to skip the favors that aren’t really personal. “If you give your guests something meaningful, they will be very appreciative,” she says, “but if it’s a bottle of bubbles or a cheap picture frame, it will most likely get left behind by your guests.” So what should you do instead? Bay Area wedding planner Erica Ota says to consider edibles if you’re going the favor route. “The majority of guests don’t even take them home and pricey favors end up getting left on the table,” she says. “Provide edible favors like chocolates, olive oil, or balsamic vinegar that are less expensive and more likely to go home with your hungry guests.”

How about cupcakes as a favor? 

Providing a take home box with a cupcake for your guests is a great send off at the end of the event. Imagine the delight on your guests faces when they find out that they get to take home their very own tasty treat. We bet they won’t even make it through the drive home with busting into the cute little box and sneak a bite (or two). You can order extras and have them boxed up ahead of time (did you know that Cupping Cakes provides this service?) or have boxes available for folks to take home left over cupcakes if that is what you are doing instead of a cake (we provide this service as well).

The article goes on to talk about the exorbitant costs associated with having a multi-tiered wedding cake. Wedding planner Erica Ota says “Typically, most people spend between $700 to $1,000, yet I find that only 60% of guests even take a slice. Factor in a $2.50 per person cake cutting fee and you’re looking at an expensive dessert,” she says. She also notes that she’s been seeing dessert buffets growing in popularity. Where bridges and grooms just have a small cake to use for those oh so important photo ops.

So how about a small cake to cut and a variety of cupcakes instead?

If you have small cake for photo ops and a variety of cupcakes instead of a large cake, you can save that $2.50 per person cake cutting fee right out the gate. And instead of one flavor, you can offer your guests a variety of cakes and frostings that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Worried that you won’t have that WOW factor. Check out this small cutting cake and cupcakes that we recently did for a large Indian wedding. Tell me that isn’t impressive!

So as you are planning your wedding, or your best friend/daughter/sister’s, keep cupcakes (and Cupping Cakes) in mind. Whether its for super cute cupcakes favors for your guests or an amazing spread of cupcakes custom designed to match your wedding. Check out our weddings page for more details! And as always, you can contact us via email with any questions you may have about our services.

Wesley Chapel Chamber Monthly Mixer

Cupping Cakes has been invited to provide cupcakes for this month’s Wesley Chapel Chamber Monthly Mixer! This month’s event will take place at  the Tampa North Flight Center and is hosted by The Laker.

The Laker would like to invite you to come out for a fun night of networking and to kick off the celebration of the flight center’s new facility:  “The Happy Hanger Cafe”. Food for this event is provided courtesy of Stephen John Photography (Steve Miller) and Ker’s Wing House; Wine Tasting by Time For Wine; delightful French Chocolates by Mari Caron Chocolats, fun cupcakes by Cupping Cakes, and Door Prizes including a chance to win a free Mini Flight!

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This monthly mixer in on September 12th from 6-8 pm. The event is open to chamber members and guests and is absolutely free! So if you are a Wesley Chapel business, please feel free to stop by and visit with us.  We’ll have wonderful cupcakes for you to try and plenty of information about how you can have Cupping Cakes at your next event.

6th Annual St. Petersburg Chillounge Night

Everyone up for some awesome news?

Cupping Cakes will be in the VIP section of the 6th Annual St. Petersburg Chillounge Night on November 23rd! This is our second time being at this amazing event, and we can’t be more excited to be there again!

More good news? We have TICKETS that you can WIN to the event!

Here’s HOW TO WIN:

  1. Any purchase from Cupping Cakes gets entered to win a pair of tickets (we will have an entry form at all of our events).
  2. Someone who refers a Bride and she BOOKS her wedding (before November 15th) with Cupping Cakes WINS a pair of tickets.
  3. In November, someone who books an order (before November 15th) for 2 dozen or more Cupping Cakes for the holidays gets entered to win a pair of tickets!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more about this awesome event and how to win tickets so that you can join us there!

We Do Weddings!

Did you know that Cupping Cakes also does weddings?

Check out our new We Do Weddings page where you can find out all about what services we offer for weddings. In addition to fully customizable flavor combinations, we also offer small “cutting cakes,” take out boxes, and cupcake favors as well.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding our wedding services!