Celebrating Cupcakes — and a challenge for you!

by Julie Ruble on August 7, 2011 · 35 comments

Willow Bird Baking’s Cupcake Week has come to an end, but your cupcake fun is just beginning! As a grand finale to a week full of baking, filling, frosting, and eating, I’m handing my middle school cupcake campers’ thinking caps over to you. You’re gonna need ‘em. Presenting the Willow Bird Baking Cupcake Challenge!

My goal is to inspire kitchen confidence in home cooks. In my own experience, I’ve gained confidence in two ways. The first is simply trying recipes that stretch my skill level. I’ll find a recipe with a technique I’ve never tried, watch some videos online, read about the technique, and give it a shot! Every success builds my confidence, and every flop provides a funny story. It’s a no-lose situation.

The second way I’ve gained kitchen confidence is by creating my own recipes. Sometimes I do this by combining components of several different recipes, by transforming one dessert into another, or by adding a fun surprise to an existing dessert. No matter how I accomplish it, any time I produce my own unique creation in the kitchen, it’s a huge confidence boost. Giving you that boost is the goal of the cupcake challenge!

Here’s what you do:



-Make your own cupcake! Choose a cake recipe, a filling recipe, and a frosting recipe and put them together to form your own unique creation (see below for lots of helpful inspiration!) Make sure your cupcake has all 3 components!

- Take a photo of your cupcake (we’d love to see a photo of the inside, too!) and email it to me at juruble ‘at’ gmail ‘dot’ com with a few comments about how it went and a link to your blog (if you have one — if you don’t, that’s okay too!).

- Do this before Wednesday, September 7, 2011. In a month, I’ll post all of your cupcake masterpieces here on Willow Bird Baking!

- You can also grab the badge at the bottom of this post if you’d like to let your readers know that you’re participating in the Cupcake Challenge, but it’s optional.

If you’d like to participate, leave me a comment below and let me know! You can use these cupcakes for inspiration!


Willow Bird Baking’s Cupcake Recipes:

1. Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Cupcakes
2. Strawberry Jam Cupcakes
3. Paula Deen’s Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
4. Peach Cobbler Cupcakes

5. Peach Lemon Cupcakes
6. Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes 1
7. Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes 2
8. Reese’s Cup Cupcakes

9. Lemon Burst Fairycakes
10. Mango Raspberry Rosecakes
11. Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Cupcakes with Ganache
12. Plum and Cream Mini Tortes

13. Clementine Burst Cupcakes
14. Ice Cream Cupcakes
15. Banana Coconut Cream Easter Cupcakes
16. Chocolate Pistachio Cream Cupcakes

17. Banana Split Cupcakes
18. Creamsicle Cupcakes
19. Strawberry & Cream Cupcakes
20. Apple Cinnamon Cream Cupcakes


More Inspiration:

To inspire my students, I gave them this list of cake, filling, and frosting flavors. These are all sweet suggestions, but who says you can’t make a savory cupFAKE? The possibilities probably end somewhere, but I sure don’t know where!

Cake Flavors
chocolate, vanilla, almond, strawberry, orange, lemon, blueberry, peach, carrot cake, hummingbird cake, spice cake, cheesecake, pound cake

Filling Flavors
vanilla mousse, easy pudding mix mousse with any flavor, chocolate mousse, cinnamon mousse, pastry cream, coconut pastry cream, coffee pastry cream, berry/fruit mousse, whipped cream, marshmallow fluff, lemon/citrus curd, jam/jelly, cookie dough, peanut butter, peanut butter mousse, Nutella, other nut butters, frostings, ice cream

Frosting Flavors
chocolate/vanilla/fruit/citrus buttercream, Swiss meringue buttercream, cream cheese frosting, fruit/citrus cream cheese frosting, brown sugar buttercream, whipped cream, 7 minute frosting

Toppings
berries, nuts, sprinkles, sanding sugar, graham cracker crumbs, cookies, cookie crumbs, candy, toasted marshmallows

Finally, here’s a WBB Cupcake Challenge badge if you want to grab it:

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Megan Wallace August 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I’m doing this. I already know what I am going to do!!!!!! The root beer extract is calling me…….. and we ARE having a cookout this Saturday :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Oh my gosh, I’m so excited to see these!!

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thehungrygiant August 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm

ho ho ho i already made your red velvet cheesecake recipe for your cheesecake challenge, so i can’t use that. but still, YOU’RE ON JULIE! HAHAHA i’m excited! :))

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 7, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Hooray! I KNOW you’re gonna do something incredible, Gio!

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Karen August 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm

A cupcake challenge! What a great idea. I know I will be thinking a lot about this!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Hope you can join in, Karen!

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Corisa J August 8, 2011 at 10:03 am

I can’t wait to participate in this lovely idea ! So much fun!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 9, 2011 at 12:18 am

Yay!! So glad you’ll be joining the fun, Corisa!

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Joanne August 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I’ll take just about any and every excuse to make cupcakes. Love this!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 9, 2011 at 12:18 am

Yay, Joanne! :D

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Meki August 9, 2011 at 12:12 am

I’m doing this!!! I prolly want a carrot cupcake :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 9, 2011 at 12:18 am

Yum, I’ll take 2 or 3 :) So glad you’re joining in, Meki!

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Ruth's Table August 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I’m turnin g my favorite cocktail from my favorite bar into a cupcake. All I have to say is fing, mint, cucumber and rose. We’ll see how this goes!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Oooh, I’m so excited to see the finished product! It sounds super creative!

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eRiCaR August 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I made awesome citris cupcakes using creamcicle icing

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Hooray, Erica! They sound yummy! Make sure to snap a photo!

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Ava August 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I know exactly what I am going to do! So excited! Hurray for cupcakes!!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Yay! Can’t wait to see!

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Maranda August 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm

what a fun challenge! I just love your challenges!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I hope you’ll be able to join in!! I know you have your hands full right now with the new baby!

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naturalbaker August 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I think our house could use some cupcakes! Count me in. :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Yay!! Thanks for joining in! Can’t wait to see your cupcakes :)

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Cathy & Kevin @ So Much CaKe! August 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I plan on joining in this fun challenge! :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Hooray, another participant! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

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sophiaspach August 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

SO cool!! I wanna join :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Do it, do it!!

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Amy C August 24, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I am going to join in on the fun.I love creating ideas and baking.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Yay, Amy! Glad you’re joining in!!

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Diana Nicely August 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

Love your blog! I would like to join the fun also. Matter of fact, I’m sending you my creation right now :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 26, 2011 at 10:10 am

Ooh, good!! I can’t wait to see it!

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LeAndra September 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I know it’s last minute, but the long weekend has given me some extra time to join the fun as well. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s creations.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking September 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm

YAY! I can’t wait to see them!!

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Susan September 4, 2011 at 11:44 am

I am all in! Photos posting soon!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking September 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Hooray, Susan! I can’t wait to see!!

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