Celebrating Cupcakes — and a challenge for you!

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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35 Comments on Celebrating Cupcakes — and a challenge for you!

  1. Megan Wallace
    August 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm (4 years ago)

    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 :)

    Reply
  2. thehungrygiant
    August 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm (4 years ago)

    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! :))

    Reply
  3. Karen
    August 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm (4 years ago)

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

    Reply
  4. Corisa J
    August 8, 2011 at 10:03 am (4 years ago)

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

    Reply
  5. Joanne
    August 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm (4 years ago)

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

    Reply
  6. Meki
    August 9, 2011 at 12:12 am (4 years ago)

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

    Reply
  7. Ruth's Table
    August 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm (4 years ago)

    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!

    Reply
  8. eRiCaR
    August 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm (4 years ago)

    I made awesome citris cupcakes using creamcicle icing

    Reply
  9. Ava
    August 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm (4 years ago)

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

    Reply
  10. Maranda
    August 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm (4 years ago)

    what a fun challenge! I just love your challenges!

    Reply
    • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
      August 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm (4 years ago)

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

      Reply
  11. naturalbaker
    August 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm (4 years ago)

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

    Reply
  12. sophiaspach
    August 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm (4 years ago)

    SO cool!! I wanna join :)

    Reply
  13. Amy C
    August 24, 2011 at 9:14 pm (4 years ago)

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

    Reply
  14. Diana Nicely
    August 26, 2011 at 9:59 am (4 years ago)

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

    Reply
  15. LeAndra
    September 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm (4 years ago)

    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.

    Reply
  16. Susan
    September 4, 2011 at 11:44 am (4 years ago)

    I am all in! Photos posting soon!

    Reply

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