Piña Colada Cupcakes

Enjoy the taste of the classic cocktail now as a cupcake! These are kid-friendly, and the perfect way to incorporate fresh summer pineapples in your desserts. You can use canned pineapple, but if you have the time to crush a few slices of fresh pineapple, go for it. You’ll get so much more flavor. Top with maraschino cherries, extra coconut flakes, and a bright and cheery drink umbrella, and your crew will fall in love with this cute little taste of the tropics. Piña Colada Cupcakes Ingredients 1 box (15.25 oz) white cake mix 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 cup pineapple juice (from the crushed pineapple) 3 egg whites 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes 2/3 cup crushed pineapple 1 tsp coconut extract   Frosting: 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp coconut extract 3-4 cups powdered sugar   Toppings: another…

Boozy Margarita cupcakes are a perfect, festive treat

Margarita cupcakes. What could be more perfect for spring and summer (and of course Cinco de Mayo!)? You’ll find all kinds of reasons to make these fun, tequila-infused cupcakes. I mean, who doesn’t love a little spiked dessert? This recipe makes a deliciously moist cake with a light lime and tequila flavor — just like your favorite drink to sip during the summer months. They’re topped with thick and creamy buttercream that’s infused with more delicious lime and tequila flavor. You can have lots of fun decorating them, too. I used green sprinkles and a tiny lime wedge, but you top them with more lime zest, a section of paper straw, a drink umbrella, or a candied lime wedge. You might even go crazy for a party and top with an upended mini bottle of tequila. As for the tequila in these Margarita cupcakes, I usually stick with one that’s…

Celebrate National Cupcake Day with this sweet behind the scenes video

National Cupcake Day is one of those food holidays we hold dear. It’s hard to come by any actual history of the holiday, but whoever made December 15 an actual day on the food calendar, is my kind of person. This year the holiday falls on a Friday, so there really isn’t any reason to skip the celebration. Stop in your local cupcake shop, and check out our recent visit to Flour & Sugar Cakery in Seven Fields, Pennsylvania with the fun video above — definitely drool-worthy. Also see, 7 things millennials are changing about the food industry.   Follow us on Instagram.

Ent-icing dessert designs by local cake artist

Cathy Burnheimer is turning the cake world upside-down. Her innovative cake designs push the boundaries and defy gravity. “We’ve done chandelier cakes that have hung inverted,” said Cathy Burnheimer. “One was at the Omni William Penn for a wedding. It was a five-tier cake that hung from the chandelier.” The Omni William Penn is a 23-floor hotel located in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The grand hotel has been host to many visiting luminaries including John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, Mick Jagger and Ewan McGregor—just to name a few. Brides and grooms and other “high society” events regularly rent the famous balconied Grand Ballroom. The hotel was designed in a Renaissance Revival style—which means ornate, Classical details everywhere and tall, interior arches. Impressively decorated ceilings and cornices set the scene for a formal affair. (If you’re lucky enough to visit, be sure to look up!) “To have the Omni as my inspiration…