Friday, March 18, 2011

Birthday Cupcakes for a Little Princess

Birthday Cupcakes

My niece’s 5th Birthday is approaching and my brother asked me to bake some cupcakes for her school’s birthday celebration.  Of course, how can I pass on any opportunity to bake some cupcakes.  Plus, they are for my lovely niece.  Of course, I happily said yes.  

Birthday Cupcakes

Looking at the cupcakes from another angle…ah….I wanted to dive right in!  hahaha….I made vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate cupcakes and topped them off with swirls of vanilla bean buttercream and fresh strawberry buttercream.  Then, sprinkled some of them with a little sugar pearls and heart shaped sprinkles.  I guess most kids love sprinkles, including me.  :P  These buttercreams are to die for.  They are creamy, smooth and fluffy with the right amount of sweetness.  I love the little tangy flavor from the fresh strawberry buttercream.  And the one with vanilla bean buttercream, it’s fragrant and sweet.  The vanilla bean makes such a difference on the taste.  

Birthday Cupcakes

Here’s a special one for the little princess!  I hope she’ll like it.


Birthday Cupcakes

I ended up with 2 full boxes and some, for my 2 little cupcake monsters at home.  I’m waving these cupcakes goodbye….before I seal off the boxes.

Birthday Cupcakes

One last peek….

Birthday Cupcakes

Happy Birthday, Princess Belle!  Wish you good health, joy and happiness for the coming year and more.  :) 


I’m submitting this to the Mystery Box Cupcake Challenge: Birthdays!  The winner of this challenge will receive prizes from:
Thank you to all the prize sponsors!


33 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to the little princess....yummy cupcakes....

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  2. Oh - these are gorgeous!!! I want to try each and every single one. Best of luck on the competition!

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  3. Those look like perfect cupcakes. They don't even look real!

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  4. These are so gorgeous, bright and perfect for a birthday celebration! I love the way you've frosted, and then encased them.
    Ps. I agree, vanilla beans are superior taste wise

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  5. Oh these cupcakes definitely are fit for a princess! Darling!

    And good luck with the cupcake challenge Amy! xo

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  6. The birthday princess will love these! You've been a busy baker. They look amazing and delicious!

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  7. Oh my, the cupcakes look so beautiful! I especially adore those fresh strawberry buttercream too. Yummm... I bet your little niece will love them all. Thanks for sharing. Hope you're having a great weekend.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  8. Those are so wonderful looking. Great job.

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  9. She's going to love your cupcakes, especially the special princess one you made her.

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  10. Amy , those cupcakes are totally pretty.
    Cuteee...

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  11. Happy Birthday to your niece! Your cupcakes are gorgeous! Being five is really special, especially to have cupcakes as pretty as these for a birthday celebration!

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  12. So beautifully decorated! Can I ask what number tips you used?

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  13. Happy Birthday to your little niece :) I really love the pink frosting on top...you have decked up the cupcakes so beautifully.

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  14. Your baked goodies always look so gorgeous!! Your niece is very lucky :D)!

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  15. Wow, beautiful cupcakes! They look so delish.

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  16. MmmmM. They are soo gorgeous! Perfect for birthdays!
    Can you post the recipe for it? =D

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  17. How lovely! I love the color contrasts between the frosting and the cupcakes. I too love to decorate cakes, but cupcakes are definitely my fave. Can't blame you for not passing that one up!

    http://mainlyglutenfreeinnyc.wordpress.com/

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  18. Thank you everyone for the lovely comments and sweet wishes for my niece.

    @ Christie: This is exactly the pastry tips and set I used to decorate the buttercreams on these cupcakes. (check the link below)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BVFYU4/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=a0464-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000BVFYU4

    I love this decorating set, good price and useful in many pasties. Perfect for icing/buttercream and butter cookies.

    @ Alicia: I'm planning to submit these into a recipe contest and might be a conflict if I post the recipes here now. Sorry to disappoint you. But I will post the recipe after the contest is over. Sounds good? :)

    Have a wonderful weekend everyone! :)

    Amy

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  19. So sweet, darling and delicious in every detail!

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  20. These are stunningly gorgeous! Lucky, lucky girl that niece of yours. Three flavors? Can you bake my birthday cupcakes? I would like a little Vodka in mine please. Your photos are equally beautiful and I really want one of those chocolate with strawberry buttercream. What a lovely combination. I will go next to the Bake Sale for Japan site. Great, great idea!

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  21. What little girl wouldn't love princess cupcakes? Fantastic!

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  22. Those are both adorable and amazing!! Not to mention so delicious looking!! What a lucky little girl to have such a great Aunt!!

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  23. Aw! These are great. I can't wait to bake for my niece when she's older.

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  24. these are too adorable for words!!!! good luck bella!!

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  25. These cupcakes are so pretty, and you have such an assortment! I know the little princess loved them. :)

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  26. Oh my!!! What a blessed little princess to have such a sweet auntie! I would think it would be too too hard to decide which to pick to eat :o)
    Happy Birthday to your niece! (The little princess decoration around her special cupcake is adorable ;o)

    (My daughters and I love the cupcake challenge and cupcake shows! The oldest is a dentist and the other will be a dentist in one year, but they both talk about how awesome it would be to have a cupcake shop :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!

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  27. Amy- Those cupcakes are so perfect! They look like they're out of a magazine! Your neice is one lucky little girl :)

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  28. okay, sounds good! I'll wait for you to post the recipe =D
    You inspire me to bake for the first time!
    How do you make the frosting thick? Mine didn't turn out well =S

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  29. @ Alicia: Again, thank you for your interests in the recipes. I'm thrilled to hear that I inspired you to bake. :) The frosting I made for these cups cakes are Swiss Meringue Buttercream. The recipe is similar to this one here:

    http://utry.it/2010/12/meyer-lemons-macarons-with-limoncello.html

    Just with different flavoring ingredients. For example, replace the lemon zest and lemon juice with fresh pureed strawberries will get you a delicious Strawberry Buttercream. ;) I hope that helps.

    Amy

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  30. Beautiful cupcakes ♥ and photos of course :)

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  31. Absolutely beautiful! They look almost too good to eat...almost. Thanks for stopping by Your Own Home Store. Good luck with the giveaway! If you are serious about trying THRIVE foods in your cooking and baking, I'd love to have to do a review sometime!

    Misty

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  32. So pretty. I love the princess cups!

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