Meditations Inspired by Cupcakes? From children’s parties to corporate banquets, cupcakes pop up all over. Newlyweds feed them to their wedding guests and cafes serve cupcake-centric menus. What if you could make habits that are good for you, like meditating, just as appealing?
If you want to begin a meditation practice or become more consistent, take a cue from cupcakes. These 3 ideas will make mindfulness almost as simple as eating dessert.
Sweet Meditations Inspired by Cupcakes
Who knew cupcakes could be so inspirational? There are many lessons that can be learned from these pocket-sized tasty treats…
Meditations Inspired by the Smallness of Cupcakes
You probably have days when it’s difficult to carve out five minutes for meditation, let alone a half-hour or more. You skip a session, and before you know it that lapse builds up into a month. Try scheduling bite-size meditations instead.
Pause for silence.
A single moment of silence can calm you if you’ve been rushing around. You’ll remember your priorities and manage your time more effectively.
Select a word.
Pick a word for the day that is meaningful for you. When you feel irritated or sad, repeat it to yourself.
Read a passage.
Assemble a library of books that give you food for thought. Read a few lines from a spiritual teacher, philosopher, or poet.
A red traffic light is an ideal opportunity to monitor your breath. Try inhaling and exhaling in 3 parts, focusing on your abdomen, rib cage, and upper chest.
Meditations Inspired by the Sweetness of Cupcakes
Many people love cupcakes, even if they’re dry, because they’re covered with almost twice as much frosting as a plain old slice of cake. When you’re going through a challenging time, search for the upside of hanging in there.
Learn and grow.
Overcoming obstacles hones our skills and makes us more resilient. Figure out how to leverage your strengths. Identify areas where you need more practice and training.
Disappointments can soften your heart. You’ll want to treat yourself and others more gently when you empathize with their experiences.
Deepen your relationships.
Friends become closer when they support and encourage each other. By collaborating with a partner, you come up with solutions that may have eluded you if you were working on your own.
Appreciate simple comforts.
It’s easy to take our blessings for granted. When your dishwasher breaks down, think about how much convenience and free time modern appliances have added to your life.
Meditations Inspired by the Wide Variety of Cupcakes
Would bakery lines be so long if cupcakes came in vanilla only? It’s those flavors from peanut butter and jelly to red velvet that draw a crowd. If you’re tired of the same old routine, new meditation techniques may restore your enthusiasm.
Take a walk.
If you need a break from the cushion, you can meditate without sitting down. Walk around your living room or follow a path in a quiet public garden.
Chant and sing.
Maybe you’re having one of those days when you feel compelled to put your thoughts into words. Sing your favorite hymns or popular songs. Chant along with a CD.
Draw a picture.
Art can be meditative. Sketch trees and flowers. Copy a drawing from a book. Assemble a collage that you can display.
Join a group.
Alternate between meditating solo and as part of a community. Browse online for meditation centers in your neighborhood. Ask your local library about starting a lunchtime meeting.
Cupcakes can do more than satisfy your sweet tooth. Let them teach you how to develop a practice of daily meditation that will dissolve stress and bring you greater peace of mind.
Doesn’t that sound like a mouthful? Tree Shaped Fondant Christmas Cupcake Toppers. All it really means is harnessing your inner child and playing with fondant as you played with Play-Doh years ago. You are going to create mini Christmas Trees so you are all ready with those handmade Christmas cupcake toppers to rock out a festive treat!
Tree Shaped Fondant Christmas Cupcake Toppers
Looking at Edible Christmas Cupcake Toppers
There are several different kinds of edible Christmas cupcake toppers as they can be made from fondant, royal icing, or even chocolate. Today, we are going to work with fondant!
I love how the Food Network puts it:
Rolled fondant is versatile. It can be tinted, flavored, modeled, formed, twisted, imprinted, and shaped into numerous of decorative pieces.
Can you put fondant on cupcakes?
Even if you just want to roll out fondant, cut strips, and put it directly onto a cupcake, you need to add a little buttercream under it to become the “glue”. We are going to frost the cupcakes before adding our little “clay” creations and buttercream will be the “sticky” that holds it all together.
Can I make fondant cake decorations in advance?
Yes, but ideally, you don’t want to make them more than 2-3 days ahead of when you want to use them. It isn’t like cupcakes – that you can make a month in advance and then pop into the freezer, to pull out and thaw before frosting. They get harder and will be harder to eat.
If you do want to make the cupcakes in advance, you don’t want to frost and pop the fondant on top. Fondant is sugar-based and it will start to break down – the opposite of the getting hard problem. Bottom line: think of melted Play-doh.
This recipe will make a dozen treats so you can double or triple the recipe accordingly to the size of the crowd you wish to treat. That being said, you need to start with 12 of your favorite chocolate cupcakes. You can either use a boxed cake mix or use our chocolate cupcake recipe.
You always want to make sure your cupcakes are completely cool before starting to decorate them.
Now, let’s make those Tree Shaped Fondant Christmas Cupcake Toppers
You will need:
6-8 oz. green fondant
Line a baking sheet with wax paper and roll out a dozen 2-inch fondant spheres.
Start shaping each fondant sphere into cones so that they take the shape of Christmas trees. Use scissors to cut little indents all around the fondant tree (this will give it texture). Set lightly on the lined baking sheet.
This is a GREAT cupcake to make with the littles – after all, they are at the top of the Play-Doh skills right now. Have them help you shape the little fondant trees and your junior baker will swell with pride as people compliment them!
For the Buttercream you will need:
¾ cup softened butter (1 ½ sticks)
3 cups icing sugar
3-5 tbsp milk
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
Red gel food coloring
Yellow gel food coloring
Blue gel food coloring
To make the buttercream, use an electric mixer and beat butter, icing sugar, and milk on medium speed. Gradually increase speed to high and beat until completely smooth.
Frost each cupcake with an offset spatula and add shredded coconut on top.
Add some buttercream to the bottom of each tree and place on in the center of each cupcake.
Separate the remainder of your frosting into three different bowls. Color each one with your gel food coloring.
Now let’s add some holiday lights to your tree-shaped fondant Christmas cupcakes toppers! Add each buttercream color into a sandwich bag, cut a small hole in one and corner, and pipe out little dots on your fondant Christmas trees. We kept the yellow for the top part of the tree – this will act as your fondant tree’s “star.”
Boozy Margarita Cupcakes and more? The booze-infused cupcakes are a great creation albeit they are only for adults due to the content. The liquored desserts are extremely popular these days and we have crafted an amazing collection of boozy cupcakes for you along with the most frequently asked Boozy Cupcakes questions.
28 Boozy Cupcakes to Spice Up Your Celebration
While I have an incredible collection of boozy margarita cupcakes and more for you, it can be confusing for people. Some call them boozy cupcakes while the terms “cocktail cupcakes” and “drunken cupcakes” seem to be the occasional substitution. Whichever term you use, these are alcohol-infused cupcakes that we are talking about, not boozy cupcakes with pipettes.
When talking about cupcakes with pipettes, it is a plain ol’ alcohol-free cupcake that has all the booze in the pipette. Just before ripping into that cupcake, squeeze the contents of the pipette into the cupcake.
Do boozy cupcakes get you drunk?
They could. There are several factors here to consider. First of all, after baking cupcakes with booze in them for 30 minutes, roughly 30-40% of the booze content has NOT baked out. If you overindulge, you could get tipsy! People like me, who have had gastric bypass surgery, gets tipsy after just one or two sips of wine. 1-2 cupcakes could make us legally drunk! So, for all of those people who want to know “Does alcohol bake out of cupcakes?” the answer is both yes, and no. MOST of it will bake out.
One other thing to consider: what proof is your alcohol? The higher the alcohol content of your choice of mix-in could result in a higher-proof finished product.
Can you replace water with alcohol in cake mix?
Yes. Do not replace ALL of the water with the booze – I suggest only using 1/2 a cup of booze for a boxed cake mix. It the cake mix calls for 1.5 cups of water, use 1 cup of water and half a cup of the booze. Since over half of the alcohol/booze bakes out, you will have a drier cupcake if you substitute much more than that.
How do you add alcohol to cupcake mix?
I’m going to go right to Betty Crocker for the answer on this one – I LOVE the tip about substituting booze for the extract in a recipe! Extracts have a lot of alcohol in them normally so it would be a fair swap out. Just think of Amaretto in chocolate cake or Malibu in peach cupcakes!
When adding liquor to your baking, start with a little and work up to your taste level. Allow enough cooling time to remove the alcohol’s harsh taste. You can substitute alcohol for extracts called for in recipes if you desire. In fact, this could open up a whole new world of flavors to try!
Can cupcakes be made the night before?
Yes. We have talked about this before. Generally, the rule of thumb is that if you plan to frost and enjoy them within a couple of days you should be storing your cupcakes at room temperature. If you do not plan to frost or enjoy them within a couple of days then it’s best to freeze them. You can learn more about Batch Baking During the Winter Months in my other post if you want to, but batch baking and freezing are some of my trade secrets. Rarely would I pop them in the fridge – the constantly circulating air dries them out too much.
Can I sell alcohol infused cupcakes?
This is challenging as many people are selling baked goods, that they make from home, thanks to the cottage laws. Are you planning on buying the alcohol in bulk? You may need a special license or permit to be able to buy wholesale.
Are you using it as an INGREDIENT? You should be OK. That is if your booze is mixed into the batter and then baked. If you are planning on going the pipette route? You are considered to be selling alcohol and need the liquor license from your state.
All you lovely bakers who want to stick a miniature bottle of liqueur or other alcoholic beverage in the top of a cupcake or other food product, beware! Follow your state law. Not sure about the size of the miniatures? They are the 50 ml bottles often used as gifts, samples, or for promotional purposes. But this requirement is for all alcoholic beverages.
Are you planning to sell on Facebook Marketplace? It is a hard “no” on the Facebook Terms of Service. Sweet Fest did the research for us.
According to CNN, a spokeswoman from Facebook explained that “the new policy will prohibit all private sales, trades, transfers and gifting of alcohol and tobacco products on Facebook and Instagram…Any brands that post content related to the sale or transfer of these products will have to restrict that content to adults 18 or older.”
So, if you DO plan to make boozy margarita cupcakes and more for a profit, make sure you are checking with all of your local regulations to prevent the added expense of unwanted fines or fees.
Boozy Margarita Cupcakes and More
The champagne cupcakes are easy to make and the champagne frosting makes them truly irresistible.
If you like coconut and margaritas, then you will have to try this cupcake which combines the flavor of the two with the help of coconut tequila. The cakes taste awesome and give out a great smell too!
The chocolate stout cupcakes can be enjoyed on St Patrick’s Day. The best part of this recipe is that they can be made in advance and stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a day ahead.
Guinness Cupcakes with Sweet Cream Chocolate Frosting
These cupcakes are so decadent and delicious! Featuring Guinness Stout in the cupcakes, they’re topped with chocolate buttercream frosting. We added a St Patrick’s Day topper, but these are great for any day of the year!
Bourbon Spice Cupcakes topped with vanilla bourbon buttercream are moist, decadent, and deliciously indulgent. These bourbon cupcakes are a perfect way to enjoy dessert and bourbon cocktail, all in one.
Gender Reveal Cupcakes Recipe? The gender reveal parties are a rage, at least in the pre-covid days. I have faith that they will be back again, in full force, once vaccinations and more have been put in place and we can keep those amazing moms-to-be safe! These parties are more fun when you prepare the gender reveal cupcakes ahead of time with the filling representing whether it is a boy or a girl. Let us check out this 10 amazing gender reveal cupcakes recipe collection!
Gender Reveal Cupcakes
Where to Buy Gender Reveal Cupcakes?
Do you realize that is probably the number one question asked in gender reveal cupcakes recipe hunts on Google? Followed closely by “gender reveal cupcakes Walmart”. The last time I looked at just a CAKE at a store with a bakery section, it was over $25! Do you know that a boxed cake mix is on sale ALL THE TIME for just a buck? Eggs are just under a buck for a dozen — that makes the 3 you need for that boxed cake mix just about $0.24 and the veggie oil? More literal pennies.
You can make 2 dozen cupcakes for two bucks or less…and a little bit of your time. Why wouldn’t you offer to MAKE them, as a gift, for your mother-to-be friend? If she has been pricing them out – (ouch) She certainly knows the value of your gift.
Gender reveal cupcake toppers
How would I top them? Go to your local Dollar Tree Store and hit the party section. They have pink and blue plastic baby bottles, rattles, etc. Get a variety of them. Bake the cupcakes, frost them, and stick a cute plastic toy on top.
Filling them? Pick from one of the ten sites below to figure out how you want to fill it, and with what. Seriously, you are spending less than ten bucks on this amazing, and thoughtful gift!
Funfetti Gender Reveal Cupcakes?
This is another top searched item and super easy to do! If you have a white cake mix, prepare the batter as instructed, and then fold in 1 Cup of candy sprinkles. That. Is. It.
You are done and didn’t need to hunt down a Funfetti cake mix.
Can you make gender reveal cupcakes chocolate?
Yuppers! First of all – this is more fitting for any people of color. Who says everything has to be WHITE? The pink or blue is the FILLING and not visible until you rip into the gender reveal gems like a monkey on a cupcake.
How early can you bake cupcakes before an event?
We have touched on this before. Generally, the rule of thumb is that if you plan to frost and enjoy them within a couple of days you should be storing your cupcakes at room temperature. If you do not plan to frost or enjoy them within a couple of days then it’s best to freeze them. You can learn more about Batch Baking During the Winter Months in my other post if you want to, but batch baking and freezing are some of my trade secrets. Rarely would I pop them in the fridge – the constantly circulating air dries them out too much.
Sky High Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes
Substitute the Dulce de leche in these decadent cupcakes with a pink or blue simple frosting for the perfect gender-reveal celebration!