Our Favorite Spring-Inspired Sweets on Pinterest

April 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm , by

Maybe it’s because there are baby showers, spring birthdays, and wedding parties coming up (or maybe it’s because I just miss the carbs and sugar I banned from my diet recently), but the desserts on Pinterest are more enticing than ever, and would be perfect to make for any spring occasion. Many of them were even created in the Journal‘s test kitchen by our talented food editors!  So grab a glass of milk and enjoy a sweet sampling of my favorite pins this week…

Double Rainbow Happiness Cake

For more ways to satisfy your sweet tooth, check out our Delightful Desserts board on Pinterest.

Save the Children with Georgetown Cupcake

April 1, 2011 at 10:48 am , by

In our May 2011 issue, we profile a family living in southeast Kentucky to show the extreme poverty that still exists in rural America, and what the nonprofit organization Save the Children is doing to change the lives of children in these communities. There are several ways to contribute to the cause, but we thought we’d ask the Georgetown Cupcake sisters, Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne, to help us give back, and they were more than happy to get involved. The stars of TLC’s DC Cupcakes are donating 100% of the profits from the sale of these special Save the Children red velvet cupcakes beginning today through May 9th. Red velvet is their most popular flavor for a reason, so if you’ve never had one of their delicious cupcakes, you’ll just have to trust us on this one.

You can purchase the cupcake at one of their retail shops in Washington, DC and Bethesda, Maryland, or you can order the cupcakes by the dozen online at To learn more about Save the Children’s mission, check out our May 2011 issue, which officially hits newsstands on April 12th. Thanks again to Katherine and Sophie for helping LHJ support such a great organization!

Dishing It: LHJ’s Halloween Cupcakes

October 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm , by

l_R153530Halloween is this Sunday and my daughter, Lily, is having some of her 5th grade friends over. When we were deciding which recipes us amateur cooks would make from the pages LHJ, I signed up to try making these candy-corn twist cupcakes, knowing we’d have a house full of kids this weekend. Our food editor, Tara Bench, made this amazing version at left for the magazine—I doubt mine will look as good as hers but here goes. (If you want a little extra help, Tara also made a video showing her decorating technique for all the treats in our October issue. She makes it look so easy!)

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The first step was to bake some cupcakes. They look a bit messy but Lily made them. They taste good anyway! Moving on to the meringue buttercream icing. Somehow this was the first time I have separated an egg. What do I do with the egg yolks? Seeing as it was 9 p.m. and the kids didn’t seem to be interested anymore, they went into garbage can. But we were doing good so far. I dissolved the sugar with the egg whites. Then I added the butter. (I microwaved for ten seconds as I forgot to take it out of the fridge.)

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After adding the coloring to the white icing (a little at a time so we didn’t end up with fluorescent cupcakes) and putting the colored icing into the piping bag, it was time for my first attempt (on the left). Yikes!! That is not going to pass the 5th grade Halloween party test. My next few attempts went better. I realized you have to be bold with the piping bag. Just go for it! When I got into a roll it was easy. And finally, the finished product. Pretty good if you ask me! Not as good as the ones in the magazine, but they tasted great and they passed the Lily test! — Clare Lissaman, LHJ photo director

Tie-Dye Cupcakes 101

April 28, 2010 at 11:46 am , by

One of our hippie-at-heart staffers (that’s you Lisa!) has two favorite things—tie-dye and cupcakes. So for her birthday, I decided to combine the two for the ultimate birthday surprise: tie-dye cupcakes! They’re actually pretty easy to make. Start by making plain vanilla cake batter as you normally would, and then evenly pour the batter into five different small bowls. Use food coloring to dye each bowl of cake batter a different color:

Now comes the time-consuming part; spoon about a tablespoon of each color into the cupcake tins. I started with purple on the bottom, then blue, green, yellow and finally, red. Once that’s done, pop them into the oven and bake them according to the instructions. Mine were in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Here’s how they turned out: Read more

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Cupcakes to Support Haiti Relief

January 27, 2010 at 6:25 pm , by

cupcake-02Check out this sweet deal offered by New York City’s famed Magnolia Bakery: The Red Cross Cupcake ($3). During the rest of January and February, Magnolia will donate $1 to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund for every Red Cross cupcake sold.

The details: Red Cross Cupcake, Magnolia’s classic vanilla-vanilla cupcake (vanilla cake, vanilla buttercream frosting) topped with red sprinkles in the shape of the Red Cross logo.

Locations after the jump…

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Ladies We Love: Rachel, Nichelle and Stacie of Cupcakes Take the Cake

October 14, 2009 at 12:20 pm , by

rachel and nichelleRachel Kramer Bussel, Nichelle Stephens (pictured at right) and Stacie Joy are the women behind one of the sweetest blogs we know, Cupcakes Take the Cake. Now you may be wondering when the whole cupcake fad is going to blow over, but these ladies have been blogging since 2004 and they’re convinced that cupcakes are here to stay. Cupcake lovers come to CTTC for recipes, decorating ideas, event listings—you can even find a cupcake shop in your area. So give their blog a look, and we totally don’t blame you for stopping by a bakery on your way home!

Rachel Kramer Bussel
What makes me a lady: I write thank you notes (and send snail mail), I’m a good friend and I try to think outside of the box.
Favorite guilty pleasure: Tabloid magazines. (Love ‘em and read way too many of them.)
Three things on my life list: Become a mom, cook a fabulous meal for someone special and get published in The New York Times.
If I could have a superpower, it would be: Mind reading.
Ladies I admire: Jeannette Walls, Martha Stewart, Michelle Obama, Anna Quindlen, Mary Lou Lord, Guinevere Turner, Christina Hendricks, Madonna, Virginia Postrel, Molly Crabapple, Samara O’Shea, Hollis Gillespie and Mary Pols.

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