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Peanut Cupcakes With Nougat-Chocolate Frosting — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, August 26th, 2012

peanut cupcakes with nougat chocolate frosting
Skip store-bought candy and satisfy your cravings with tasty cupcakes that are modeled after candy bars like this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week: Food Network Magazine‘s Peanut Cupcakes With Nougat-Chocolate Frosting. Whip up this roasted peanut cupcake that combines crunchy nuts with a marshmallow and peanut butter topping.

For more cupcake recipes that are sure to impress, visit Food Network’s Let’s Bake: Cupcakes board on Pinterest.

Get the recipe: Peanut Cupcakes With Nougat-Chocolate Frosting

Easter Brunch — Simple Soirées

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 6th, 2012

coconut carrot cake cupcakes
Easter brunch is one of my favorite meals of the year. Yes, Thanksgiving and Christmas are great. And my birthday is high up on the list, too. But Easter has always been special for me.

When I was growing up in Tucson, Ariz., my family and I would head up to the club for brunch, participate in some extreme Easter egg hunting (I’d always win) and then I would basically stuff my face. Homemade omelets, pounds of roasted potatoes and smoked salmon galore. You name it and I probably ate it. But let’s be honest here — the best part of brunch really has to be the desserts. There are a few in particular that stand out, but in my opinion a truly phenomenal carrot cake tops then all.

I know making a fresh carrot cake can be a little time-consuming because you actually have to grate carrots. Gasp! I know, I know. It’s tough. But trust me, it’s worth the extra prep time.

Get the recipe for Coconut Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Get Cupcakes 24-Hours a Day

by in News, March 1st, 2012

candace nelson cupcake warsFood Network’s own Candace Nelson from Cupcake Wars, who started the cupcake craze with Sprinkles Cupcakes, has done it again. The L.A.-based shop recently announced its newest innovation: a 24-Hour-Sprinkles ATM, as well as plans for a Sprinkles Ice Cream.

Check out the full-story on Devour now.

– Get to know Candace Nelson, a judge on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.
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Last-Minute Super Bowl Cupcakes

by in Holidays, February 5th, 2012

football cupcakes
I can’t help it. As much as I want to deny it, Super Bowl Sunday for me is, well, not about football. Its about the food. It’s quite possibly one of my favorite get-togethers because people focus on two things:

1. Food that is easy to eat

2. Food that is delicious

No one is counting calories or worried if someone eats with their hands, it’s just all-out food fun.

I made these cupcakes with that in mind. They’re easy to make, so if you’re still looking for a last-minute dessert that you can make for your party, this one is a crowd-pleaser. I wanted to personalize them for the big day, but still make something that people can stuff in their mouth on a moment’s notice if the referee makes a horrendous call.

Find out what you’ll need to make these cupcakes »

It’s National Vanilla Cupcake Day

by in Holidays, November 10th, 2011

vanilla bunny cupcakes
Move over chocolate, today is all about vanilla — vanilla cupcakes to be more specific. National Vanilla Cupcake Day may just be another food holiday, but we’ll take any excuse to start the day off with a vanilla cupcake smothered in frosting.

Sure, you could visit your neighborhood bakery to celebrate this sweet treat, but take the extra minute to get out the mixing bowls at home and try Giada’s five-star Vanilla Cupcake recipe.

Looking to keep the kids busy for the afternoon? Try making Food Network Kitchens Vanilla Cupcakes With Bunny Faces (pictured above).

 

Mini Peanut Butter Cupcakes — Recipe of the Day

by in Recipes, September 16th, 2011

mini peanut butter cupcakes
Your family will be smiling from ear-to-ear when you top buttermilk and chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter cream and a milk chocolate glaze.

Make it a complete meal by serving these little treats with Smoked Pork Chops With Corn from Food Network Magazine.

Get the recipe: Mini Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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Cupcake Wars: Miss USA

by in Shows, August 4th, 2011

cupcake wars miss usa recap
Cupcake Wars judge Candace Nelson is the founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world’s first cupcake bakery. She joins us on the FN Dish each week to recap all the sweet details of the competition from her seat at the judges’ table. Here’s what she had to say about this week’s episode.

Pageantry was mixed with Middle Eastern tastes in this week’s Miss USA-themed Cupcake Wars episode.  Paying homage to the Lebanese heritage of the reigning Miss USA, our contestants were faced with the challenge of incorporating Middle Eastern flavors into their cupcakes.  Three of the four contestants chose pistachios as an ingredient, which at first seems like a great choice, but due to a time crunch, it’s not. Baking with pistachios is extremely difficult as their flavor is very delicate and tricky to emphasize.  Both Autumn’s pistachio and orange marmalade cupcake and Teresa’s carrot cupcake blended with spiced pistachios had difficulty accenting the exotic flavors.  Brady’s creation had all the makings of a great cupcake with a moist cake and creamy frosting, but he fell short bringing out the flavor of the most delicate ingredient, rosewater.  Seda clearly had an advantage being familiar baking with rosewater and pistachios — her cupcake was perfect.

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5 Questions With Candace Nelson: Cupcake Wars Judge and Sprinkles Queen

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, May 11th, 2011

Candace Nelson

Candace Nelson, judge and blogger extraordinaire from Cupcake Wars, is about to open her 10th Sprinkles store, finally bringing the “original cupcake bakery” to New York City. We caught up with Candace and got a sneak peek at the new store while she was in town from Los Angeles with the whole family – husband Charles is her business partner at Sprinkles, and they have two young sons.

It’s been a busy week for the Nelsons, who celebrated their first Big Apple store by ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange and have been riding around town in their Sprinklesmobile, handing out free cupcakes. Sprinkles New York opens its doors this Friday, May 13: “We’re not superstitious here!” Candace says with a laugh.

Read on for the inside scoop on the new location, Candace’s favorite cupcake flavors and her take on the future of cupcakes.

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Oscar Eats: The Social Network and Toy Story 3

by in Events, February 24th, 2011
Oscar night eats: The Social Network and Toy Story 3
Oscar night picks for the young at heart: Dishes to "Like" or "Share" and recipes that are child's play.

Young at heart, or just too cool for school? The cool kids will be on the small screen at the Oscars this weekend. In a Best Picture field crowded with serious films and old-school subjects, two movies stand out for their youthful appeal: The Social Network and Toy Story 3.

All week The Dish is offering winning menus and recipes tailored to the nominees for Best Picture. Today, the tale of a brainy techno-whizkid’s creation of Facebook is food-fighting with the classic toys adventuring as their kid heads off to college.

So, WWMZE? What might Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg eat to celebrate (or not) if The Social Network wins best picture at this weekend’s awards? WWBLE? What might Buzz Lightyear sit down and enjoy if Toy Story 3 rockets to the winner’s podium (and if he weren’t an animated character)? Consider this a friendly foodie faceoff–which of their food picks wins?

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Cupcake Wars: Hollywood Glam

by in Shows, February 23rd, 2011
Casey's cupcakes captured the "glitz and glamour" of Hollywood.

Cupcake Wars judge Candace Nelson is the founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world’s first cupcake bakery. She joins us on the FN Dish each week to recap all the sweet details of the competition from her seat at the judges’ table. Here’s what she had to say about last night’s episode, Walk of Fame.

With Hollywood Walk of Fame as this week’s Cupcake Wars theme, I expected to be dazzled by exciting flavors and glamorous displays. And, certainly, Joanne from Lucky Cupcake delivered some excitement in round one with her martini cupcake complete with olive-mascarpone filling! But, in spite of her gutsy choice and dazzling star toppings, she was tripped up by a baking issue that left her cupcake basically inedible. I was sad that I didn’t get to really try what she could do.

Moving on to round two, I was certainly dazzled by Casey’s glitzy plate of cupcakes, including the rice paper “boa,” and Chrissy’s incredibly delicious cupcake trio. Her Elvis “sandwich,” in particular, is one of the best of this variety I have tasted on the show. Celeste disappointed us, though, with her decorations that felt too plain for the occasion.

In the third round, Casey went HUGE with her display and it was the most spectacular I have seen yet on the show. Although the height of the steps on her display meant guests had to bend over to retrieve a cupcake, there was no denying that she captured the “glitz and glamour” of Hollywood. Casey from Casey’s Cupcakes waltzed away with the prize.

Bake up a batch of Casey’s winning Lavender Cupcakes and check out FoodNetwork.com for more about Cupcake Wars, plus dozens of our best cupcake recipes.