Snickerdoodle Cupcake Recipe {Easy Semi-Homemade Sweet}

This simple semi-homemade sweet is super easy to make and tastes just like the family favorite cookie: Snickerdoodle! Sometimes the simple flavors from our childhood are the best.

Snickerdoodle Cupcake Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make snickerdoodle cupcakes*, you’ll need: 
  • 1 package white cake mix (I use Duncan Hines for dairy-free)
  • 1 1/4 cup milk (I use vanilla soy for dairy-free)
  • 1 cup or 2 sticks of butter, melted (I use Smart Balance Light for dairy-free)
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, plus 1/2 teaspoon for dusting
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for dusting

*Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Baking instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift together cake mix and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
  3. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk, and beating until combined after each.
  4. Fill cupcake tins 2/3 way full and bake for 14 to 18 minutes depending on your oven.
  5. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.

For the frosting, I used Martha’s 7-minute frosting recipe and dusted them with sugar and and ground cinnamon.

Snickerdoodle Cupcake Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

As always, I hope you craft, bake, create and celebrate! Enjoy!

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3-Ingredient Lemon Frosting Cupcakes

I love lemon. Lemon cookies, lemon cake, lemonade… Outside of chocolate, it is my favorite flavor to bake with.

3-Ingredient-Lemon Frosting | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I blame my Uncle Billy for my love of chocolate. Giving me M&Ms at his every visit. And my sweet grandmother is responsible for my love of lemon. She made my favorite pie, Lemon Ice Box, every time I asked. It’s amazing I was a skinny child. {grin}

This weekend, in the hopes that spring will arrive soon, I baked up some simple lemon cupcakes.

This post is really all about the icing and the candy topper. The cake mix is a Duncan Hines Supreme Lemon. So yummy and dairy free so my youngest can enjoy it too.

For the frosting, you’ll need:

  • 1 container Cool Whip
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice (or more to taste… I like more)
  • Optional: lemon yogurt coated pretzel

And the easy instructions:

  1. Combine cool whip, lemon juice and sweetened condensed milk in mixer
  2. Chill for 3 hours (it brings out the lemon flavor and hardens the icing)
  3. Top cupcakes and serve. If longer than 15 minutes, chill iced cupcakes.

Serve these yummies with a hot cup of coffee and you can’t go wrong.

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Want a little inexpensive party tip? Embellish white cake plates with a simple strip of crepe paper. It’s much cheaper than ribbon and can be just as pretty!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Press: Excited To Be Part Of The JoAnn Spring Trends & Ideas LookBook {Inaugrual Issue}

I’ve been so blessed over the past year-and-a-half to work with the amazing team at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and I’m thrilled to say this latest installment makes me so very proud. Introducing the JoAnn Spring LookBook!

Kim Byers Featured in JoAnn Spring 2014 Trends and Ideas LookBook

The amazing team at JoAnn asked myself and three other bloggers to come up with five craft projects for five Spring trends: Romantic, Batik, Dazzling Blue, Metallic and Summer Celebration.

This project was so much fun and I can’t wait to post each of my five projects over the next few weeks.

Until then, click and browse through the pages of the inaugural issue, pick up a copy at your local JoAnn store, watch for them on their social media, or search by my name, Kim Byers, on JoAnn.com. Yep! I’m now a searchable item on JoAnn.com. {giddy}

Missed the other projects I’ve done with JoAnn? Here are a few:

Much more to come on my five projects for the LookBook. In the meantime, join in on the conversation on Google +:


 

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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St. Patrick’s Day: Rainbow Cupcakes & Gumball Clouds

If you’ve not noticed, I like to bake. {grin} So with St. Patrick’s Day coming and an art party to plan for, I decided to make some rainbow cupcakes!

Rainbow Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Aren’t they pretty!

Rainbow Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

The first thing I did was grab all my gel food coloring and tint my batter. After the cupcakes cooled I used the same gel icing to tint white frosting.

Rainbow Cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Top each cupcake with a sixlet, use crepe paper streamers for your rainbow and make sure your creative cupcakes end at a gumball cloud! Or, for St. Patrick’s Day, your rainbow might end at a pot of gold, like Rolos!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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St. Patrick’s Day: Easy Shamrock Cupcakes with Mint Frosting

It’s time to start thinking green! These fun 4-leaf clover, Lucky green, cupcakes with mint icing are the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Lucky 4-Leaf Clover Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I love working with candies.

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

This fun little cupcake is super easy with just a few goodies. Green chocolate covered sunflower seeds from Candy Galaxy (they have every color candy!) and Breyer’s chocolate sprinkles (the only sprinkles my kids actually like!).

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And the mint frosting is a cinch. There are tons of amazing recipes from scratch, but when in a hurry I use Pillsbury icing (dairy-free for my little guy and always fluffy) and mix in 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract.

And since this is St. Patrick’s Day, I also mix in green gel food coloring (the other is too watery) until I get my desired color. (TIP: Tint your icing and let it set for five minutes before adding more food coloring. It will darken a bit.)

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

With these cupcakes you’re sure not to get PINCHED! {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Shamrock Cinnamon Rolls for St. Patty’s Day

My boys love cinnamon rolls and when we’re not running to a sports practice I often bake them on Saturdays. This Saturday we decided to have a little fun and shape our cinnamon rolls like shamrocks in early celebration for St. Patrick’s Day!

Shamrock Cinnamon Rolls for St. Patrick's Day Breakfast | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You guys know my youngest has severe food allergies so baking from scratch is a must some times. Not in this case though! These are Kroger brand cinnamon rolls and they have no dairy! Yay!

Shamrock Cinnamon Rolls | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

We just pinched each roll into five pieces, four clovers and one stem. And while they were baking I added a touch of green food coloring to the cinnamon roll icing. Waalaa! Super fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day breakfast idea!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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12 Class Valentines {Free Downloads}

Need a creative last minute class Valentine for Valentine parties at school? I’ve got you covered with free cello toppers, candy bar wrappers, lollipop tags, rainbow loom cards and more! Enjoy!

12 Free Class Valentines | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I’ve photographed each of these free class Valentine printables to give you a little inspiration. Just click below, see each free Valentine in action, print and give. Some you can even personalize in the file before you print. All you need is the free Adobe Reader. {grin} Enjoy!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY Valentine Cupcake Toppers {Chevron & Polka Dot Peel & Stick Stencils}

My friend Amy Anderson of Mod Podge Rocks has partnered with Plaid to launch a new product, Mod Podge Rocks Peel and Stick Stencils. Love that they don’t wiggle or move while you’re working.

DIY Valentine Cupcake Topper | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

In my opinion, what better way to try out a new product than to whip up something pretty. And why not yummy while you’re at it. {grin}

The new Peel and Stick Stencils come in a variety of patterns. I chose to make these little lovelies with Amy’s chevron and polka dot.

DIY Valentine Cupcake Toppers  | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make these you’ll need:

  • Mod Podge Rocks Peel and Stick Stencils
  • Mod Podge Sheer (in pink) with pouncer
  • White Cardstock
  • Whimsy Frame Punch
  • Circle Punch
  • Foam Adhesive Square
  • Heart Candy Sprinkles (or cut out paper ones)
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • White circle stickers or hot glue
  • Optional: Glitter

And the easy how to steps:

  1. Place stencils on white card stock. Pounce on Sheer Mod Podge and wipe off excess with the pouncer. (Optional: Sprinkle with glitter.) Allow to dry for 5 minutes.
  2. Punch out frames and circles.
  3. Attach circles to frames with foam adhesive squares for a raised effect.
  4. Attach hearts to center of circle with a dot of Mod Podge.
  5. Attach topper to lollipop sticks with hot glue, or white circle stickers for a more finished look

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You can buy Amy’s new Peel and Stick Stencils from Plaid Online and at Michaels. So proud of her!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! 

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling

Love chocolate? Me too! Love peanut butter? Me too! Love them together? Oh yes!!! This weekend I whipped up double chocolate peanut butter filling cupcakes and I couldn’t put them down!

Double Chocoalte Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And what’s better, this double chocolate peanut butter filling cupcake recipe is semi-homemade. Yep. I started with a box! {grin}

Here are the packaged items you’ll need:

  • Your own chocolate cupcake recipe, or a box of Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Cake Mix with additives
  • Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Icing

And for the from scratch peanut butter filling (yields enough for 24 cupcakes), you’ll need:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

And the easy how to steps:

  1. Prep cake batter, set aside
  2. Mix all ingredients for peanut butter filling until smooth
  3. Layer cake batter, peanut butter filling, cake batter, peanut butter filling, and end with cake batter in cupcake baking cups.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 – 16 minutes based on your oven and elevation.
  5. Allow to cool, ice with fudge icing, serve.

I promise, your guests, your family, your co-workers, they will all be in cupcake heaven!

Double Chocoalte Peanut Butter Filling Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Come back tomorrow and I’ll share with you how to make these super simple glitter heart cupcake toppers just in time for Valentines! 

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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5 Craft Room Organization Tips

I’ve been working on organizing my craft room. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve likely seen a few pics of my freshly painted space, my new photography softboxes, and these lovely jars.

This project is part of a campaign with Blueprint Social and Plaid, but all my opinions are my own. You know I’d have it no other way! 

Craft Room Organization Ideas | Kim Byers

I like to keep my space very bright and clear because I’m always flipping holiday crafts, parties and home projects. I tend to use black, white, silver and clear a lot in my studio décor so that whatever I’m working on doesn’t clash terribly with the space. It’s just a visual thing that helps me. This said, I love color. And because I have so many craft and party supplies, I tend to organize by color. And this new Mod Podge Sheer is the perfect embellishment for all my clear jars and white containers.

Most of these items sit behind closed doors, but it helps me to quickly see what I have when it’s time to get crafty!

Organizing Your Craft Room | Kim Byers

5 Tips and Ideas for Organizing Your Craft Room:

  1. Empty the space – trust me. I know it’s a pain, but it’s amazing how energized to organize {grin} you are when you’re looking at a empty canvas.
  2. Separate by type or use – while all your things are out on your craft room floor, take the time to organize them either by what they are, or the item’s use. For my craft room, I’ve organized mine by candies, tools, embellishments, surfaces, gift wrap, etc. and then by color.
  3. Keep heavy items low and light items high – I’m not short, but I’m not tall and I certainly don’t want to pull something heavy out on my head. Which, I have to admit was exactly what I’ve been doing. My cake pans, individually, are not heavy, but when you put them all in a basket (that they don’t fit in) and then try to pull out just what you need, or pull the whole thing out… well… it can be hazardous to your health!
  4. Use containers that make staying organized easy (aka clear and stackable when possible) – what I mean by this is, purchase containers that make it easy to “store–use–return” without much work. You might say, what’s the big deal… unstack the containers, pull out the container you need, pop the lid, store your items. Okay, so let’s get honest with each other. You and I both know that more often than not you will leave the ONE item that you needed to store on top of the stack telling yourself you’ll put it away when you have other things that need to be put away too. {knowing glare} You think I’m being judgemental. No ladies. I’m not. This is what I do myself and I know I’m not alone!
  5. Label – I know what you’re thinking. It’s pretty, but I don’t have the time. Actually, I label because it forces me to consciously think “I’m misplacing this.” Nine out of 10 times, when I have labels I put things where they belong the first time. Plus, it doesn’t h when little people are helping you tidy up!

And for this project, I labeled with COLOR! These podgeable facet cut shapes are darling in clear, but I have so much candy, ribbon, etc., that using them to organize my colors was a no-brainer.

You’ll need:

  • Podgeable Facet Cut Shapes
  • Mod Podge Sheer
  • Brush
  • Baker’s Twine

Make: Brush the desired color onto the back of the facets, allow to dry for 20 minutes and repeat until desired shade (these have two coats), string with baker’s twine and hang!

Craft Room Organization Tips | Kim Byers

Connect with Plaid and learn more about using Mod Podge Sheer:

You can find Mod Podge Sheer Colors, Facet Shapes and Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge in Michaels or on PlaidOnline.com. And all these pretty candies are available at Candy Galaxy.

Organization Ideas | Kim Byers

 


As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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