March 05, 2008

Cupcakes Spectacular 2008-The Round-Up!

Cupcakes Spectacular 2008 is an event where all the bloggers, bakers, cooks, and enthusiasts plus cupcakes-lovers are displaying their frosted and decorated cupcakes. It's about the passions, commitment, devotion, love, skills and interests under the umbrella of creative minds.

I am so happy hosting this event when I found so many creative bloggers who share the common interests, time and efforts to make this event happens! I am so grateful to receive each entry, witnessing with my very own eyes, how such little cakes could be transformed to be creatively spectacular looks! Thank you all for your entries.

For those of you who have an account on flickr, I have set up a group which is called Cupcakes Spectacular where you can send your photos of frosted and decorated cupcakes and to share recipes, if you may wish. The pool is still empty, I am looking forward to your joining in and sharing your beautiful cupcakes there.

So, we have 66... nope, 71 cupcakes from 65 participants from across the globe (including me and my kids). Every cupcake has its unique touch, created by talented hands. Should there be any mistakes with the link, your blog's name, or photos, please let me know and I'll correct them.

Here are your entries. Enjoy!



Banana Toffee Cupcakes
by Sinead (Airy Fairy Cupcakes)
Dublin, Ireland

Little cakes with banana flavour topped with whipped cream and broken chocolate, her favourite choice! And guess what? She used butterscotch spread! Great flavour! Thank you, Sinead!



Snowballs Cupcakes
by Indigo
England, UK

Her combination of vanilla cupcakes with lemon curd filling topped with coconut, my, that is MY kind of flavour! Thank you, Indigo!

Chocofee Cupcakes
Lincolnshire, England

Rosie gives 'adult' touch in her cupcakes ! Looks tempting with smooth buttercream on top! A great way to fill in the empty tin, I suppose. Thank you, Rosie!

Kiwi Cupcakes
by Lysy (Munchkin Mail)

Lysy comes up with her rather feminism perspective mail, but her cupcakes look feminine and appears so beautiful! Thank you, Lysy!



White Cupcakes
by Annina (Ann's Food)
Zurich, Switzerland

Aninna has been really good with her sister and I wished I had had a sister like her (while ended up having three brothers who are not keen being in the kitchen). She made cupcakes frosted with pink buttercream. Awesome! Thank you, Ann!

Chocolate Cupcakes
by Happy (My Kitchen Treasures)

Yup, Happy is the happy cook you know from Belgium and this time is falling in love with Rosie's cupcakes and has to try to make them herself to be sinking deep into. May I join in, please? Thank you, Happy!!

Zitronen-Mohn-Cupcakes (Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes)
by Ulrike (Kuchenlatein)
Northern Germany

Ulrike sends us her lovely and temptinglemon poppy seed cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Great for dessert! Thank you, Ulrike!

Billy's Vanilla Cupcake
by Sheila (Sheila's Kitchen)
Riegel, Germany

Sheila sends us a hat-on lovely cupcake which is also frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream. How delicious that could be!! Terima kasih, Sheila!

Simple Buttercake Cupcakes
by Lintang (Spoon and Fork)

Lintang sends us buttercake cupcakes which are decorated with chocolate buttercream piped on to the cupcakes and topped with Easter eggs! YUM! Terima kasih, Lintang!

Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes
by Ilvania (Simple Life)
Zaragoza, Spain

Lemon cupcakes frosted with cream cheese, superb with lovely decorations. This Indonesian lady who lives in Spain has impressed me! She thinks she's a beginner, but just have a look at what she's created! Terima kasih, Ilva!

Rosemary Orange Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting
by Courtney (Dough Ball)
Barcelona, Spain

Another interesting combination of herb, citrus and chocolate. Courtney is right, one can't really be a level of Cupcake Bakeshop, but exploring from one recipe to another different will make us more experienced. Thank you, Courtney!

Rosewater and Cardamom Yellow Cupcakes
by Linda (Make Life Sweeter!)
The Hague, Netherlands

Linda made a wonderful flavour combination of rosewater and cardamom. I usually use cardamom and orange, and I'd love to try with another variation like rosewater here. Her decorated cupcake looks so feminine and neat. Thank you, Linda!



Chocolate cupcakes frosted with white chocolate cream
by Kate (Aapplemint)

A lovely lady from Hong Kong but currently in Africa sends us her delicious entry:! Luscious combination and pretty presentation with fresh blueberries and strawberries! Thank you, Kate! Have a great time in Africa!


South America

Chocolate Chunk Brownie Cupcakes
by Mindy (Der Weg ist das Ziel...)
Caracas, Venezuela

Our beautiful Mindy has a self-thought that she's a beginner. By looking at what she's achieved, I say she's recommended to go to the next level! She made which are frosted with ganache. Look at those pretty and eye-catching little umbrellas! Terima kasih, Ndoel!

Easter Better Than Sex Chocolate Cupcakes
by Isabel (Isa's Cooking)
Santiago, Chile

Isabel sends us these lovely chocolatey cupcakes, when she woke up one day feeling a bit naughty. I really think this Better Than Sex cupcakes will be tried out all over the world and you bet, bloghosphere will be flooded with these sensational cupcakes! Starts with me (of course, I'm a chocolate-lover!)! Thank you, Isabel!



Vanilla cupcakes with strawberry filling
by Dana (Dulcedo)

Seattle, WA, USA

Dana goes super spectacular cupcakes for graduation. They look splendidly done with lovely decorations and setting. Delicious combinations of flavour with pretty decorations. I could stand there in awed for the whole night long! Thank you, Dana!

Better Than Sex Chocolate Cupcakes
by Stef (Cupcake Project)

St. Louis, Missouri

I could only say: WOW!! Just look at the cupcake base, filling, frosting, and decoration! Perhaps, this can be much better than s.e.x! Agree or disagree, it's your own personal opinion. I'm adding this cupcake for next-to-try-list. Thank you, Stef!

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
by Eve (The Garden of Eating)

erkeley, CA, USA

Eve sends us her iced with buttercream and decorated to resemble breasts in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
. Some creative and sensual cupcakes, I would think. Love the quote, Eve! Thank you!

Chocolate Angel Food cupcake
by Thip (Bonbini!)

Thip's creation is really fascinated me. She frosted the cupcake with cream cheese frosting and decorated it with a yellow rose, made from home-made gum paste! Fellow cake decorators should view her recipe for further use! Thank you, Thip!

101 Dalmation Cupcakes
by Dwiana (Dwiana's Kitchen)
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

Dwiana loves to try her hands on 101 Dalmation Cupcakes theme which she made from fondant. So cute! Terima kasih, Dwiana!

Red Velvet Cupcakes
by Holly (Phemomenon)
Utah, USA

Holly has been wanting to try to make red velvet cake and she turns them to be little fairy which look so velvety smooth with cream cheese frosting! A reminder for my must-do-list, too Holly! Thank you!

Vanilla Vanilla Mini Cupcakes
by Helen (Tartellete)
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Helen treats the twins and us with her vanilla vanilla cupcakes with perfect swirls and colourful sprinkles. Great job entertaining them, Helen! And I am entertained too! Thank you so much!

Banana Chocolate Chips Cupcakes
by Sandie (Elixir Bakery Blog)
Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Sandie is thinking to make something sweet for St. Patrick's Day. Here they are, decorated with cream cheese and white chocolate frosting. How delicious they could be! Thank you, Sandie!

Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes
by Deborah (Taste and Tell)
Utah, USA

Deborah makes excellent chocolate sour cream cupcakes frosted with chocolate buttercream. By looking at them, I can tell her mother-in-law loves them! I would say no to chocolate. Thank you, Deborah!

Strawberry, Rhubarb and Yogurt Cupcakes
by Aran (Cannelle et Vanille)
Jupiter, Florida, USA

Aran sends us these beautiful fruity cupcakes with perfect swirls on top and a very simple yet pretty decoration. I can guarantee the flavour, though, as much as I am fond of rhubarb! Thank you, Aran!

Almond Vanilla Cake with Chocolate
by Alexandra (Addicted Sweet Tooth)
New York State, USA

These beautiful decorations on the cupcakes are awesome! Beautiful creations and I can believe these will make great celebration theme for Easter, as well. Thank you, Alexandra!

Pink Chocolate Fairy Cakes
by Caroline (Cooking Up A Storm)
Venice, CA, USA

Caroline goes vegan cupcakes with crème filling which sounds really crème de la crème! Frosted with ganache and decorated with pink coloured sugar with a little white chocolate chip on top to finish! Creative idea and thank you, Caroline!

Coconut Vanilla Cupcakes
by Lori (Lori's Lipsmacking Goodness)
Rochester, New York, USA

Lori treats her sweeties with lovely coloured cupcakes! Coconut vanilla cupcakes, do I hear coconut? Oh, I can't say no! Thank you, Lori!

Honey Sesame Cupcakes
by Simone (Curiously Ravenous)
Baltimore, MD, USA

Lovely sweet and sensational sesame seeds in the cupcakes makes me feel melancholic, tracing back to the childhood. Simone makes the cupcakes looks so special with sesame buttercream! Thank you, Simone!

Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
by Melody (My Sweet and Saucy)
Long Beach, CA, USA

Melody has had a great fun making this little bird to be the centrepiece of the cupcake. And I am surely spoilt by so many entries with coconut cupcakes this year. Thank you, Melody!

Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder Cupcakes
by Rachel (Coconut & Lime)
Baltimore, MD, USA

Rachel sends us her cupcakes with a touch of absinthe which I believe falls under adult flavour Donna Hay ever writes in one of her magazines. Lovely flavour must be. Thank you, Rachel!

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
by Kelsie (Cakes by Kelsie)
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Kelsie sends us dark chocolate cupcakes and frosted with fluffy buttercream and the orange in the flavour I am sure is giving superb addition to the cupcakes! Thank you, Kelsie!

Vegan White Cupcakes
by Jen (Beantown Baker)
Boston, MA, USA

Jen knows how to combine the white cupcakes with perfect filling and frosting. I love how the filling is neatly tucked in the cake. Lovely! Thank you, Jen!

Devil's Food Cupcakes
by Kristen (Something Sweet)
Bay Area, California, USA

Kristen sends us her wonderful chocolate cupcake frosted with ganache and decorated with little sugary sprinkles on top. Counting the clock, but hey they are just arrived! Thank you, Kristen!

Raspberry Swirl Cupcakes
by Lynne (Cafe Lynnylu)
Augusta, Georgia, USA

Lynne may be late but she brings us her beautiful flavour and decorated raspberry swirl cupcakes! I always love her award-winning photographs. Thank you, Lynn!

Baby Cakes Three Ways
by Kelly (Sass & Veracity)
Southern California, USA

Kelly squeezes in with her vanilla and banana cupcake flavour, lovely and creamy topped with cream cheese frosting. Look at the creative thing she's done! Thank you, Kelly!

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Raspberry Curd and Ganache
by Carrie (Fields of Cake and Other Good Stuff)
Brunswick, Maine, USA

Carrie sends us these two stories of her little cakes. They're both lovely: Chocolate cake with Raspberry curd (YUM!!) and frosted with chocolate ganache (OH, MY!!); and there's also Whipped Brown Butter Triple Vanilla Cake with caramel filling and frosted with brown sugar buttercream. Thank you, Carrie!



Mexi-Late Cupcakes
by Sarah (What Smells So Good)

Oshawa, Canada

Sarah goes sky-blue swirl buttercream ! It looks so soft and creamy at the same time. Perfect for morning/afternoon tea with espresso! Thank you, Sarah!

Apple Pecan Cupcakes with Maple Frosting
by Lynne (And Then I Do The Dishes)
Quebec, Canada

Lynne simply reminds me of my childhood with the addition of brittle for her cupcakes. Lovely combination and I am sure it's satisfying the sweetest sweet tooth! Thank you, Lynne!


New Zealand

Ben and Sarah, my littlies are sending their father on his birthday chocolate cupcakes and they were giving a big help putting the cupcakes together. Also the cards! Thank you, darlings!

My one is up on Coconut Marshmallow Cupcakes, an accident on the marshmallow. I should do more accidents to make more spectacular items, shouldn't I?



Chocolatey Chocolate Cupcakes
by Barbara (Winos and Foodies)

My dear friend in Australia is apparently going really chocolatey this time . Sounds dark and luscious! I love the Oriental-printed paper cups! Thank you, Barb!

Chocolate Mud Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting topped with Dainty Donuts
by Gaye (Laws of the Kitchen)

Like she says, great minds think alike. By the time she posted this, I was about to post mine and we came up with marshmallow topping! Gaye tops hers with little donuts, though, an invention! Thank you, Gaye! P.S.: For some reason, I can't copy her photos of cupcakes with the donuts on top, but you can visit her blog to find out how they turned out.

When Minko (Couture Cupcakes) emailed me and asked if she could send me more than one cupcake, I wrote to her why not? I thought she was joking, but the thought was mine alone. She definitely sent me not one, not two, but four different frosted cupcakes with different cupcakes based! How could not she have made my day so far? So, folks, have a try one of her cupcakes or all of them, like I said why not? See them four Chocolate Champagne Sultana Cupcake,
Chai Cupcake with Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Carrot Cupcakes for Elephants with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting, and Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Cutie Vanilla Cupcakes
by Angela (Melati)
Perth, Australia

Angela sends us these lovely and colourful decorated fairy cakes. So lovely my kids go in awed when they see them! Thank you, Angela!

Flourless Hazelnut Cupcakes
by Regina (Notes From My Kitchen)
Melbourne, Australia

She said she would try her hands on decorating cupcakes as she had not done it before. Simply yummy frosted with milk chocolate cream. Lovely flavour, I can tell. Terima kasih, Regina!

Green Tea Cupcakes
by Cynthia (Rustic Cooking)
Sydney, Australia

Cynthia is certainly looking after our waistline by cutting that much sugar in the cream cheese frosted cupcakes. Thank you, Cynthia!

Kalediocakes Cupcakes
by Lorraine (Not Quite Nigella)
Sydney, Australia

Lorraine sends us her orange cupcakes which are neatly frosted with fondant icing and decorated with royal icing. Very creative mind, Lorraine! Thank you!

Vanilla Cupcakes
by Y (LemonPi)
Sydney, Asutralia

Y makes little fairy cakes with little monsters theme. Very creative with colourful icing and variative expressions of the little monsters. When my 3 yo daughter saw the picture, she pointed her finger on the screen and said to me “We should make one like that, Mummy.” Well, Y. You've given her the idea! LOL. Thank you!

Chocolate Cupcakes
by Vida (Vida)
Melbourne, Asutralia

Vida is joining in with this interesting fairy floss on top. Uhm... I haven't eaten fairy floss for ages!! Lovely combination. Thank you, Vida!

Orange Cupcakes
by Rita (Gift from the Kitchen)
Melbourne, Australia

Rita creates something simple with the orange cupcakes but absolutely gorgeous decoration on top! What a cutie! Thanks, Rita!



Vanilla cupcakes
by Deeba (Passionate About Baking)
Gurgaon, New Delhi

Vanilla cupcakes topped with buttercream tinted with pink colour, that is one delicious-looking cupcake! Sukriya, Deeba. Thank you!


United Emirates of Arab

Vanilla Cupcakes
by Ema (Small Kitchen)
Qatar, UEA

Ema sends us her vanilla cupcakes iced with sugar and decorated with butterflies-and-flowers-shaped royal icing. Cool decoration! Terima kasih, Ema!



Lime Caramel Cupcakes and Cucumber Cupcakes
by Dita (My Culina Sanctuarium)

My friend Dita tries out two different flavours, as adventurous as she always has been. It's interesting with the cucumber and dulche de leche as the filing. Want to try both, everyone? Makasih ye Mak ye!



Chicory Cupcakes
by Marija (Palachinka)
Belgrade, Serbia

I am happy to see a different ingredient which I don't normally use, like chicory. Marija introduces me (and you) how to use of it. It's great! Thank you, Marija!



Divvies Chocolate Cupcakes
by Elsye (Dari Dapur Saya)
Osaka, Japan

Elsye's first try on cupcakes, she chooses to work on eggless and fatless cupcakes which are then frosted with what so called Divvies Vanilla Frosting. Yummy! Thank you, Elsye!



Mud Cupcakes
by Vin (Vintage's Kitchen)
Bandung, Indonesia

Vin goes muddy with mud little fairy cakes decorated with buttercream and topped with shaved chocolates. YUM!! Terima kasih, Vin! (Thank you, Vin)

Chocolate Almond Buttercake
by Lanny (Oven Mama Chris)
Balikpapan, Borneo Island, Indonesia

Lanny is sending us this cupcakes topped with sky-rocketing toffee tower! Nice one, mate! Terima kasih, Lan!

Buttercake Cupcake
by Hervin (Dapur Cinta)
Bengkulu, Sumatra Island, Indonesia

She said that she'd better play 'safe' with buttercake because that's what she thinks is an easy peasy recipe. What a modest girl you are, Hervin. Can't see if she's not talented by looking at the lovely and colourful decoration. Do you agree? Terima kasih, Hervin!

Strawberry Cupcakes
by Yuli (A Gift of Love)
Jakarta, Java Island, Indonesia

Yuli makes strawberry cupcakes which are frosted and decorated with buttercream. Colourful and I am sure they must taste spectacular! Terima kasih, Yuli!

Black Glutinuous Rice Cupcakes
by Debby (The Nandola's)
Jakarta, Java Island, Indonesia

Debby goes gluten-free with and decorated with melted white chocolate and glace cherries. I can taste the flavour in my mouth! Terima kasih, Debby!

Sparkly Chocolate Cupcakes
by Esti (You Made It)
Jakarta, Java Island, Indonesia

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, who can resist? I can't! Such a treat for her kids as well. Hey, typical with gobbling down the frosting! Terima kasih, Esti!

Almond Fairy Cupcake
by Yuli Berliantin (Bunda's Corner)

Yuli sends me the recipe and the photo which is really pretty! She frosted her almond fairy cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. Terima kasih, Yuli!

Here's the recipe:

almond fairy cupcake

125 gr unsalted butter
125 gr all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
75 gr confectionery sugar (original 125 gr)
2 medium size eggs
1 tbsp ground almond

put all the ingredient into a mixing bowl, beat until smooth (mine, until the batter looks pale in color-it will make the cake to have a spongy texture). using ice cream scoop, divide the batter evenly 2/3 full into each muffin tin, bake in a preheated oven at 180C for about 15-20 minutes. cool completely in wire rack before frosting in.

vanilla butter cream frosting

100 gr shortening
25 gr salted butter
125 gr softcream (i'm using hollman-local brand in Indonesia)
100 ml condensed milk
100 gr icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

beat all the ingredients until became fluffy in texture. ready to use.

Cupcakes Ice Cream Cones
by Lina Hidayat (All About Tiga Rakyan)
Jakarta, Java Island, Indonesia

Lina sends us her chocolate cupcakes baked in ice-cream cones. Lovely decoration as well. Terima kasih, Lina!

Buttercake Dasar 2 Telur
by Sisca (DJ's House)
Jakarta, Indonesia

Sisca teams up with her bestfriend creating these little cuties! The cupcakes are basic buttercake and frosted with buttercream with fondant and candy decorations. Terima kasih, Sisca!

Blueberry Strussel Cupcakes
by Mae (My's Little Kitchen)
Surabaya, East Java, Java Island, Indonesia

Mae goes purple with blueberry. Lovely eaten warm, I suppose! Thank you, Mae!



Pitsdeli Chocolate Cupcakes
by Syanti (Diajar Masak)
Punggol Drive, Singapore

Lovely cupcake based which covered with fondant and decorated with royal icing lines and daisies made from fondant. Great decoration! Terima kasih, Teh Tie!


Courtney said...

hey arfi, everything looks so good, i can't wait to go through it all but i've gotta eat first because just scrolling through the pictures is making me hungry!

Kate / Kajal said...

Hey Arfi ,

vow those are some amazing entries in there. A pretty tough job to choose frm 'em. Good luck !!!

Dita said...

wooowwww Arfi, thanks buat event-nya :). Bacanya kek berasa baca finalis-finalis miss universe dari seluruh dunia, secara dikau mengelompokkan berdasarkan negara :D.

plok...plok....plok...*tepuk tangan buat semua*

met tidur ya, mak ;). Moga-moga gak juling abis round up....

Indigo said...

So many beautiful cupcakes! I'm looking through them all right now... so many ideas ^__^

Y said...

Arfi - Hahaha! Oops, what have I started now! :)

Aran said...

Thanks Arfi! Wonderful cupcakes everyone!

Arfi Binsted said...

have a great read, everyone and thank you once again for your entries!!


Regina said...

hi mbake, all the entries look lovely and very interesting too. I guess there are more flavour than chocolate for me to explore :D

well done on your event.

Lorraine E said...

Thanks so much for putting this together and writing the personalised blurb at the beginning must have taken you ages but its lovely to have a personal comment! :)

Lori said...

Thank you Arfi for your help. It was fun to see all the cupcakes from all over the world. Its nice to feel connected to foodies from all over.

Thip said...

Thank you, Arfi. All cupcakes are fantastic and creative. I really enjoyed making my cupcakes, so does my husband. :)

Uwi said...

I want to make stand ovation applause for you Arfi! did spectacular event!
All the cupcakes are superb! Thank you for making such great event!!!

Lintang said...

All the cupcakes look so good and delicious. I can't wait to try them one by one...hmmm.. Thanks Arfi for your great hosting on the event!

Deborah said...

What a wonderful event! I can't wait to get into the kitchen and try some of these out!

foni said...

all looks very pretty... bravo to all ..

Isa said...

Great event... and delicious cupcakes. Thank you very much for this chance!

mae said...


All I can say is thank you so much...

What a spectacular event !

Bron said...

I'm so sorry Arfi that I didn't get around to making some cupccakes for your event, time just got away on me. However next cupcakes I make I will definitely submit to your flickr group! Hope you are well, everyone's cupcakes look wonderfully SUPER!
xxx Bron

Arfi Binsted said...

well done, everyone!!

Bron: it's okay. i'll look forward for the next cupcakes to the flickr, then. take care!


Mbak Arfi..I'm still a beginner in baking but uughh I'm so disappointed that I couldn't participate on this event..I missed the deadline meanwhile I had already made some cupcakes in the morning before it's due..I'll make sure I'll be on the next event :D Great great job and Thanks for creating this such event! it's like I'm reading a book of cupcakes created from all over the world!
cheers, Findrie

C.L. said...


It is all so wonderful. I was wondering if perhaps my entry didn't get to you? I thought I sent it to you pretty early on, but I don't see it here.
Thanks :)


Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Hi Arfi...fabulous round-up. Each cupcake I went onto got put on my list-of-things to do! Must have been a LOAD of hard-work. Perfectly presented!!Congrats on a well participated event...LOVE IT!!

Happy cook said...

Wow I am speechless. What a beautiful round up.
And so many entries. Now i know for sure a good place to come when i need a cup cake recipe.
Thnkyou for hosting such a Spectacular event.

Ema said...

Mbak arfi...congrat ya..!! semua cantik2.....,

Salam dr bandung

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I am so impressed with these gorgeous and unique cupcakes, Arfi. Kudos to you and all the entrants for a truly spectacular job!

lalaine said...

I died and went to cupcake heaven!

Chris said...

This is a Spectacular round up - pun intended! I am so bummed I couldn't get my act together to participate. Thanks for a great event!

rita bellnad said...

aduhh... thank u tante... diriku dah nongol disini....plok...plok... ikutan tepuk tangan buat kerja keras mpok bikin round up ini, well done ^_^