Tuesday, June 25, 2013

July 4th Patriotic Apple Pie Spice Hi Hats for a Cupcake Couture Blog Party! PLUS Giveaway.

Peeps we had so much fun last month with Bella's cupcake couture giveaway they decided to do it again! This time 24 bloggers were sent beautiful cupcake wrappers and once again we were tasked with finding inspiration from them to create a cupcake.

A big thank you to Betsy over at Java Cupcake  an Carrie over at Bella Cupcake Couture or coordinating the fun. Look at all these talented bloggers who joined the party!

A Pumpkin & A Princess
An American Cupcake in London
Bella Cupcake Couture
Chronicles of a Foodie
Creative Food
Cupcakes Take the Cake
Diary of a Mad Hausfrau
Healthful Pursuit
Hoosier Homemade
Hungry Happenings
In Katrina’s Kitchen
Inside BruCrew Life
Java Cupcake
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
Love From the Oven
Make Bake Celebrate
Not Just a Mommy
Not Your Mommas Cookie
Pint Sized Baker
Sugar Swings! Serve Some
The Baking Cup
Cupcake Project
The Decorated Cookie

There is another great prize package. More about that later.

This blog party is about showcasing how easy it is to not only make a delicious cupcake... but how simple it is to create a scene for any occasion, event or party that will WOW your guests without having to spend a lot of money or time.

I was sent these beautiful silver and white wrappers called Olivia .  My first thought was these wrappers would be perfect for weddings or anniversaries but looks can be deceiving. Hidden underneath the shell of the high hat is an explosion of patriotic colors. 

I decided to go even farther with the American theme and what's more American than apple pie? So I flavored the cupcakes with homemade Apple Pie Spice.

To style the cupcakes I placed them on an antique hammered aluminum platter, dragged out some of last years dollar store July 4th decorations and placed them around the cupcakes for photographs.

Now onto the Cupcake Prize Pack Giveaway! 

Thanks to our amazing Prize Pack sponsors for their generous donations! Please, visit their websites to see more of their fabulous products!

Bella Cupcake Couture
The Smart Baker
India Tree
Lucks Food Decorating Company
Pretty Party Details
To enter to WIN this Prize Pack, simply fill out the entry form below. Contest opens 25June13 at 0700 PST and closes 1Jul13 at 2359 PST. One winner will be chosen and announced within 48 hours of the contest ending. Winner will be contacted via email by betsy@javacupcake.com and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If they do not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. This contest is open to residents worldwide.
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Now onto the cupcakes!

Patriotic Apple Pie Spice Hi Hat Cupcakes

For the Cupcakes:

  • 1+1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons apple pie spice
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place liners in two cupcake pans.
  • Whisk flour, baking soda, apple pie spice and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
  • Beat butter until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add sugar until combined.
  • Add eggs one at a time.
  • Beat in vanilla extract.
  • Add flour mixture and milk alternating a bit at a time.
  • Place a disposable pastry bag or a ziplock bag in a large drinking glass by stuffing one corner down. into the bottom of the glass. Fold the opening over and fill with the batter.
  • Squeeze excess air out of the bag, zip it closed and snip a hole in one corner of the bag.
  • Twist the top part of the bag, squeeze and fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes or until a knife inserted in one of the cupcakes comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

For the Marshmallow Topping

The step by step tutorial at King Arthur Flour is very comprehensive and helpful.

  • 1+1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup meringue powder
  • Red paste food coloring
  • Blue paste food coloring
  • Bring water to boil in microwave or stove top.
  • Pour in sugar stirring constantly until dissolved.
  • Let cool.
  • Add meringue powder and whip about 10 to 15 minutes until mixture is very stiff, like beaten egg whites.
  • Divide the mixture in half in two separate bowls.
  • Add coloring to each and mix thoroughly,
  • Load mixture into a disposable pastry bag or zip lock using method above  adding one color on one side and then the other on the other half. 
  • Snip a hole in the corner.
  • Pipe swirls onto the cupcakes and place finished cupcakes in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
For the Coating:

  • 1 bag of white candy melts
  • 1 tablespoon crisco
  • Silver Color Mist Spray
  • Silver sprinkles
  • Place candy melts and crisco in a microwave. Microwave the candy melts 30 seconds at a time on high, stirring the mixture in between until it's smooth.
  • Pour mixture into a deep, wide glass or bowl.
  • Remove cupcakes from freezer. One at a time submerge the cupcake in the melted candy hold upside down over the mixture and let excess drip off.
  • Hold the cupcake over parchment and sprinkle the sanding sugar over the cupcake.
  • Place finished hi hat cupcake in the fridge.
  • When coating has become solid, remove from fridge and spray with color mist.
  • Wrap the cupcakes in beautiful wrappers and serve. 


  1. Ooooooooooooooh they are so elegant!! LOVE the silver color mist idea! Genius! Thanks for participating!!!

  2. I think good ole' Uncle Sam himself would have taken off his own High Hat and set down to devour these awesome patriotic cupcakes. Flavouring them with apple pie spice was a great idea.

  3. Oh, so gorgeous!! I'm in love with the silver coating on the frosting...fantastic!

  4. What a great way to make a red, white and blue cupcake look elegant. It matches the wrapper so nicely, and you are right, they would look great at a wedding.

  5. Those are so pretty! I love the explosion of color when you cut into that beautiful silver topping!!!

  6. Wow...your colors are great! Love the cupcakes!:)

  7. Oh what a fabulous surprise when you bite in! I am so obsessed with my spray mist too, fabulous job!

  8. Wow - I've never seen a silver hi hat cupcake. They go brilliantly with the silver cupcake wrappers. And then to sneak red and blue frosting inside was very neat. Great job!!

    Carrie of Bella Cupcake Couture

  9. I LOVE that you made the coating sparkly silver!

  10. Fantastic. The silver is sooooo creative! Love it when a cupcake has a little surprise to it. :)

  11. Wow, really sparkly. Love it! We both made pie cupcakes :)

  12. Those are some fancy looking cupcakes! The shiny tops look absolutely fab with the cupcake wrappers!

  13. wow love the silver and then surprise inside!! how awesome and festive!

  14. These are so very cool and very sparkly, thanks for the info how you made the coating. What a great surprise inside!

  15. Gorgeous cupcakes!!! LOVE the silver outer color with the explosion of colors on the inside! Awesome idea!

  16. I like the Olivia Swirl in Navy Blue

  17. Your cupcakes have quite a WOW factor!

  18. So cool! I love the Patriotic Stars and Stripes wrappers, so cute!

  19. Ohhh how fun, I would never have expected that patriotic color explosion.

  20. I like the Olivia Swirl. Linda K. email = wanda72 (at) aol (dot) com.


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