Monday, January 19, 2009

Iron Cupcake: Earth - Wine Challenge



I'm really excited for my first Iron Cupcake challenge. I decided to use Port, since I happened to have a bottle on hand.

I'm still trying to get the hang of gluten free baking, and my first cupcakes didn't turn out very well. So, I used a cake mix as a base. Since my cupcakes are gluten free, it was only fitting that I used a Cherrybrook Kitchens mix to start the baking process.



I flavored the cupcakes with my two favorite spices, cloves and cinnamon. Yum! I chose a Stone Hill 2005 Port as my wine component.



Here they are, fresh from the oven.



The icing is made with cocoa, marscapone cheese, butter, powdered sugar....and Grand Marnier!


The fantastic prizes for the Iron Cupcake Challenge include:

* DOGBONE ART - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=22042
* as well as a pair of cupcake earrings from LOTS OF SPRINKLES at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6057281.
* PLUS, IronCupcake:Earth can not forget our good friend, CAKESPY, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5243382, who is now going to be doing a piece for our winner each month until further notice - sweet!

As an added bonus for January, our friend at SWEET CUPPIN CAKES BAKERY AND CUPCAKERY SUPPLY will be tossing in another treat as well, http://www.acupcakery.com/index.html.

Last and certainly not least, don’t forget our corporate prize providers: HEAD CHEFS by FIESTA PRODUCTS, http://www.fiestaproducts.com, HELLO CUPCAKE by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, http://blog.hellocupcakebook.com, JESSIE STEELE APRONS http://www.jessiesteele.com; the CUPCAKE COURIER http://www.cupcakecourier.com; TASTE OF HOME books, http://www.tasteofhome.com.

NEW, BEGINNING IN JANUARY; our new friends at UPWITHCUPCAKES.COM http://www.upwithcupcakes.com/ will be providing our winner with one of their cute cupcake attitue t's! Iron Cupcake:Earth is sponsored in part by 1-800-Flowers, http://www.1800flowers.com .

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