Winners of the Two Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Anniversary Giveaway! We appreciated all the “birthday” wishes and enjoyed reading about your favorite cupcake flavors. We are glad to see that some struggle to pick just one, like us!

Now for the winners…Drum roll, please!

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Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER is Janet and our Runner Up Winner is “Bob”! We’ll be sending you both an email to collect your shipping information and we hope you enjoy the goodies. Janet will receive all the goodies we featured in our contest post and Bob will receive a runner-up package, which also contains some fun cupcake-themed things.

Again, thank you to those who participated!

- The Cupcake Crusaders

Cupcake Bites

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Attempting to capture the wonder of cupcakes into a tiny candy morsel, the makers of CookieDough Bites created Cupcake Bites and Red Velvet Cupcake Bites. I found each of these at our local dollar store and curiosity got the best of me.

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They come in little boxes, like movie theater candy (and just like movie theater candy these days, the boxes are larger than necessary for the contents because the candies are housed in a bag, and then boxed).

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The Red Velvet Cupcake Bites are definitely red on the outside. Unfortunately so much red on such a tiny bite leaves the the candy with that unmistakable red dye flavor. The inside of the candy, to my surprise, was not red, but cookie dough colored. After popping a few more in my mouth, I realized that the flavor was more like cookie dough than cupcakes. I suspect that the insides might be a very similar recipe to the original CookieDough Bites.

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I had higher hopes for the regular Cupcake Bites. They were certainly fun, with their colorful sprinkles, with extra scattered in the bag like confetti. The soft candy coating on the outside tasted like white chocolate but the inside looked like the Red Velvet candies and tasted more like cookie dough.

Although these candies don’t necessarily live up to their name, they are festive and easy to indulge in. Not overly sweet, especially for a candy, they are easy to pop in your mouth one after another, without paying much attention to how many you’ve eaten. I think they’d be great dropped into a tub of buttery popcorn!

If you’d like to try them for yourself, head over to our contest page because we are giving away a box of each in our Two Year Anniversary Grand Prize Giveaway package, and you could be the winner! The contest ends tonight, Monday July 22nd, at midnight. Good luck!

- Posted by Cupcake Crusader, Jenn (Westminster, MD)

Two Year Anniversary Giveaway!

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July is a month of birthdays for the Crusaders’ family. Crusader Stacy and Jenn will be celebrating their 31st birthday next week. Our littlest crusader, Leah, just turned two. Our dad (who might as well be an honorary crusader since he goes on so many adventures with us) has a birthday at the end of the month. And…Our blog just celebrated it’s 2nd anniversary on July 7th!

We can’t celebrate without including our followers, and the best way to do that is a giveaway! We think you’ll love some of the great summertime items in our Grand Prize package!

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For starters, we are including Pillsbury’s Orange Creamsicle cake mix and frosting, which Crusader Stacy used as a base for her Orange Creamsicle cupcakes.

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We also picked up extra boxes of these cupcake candies just for our winner. Check out our review here!

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Some other items we’ve included, that are always popular, are:
- Cupcake Chapstix (there was a lot of excitement over this with our last giveaway!)
- A Cupcake-To-Go container
- Fun summer cupcake liners

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And then there are the cupcake items we just can’t resist:
- Cupcake gift bags
- Cupcake duct-tape (because duct-tape fixes everything, so why not have cupcakes on everything?)
- And more!

This year we also doing a 2 FOR TWO! What that means is, since this is our second year we are going to send a goody bag to a 2nd place winner! So now…how to win?!

There are several ways to enter and each entry counts:

- Comment below telling us your favorite cupcake flavor
– Like us on Facebook*
– Follow us on Twitter*
– Follow us on Foursquare*
– Follow us on Pinterest*
– Sign up to follow our blog via email or WordPress (sign up located in the right column on the homepage)*

* Please comment below after you sign up to follow our blog, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, Foursquare, and/or Pinterest. Your comment below will act as an entry into the content. If you already have connected with us via social media, please make note below for your entry.

The contest will close on midnight next Monday, July 22, 2013. A winner will be drawn at random and announced on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Good luck!

- The Cupcake Crusaders

NOTE: We are only able to ship within the USA. Sorry to those who don’t qualify!

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Giveaway Thanking You for the Facebook Love!

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We are so excited about this next giveaway! One reason is because we’ve been collecting some neat things and can’t wait for one lucky person get them. The other BIG reason is because this giveaway will celebrate reaching 1,000 Facebook Likes! It’s unbelievable to us that our little blog has found so much love among fellow cupcake enthusiasts. Each new “like” keeps us encouraged to continue sharing our cupcake experiences with you and it warms our hearts to have found so many people who have an appreciation for cupcakes that matches our own. So, THANK YOU!

Now, I’m sure you all are wondering, “What are the Cupcake Crusaders going to give away?”

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Well, of course there will be one of our most popular giveaway items: A Cupcake To-Go container. (Color subject to change…the one photographed is actually from my personal collection). Another item is something that we hope you love as much as we do:

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ChapStick’s Limited Edition “Cupcake Creations” Cake Batter flavored lip balm. Seriously so cool! We also have some fun miscellaneous cupcake themed items, which we’ll be sharing in more detail as we countdown to hitting 1,000, including cupcake liners and crafting items.

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Now you are probably wondering, “So, how can I win?” Once we hit 1,000 fans we will randomly selected one of our Facebook followers as a winner. If you “like” us on Facebook, then you are already entered! If you don’t, be sure to check out our Facebook page and “like” us! You can also help by sharing our page and giveaway so that we hit 1,000 as soon as possible. We have some great items for spring, so let’s make sure that the winner (which could be you) gets them before the season ends! Good luck!

One Cupcake Crusaders’ Facebook follower will be selected at random as a winner after reaching 1,000 “Likes.” Winner will be announced on Facebook and must contact us at CupcakeCrusaders@gmail.com with their mailing address in order to receive their prize.

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- Posted by Cupcake Crusader, Jenn (Westminster, MD)

Valentine’s Day Giveaway: Because We Love You!

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we think of how much we love the people around us. The excitement our readers share over cupcakes brings us so much joy. As a way to show our love for you all and to say, “Thank you,” we are having a giveaway! We’ve included a lot of fun items, but the really special piece is a cupcake hemp bracelet, from Ashley’s Hemp Creations. She’s a friend and guest crusader, and has made this special bracelet just for us!

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This bracelet features three unique cupcake glass beads, blue hemp, and a teapot glass bead closure. It’s truly one of a kind!

Just to sweeten our giveaway we’ve also thrown in things that we’ve found and love. Here’s a glimpse at some of those items:

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Items shown above:
- Valentine’s Day cupcake liners
- Matching cupcake toppers
- Cupcake sticky notes
- Cupcake liner shaped snack bowl

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We couldn’t have a giveaway without one of our favorite Cupcake-2-Go containers! This time we’ve also added in a handy cupcake corer.

There are 7 different ways to enter, but some will earn you 2 entries, so you can earn up to 10 entries—and it is so easy!

1. Leave a comment below about something (or someone) you are in love with this Valentine’s Day.

2. Follow our blog via email & comment below that you did or already do.
> This will earn you TWO entries!

3. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter & comment below that you did or already do.

4. Share this contest on Facebook or Twitter & comment below that you did or already do.
> This will earn you TWO entries!

5. Follow us on Pinterest & comment below that you did or already do.

6. Pin this contest onto Pinterest & comment below that you did or already do.
> This will earn you TWO entries!

7. Follow us on Foursquare or Foodspotting & comment below that you did or already do.

The contest will close on midnight on Thursday, February 7th, 2013. A winner will be drawn at random and announced on Friday, February 8th, 2013. The winner will have 24 hours to send their mailing address so the package can be sent out in a timely fashion (hopefully arriving before Valentine’s Day!).

We are only able to ship within the USA. Sorry to those who don’t qualify!

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We are Thankful for YOU – Thanksgiving Giveaway!

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This is the time of year when it’s common to reflect on what you are thankful for, so we would like to show how grateful we are to all of our readers and fellow cupcake lovers by having a little giveaway!

Included in the prize pack you see above are just some small cupcake trinkets that make us happy. You will find:

- A Cupcake-To-Go container (we seriously couldn’t live without these)
- Fall Harvest Sprinkles
- Wilton Fall Cupcake Liners
- Betty Crocker Fall Frosting Kit
- Cupcake Candle
- Cupcake Themed Cupcake Liners
- Cupcake Erasers (just for fun, we couldn’t resist!)
- Cupcake Magnets
- Glittery Cupcake Gift Bag

There are 7 different ways to enter, but some will earn you 2 entries, so you can earn up to 10 entries—and it is so easy!

1. Leave a comment below about what you are thankful for this year.

2. Follow our blog via email & comment below that you did or already do.
> This will earn you TWO entries!

3. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter & comment below that you did or already do.

4. Share this contest on Facebook or Twitter & comment below that you did or already do.
> This will earn you TWO entries!

5. Follow us on Pinterest & comment below that you did or already do.

6. Pin this contest onto Pinterest & comment below that you did or already do.
> This will earn you TWO entries!

7. Follow us on Foursquare or Foodspotting & comment below that you did or already do.

The contest will close on midnight next Thursday, November 15th, 2012. A winner will be drawn at random and announced on Friday, November 16th, 2012. The winner will have 24 hours to send their mailing address so the package can be sent out in a timely fashion (hopefully arriving before Thanksgiving!).

We are only able to ship within the USA. Sorry to those who don’t qualify!

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Giveaway Winner and Book Review: The Cupcake Club is Back!

The girls from PLC (Peace, Love, and Cupcakes) are back in the second book of The Cupcake Club series, titled Recipe for Trouble. Last week we had a guest post by author Carrie Berk (Carrie’s Cupcake Critique), who has been writing the series with her mother, Sheryl Berk (coauthor of Soul Surfer, founding editor in chief of Life & Style Weekly, and contributor to several publications, including InStyle and Martha Stewart), along with a book giveaway.

Recipe for Trouble follows Lexi, a girl with a love and talent for art (which she uses to create cupcake designs), as she and the other PLC girls begin 5th grade. When the girls witness their classmate Jeremy, who Lexi has a crush on, throw away a chocolate cupcake especially made for him, they decide to do some detective work to find out why. During this time, Lexi also faces new experiences that challenge her shy nature.

I thought the book was written appropriately for the target age group, 9 to 11 years old. The story parallels things that most young girls go through or feel at that age, and has a sense of humor (cute cupcake and baking puns) that any young cupcake lover would like. Not to mention creative cupcakes that sound tasty, with recipes included at the end of the book. A lot of similar lessons about confidence, friendship, and problem solving can be found in Recipe for Trouble, as in the first book.

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The winner of our giveaway, who will be receiving a free copy of The Cupcake Club: Recipe for Trouble, is Jamie, from Hey Jamie Bakes!

Congrats, Jamie! Please email us at CupcakeCrusaders@gmail.com with your mailing address and your copy will be on its way!

If you are interested in purchasing a copy for yourself, Recipe for Trouble is available now at bookstores and online. Let us know what you, or the young cupcake lover in your life, think!

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Today’s guest post is from 9 year-old Carrie Berk, of Carrie’s Cupcakes Critiques. We reviewed her youth book,The Cupcake Club: Peace, Love, and Cupcakes (co-written with her mother, Sheryl Berk) last spring and now that the new book in the series, The Cupcake Club: Recipe for Trouble, is available, we are excited to give away a copy to one of our readers (more details at the bottom of this post)! But first, with Thanksgiving season upon us, many of us find ourselves thankful to be surrounded by friends and family. Carrie has shared with us some ideas of how cupcakes can be a great way to say, “Thank you” or “I love you” to those who matter. We love her creativity and hope you enjoy her cute ideas.

Carrie’s Tips:
Cupcakes are a sweet way to express how you feel about family and friends. You don’t even have to wait until Valentine’s Day to do it!

• Think about the person: What do they like? What are their fave flavors, colors, hobbies? Bake a cupcake that is as special and unique as they are! For example, if your sister likes pink and takes ballet, why not bake her a pink berry cupcake and top it with ballet slippers made from fondant? If you don’t want to make your own toppers you can find lots of fun ones in all shapes at craft and cooking stores. Or simply print out a pic on your home computer, glue it to cardstock, and attach it with a small piece of tape to a toothpick. Instant cupcake decoration!

• Spell it out! I love to make mini cupcakes topped with simple fondant letters. You can use mini alphabet cookie cutters to punch out your message. Use one letter per cupcake, then make your display on a platter or tabletop. Spell out, “Love You!” “XOXO,” or even “You Rock!”

• Gift a goodie. Pack a cupcake in a pretty cardboard box or plastic food container topped with a  bow. You can give it (like Lexi in the new book) to your secret crush or save it for a special occasion or holiday. Home-baked gifts are the best. They show you took the time to make them and really care!

• Use heart-shaped muffin pans to bake cupcakes. You can find inexpensive ones in cooking and craft stores or even on Amazon (http.amazon.com). If they’re silicon you’ll have no problem popping out your cupcake. If the pan is metal, coat first with non-stick spray, then bake and frost. Use a little gel icing to write a message on the heart. I love writing “text messages” on mine: UR GR8, 4EVR, QT, etc.

• Serve someone a cupcake in bed! I love doing this for my parents on Mother’s or Father’s Day. Plate a pretty cupcake you’ve bought or made and serve it on a tray with a glass of milk and a card for the occasion. It’s a sweet way to show how much you appreciate them and that you realize they need a little R&R!

•Send a DIY cupcake kit! Use plastic zipper bags to pack all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, sprinkles, baking soda, etc.). Type or write up the recipe, and include pretty cupcake wrappers, decorative cupcake picks, even piping bags and tips if you want to be fancy! Then send your kit to someone for a special day celebration. Baking cupcakes is as much fun as eating them!

Also keep an eye out for our review of The Cupcake Club: Recipe for Trouble, which will be posted soon.

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We are giving away a copy of Carrie’s latest book, The Cupcake Club: Recipe for Trouble, to one of our readers. To enter:

- Comment below letting us know what your favorite book growing up was.

- Earn an additional entry by subscribing to our email list and leave a separate comment to let us know that you did (if you are already signed up on our email list, leave a comment letting us know and you will also earn another entry).

The contest ends on Friday, October 12th and we will post the winner on Monday, October 15th. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck!

*Only open to U.S. and Canada residents.

- Posted by Cupcake Crusader, Jenn (Westminster, MD)

Only 1 day left! Enter our 1 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

If you haven’t already entered our 1 Year Anniversary Giveaway, it’s not too late! Tomorrow (Tuesday) at midnight is the contest deadline. One lucky person will win this very cool gift pack:

For more details or to enter, simply visit this page, read the instructions, and place your entry!

Good Luck!

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