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)

Candy Bar Cupcakes at Flavor Cupcakery

Facebook can be a dangerous, if not a fattening, thing. How you ask? Well, last week I saw that Flavor Cupcakery would be presenting five candy bar themed cupcakes as part of a contest and my interest was automatically piqued. Then, I remembered my friend, Sarah, would be coming off a month long “candy fast” on September 1st, the same day that Flavor Cupcakery would have all five candy themed cupcakes. The wheels in my head started working and I asked Sarah if she would be interested in having a girls night featuring these cupcakes as a way to break her fast. Crusader Jenn was also included in our evening festivities, but unfortunately Crusader Elisa was out of town for the holiday weekend.

After a gluttonous dinner of cheesesteaks and french fries (we decided to go all out this evening…) we started in on the cupcake tasting. This was the first time Sarah had joined us for a “Crusader Tasting” and I think she thought we were nuts got a kick when we started taking notes. We take cupcake eating very seriously.


(M&M’s cupcake from Flavor Cupcakery)

The M&M’s sparked our curiosity the most because for a chocolate candy, the cake and frosting seemed to be vanilla based; however, the surprise was in the center. Flavor Cupcakery took the idea of a candy coated chocolate literally so that the cupcake and frosting represented the candy coating and inside was a milk chocolate filling. With the crunchy mini M&M’s on the rim of the frosting, this cupcake really tasted like an M&M’s candy. The cake was moist and the frosting just sweet enough with the addition of the sweet little candies, making this a very enjoyable cupcake.


(Milky Way cupcake from Flavor Cupcakery)

The next cupcake on our list was Milky Way. Unfortunately this cupcake didn’t wow us like the first. I wasn’t a fan of the milk chocolate frosting (but that’s not a hit against Flavor Cupcakery, I have just never been a fan of milk chocolate frosting) and Jenn didn’t think the caramel had a good flavor. Then, with the cake being vanilla, it didn’t really convey the feeling of a chocolately Milky Way bar.


(Ferrero Rocher cupcake from Flavor Cupcakery)

Slightly disappointed, but already starting a sugar high, we moved onto the Ferrero Rocher cupcake. I was most excited about this cupcake because I LOVE Ferrero Rochers. There is something about the crunchy outside and gooey inside that makes me want to do a little dance. While this cupcake was over-the-top decadent, we agreed that the hazelnut flavor wasn’t present enough to really make this candy bar themed cupcake successful, however, its overall flavor was so rich and wonderful that it was still a favorite of the evening.


(Twix cupcake from Flavor Cupcakery)

The Twix cupcake had mixed reviews. Jenn, who wasn’t a fan of the caramel filling, didn’t think it represented the candy well and that the chocolate cake overpowered the other flavors. I agreed with this slightly, but thought that the cookie bottom was a nice touch and added a good texture to the cupcake. Again, it was another tasty cupcake, but slightly missed the mark when it came to representing the true flavor of a Twix candy bar.


(Take 5 cupcake from Flavor Cupcakery)

Being big fans of the salty/sweet combo and Take 5 candy bars, we saved this one for last. The peanut butter frosting combined with the caramel filling, chocolate cake, and pretzel crumble bottom, really worked well together. While the pretzel got a bit soft due to the moisture of the cake and frosting, the flavors in this cupcake were still spot on. The only other downside to this cupcake was that the pretzel base didn’t hold together well, so it was hard to get the pretzel bits in one bite with the cake and frosting. But this was still our favorite of the group and we voted for it in Flavor Cupcakery’s contest.

Our final thoughts are that these are some of the best cupcakes we’ve had from Flavor Cupcakery, even if some were not true representations of the candy bars they mimicked. Each had moist cake and smooth buttery frosting and were a great addition to a junk food fest girls’ night. If you didn’t have a chance to try these cupcakes, follow Flavor Cupcakery on Facebook to find out the winning flavor because they will be featuring it on the fall menu as a regular item.

– Review by Cupcake Crusader, Stacy (Baltimore, 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!

** This contest is now closed.**

1 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

We are so excited to announce that Saturday, July 7th, we celebrated our 1 year blogging anniversary! A year has gone by so fast and we’ve had so many fun and tasty adventures. We look forward to many more and want to thank you for following along and joining in the fun. The best way we can think to say “Thank You!” is by hosting a giveaway for 1 lucky person to win a prize pack full of cupcake goodies. Some of the fabulous items included have been donated by some of our cupcake loving friends:

– A cupcake recipe cookbook donated by Pink Rhino Cupcakes
– A set of cupcake thank you cards donated by Poundcake Press
– 2 jars of homemade jams donated by Sweetness Follows (perfect for a cupcake filling!)

Other fun items we are adding to the package are stay bright cupcake liners, a cupcake scented candle in a cupcake tin, and cute cupcake plates!

Look out this week as we share photos of the items you could win! The contest will close on midnight next Tuesday, July 17th 2012. A winner will be drawn at random and announced on Wednesday, July 18th 2012. There are several ways to enter and each entry counts:

– Comment below telling us your favorite cupcake shop
– 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 right column on homepage under Cupcake Picnic photo)*

* 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.

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!

** This contest is now closed.**

Last Day to Enter! 100th Post Giveaway!

Don’t forget to enter our 100th Post Giveaway for a chance to win this awesome prize:


(2 of our favorite Cupcake-2-Go containers, Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes book, and a set of Duff’s Sprinkles)

All you have to do is click here and follow the instructions! It’s fun and easy, but today (Monday, Feb 26th) is your last day to enter! Good luck!