3rd place!!!

Mama Bird's Nest

You read it right! Mama Bird’s Nest took 3rd place in the PROFESSIONAL category at Cupcakes for Cures  for BEST RETRO CUPCAKE. I made my Famous {if only in my mind} and now Award Winning Carrot Apple Cupcake with a blood orange frosting!  So proud, I was able to go against some of the great pastry chefs in Western North Carolina!!

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How about my beautiful cake stand? Hand-made by my good friend Todd! It has an even larger base that can be added to hold tons of cupcakes!! His sweet wife came out to support Cupcakes for Cures and brought it!! LOVE


Here is me and my soul sister! Without her encouragement and friendship I don’t know how I would have made it the past 22 yrs!! Dang, we are old… Note my cute new apron!! Want one? Check back as I will be doing an AWESOME giveaway for a great Easter {womens} Dress, an Apron and a few other surprise!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Weekly Roundup

WOW! A very busy weekend here at the Nest! 150 baby shower cupcakes, a barnyard/tractor birthday party and another baby shower!! I am exhausted! The week is just as packed!! Full of some super exciting things!!
Monday~ ZUMBA with Hickory Girls Fitness
Have you done zumba? Have you met Kat and Courtney? They are freaking amazing! Pop on over to their site check them out! You will not be disappointed.
Tuesday~ Fire on the Rock Chef Challenge
Do you love Iron Chef? OMG I am obsessed and I am going to see the best Western North Carolina has to offer and I can not wait!!! Ck back for my take on the event!
Wednesday~ Dirty Barbie Gets Organized my oldest friend, yes I have known her since we were itty bitty wrote another great play and I am going to the Lee Street Theater in Salisbury, NC to see her  preform! I am also popping by what has been described as “best place to eat in town” Mambo for dinner!!
Thursday~ Prep work for cupcake competition
Friday~ baking, baking and baking!! Heading to Grove Park Inn in Asheville
Saturday~ CUPCAKES FOR CURES!!! Then Girl’s Night Out!!! Woo-wee I am celebrating my birthday with my favs!! Can’t wait!!!
Toodles, Mama Bird

Cherry Cupcakes

Rosie’s PINKALICIOUS Cherry Cupcakes was a recipe that just screamed my name!! I am not typically a fan of artificial fruit flavoring but these cupcakes are just YUMMY!! I followed Rosie’s recipe and I got almost 3 dozen cupcakes.
For the frosting I decided that I would continue with my “testing” and make Cherry Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting. Can you say DELISH? OMG I just love this frosting. I wanted just a hint, a back note of chocolate to bring out the cherry flavor.
Cherry Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick butter, softened
1 8oz block cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 T cherry juice
1 T good cocoa powder
3-4 cups confectioners sugar, added 1/2 cup at a time to desired consistency
Whip butter and cream cheese until light & fluffy add cherry juice, vanilla & cocoa powder; mix well. Slowly add sugar a little at a time until the perfect consistency appears!
This was a great recipe and I love how they work great for Valentine’s Day!! So cute!
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xoxo, Mama Bird

Cupcakes for a Cure

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Cupcakes for Cures is Asheville’s Cupcake Faceoff created a group of cupcake loving, cancer fighting Ashevilleans.
Professional bakers, amateur bakers and youth bakers compete for bragging rights and fantastic prizes all while raising funds to find cures for cancer. Bakers can enter multiple culinary creations in true Asheville categories like Best Beer Cupcake, Best Gluten-Free Cupcake, Best Holiday and Special Occasion Cupcake, Best Birthday Cupcake and Best Local Foods Cupcake.
About: We are raising money to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to find cures for cancer because it is projected that in 2010 over 1,000 Ashevilleans will hear the words, “you have cancer.”
Cancer affects everyone. It touches everyone. Me, my family, my friends EVERYONE! I am going to JUST DO IT! I have ALWAYS dreamed of competing in a Food Competition and I think this is MY CALLING!!! It is really soon and Lord only knows what I will pull out!!
To enter as an Amateur which I AM! You do a $30 tax deductible donation for each entry. I think I am going to do 2. My CLASSIC all time fav Very Vanilla maybe my 2nd fav Chocolate Orange Crush and maybe a BEER entry umm, that is 3 well, maybe 3. Huh?

What do you think???