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

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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

ready for some football? nope, me either… how about cupcakes?

Love, the fact that the year I could care less about the Super Bowl, I get orders for zillions ok, hundreds of mixed dozen cupcakes. Maybe it is where I live too many team jumpers here in the South. Who do I pull for? Always have, always will Bucs and the Saints. Anyhoo, here’s to the mixed dozen for those who couldn’t decide who to pull for! Have fun.

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xoxo, Mama Bird

Valentine’s cupcake ideas

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lOVE the ideas I came up with to decorate all these cute Valentine cupcakes!! Starting at the TOP I used a dum-dum rolled in red sanding sugar, Middle row: heart marshmallow, fondant hearts, cherry. Bottom row: dum-dum with cherry pop rocks, pop rocks again, fondant heart, ring pop and heart shaped jimmies!!

Jack had a blast decorating all these!! Perfect way to get the kids busy in the kitchen!!

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Vintage Valentine liners and toppers with fondant HEART!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Lemon Drop Cupcakes

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LEMON! YUM! YUM!

These little jewels turned out amazing.I love lemon I add lemon to everything the crisp/tart freshness can cut even the most undrinkable of drinks! I love a little squeeze on mixed greens and it gives a little punch to blan veggies. Gives great taste with no calories or fat!! Ok, I know… What about the cupcakes?
I used my favorite vanilla cake recipe and added a little fresh lemon juice. After they cooled I took the center out with my new cupcake corer that worked like a champ!

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And filled it with apx 1 T of my favorite short-cut ever!! Trader Joe’s Lemon Curd. This stuff is so good that I can not think of any reason why I would go to the trouble of making it again!!

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Then the frosting on TOP!!
1 8 oz block of cream cheese, softened
1 stick of butter, softened
2 T lemon curd
zest of 1 lemon
1 t vanilla
4 cups powered sugar (give or take)
Mix cream cheese and butter until super light and fluffy, add vanilla, lemon curd and zest; mix well. Add powered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until you get that perfect consistency. You may need to add a splash of milk or lemon juice if you want more zing.
I topped these with  Lemon Head candies.
Aren’t they just adorable?
xoxo, Mama Bird

Cherry Cupcakes

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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!
Linking to:
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xoxo, Mama Bird

Valentine’s Specials

Perfect for girl’s night, date night

kids parties, teacher, friends

wrapped and delivered*

Mama Bird’s Nest Valentine Specials

Single cupcake**$3.
1/2 dozen cupcakes $15
1 dozen $ 24
Choose from:
Simply Red (Old fashion Red Velvet)
Sno White (vanilla), 
Wicked Witch (chocolate)
Frostings:
Mama’s Signature (Madagascar vanilla cream cheese buttercream)
Bailey’s or Gran Marnier  Buttercream
Hot Chocolate (premium dark chocolate spiced buttercream)
Toppers:
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Ring Pop
Fondant hearts
Heart Marshmallow

Dum-Dum’s laced with red sanding sugar

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*Complimentary Delivery available for orders of $50 or more.

**Single cupcakes sold ONLY during special events.

Delivering Thurs 10th – Monday 14th

Place your order today!

Email~ mamabirdsnest@gmail.com

Please give date, # needed, and pick at least 2 toppers

I will email you a confirmation email within 24 hrs.

Thanks for supporting your LOCAL business!

xoxo, Mama Bird

The Cha-Cha {chocolate cake with Nutella buttercream}

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Our Birthday “Fairy Cha-Cha” celebrated her 4th birthday today amidst the backlash of the “Blizzard of Jan 2011”. The kids were so excited to be out of the house that they were WILD!! We had to let them run around outside just the wear off some energy! The star of this cake was the Nutella buttercream. Delish!!
Nutella Buttercream
1 stick softened butter
1 cup Nutella
1 t vanilla
milk (splash or two)
4 cups (apx) powdered sugar (may need more or less depending on humidity)
Mix butter, nutella & vanilla together, slowly adding 1/2 cup of sugar at a time to desired consistency; may need to add a little milk to get a smooth frosting.
xoxo, Mama Bird

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

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Thanks to Vanilla Garlic I am testing the much talked about Maple Bacon Cupcakes. I been who doesn’t love bacon? I do!
With all this snow I am bored out of my gourd and thought this is a perfect time to give it a try!!
I followed the recipe from Vanilla Garlic although I did add 1 tsp vanilla to the batter.
Frosting: {adapted from Vanilla Garlic’s recipe} I doubled the butter/sugar ratio and liked much better as I found it to be be way to sweet. Corse Sea Salt is also great on the top!
1 stick softened butter
2 T maple syrup
1 T milk
1 t vanilla
2 c powdered sugar
I also topped the cupcakes with crumbled bacon.
My humble opinion; the the cake is super light, fluffy, great texture, although I didn’t care for the bacon crunch in the cake. The frosting was great. I do caution ONLY make this with REAL Maple Syrup. For testing purposes I used The Fresh Market 100% real maple syrup. It was great. IF I make these again I may leave the bacon out of the batter? I don’t know, I wish I could get more opinions on the taste of these. But, we are snowed in.

Tip Junkie handmade projects 

Tu Tu Birthday Party

I have been so excited about sharing this birthday party since I did it!! Sweet Lily was turning 4 and wanted a Ballerina Party! Her Mom happens to be a dear friend and fantab photog Karla of Karla C Photography so the pics are so much better than those I take with my droid! And the adorable Tu-Tu’s were made locally by Amber Adair Designs. And the cupcakes & decorations all made by yours truly
Mama Bird xoxo
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Personalized, hand made cupcake toppers, cupcakes, cakes, cookies and favors. Design, props and much, much more!!

Garden Fairy Birthday

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I recently had the pleasure of doing a Garden Fairy Princess Party at the Catawba Science Center. This was a great challenge to incorporate a “princess” with an insect party!! I think the results were amazing and probably my favorite cake to date!!

And the cupcakes are just too cute for words!!

LOVE

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xoxo, Mama Bird