Monday, April 1, 2013

Ginger Ale Cupcakes and a Hey YoYo Giveaway!


Today I have a fun little giveaway with my favorite party supply shop - Hey YoYo!  Whenever I need a jolt of inspiration, I just hop on over to the online store to get a fix of kitsch and color.  Amanda is the shopkeep, and she has an eye for the cutest cupcake papers, treat bags and partyware of all kinds!


I recently received some squee!-worthy items from the shop, like these party hats. They're reversible! And how cute are those confetti napkins? The pattern reminds me of sprinkles, so I was in for those immediately! Honestly, I fell in love with the entire Toot Sweet line of paper napkins, cupcake liners, pinwheel toppers and etcetera. Gimme, gimme, gimme!

My good friend Christen was having a birthday, so she was the perfect person to help model party hats. She also came up with the idea for ginger ale cupcakes (which look extra cute in these liners). They really turned out delicious and quite apropos for party fare.

Love those Pinwheel Toppers!

Christen's cute pooch tagged along and he was caught giving crazy puppy-dog eyes for a bite of cupcake. Awww!  And you should have seen him and Biscuit-the-pug playing together, they were double trouble!

Contest Entry


a Rafflecopter giveaway


This contest is open worldwide because Hey YoYo ships worldwide, how awesome is that!?

Balloon toppers can be found here!
The ginger ale cupcakes were light and delicious. Christen commented that the cake portion tasted "bubbly", and with their faint gingery flavor, they do! We toasted each other with them after a day filled with laughing and chasing rambunctious pups.  Hope you'll enjoy them too!


Ginger Ale Cupcakes
Source: SprinkleBakes original recipe
Yield: About 18 cupcakes
Prep:  1 hour 15 minutes

Ginger Ale Cake
1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup ginger ale
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and ground ginger; set aside.  In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup ginger ale and 1/2 cup sour cream (mixture will fizz and bubble a little).  Add flour and champagne mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour.  Batter will be thick.
  3. Fill cupcake papers with 1/4 cup level measures of batter.  Bake for 17-22 minutes.  Set aside.

Ginger Ale Buttercream
1 cup ginger ale
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1 tsp. ground ginger
2 sticks of butter softened
4 cups confectioners' sugar
  1. Place the 1 cup of ginger ale in a small saucepan.  Simmer over medium-high heat until reduced to 1/2 cup.  Reduce heat to low. In a small cup, whisk together cornstarch and water until no lumps remain.  Add mixture to 1/2 cup ginger ale reduction.  Whisk constantly as you heat.  Mixture will thicken and have a soft gel appearance.  Remove from heat and whisk in ground ginger.  Transfer mixture to a bowl and allow to cool completely.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, cream softened butter and cooled ginger ale mixture together until smooth.  Stir in confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time on low speed until thickened to piping consistency.  You may not have to use all the confectioners’ sugar.  Conversely, If the ginger ale gel mixture is added while still slightly hot or if it was not cooked enough, you may need to add more confectioners’ sugar.
  3. Transfer frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Decorate with white nonpareils.


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Casey @ The Baker Bee said...

Ohmygoodness, I could spend hours on that site! I love the Confetti Rainbow cupcake liners & the solid rainbow liners. I might have a cupcake liner obsession!!

Polkaostrich said...

I love those Black Tie paper cups!!

Flowerstar said...

Such lovely colours! Love the balloon toppers :).

Claire Davis said...

Love the striped straws!!! Perfect for the wedding shower I am throwing for my sister :)

jen said...

I Love the paper straws, mini pedestals, and the cupcake liners!!! So much cute stuff!!!

jen

houseofrubyjean.blogspot.com

suburban prep said...

I love the Nutcracker ballet and I love the fact that there is a nutcracker cupcake set.

Katie K said...

Must have those confetti napkins! So cute!!!

Tracy said...

These look yummy!

Renewal said...

Your photos are so adorable! I love them! I am so excited to try this recipe, my hubby would absolutely flip for these.

Anonymous said...

oh the candy cups! so colorful!

c_lavallee at hotmail.com

Heather said...

It's impossible for me to choose just one thing from that beautiful shop! I have my eye on dozens of things that are inspiring a theme for my daughter's 4th birthday coming up in July! Invitations always set the mood for me so I'd say that is where I would start! Great giveaway and great idea using Ginger Ale in baking!

Chloe Moon said...

I just love all the straws they have & the pinwheel cake toppers!! =)

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Lisanne said...

those balloon toppers! i think i might need to order some... so many memories.

MarissaKubinski said...

The cupcake liners are adorable!

Amanda H said...

I would love to try out making some cupcakes with the Rainbow Sugar Decorations! I think I could manage some fluffy clouds. :) So many cute things on their site.

yvette2250 said...

I love the toot sweet cupcake wrappers

Amy said...

I am a sucker for paper straws,,,and bright happy cup cake papers...oh yeah!

Rachel Frenkil said...

i love their invitations!

Sarah said...

It's all sooo cute! But my favorite item is definitely the Teacup Cupcake Mold n.n

Jane Ko said...

Love the balloons!

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Jillian said...

I love all the vintage looking cupcake toppers!

Shelan said...

Those pinwheels are adorable!!!! The cupcakes look scrumptious!

Miggea said...

I loved the spoons and these http://heyyoyo.com/item/Extra-Long-Striped-Straws-Silver/1047/c15 straws!! SO CUTE!

Michelle said...

What a cute site! I am always looking for great little places to find baking supplies :) My favorite thing today are the cupcake containers! I live far away from my family so I am always looking for clever ways to send cake :) The Toot Sweet collection is adorable as well!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Cute cupcakes! Ginger treats are so delicious.

Cheers,

Rosa

Aryn said...

I love the graphic utensils, so cute!

Tiffany said...

I love their sweet animals straw. Those cupcakes sound yummy!

Amber said...

I love the balloon cupcake toppers! Adorable!

Amber said...

I love the balloon cupcake toppers! Adorable!

Janet said...

oh my! I know where all my supplies are coming from now! Also, ginger ale is my favorite drink and I love these cupcakes!

Becca said...

I really like the bow toppers. I would love to put them on cupcakes to celebrate my 54th birthday!

Beth C. said...

The rainbow sugar decorations are adorable.

Elizabeth said...

I love the little cake-topper balloons! I know I've seen them somewhere before.

Traci said...

There are some cute kids toys that I would love to buy for the baby we're expecting in June, especially the You Want Fries With That Sandwich Set. Thanks for the giveaway!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

I like the Pinwheel Pick Cupcake Toppers!

VAS said...

Love all their cupcake liners and oooh..the striped straws.

SEAS said...

So much cuteness!!

Colette Just for Foodies said...

Ginger ale cupcakes sound wildly delicious!

Love that pooch.

Anonymous said...

I love the Chevron Small Favor Bags: Yellow. They're super cute and I'm a big fan of anything with the Chevron print on it.

Emily S.
Emspecht@aol.com

Lina Plata said...

Loved the cupcakes! I tried the recipe and it was perfect! I'm also very exited about the giveaway!!!!

Michelle Levine said...

So many fun cupcake kits ! hard to choose one ! great giveaway !

Now Don't Lets Be said...

Oooh, I love all of the sprinkles and sugar decorations, especially the lips and moustaches! Oh, and the hot air balloon ones, those are so cool!

lindala said...

Toot Sweet Cupcake Wrappers and the striped straws!

Anna said...

Ohh, this is a really interesting flavor! Thanks for sharing. And those hats are to die for. I want to put one on my poodle!

Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies said...

I love the paper straws!

Rafaella Miyahira Nakazato said...

Lindo!!

Mellybrown said...

Oh man, love all those toppers! And sprinkles!

Mollie H. said...

So many cute cupcake papers! There were some dinosaur ones that were particularly cute.

Colleen said...

OMG. so many wonderful items to choose from.
I love All the pretty cupcake liners as well as the sprinkles
Thank you for this opportunity
ColleenB.

Anonymous said...

Kim P -
I love it all over at Hey Yo Yo but I really like the new black and white poka dot straws!

thefarmgirlcooks said...

OMG I absolutely adore all the beautiful packaging at Hey Yo Yo! And the wooden utensils? And the cupcake papers? And the pretty paper straws?

EVERYTHING!

Addy Davis said...

Love the cupcake cups! "Confetti" rather than polka dots. Adorable!

Kelsey said...

I love ginger ale, so I bet ginger ale cupcakes would be a whole new level of yummy. And the bright, fun colors on these liners and accessories? To die for!

Jennifurla said...

LOVE your human pictures! You're great with the camera.

hami said...

I love the Birch Tree Pattern Paper Straws...

Rebecca said...

You guys are so cute! I love the little wooden forks and spotty cupcake liners!

Mrs. Hofeldt said...

I Love all the retro food packaging - the ice cream bags, the popcorn boxes, and the foil hot dog sleeves - perfect for a movie night :)

Jennie35 said...

Those paper products would make even my cupcakes look stellar!

Jennie35 said...

Those products would make even my cupcakes look professional!

amelia said...

Oh those sweets compotes are gorgeous!! Love anything cake stand-esque!

SheriJean said...

Love all of it... but am really loving the Stars and Stripes cupcake kit since I'm already planning our 4th of July party!

Beatriz Mandarinas said...

I love all of them. kisses

Jordan C. said...

I love all of the different patterns of paper straws. I'm a sucker for a good paper straw.

weirdscience said...

I love the adorable little cereal box charms, and pretty much everything on the site!!

Ellen B. said...

Those paper straws! Dang, I would love them.

christina k. said...

I love the pink polka dot cups and everything else in that store!

kathy donley said...

I like the Small Googly Eye Cupcake Toppers & Finger Puppets

vividpurple said...

Those tulip cupcake liners are the cutest.

Valerie G said...

Love those lollipop candles! So cute!

Heather Hicks said...

I love the lollipop candles and the wooden ice cream spoons!

Cristina Popescu said...

Love those balloon topper! Cutest topper I've seen in a while!

Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers said...

Heather, those cuppies sound delicious and the Hey Yo Yo stuff is just so HAPPY! I WANT IT ALL!

Johanna said...

Easy! My Favorite Hey Yo Yo product are the rainbow paper straws! I *love* them!!

Anonymous said...

Love the Floral Nest cupcake liners - so pretty!

Sakura Hime said...

Cute!! *-*

Sakura Hime said...

cuteeeeeeeeee

nyasha manyanya said...

I have a slight obsession with stripes so the paper straws

Living on Love said...

The wooden forks are my fav!

Jacqui said...

I love all of the fun baking cups, so cute!!

Samantha Minny said...

Those pinwheels are possibly my favourite thing ever....ever.

Isabella Bellatin said...

The paper straws are my favorite! love the million y colors they have!

ibellat@hotmail.com

Tara said...

I like the white cake pedestals. I am a fool for serving platters and white is so versatile.

Claudia Flores said...

I wish I would have known about this site sooner, the cupcake liners, confetti sprinkles and such would be great for our party this weekend.

Rachel Jay said...

I'd love the toot sweet confetti cake cups! Thanks for the great giveaway!

stefany21 said...

My favorite is the Bento Box: Strawberry!

Unknown said...

I love paper straws. They are so cute for everything!

Anonymous said...

So stinkin' cute!I love everything you used for those cupcakes and the carousal horse candles!

Kathryn said...

I love all the fun different straws!!!

Tiff said...

I am really into cupcakes right now and am going to try the baking cups. They are adorable!

Lora said...

What darling photos and I LOVE those cupcakes.

Chrissy said...

I love the Hostess Cupcake container. It's so cute!

Culinary Couture said...

I love the toot sweet cupcake wrappers!

Ellen @ BakeItWithBooze said...

I would love to have some pretty straws to add to my posts...But, I'm a huge sucker for cupcake liners! Thank you!

Troy said...

Count me in, Ive already got the GC spent!

Heather H said...

There baking cups are my favorite and also the Cupcake Memo Pad. Too cute!

Mrsking05 said...

I love those!!!

Allison C said...

I love the divine twine (especially the black and the gray) and the pedestals.

Anonymous said...

Amazing..I love the paper straws and the candy cups, I've never seen them in the shops in Ireland so very happy they deliver worldwide!

Jen

colleen said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! I love the Birdhouse cupcake boxes!! Love Love Love!!

Ms. Morgan said...

OMG! I love all the halloween cupcake themed boxes! How to choose!?

Eling said...

I can't decide between the patisserie shop boxes & the chilly dilly pickle bags!

Richelle said...

They are the cutest party supplies!

Cindy Brickley said...

So many nice things, I like the Black tie set of paper products and all the cupcake liners and the colored straws. A baker could go a little wild and crazy.

momof2girls said...

I love the candy and nut cups.

katiemur@gmail.com

Jessica said...

I would love to get the blue polka dot baking cups! They're too cute!

Shauna Moore-Davis said...

They are too adorable!

katpilato said...

Those cute little chevron straws? Yes, please!

Kier said...

How cute and fun!

Anonymous said...

Just lovely lets get baking!

Waterfalls Spa said...

I absolutely love the chevron straws! Also, the wooden spoons in chevron and trellis patterns are super sweet. Great site, thanks for the introduction.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to have the Sweet Treats Gift Set!! Everything is so cute, and it's hard to choose!! Thanks for the great giveaway!! :)

AmandaBBC said...

Oh my goodness these pretty things are very pretty indeed! They look totally adorbs, no doubt.

behindthewillows.com said...

While my kids never seem to care what their cupcakes are wrapped in I'm pretty sure my adult friends would think they were super!

AmandaBBC said...

Ok, I absolutely love Christmas time, so I just couldn't resist the Xmas: Merry & Bright Cupcake Gift Set, because it's absolutely cute and awesome and perfect.

Stella Bur said...

love the pin wheel toppers!

Sweet Turtle Soup said...

I love all the straws! Esp. the rainbow surprise mix. Those chevron party favor bags are a close second though.

Kelly said...

The candy cups are neat! thanks!

Jenn said...

I love the yellow limoncello polka dot cups!

jmwhite60 said...

Love the cupcake kits!

Kristen said...

I like the pink cupcake boxes.

Crystal said...

Marigold Chevron Paper Straws- oh my!!

Lori H said...

I like the You Want Fries With That Sandwhich set!

Marilyn Mallimo said...

Such fun, colorful items! How to choose?

Anonymous said...

carnival stripes baking cups!

corisa
jubinsky2114@yahoo.com

Becs said...

Oh my goodness, these are all so cute but I adore the polka dotted wrappers!

Kat said...

I love the rainbow surprise paper straws - so colorful!

Julia said...

Cupcake wrappers are super cute!

Courtney said...

I thought you two were sisters at first! You look a lot alike! But what could be better then an amazing baker (Heather) and an amazing shopkeeper (Amanda)? I love all the polka-dot and stripe cupcake liners!

Shannon said...

I'm a sucker for the wooden berry baskets in their shop!

Alyssa Marie said...

I love all the different cupcake liners!

Staci A said...

Love the toadstool sugar decorations!

Eva @ Pastel Bakery said...

So cute! Love the confetti napkins & pinwheel toppers! :)

Dimeimeimei Wu said...

the rainbow of straws...so colorful o.O

azleena said...

I want everything! But I particularly love the Orange & Pink Tulip cupcake liners.

Catie said...

I adore the Bride & Groom Cupcake Kit!

Melanie said...

The pinwheel cake toppers are so cute! I'm itching to get some cupcake liners too...

Trudi Verrico said...

Oh I love this site and all the pretty decos, I am definitely going to try these cupcakes in gluten free.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh...the adorable straws and the pinwheel toppers and the cupcake liners and...and..everything!

keshakeke said...

I love the Toot Sweet Children Cupcake Kit
keshakeke(at)gmail(dot)com

Samantha said...

Oh, I love ALL her partyware! I'll be placing an order for sure!

I have to say though, that I have a weakness for the cute striped straws. The aqua chevron paper straws would be perfect for my son's upcoming 3rd birthday party!

fatima arcaro said...

you are pretty amazing I love every thing you.
baking is my world and my grand kids thank you..i don't need a birthday to have a party its a party at my house every wk end with all your recipes. xx god bless

Aimee Warner said...

The Candy bar charms are too cute!!!

Julie {Bananas for Bourbon} said...

I love those ballons!

Hexanes said...

I can't wait to try these cupcakes. I love the Dynamite and Bomb Candles... so bad and yet so cuuuute!

Kimi said...

The pinwheel cupcake toppers

Anonymous said...

I'm in love with the Toot Sweet Spotty Candy Cups - they are totally gorgeous!!

Millie
milliet@xtra.co.nz

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the generous giveaway - I love so many things on Hey Yo Yo but if I had to pick just one it would be the Freshly Baked Treat Kit.

My fingers and toes are firmly crossed for the prize draw!!

My details -

Kath : moose.marine@xtra.co.nz

Jill said...

LOVE the ice cream van with treat cups and wooden spoons!

thiry shan said...

I love the balloon toppers :-)

Anonymous said...

My wife would be over the moon if I won this giveaway - she is a mad baker and loves to decorate and beautify her creations. Great website Hey Yo Yo - my top pick is the Paper Eskimo Boy Party Hats - they would be perfect for my son's birthday.

Grant Thomas
grant.thomas1@xtra.co.nz

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win.

I love the Ice Cream Van with Treat Cups and Wooden Spoons

Thanks
Ed

Eddie
eddie_waterpolo1@hotmail.com

thiry shan said...

I love the balloon toppers the most :-)

Shaina Wizov said...

Love the Toot Sweet Bow Toppers!

Anonymous said...

I love all of their cupcake toppers and picks! So many ideas! Cheers, Erin, erinejoy@cox.net

Hannah said...

The bacon bandaids are a hoot, but I also love all those gorgeous straws!

Maddy McKane said...

I cannot get over the paper straw collection. Too many to choose a favourite! Thanks for introducing me to this amazing site.

Scott Davis said...

The cupcake boxes are Cupertino cute.

In and Out said...

I love the balloon toppers!!!

Lilli said...

I have actually been looking for a good ginger ale cupcake recipe for a while! Thank you, I will be making these soon, and the party ware is gorgeous.

Agos said...

Everything on the store looks great, but the liners are especially cute :)

Sandi said...

Everything is so cute! I think my favorite has to be the mini cupcake pedestals, what a cute idea!

Rachel @ Bakerita said...

I'm obsessing over the liners! I'm amassing a collection, and I see a ton I NEED!

Anonymous said...

I like the icecream van with treat cups and wooden spoons! Such whimsy and cuteness at the shop. :)

bradnlacey at aol dot com

Jax said...

Oh wow! The cupcakes and the HeyYoYo store look amazing!!! I especially love the mini pedestals - been looking for some here in Oz for ages! :)

MJ said...

It's a toss up between paper straws, or cupcake cups. I may have to order both.

Susan Broughton said...

There is so many things that I like but I guess I like the Happy Birthday Cake Stand the most. But I also like the glass jars with red lids too

Angela said...

What's not to love??? I love the Edibles and Sprinkles, especially the ladybugs and the Pedestals and Cake stands...I'll definitely be back to browse and buy :)

Molly Bakelette said...

I love the mini pedestals! And the mustache sugar decorations!!

Anonymous said...

I like the mini pinwheel toppers! :)

LYnnette

aqualls said...

these look and sound delicious! yet another sprinklebakes recipe for my confectionary pinterest board.

Anonymous said...

Leslie:
Toot sweet cupcake wrappers
leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

Lauren said...

I would love these cupcakes!

Ashley said...

I have to say that I have always been, and will always be very partial to paper straws and I also love the wooden utensils. Everything is the shop is fabulous though.

pdog said...

everything looks so adorable especially the pinwheel toppers and the confetti napkins

Amy said...

Oh my goodness! Everything is so adorable and festive. Makes me wanna host a party right the way! I love their utensils! Those Wooden Ice Cream Spoons -Trellis Pattern are beautiful. Just in time for an ice cream party. ;)

sadie c said...

what a fabulous giveaway. Those balloon toppers are amazing!

Did not know they sold worldwide. Looks like I have a new place to shop!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love the chevron print wooden forks!

Linda said...

Everything is so cute! I love the confetti napkins and the cupcake liners:-)

Anne Heedrich said...

I couldn't decide! I love the stripy straws and wooden spoons...and oh, the cupcake liners!!!

Okigirl2013 said...

I love the black cake stands and cupcake kits

Adeline Chow said...

I'm in love with the cupcake liners and the mini pedestals! I think they would match perfectly with the ginger ale cupcakes I'm going to make one of these days! :D

Myszka said...

These little balloons are so cute:)
Great give away!

Myszka said...

I love Mini Pedestals: Petite Treats!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey yo! seems to be a wonderful!shop, need to check it!
Katarina

MrsCake said...

omg! cuteness! cuteness everywhere! ^ ^

mia miatello said...

Hy dear!I'm italian and i hope i will win!!!!! i love Mini Cupcake Liners: Tulip and theSweet Treats Gift Set !!!! back and kisses!!!

LadyWild said...

I love the windowed bakery boxes. So cute

Mixing Dreams with Reality said...

This is a difficult question, but I manage to narrow it down to the Cupcake Kits. I don't think I can pick just one though. I love the pirate one, the ballerina one, the bbq one...lol I love pretty much all of them.

MrsCake said...

I think I'd go for the Paper Baking Cups in Carnival Stripes ^ ^ sooo adorable!

Knitted Volcano said...

Oh wow! Such a lot of pretty! I need it in my life! Especially the cupcake pedestals - because really, all cupcakes should be on a pedestal. Oh, but the moustache (Mustache? showing my britishness here!) sugar decorations are amazing too! And ginger ale cupcakes = awesome!

Candice said...

Love those pinwheel toppers!

Mary L. said...

The cupcake liners are absolutely gorgeous!!

Charmin said...

It's a toss-up between the deer family cupcake toppers and the paper dolls. I'm going to try the ginger ale cupcakes soon since I have a ginger ale-loving son with a birthday next month.

Becca Entenberg said...

Ugh I love cute party things!

Megan Turner said...

I never would have thought of ginger ale cupcakes. How clever!

Dee Fedor said...

I love the mini pinwheel toppers! Love pinwheels!

BecR said...

Love the wooden spoons and forks!

Whitney said...

I like the chevron straws!

Jennifer said...

Vintage pricess phone charms, so cute!

Urban Wife said...

I love all the pretty paper straws!

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