Sunday, July 31, 2011

True Love!

There is one thing that most women can agree on. That is a love of chocolate.

No matter what happens to us in a day, chocolate can usually make things right again.
At least for me it can.

Granted, there are a small percentage that don't care for it, like my little sis.  Sorry Kim.  You are in the minority here, but you know this already and it's Okay.  

We love ya anyway.

This cupcake is not for you.




This is a moist chocolate cupcake with a rich dark chocolate ganache, topped with a sweet candy heart.


So, take it from me.  One chocolate lover to another....  It is TRUE LOVE!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

This n' That Thursday!

Well, it's Thursday so it is time for the This 'n' That!

Today I would like to find out everyone's flavor combinations. 
There are so many, it is lot like Sonic where you can pick your flavor.


The point is, some people prefer a simple white cupcake with a basic buttercream frosting.  Others may prefer something more complicated on their vanilla to mix up the taste!

You get the idea!  I want your feedback.  If you had to choose any combination, what would it be?


Maybe an orange cupcake with a vanilla frosting?
Maybe a blueberry cupcake with cream cheese?


I am always looking to try new and different combinations and I want to do what works for you!


As for me, for starters I love this cupcake I made yesterday when I was spending some time with my mom.  I might like to change up the flavors a bit, but I love how the the sparkle pink turned out on the frosting.  It almost looked too pretty to eat!



I am also anxious to try a raspberry cupcake with a champagne buttercream.  
 I am gonna have to work on this one very soon! Doesn't that just sound heavenly!? 
Ok, well it does to me.  Let me know what flavors get you drooling!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Salty Dog!

Have you ever had one of those days when you couldn't decide whether you were craving something salty or something sweet?

I certainly have!  I think it is a natural human condition; to love something salty but then to want something sweet also. It's probably why the candy companies have done so well selling the pretzels covered in chocolate.

Well, with this cupcake you won't have to choose!  What better than to combine the salty with the sweet?

I have to be honest.  When I first thought about this cupcake, which is my husband's creation, I was not prepared to be impressed.  Even though he did pretty well creating the Maple Bacon, which is delicious, it never occurred to me that this creation could be such a hit.  So, I bit my lip and let him create.  I am so glad I did!

Wow.  Yep, that is all I can say.  Wow! Wow! Wow!

It is beyond good!!  The Salty Dog is now among my TOP PICKS!  In fact, to make sure I was not dreaming, I passed out some initial samples.  My wonderful neighbors are usually happy to oblige a taste test, and are always very honest.
Aside from the ooohs and aaahhhs, they were fighting over the last bite!


This is a brown sugar cupcake with a (local) Honey and Caramel frosting.  It is topped with a caramel drizzle and just a dash of the secret ingredient......

Can you guess what it is?
Let me give you a hint:
This cupcake is called The Salty Dog....
Yep, that's right!  It has small hints of course Sea Salt!  It may sound strange, but this is something you will have to see (actually, taste) to believe! 

To top it off, when I tell you the honey in this recipe is local, that is true!  My husband is a beekeeper, so the honey used in this recipe came straight out of the bee hives he tends.  It just doesn't get any better than that!

The Cupcake Rule....

So, we have another featured flavor coming later today but in the meantime I wanted to give out a very important tip!

No one likes to eat dry or stale cake, right?  Right!

If you want to keep your cupcakes fresh, you have to follow a few simple rules.
Now, if you are one of those that inhales your cupcake the minute you buy it you can stop reading.... this will not apply to you.

However!  When you purchase a dozen and plan on saving some for later, this will be critical!

There is one major factor that causes dry, stale cupcakes: AIR.
Yep, just leaving your cupcakes sitting out will cause them to become stale very quickly.  Even when they are in the cake boxes we put them in for delivery.
Since I want to give you the ability to enjoy your cupcakes for a couple of days after buying them, you will need to remember this.
The BEST thing you can do when you get your cupcakes home is to store them appropriately.   A cake dome is best, but any container that seals and keeps the air out will work.  

This will allow them to stay moist and tasty for much longer.  Although, I would obviously recommend eating them within a day or two when they are most fresh!  
If you are buying cupcakes for a party or event, you could store them in a dome or plastic container when you get home and then transfer them back to the box before taking them to your event.

The other important thing to remember is this: Do NOT refrigerate!!  
The cold air of the refrigerator accelerates the drying process.
I know it is instinct for most people (myself included) to stick something in the fridge to save it for later. 
But for cupcakes, or any variety of cake you make at home, you can save your fridge space for the milk!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Birthday time!

Yep, you guessed it!
Birthdays are the most popular reasons that people come to us for special orders.

They are so easy to serve, there is nothing to carve, and everyone gets the same size! 

We offer these in a couple of different varieties.


This is a chocolate cupcake with a simple vanilla buttercream frosting and rainbow sprinkles. 
We can also do this with a vanilla cupcake, depending on your preference.  Both are awesome!

It is perfect for the kid in all of us!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Red Velvet

Well, what can I say?  A Red Velvet cake is the bees knees.  It is the one that should be on everyone's menu.  Period.

So, a Red Velvet cupcake is even better!  It is the perfect size for a delectable treat.  It is smooth, yummy, dreamy, and creamy.....  It's ALL THAT.


This is a rich Red Velvet cupcake with a smooth cream cheese frosting, topped with baked red velvet crumbs.

Ooohh, la la.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mmmmmm... Mocha!

Another great food combination in our history happened when someone decided to add a little chocolate to their coffee. 
Or, maybe they added a little coffee to their chocolate???

Who knows!  Who cares? Either way, it was BRILLIANT!

Coffee is a staple in my life, much like PB&J is to my son. 
Chocolate is something I love! 
So, putting the two together is just a little slice of heaven for me!  For that reason, this is one of my favorite cupcake flavors!


This is a yummy milk chocolate cupcake with a mocha frosting, topped with gourmet dark chocolate shavings and a dark chocolate candy. 

What better pick-me-up is there!?

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Ballerina

Every little girl like a little something pink.
Well, some like a lot of something pink, myself included!

So, whether you are a little girl of 6, 16, or 46 this cupcake is for you!


This is a light, fluffy, white cupcake with pink buttercream rosettes, topped with just a little bit of sparkle.  A dozen of them will give you an entire garden of sweet treats on your table!

These are perfect for a ballet recital or to serve at the next princess birthday party!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Chocolate, Peanut Butter

What a glorious combination!  
When the good folks at Reese's developed the peanut butter cup, a whole new taste was brought to life!

I have always wondered who originally came up with the idea to combine peanut butter with chocolate.  Whoever it was deserves some sort of award!  

Every Halloween, Easter, Christmas, (all the holidays in which candy is passed out) my husband and I can't help but raid the kids' buckets in hopes that someone passed out the "good stuff"!  The Reese's candy is always the first to disappear!


This cupcake is for the serious Reese's fan!  It is a Valrhona chocolate cupcake, with Reese's peanut butter chips baked into it.  It is then topped with peanut butter frosting and Reese's candy chunks, with a slice of a Reese's cup on top. 

Oh my..

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Going to Graceland!

As you may have guessed by the name, the flavor of the day was inspired by the one and only Elvis Presley!

Seriously, who doesn't love Elvis?
I LOVE Elvis.

If you know anything about Elvis, you are probably aware that he LOVED to eat peanut butter and banana sandwiches.  It was his absolute favorite.  
So, when I came across this recipe from my little sister, who is also an Elvis fan, I felt it was only right to name it after him!  We are in Tennessee, after all.



This is a very moist banana cupcake, filled with freshly chopped bananas.  It has a peanut butter frosting, topped with crumbled peanuts.

It will leave you wanting more! 

"Thankyouverymuch....."

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Man's Cupcake!

This cupcake was completely inspired and created by my husband.  
He was helping me decide on which recipes to try first and decided he wanted to make a cupcake that even a guy would get excited about.

So, being the man that he is, he did some research before coming to me and saying "Just wait until you taste what I am going to make!  It has BACON!"

I must admit that I was hesitant, immediately saying "What!?"  Then, "you can't put bacon in a cupcake!"

I stand corrected.

His creation came from various places.  Some muffin recipes he liked, combined with similar cupcakes he found online and elsewhere.  He tried it a couple of different ways before finding the mixture that was "just right."

Oh man.  It was just right!  Not just that, it is delicious!  It is truly a "Man's Cupcake".





This is a maple cupcake, made with 100% dark maple syrup and little bites of crumbled bacon.  It is topped with a cream cheese frosting, also infused with maple syrup and a slice of candied bacon.  

Yes, you read that right.  The bacon on top has been candied.  The perfect combination of salty and sweet, it completely melts in your mouth!

This is perfect in the morning with a cup of coffee!  It is a cupcake, without being overly sweet. What better for a morning office meeting? 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cookies and Cream

Today's flavor I am going to tell you about is our Cookies and Cream cupcake.

This is so simple in its design, yet so delicious. 

There are few things my kids love more than cupcakes and Oreos.  
So, to put the two together just sends them over the edge!


This is a moist devil's food cupcake with a light buttercream frosting, topped with a ton of crumbled Oreos.

When I began creating my menu, my children were the among the initial "taste-testers".  

Can you guess which cupcake disappeared first??

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Why we are different!

This is probably the most important question I could answer.  At Dixie Belle's we strive to be the best in more ways than one.  There is nothing worse than choosing to buy a product and receiving bad customer service, a lousy product, or worse: both!
What is the most important thing about Dixie Belle's Gourmet Cupcakes that makes us different from any other?  Let me tell you!

1. We have made it our goal to provide the BEST customer service possible!  If you have chosen to buy from Dixie Belle's we want to ensure that you are completely satisfied.  In fact, we guarantee it!  We will go over and above to make sure our customers know how much we appreciate them!

2. As a part of our customer service we feel that you should not have to come to us, we will come to you!  There is nothing convenient about ordering cupcakes for your Friday office meetings if you have to drive across town in traffic to pick them up!  Just tell us when you would like them delivered and we will meet you at the door. 

Have you ever been in the middle of cleaning or decorating for your child's birthday party when you realized that you had not scheduled yourself enough time to drive to the bakery and pick up the cupcakes before they close?  Take one more stress out of your life and let us bring the cupcakes to you!

3. What good would all the customer service be if we did not have a product we could stand behind?  We make all of our cupcakes from scratch, using only the finest ingredients.  We have spent a lot of time testing to be sure that our recipes produce the most delicious cupcakes.  Some are old family recipes, others are a combination of old recipes with a little "tweak" here and there.
For instance, most grocery store chains and even some local bakeries do not make their own frosting!  Most places order buttercream in a 5 gallon bucket, never attempting to make the flavor their own.  At Dixie Belle's we make all our own frosting from scratch, in a variety of ways depending on the flavor we are striving to achieve.  Nothing ever comes from a bucket!
  One difference I should tell you about when I mention using the finest ingredients is the specialty cocoa and vanilla we use in our recipes.  As you can guess, we do not use a store brand!
 
  Valrhona cocoa powder is the best you can get!  Feel free to browse their website, read their history and you will know why we chose their product.

 

  Madagascar bourbon vanilla is the best you can get!  Again, I have attached a website where you can see the benefits of this product in our baking.


4. Finally, what truly makes Dixie Belle's different is our love of what we are doing!!  We have put our heart and soul into providing our customers with the best cupcakes and the best service.  You can't, and shouldn't, expect to get one without the other.

Dixie Belle's is a family run business, based on Christian values and principles.  We value your comments and suggestions.

I would love for you to give us your feedback!  If you have a specific flavor you would like to see us introduce let us know.  Or, maybe you have tried several of our cupcakes and have a favorite?  Let us know!
Our full menu will be on the site soon, along with an easy to use and print order form.

Feel free to send us an email at dixiebellescupcakes@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to place an order!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Welcome to Dixie Belle's

We would like to welcome you to the new blog page for Dixie Belle's Gourmet Cupcakes!

We are so glad you are here!  Be sure to become a follower and sign up for our email newsletter so you can stay on top of what is happening here at Dixie Belle's.  You can also find us on Twitter @DixieBelleCakes or on Facebook at Facebook.com/DixieBellescupcakes.

Also, continue to check back regularly to see all the new flavors we are adding to our lineup.

Today, I am going to begin by showing you one of our standard favorites.  It has been very popular for baby showers.  It is called the ""It's a Boy" or "It's a Girl" cupcakes.  Pictured below is the Girl cupcake (for reasons that are pretty obvious...)


These are available in 2 flavor choices, both come with a sweet buttercream frosting and candy pearls.
  1. Vanilla - Madagascar bourbon vanilla cupcake
  2. Chocolate - Light chocolate cupcake made with Valrhona cocoa

We are always curious for your input.  Comment and let us know your all-time favorite cupcake flavor!
Maybe it is a memory of a cupcake you had as a child?
Or, it could be a dessert from a fancy restaurant you recently visited?

Let us know!  We value your input!