Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Aspiring Bakers #13: Enjoy Cupcakes! (November 2011)

Hey all! I'm hosting the 13th Aspiring Bakers for November 2011. Many thanks to SSB for giving me this oppurtunity to host the Aspiring Bakers for this month :)

If you are interested in reading back the previous entries on  Aspiring Bakers #12: Traditional Kueh (October 2011) you can check out the link here, which is hosted back by SSB herself :)

The theme for this month is 'Enjoy Cupcakes!'. 

Share with us your favourite cupcakes, they can be plain ones, or use your creativity to decorate those cupcakes. 

Who can join?
Everyone! (if you do not have a blog, just send me a photo and recipe of your bake)

How to join?

Step 1 :
Make cupcakes, can be frosted or plain ones, in the month of November 2011. (*muffins are NOT included for this theme)

Step 2 :
Post it on your blog between 01 November 2011 and 30 November 2011.
Your post must include the recipe or link to the original recipe. If you are using a recipe from a book, please include the title of the book too.
Any entries that are posted outside the date range will not be accepted.
Any entries that do not include a recipe or link to the original recipe will not be accepted too.

Step 3 :
Please mention that you are submitting your post to Aspiring Bakers #13: Enjoy Cupcakes! (November 2011) hosted by Min of Min's Blog and provide a link back to this post here.
Entries will not be accepted if the above is not included.

Step 4 :
Email to smyeap@gmail dot com in the following format:
Your name or nickname:
Your blog name: (omit this if you do not have a blog)
Name of your bake:
URL of your post:
URL of your photo (one photo for each entry):
(alternatively, you can attach your photo in your email, preferably less than 500kb).

Please use "Aspiring Bakers #13" as your email subject. You may submit more than 1 entry.

The roundup will be posted on 01 December 2011. 

p/s: Hey all, I received a lot of queries on  the differences between cupcakes and muffins, sorry for the confusion, I should have elaborate more on this. Actually I think it's not easy to draw a line between cupcakes and muffins. However, I tried my very best to read up and make some conclusions on this :) 

A cupcake is any cake batter mixed with the straight method or creaming method made into the shape of a cup. Thus, cupcakes are miniature cakes. They are usually frosted and decorated. They are sweet by definition, coming in flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet.

A muffin is any quickbread (mixed by muffin mixing method) that is in the shape of a cupcake. It is simply mixing the wet and dry ingredients together and some recipes do not even require the use of an electronic beater or whisk. Muffin is still considreed something that is relatively healthy. It's not too sweet, is perhaps made with whole wheat flour, and is more likely to be loaded with fruit than candy. A muffin can also be savory instead of sweet. The texture is usually dryer and slightly denser than their cupcake cousins.

Sources: Here, here and here

Hope this helps,  feel free to let me know if need further clarification :)

Happy Baking!


  1. I love love cupcakes! Thanks for hosting this event. Can't wait for all the cuppies coming up. Heading to the kitchen now to bake my first cupcakes for this month, to show my support for Min too ;)

  2. you will hv my support!i'm sure all of us will be seeing a lot of beautiful and creative decorated cupcakes this month!

  3. oh i love cupcakes too :)

    But just a question - what do you mean by cupcakes and muffins? because i know some bakes are called muffins but they actually are cupcakes and vice versa - are you just referring to the muffin method or?


  4. So I see you are hosting this month's theme. I love cupcakes - will be submitting mine soon.

  5. 我也要来十扑你 ^^

  6. Yeah!!! I love love cupcakes! Thanks for hosting this month theme and can't wait to see all the beautiful cuppies soon :)

  7. Cupcakes!!! Will try to make more cuppies this month ~ yeah :)

  8. 这个月是咱们的min主持大局,

  9. Sei Foh lor...,
    I have non in my "bank".
    See how later

  10. 哇。。好爱这个主题,一定support你哦^o^

  11. wow~wow~ support support...

  12. There will definitely be some cupcakes bakes in my kitchen this month! Yahoo... thanks for hosting!

  13. so this time you are the host ya, ok, need to support you, wait for my cupcake post ok...

  14. 喔,好想百分百支持你,

  15. So many supporter here, I wish to join too...

  16. hohoho...i like cupcakes, coming to support you ^^

  17. Thanks all for the support! So touched :)
    谢谢大家的支持, 感动ing! 收到一些朋友的作品了, 很efficient!

    To reply question from Janine, for this one, I'm referring to muffin method, sorry for the confusion :)

  18. wah! I will definitely support you even though i am extreamly busy this month. Wait for me :)

  19. min---
    恭喜你,是第一次在你家主办吧?但是我很少有cup cake的post,但是还是会背后+精神上支持你喔。。。


  20. wow smin u become the host this time, so 'geng' one, sifu!!!

  21. I love cupcakes .... just be prepared to receive bomb posts heheheh .....

  22. 还没做过一次很成功的cupcake,希望借此机会多练习练习,成功的话就能参与了!祝我成功吧!(^_−)−☆

  23. Everybody loves cupcakes, including me !!!I'll join too :)

  24. I have never baked cupcakes before, only muffins, but I am gonna at least try and submit a post or two :) Wait for my entries :)

  25. Jane, so touched! Thanks for participating ya!

    Joelyn, 哈哈, 是啊, 第一次, 有点紧张呢。 很惭愧啊, 我没有写过关于怡保的食物, 不过我介绍你我朋友的网站 www.j2kfm.com 他介绍很多怡保美食的, 不过你要知道什么的, 也可以email问我, 没问题的!

    Mindy, haha, I'm not sifu la!

    DG, okay! Looking forward to your bakes!

    moon, cupcake不难掌握, 多练习就可以了, 加油噢!

    yummylittlecooks, me too! Bake more ya!

    Kate, 来! 多人才热闹。

    Miss B, thanks for your support :)

  26. I LOVE your cupcake liners in the first photo! :D Your cupcakes look so pretty ;) And fluffy too!

  27. Thanks Von! I love that liners too, looks very sweet :)

  28. 这个月有cup cakes吃咯?
    参加这些"Aspiring Bakers"是做么的?

  29. Hi Min. Just to clarify, What do u mean by muffin method?

    Perhaps u should p/s it into the blog post?


  30. Hi min

    Some cupcake recipes I came across is using the "muffin method " do u mean only cupcake made with creaming method is qualified? perhaps u want to further elaborate in ur blog post above, so that u won't have hard time during the roundup. :)

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  32. Min,

    do u mean by this muffin method?


  33. Yeah!!! It just came at the right time for my first bake this month!! Thanks!!

  34. Hi Min, I was very excited when I first saw the theme: Enjoy cupcakes! I love to make cupcakes and will definitely post a few to support.:)

  35. 平淡一生, 哈哈, 要自己做cupcake才有得吃啦, 其实这个噢每个月都有一个新主题, 然后大家一起来烘焙, 比较热闹, 这次的就是杯子蛋糕, 没有奖品的, 但是自在参与, 你也来吧!

    iceamericanos, so sorry for the confusion, muffin-method means mixing the wet and dry ingredients together, without thorough mixing, I've added in some clarification for this post, hope this helps.

    Angel, thanks for suggestion, I get what you mean :) I've listed down the differences between cupcakes and muffins, so muffin-method is not acceptable for this theme.

    Mimi, yes, I'm referring it as mixing the dry and wet ingredients together. I've elaborated further on this at the updated post, sorry for the confusion :)

    Reese, thanks a lot for your participation!

  36. Thanks Li Shuan! I love cupcakes too! Looking forward to your cupcakes :)

  37. Okie noted Min... :)

    Already made my 1st cupcakes yesterday night... Will send to u later:-p

  38. Looking forward to join ! Thanks for being the host ofnthis mont's Aspiring bakers.

  39. min


  40. 噢~原来是这样!

  41. Mimi, thanks very much for your support :)

    Honey boy, looking forward to your entry!

    Sally, 可以啊, 寄过来嚄:)

    平淡一生, 哈哈, 没有比赛那么严肃紧张啦, 这个活动是鼓励大家一起来烘焙, 好好玩!

  42. hi Min,

    thks for hosting for this month event
    will definitely participate :)

  43. 我已把作品email 给你了,你查看我的作品是否合格,哈哈!献丑了!

  44. Alice, thanks for your support!

    Kate, 收到了, 没问题啊, 蛋糕美美的!

  45. Pet, 收到了, 谢谢参与, 继续加油!

  46. Hi, Min. Drop by & say hi to you. I will support you & just submitted my first entry to u :)

  47. Hankerie, got it! Thanks for your support ya :)

  48. hi, Min. i have also posted my entry.... more to come.... but i am just a beginner... just wanna to try out different types of cupcakes from blogger and books.... i like your posts alot.... you bake well!

  49. Eunice, yeah, received your entry, thanks for supporting this event :) No worry, everyone are welcome to participate, your cupcakes look good too, gambateh ya!

  50. Thanks, Pook! Looking forward to your cupcakes :)

  51. I wanna submit Hokkaido chiffon cupcake using the chiffon method and bake in square little cups. There will be filling inside...

    Is this acceptable?

  52. iceamericanos, sure, no problem, it's acceptable :)

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  54. Min, count me in, you have my full support! Now I am scratching my head what cupcakes to make. hehe

  55. Thanks Quay Po for your support! Waiting for your cupcakes :)

  56. Hi Min, I never join this before will like to join. Would like to know, is steam cupcake ok or must be baked ones? thks..:)

  57. Hi,

    Thanks for organizing this month event! Will think of what cupcake to make and submit by end of Nov 2011!


  58. Mui Mui, steam cupcakes will be accepted too!

    YummyFoodBook, thanks for supporting! Looking forward to your entry :)

  59. hi Min, 我才刚开始玩部落格。才看到这个活动,很想参加。。。我要快快去做我的cupcake了。希望来得及。。。^^

  60. hi Min, 我在部落格看到这个活动,想要参加……不懂我的雪芳纸杯蛋糕是否合格?

  61. Pamella, 没问题, 还有一个星期的时间, 期待你的作品!

    米雪儿, 可以噢, 没问题, 谢谢参与!