3/30/2009

Chick Chick Cupcakes

I love baking from scratch, but there are times you really need something quick. I know a lot of us are concerned about the additives and preservatives that our kids eat but we also need quick fixes sometimes. I have an amazing solution that I found last week...Naturally Nora Baking Mixes! All natural ingredients, NO artificial colors/flavors/preservatives, NO hydrogenated oils or trans fats, just lots of love and great ingredients.
We made these adorable Chick Chick Cupcakes (templates and instructions below) using her Surprising Stars Cake Mix and Cheerful Chocolate Frosting Mix and YUM! They were crazy-delicious! You may not have her mixes available in your area, but I found that you can get them on Amazon.
Chick Chick Cupcakes
Ingredients:
Your favorite cupcakes
Chocolate icing (or you could use green)
Candy eyes (click for recipe or just use icing)
Yellow and Orange Candy melts
Chick Template (download and print here)
Wax Paper
Quart freezer ziploc bags

Instructions:
Note: Below is a video tutorial on how to make the chicks, it's easy, I promise!!
Print chick template and tape to countertop. Tape wax paper over template. Put orange candy melts in a microwafe safe bowl and microwave on high for 60 seconds. Stir well and microwave at 10 second intervals until completely melted. Put in ziploc bag and snip a small corner off the end of the bag. Draw the triangles (beaks) and feet. Let dry completely.

Repeat melting instructions with the yellow candy melts. Draw the oval bodies with a few lines on top for feathers. While they are still wet, place two eyes (I always make a huge batch and just keep them in the pantry, we use them all the time!) and a beak on the body and let dry completely.

When set, put a dab of chocolate icing on the cupcake, then gently press two feet into the icing. Take a chick and gently push into the top. Enjoy!

Quick Video Tutorial:

video

Here is a cute "flock" of chicks that I made on cookie bars for Big C's class party. They were a hit!

203 comments:

Hansen Family said...

Cookie Cookie looks yummy love the chicks:)

Michon said...

Sunny Yellow & Cheerful Chocolate! Yum!

Natalie said...

yum! the surprising stars looks fun :)

Karen said...

I know that my son's favorite (and mine too) would be cookie cookie! Looks and sounds yummy!!! :)

Our Family said...

I think that cheerful chocolate or cookie cookie looks good! I would love it Shirlene

JENNerAsian said...

Alot'a Dots looks perfect!

Jen said...

Cookie Cookie with Vanilla Frosting.

Katie said...

The chicks are so cute!

I agree with Nora's website: Cake DOES make people happy! I can't decide between Cookie Cookie and Alot'a Dots!

Chelsea said...

Alot's Dots....that one looks the best! Thanks!

redkimo said...

A lot of dots looks like fun and my kids would love it!

Peyton Jayne said...

Alot'a Dots looks like too much fun!

Astrid said...

I know our family would LOVE the alot'a dots cake. My girls flip for colorful confections! :)

Camie said...

Cheerful Chocolate. Darling chicks, by the way.

MuseSwings said...

Mmmm - Cheerful Chocolate would cheer me up!
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Amelia said...

For my own tastes, I'd go with Cheerful Chocolate. But I am so excited about Sunny Yellow and Alot'a Dots for my daughter, who's allergic to red food dye. (Didja know most yellow cake mix has red food dye in it?!? Crazy!)

Anyway, thank you so much for introducing us to Nora's stuff!

arisa said...

definitely the a lot a dots. i love that cake. i'm excited to know about these mixes!

Bethany said...

Surprising Stars looks like so much fun! What great products.

Michelle said...

I gotta go with Cookie Cookie cause its new and interesting, but Cheerful Chocolate looks great too.
And the vanilla frosting sounds good.

Danielle Michelle said...

Stars!!! How fun!!! Both the mix AND the frosting!

Bethany said...

I blogged about the giveaway and your darling cupcakes!

Leslie said...

All of Naturally Nora's Cakes and Frosting's look Delectable! I think my favorite though would be, Cheerful Chocolate Cake with Cheerful chocolate Frosting, because for a Chocoholic like me, if it ain't Chocolate whats the point! hahahha
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Tj and Amy said...

The cookie cookie looks the best to me. amsbolda@hotmail.com

Rhonda said...

Cookie Cookie sounds really good!!! Thanks for sharing!

MommyAmy said...

I'm all about yellow cake mix, so I'm gonna have to vote for Sunny Yellow. :)

Heather said...

I'd love to try the suprising stars. Yummy!

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Amber said...

Gotta love the Cookie Cookie! Yum!

Bridget said...

A Year's Worth?!? Sign me up! I'd probably pick the cheerful chocolate or cookie cookie. Yum!

Destiny said...

I would have to say sparkling stars as my favorite.

Marne said...

Oooo, the cookie cookie looks fabulous! But the Sunny Yellow is also calling my name!

I have never heard of her products, But I must say that I am so impressed! I hate boxed cake mixes because of all the hydrogenated oils and trans fats.

Marne said...

I just blogged about the giveaway!

http://wantitall4free.blogspot.com/2009/03/fun-giveaway.html

nicole said...

Ohhh, the sunny yellow and cheerful chocolate sounds just divine! Yummy!

Ashlee said...

CHEERFUL Chocolate says it all... I LOVE chocolate and I love that website. I am going to buy some for my food storage (and hope I win more to add to the ones I buy). Thanks!!! P.S. Adding it to my blog...

Kelly said...

I love yellow the best...so Sunny Yellow is for me! I'd love to take a bite!

MaryMary said...

I love, love, love her ingredient list! The 5 year old in me is still a funfetti girl so her "A Lot of Dots" is my top pick!

Brenda Campbell said...

Those look like amazing cake mixes! I would love to have them, my kiddos love cupcakes. (love your chick cupcakes by the way) I would pick Cheerful Chocolate or Cookie Cookie.. but then the Surprising Stars looks good to me too. I think I would like them all, it was a hard choice.

PerkinsClan said...

Mmmm, cookie cookie!

Shannon said...

We love cake and they all sound so healthy and good! Alot'a Dots I'm sure would be our favorite!

Melanie said...

Ooo, free cake mix for a month! I have a load of cake decorating materials that really need to be put back into use.

Cookie cookie looks really good, and then there's always chocolate. You can't go wrong with chocolate!

I want those two extra entries! I'll post tomorrow about the products, contest, and your blog.

lisha said...

I think I am going to have to go with Cookie Cookie on this one. Combine my 2 favs...cookies and cake!

Dinner Table Conversation said...

It would really depend on my mood =) Usually it would be all cheerful chocolate; though the sunny yellow cake with cheerful chocolate frosting would be nice, too. The cookie cookie with cheerful chocolate frosting sounds interesting, too--I'm wondering about the texture... Of course, for those days when you wanna feel like a kid, the alotsa dots cake & frosting combo sounds fun!

Satsuki Rebel said...

Cookie Cookie sounds good to me.

gina said...

I think I would love the cookie cookie with the cheerful chocolate frosting; yum!

Kristine said...

We would need ALotta Dots! Sprinkles all the way, baby! How fun!!

Heather said...

Would love the Cheerful yellow cake with the Alot a Dots frosting! Yummy.

Our little (growing) family . . . said...

I'd have to say the surprising stars is my favorite! Always looking for something that's good for us and good tasting! Thanks for the offer.
Kirsten

Chelsea said...

Alot'a Dots cake with Alot'a Dots frosting....mmmmmm

Jenny said...

cheerful chocolate! oh yes! chocolate.

The Hammond Family said...

I think the cookie cookie cake mix looks yummy! I would use the cheerful chocolate frosting!

Angie said...

Cookie Cookie looks delicious to me!

The Hammond Family said...

Alright, I just posted about this site and the giveaway! (Maybe some of my friends who read it will enter as well!)

Kara said...

Cookie cookie cake mix please

Mandi said...

c-c-c-cold canadian choosing Cheerful Chocolate!

Heidi said...

I'm going to have to say Cookie Cookie...but they all look delish!!!
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Shelley said...

I know my kids would go nuts over Lots a Dots! I love that these are all natural! Beautiful Chick Chick cupcakes!

Elsisi said...

I like Surprising Stars! Very cute!

Our Story said...

Sunny Yellow & Cheerful Chocolate!

Tracy said...

The Cheerful Chocolate looks great!

Smith Family said...

A Lot of Dots! We love anything with sprinkles here!

Poulsen Family said...

YUM, Cookie cookie with cheerful chocolate for us please!!

CUTE chicks!

Chels said...

I have kids so I think we'd enjoy the Alot'a Dots the most! They all look yummy.

I blogged about your giveaway at fantasticfind.blogspot.com! Thanks for letting me know about Naturally Nora.

Spud the Bug said...

Cookie cookie would be delicious for Miss S.'s birthday!

Mandy said...

Alot'a Dots would be my cake of choice.

Leslie said...

Cheerful Chocolate!!!

DJ said...

Cheerful chocolate of course!

Amy said...

That cookie cookie looks delicious! Yum!!

The Cookie Girl said...

Cute Chicks!

Cheerful Chocolate for me and Alotta Dots for my little girl.

I am excited to try these mixes.

Thanks

Nancy said...

The Surprising Stars sound suprising! But I think the Cookie Cookie looks really yummy too. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway.
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Jaelin said...

Cokie cookie and a lot a dots both look so yummy. I love that there is no "enriched" in the ingredients section. Hooray for healthy!

Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

I'm usually partial to chocolate...but the Surprising Stars mixes sound interesting!!
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Mya said...

Alot'a Dots looks fun!

I also love baking from scratch..but keep a box or two of cake mixes on hand. :)

Chickcakes are tooooooo cute!! Perfect for Easter.

What a GREAT give away! My email address is in my blog column.

Brendan, Calli, Taylor and Keaton said...

I love the look of the Alot'a Dots mix! I think it would be a real hit with my kids... and probably my husband too!

Ashley said...

Oh the cookie cookie looks GOOD !!! What a great idea!

Myla said...

Cookie Cookie and Alot'a Dots!! I'm feeling a sweet craving coming on...

Sarah Nazarian said...

I think the "Surprising Stars" sounds adorable and TASTY! YUM!

Julie Tegeder said...

Cheerful Chocolate! of course.

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

I know I'd love Alot'a Dots!

Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway!! :D

One Happy Family said...

Definitely Cookie Cookie with Vanilla Frosting- yum!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Going Green Mama said...

Hmmm...either cookie cookie or a lot of dots

JT42 said...

surprising stars and cookie cookie are at a tie for my favorite!! yum!! this sounds amazing!

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Julene said...

This contest looks so yummy! The cheerful chocolate looks divine, thanks!

Heather said...

I think, surprising stars, but cheerful chocolate always sounds good. I won the Chocolate cookoff in the Hilliard Ward Chili/Choc competition this weekend and thought of you. If only I'd have made your Mayan cupcakes . . .

Sarah said...

I'm in. Cheerful chocolate, because, well...Chocolate really does make me cheerful!

Stefani M. said...

I'm a sucker for the dots! Love 'em in the cake and in the frosting!

Mrs. Confidence said...

Sunny Yellow is a classic!

Amanda said...

I would have to try the lots a dots one!

Cherry Blossoms said...

alots dots looks yummy.

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Sarah said...

cheerful chocolate all the way. I'm blogging about her too. So cool.

Tina said...

Lovin Alot'a Dots.This would make my daughter HAPPY!

Denny1600 said...

CHEERFUL CHOCOLATE!!!! I suppose we need other flavors so I'll share with others, but as for me it's chocolate.

Jessica said...

I think I will pick surprising stars because I have never seen star shapes in a cake mix before! Fun!

Stephanie said...

I like "Alot'a Dots" because my 3 year old girl would go crazy for that!

Julie M said...

Hmmmmm...they all look good. I'd say cookie-cookie though!

Sara said...

It's cake so all of them sound wonderful! But the Alot'a Dots sounds tasty and fun :)

noreen said...

Alot'a Dots since my girls love sprinkles in their cake

Dinner Table Conversation said...

I just posted about the giveaway on my blog. Hopefully some of my friends will visit and enter as well!

Kathryn said...

Surprizing Stars with Cheery Chocolate frosting sounds yummy.

Gayle said...

I'm partial to chocolate but I think my kids would have fun with the stars.

mădălina said...

YUM for cheerful chocolate:)

-Madalina
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Katrina said...

Cookie Cookie!
The chick cupcakes are too cute!

Ray and Nancy said...

Sunny Yellow, it is the most versatile. Your chicks are cute Mandy.

Grandma and Bugga said...

Cheerful Chocolate wins the day! I love the fact there is no trans fats! Let's make cake.

sara l. said...

Cookie Cookie sounds like it would be the favorite around here!
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richelle said...

Cookie, cookie with chocolate frosting! YUM

Amy said...

Hi, thanks for offering this giveaway! I think my favorite would be the Chocolate. Plain chocolate is always great and then you can add to it for something a little different!

Patty C said...

I have to go with the Cookie Cookie flavor. yummy!

Rachel S. said...

Cookie Cookie looks so yummy!

giz said...

Your chick chick cupcakes are just way too adorable...and who doesn't want a years supply of cake mix. AND...after all - you did use my favourite 4 letter word.

April said...

I'd love to try the Cookie Cookie flavor!
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SgtRoysWife said...

alota dots cake with some alota dots frosting..i would alota like that! LOL THANKS!

SgtRoysWife said...

i follow you :-)

Tumbleweed Trails said...

My favorite flavor would be: Cheerful Chocolate


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Life Is A SandCastle said...

Cheerful chocolate frosting sound wonderful right now, I'm pregnant.

Grant and Katie + Audrie said...

Alota Dots & Alota Dots for my big kid of a husband & my happy cake eater of a 2 year old...I'm a happy girl with chocolate so Cheerful Chocolate for this mom! Oh how I looooove natural things for my family! I'm so happy about it I blogged about it! THANX!!!

tami said...

cheerful chocolate please!

Robert and Hannah said...

The Alot's Dots and Cheerful Chocolate look great!

Melissa said...

My girls would like the suprising stars!!!1

Toni said...

cookie cookie looks prety good to me, the chicks ae adorable btw.

Jessica G. said...

I'd love to test out the stars cake. I'm a cake decorator and I think those would be fun.

Carolyn G said...

I like the surprising stars. It looks tasty and so cute.

Sunnymommie said...

I would like to try cookie cookie cake. it look so yummy!!

Brandy said...

Cheerful Chocolate...mmmmm CHOCOLATE!

Amy said...

That's super awesome!

I always loved Funfetti, so I would say "Alotta Dots" would be my fave!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

First off you rock! Those are the coolest I've ever seen, I wish I could do that and make it so easy like you did ;).

Cheerful Chocolate looks yummy :)

Jeigh said...

I would love Surprising Stars or Cookie Cookie. I'm always up for any kind of cake mix, though :)

Treasia said...

For my family it would have to be the chocolate cake and the chocolate frosting as well.

Tamara B. said...

Cookie Cookie would be my family's favorite and just love your little chicky cupcakes!
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Staci said...

The Cookie Cookie sounds so good, especially with Cheerful Chocolate icing. Yum!
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YZgirl4 said...

surprising stars looks good

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MarriedBliss said...

I think the Alot'a Dots frosting mix sounds yummy!

Pam said...

Pam Bennett-
I like the Alot'a Dots: looks fun and festive!

Pam said...

I blogged about the cupcakes, and how I wish I had the patience to make the cute, cute ducks!
Pam Bennett

cdziuba said...

Cheerful Chocolate

Nancy said...

The Cookie Cooke one looks so inventive. I really want to try it! You can pick me to win, kay?

Michele said...

Yummy!! I'd love to try the Alota dots flavor, my kids agree with me!

jewelrylady said...

They all sound great but I think I'd try the Sunny Yellow first as I can do more with it. Thanks for introducing her website!

ginnn7 said...

i would love to try surprising stars sounds yummy thanks

Taryn said...

Alot'a dots with Surprising Stars please!!

Dana said...

Cheerful Chocolate!!!

Celeste said...

Cookie Cookie! :D

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Gloria said...

I'd love to try the Cheerful Chocolate.

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Chloe said...

Alot'a Dots...looks yummy (& fun!)

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Andi said...

I'd love to try the cheerful chocolate.

MaddyRu said...

The Cookie Cookie sounds great! Thanks!

MaddyRu said...

I tweeted your giveaway!

http://twitter.com/MaddyRu/statuses/1453017556

MaddyRu said...

Tweet #2

Megan said...

Always go with the chocolate, mix OR frosting!

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jennyn said...

I like the Alot a Dots, it gives it alittle crunch

jennyn said...

I like the Alot a dots. I love a little crunch.

jennyn said...

I had no idea they had mixes like this. All those preservatives give me the worst head aches so I don't eat a lot of things because of that so these would let me have a yummy treat once and a while with out the head ache, thank you so much.

Jessica G. said...

After thinking about them since I last comments, I decided to go ahead and purchase some from Amazon! I am a cake decorator and I think it will be fun to use them. I got the Surprising Stars and am really looking forward to getting them!

becca greene said...

the cookie cookie looks cool, but i totally love how cute all the names are like sunny yellow.

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Those are some unique flavors...my pick is for cookie cookie! Sounds delish!

Juls said...

Cookie cookie...YUMMY YUMMY. Stoppin' by from Sits... Great Giveaway! :)

Rachel Ann said...

Definitely have to go with Cheerful Chocolate! I love her names for the different types of cakes! Stopping by from SITS!

Mom on the Run said...

A lot of dots is always a birthday classic in my house. Thanks for introducing us to such a great product.

Joy said...

Cookie Cookie sounds yummiest to me!

auntrene said...

I love all the names of her mixes, My favorite would be Cookie Cookie but the kiddos would love A Lot of Dot's.. Thanks for the terrific giveaway.

Jill said...

Wow...cheerful chocolate without a doubt! YUM! My kids would go nuts if we won a year's supply of CAKE!

Rachel said...

I'm going to have to go with Alot'a Dots! Yum!

shouldhavezagged said...

Cheerful Chocolate strikes my fancy.

Sue said...

Cookie Cookie tickles my fancy! Your chicks are too cool.....

Robin Lynne said...

Alota Dots looks like it's right up my alley! (I've always been a fan of the "Funfetti" doughboy brand.. and this appears to be its much healthier counterpart :D)

mmmm!

Rikki said...

oh my - ANYTHING named Cookie Cookie sounds fabulous!

Jaime said...

Wow, they all look so good! Cookie Cookie does sound Cooky so I'll go with that!

Preston said...

What a great contest! I'm such a plain Jane so I'll have to go with Sunny Yellow. Plus plan old yellow cake mix is so versatile.

~~tonya~~ said...

Cheerful Chocolate!!! YUMMY. Can't lose with chocolate.

Robin said...

Well of course I would buy the Cheerful Chocolate.....I love chocolate.....but the Surprising Stars has me curious. And look!.....they sell their mixes in the Ocean State Job Lot down in Middletown. I will have to run down there any get some.

And speaking of YUM!....that Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Cake recipe of yours....this is a must try for me. Thanks! :-D
Hope your weekend is beautiful.

alli said...

Alot'a Dots looks good!

Midwest Mommy said...

Those are so cute!

Cheerful Chocolate would be my fav...not the hubs fav but mine, lol!

Mimi said...

My mouth is watering for the Cookie Cookie

Sarah said...

Cookie Cookie!!

Laura said...

They all looked so good, but I'm a chocoholic so I would have to choose cheerful chocolate

FixItMommy said...

My kids love sprinkles, so I'd have to go with Alot'a Dots.

Rachel said...

I like the classic yellow cake and white icing. I didn't know about this product previously. Thanks so much for sharing!

Juliet Grossman said...

I blogged about your site (love your tip for high cupcake frosting and also your corn-on-the-cob cupcakes) and Naturally Nora mixes. My post is here. Sunny Yellow looks great, and very versatile, too.

Laura said...

I've always loved confetti cakes, so I'd have to go with alot'a dots as my fav. Yum!
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Candy said...

Cookie Cookie!

Kriste said...

your cupcakes are so cute! Alot'a dots looks so cheerful and fun.

Annette said...

Stopping by from SITS.

I'd like the Cheerful Chocolate but my kids would fight me to no end on the Cookie Cookie.

Cher said...

Hi...the cookie cookie looks perfect! Your widdle chicks are soooooo cute! ty for the ideas...good idea u have going here..keep em coming..ty for the chance, Cher

Heather said...

My boys would enjoy the Alot'a Dots cake mix. How fun!

delilah said...

I want lots and lots of dots. That looks delicious!

Sturgmom said...

The Cookie Cookie looks interesting. And there's always my favotire stand-by: CHOCOLATE!

Ritch in Love said...

Lately I have been CRAVING Chocolate cake. I'm SOOOO wanting that flavor!

Tranquility said...

Those chicks are so cute! I think I'll try these sometime this week so that I have something to bring to the family Easter party.

tammy said...

Surprising Stars looks like a winner to me. (actually, they all look yummy but you said to pick one!!)

Reeni♥ said...

What adorable cupcakes!! I love the Cheerful chocolate!

Michelle said...

I've seen these in my quest for dairy free for Little Miss (in fact, I was just reminded by this that I need to go mix up some dairy free frosting for a cookie decorating party tomorrow!), but I've yet to try them. I'd love to try the cookie cookie ones. Very cool!

Carolsue said...

Sunny Yellow and the Lotsa Dots sound good!
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Carolsue said...

I blogged here #1
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Carolsue said...

I blogged here #2
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Christy said...

I love natural stuff! I came to your blog by SITS

I'd like the Alota dots cake mix! it looks so springy and cheery!

C.G. the Foodie said...

DEFINITELY the CHOCOLATE!!!!!

I am twittering about your contest right now!

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geminigrl24 said...

A lota dots looks yummy :)

Jasmine said...

Sunny Yellow cake with Alot'a Dots frosting sounds yummy. Or maybe Alot'a Dots cake with Extraordinary Vanilla frosting. MmmmMmmm, cake!

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Michele said...

Cookie Cookie looks yummy. I mean, how can you go wrong with chocolate cookies?

Shalee- Be Speechless said...

Cookie Cookie looks so good! I mean how could you go wrong with something that is a cake and with cookies!

carma said...

cheerful chocolate fer sure :-)

Brooke said...

Sunny Yellow! I love a yellow cake!

HoneyB said...

Sunny Yellow!!