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How to Celebrate National Cupcake Day on December 15

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I'll admit I have a huge love of cupcakes, not just for how they taste, but also for how they look. Imagine my excitement when I found out National Cupcake Day was on December 15. It gives me
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an excuse to indulge in a cupcake – and maybe one the day after – and get myself a cupcake-themed item. Of course, I also have to pick up a few gifts for others in honor of the day as well. If you're in NYC, get ready to taste some delicious cupcakes and deck out your home and your body in cupcake-related items.

Buy your cupcakes

In honor of National Cupcake Day, head over and get yourself a cupcake from one of the wonderful bakeries across NYC. When you go to Crumbs, you can get regular-sized cupcakes that include delicious varieties such as Blackbottom Cheesecake, Devil's Food, Peanut Butter Cup (a personal favorite) and Blackout, but then they also have the Colossal Cupcakes. Each serves 6 – 8 and is pretty much my ideal birthday cake in cupcake form. Next up is Cupcake Cafe, which I accidentally stumbled upon while visiting the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market. One thing I love about them is that their cupcakes are pretty; I carried it carefully all the way home so as to not ruin it – then I happily devoured the entire thing. Head over to one of the three Amy's Bread locations and you're faced with a difficult choice – what to order out of every scrumptious-looking item. Go for the cupcakes. They don't just look beautiful and taste delicious, but they have about an equal ratio of icing to cake. The latter may not sound like a big deal, but just wait until you've had a 75/25 ratio cupcake and you'll realize how much it matters.

Take cupcake classes

Should you want to learn to bake stellar cupcakes rather than buy them, the Institute of Culinary Education can help you with that. They have a few cupcake classes to choose from including the $110 Holiday Cupcake Workshop and the $115 Cupcakes Unlimited Class. You'll be baking beautiful, tasty cupcakes in no time.

Try new recipes

If you want to practice your cupcake-baking skills, there are a variety of recipes to try that are going to make you (and anyone who eats them) very happy. Just looking at the photo that accompanies the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake recipe is enough to make you want to run to your kitchen and get started. The recipe makes about 24 cupcakes and takes less than three hours to make. It calls for a box of yellow cake mix, but you can also do it from scratch if you so desire. Next you can try Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing, which requires simple ingredients such as cocoa powder, sour cream, coffee, and eggs. You can also try baking Cannoli Cupcakes, which sounds like a big indulgence just by the name. You'll need a hand-full of ingredients including milk, orange zest, sugar and eggs. Devil's Food Cupcakes are almost always a hit. To make them you'll need ingredients such as semisweet chocolate, milk, coffee, and cocoa.

Bake holiday cupcakes

Regular cupcakes are great for the holidays, but I always love making themed recipes for the occasion. Considering National Cupcake Day is on December 15, you can test out a batch just in time for Christmas. Christmas Snowman Cupcakes are adorable and are ideal for kids to put together. The Christmas Tree Cupcakes look like elegant table dιcor, but are still delicious and completely edible. Claus Cupcakes are perfect for a class holiday party or to pass along to neighbors. Considering "Happy Feet Two" just came out in theaters, what better way to pay homage to the movie and the season than making Penguin Cupcakes?

Wear cupcake clothing and accessories

It's only appropriate to wear cupcake-themed clothing and accessories on National Cupcake Day, and there are quite a few selections to choose from. For t-shirts, there's the Pink Cupcake shirt and the I Like Cupcakes shirt. Should you prefer some cupcake-themed jewelry, there's the Cupcake Necklace, the Silver Cupcake Ring, and the Cupcake Charm Bracelet. You can't dirty your outfit, so if you're baking, throw a Cupcake Apron over it.

Cupcake soap

With guests coming around the holidays, it's always a good idea to put out guest soap that they can take with them. In honor of National Cupcake Day, consider Mini Cupcake Soaps, the Chocolate-Espresso Cupcake Soap for coffee lovers, or a sparkly Christmas Cupcake Soap Set.

Decorate with cupcakes

If you want to decorate for National Cupcake Day, you have quite a few options to choose from that are going to look adorable around your home. The Crocheted Cupcakes would look wonderful as a centerpiece on your kitchen table and the Cupcake Swirly Twirly Magnets would dress up any plain refrigerator. Should you decide to have a little theme party, the Cupcake String Lights would make the ideal decoration hanging around the room.

Drink some wine

You may need a nice drink at the end of a long day of baking, in which case, consider the Red Velvet Wine from Cupcake Vineyards. If there is still wine left, don't reuse the same cork – opt instead for the Cupcake Wine Bottle Stopper.

You certainly have no shortage of ways to celebrate National Cupcake Day on December 15, so grab your apron, a few recipes, cupcakes and wine, and a few good friends to celebrate the day in style!

Photo copyright belongs to Saaleha Bamjee via Flickr
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Why? There's always a reason for cupcakes.
When: December 15
Where: Kitchens and bakeries everywhere
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