Monday, January 9, 2012

Long Live the Cookbook Queen!

by Darla

Today is a surprise party. :)

A surprise birthday party.

A virtual surprise birthday party.

For one of my very favorite bloggers ever.

I bet when you got up this morning, you didn’t know that you would be attending a birthday party, did you?

So it’s not just a surprise for the birthday girl, but it’s a surprise for you, too!


These pretty, pink, sparkly, happy cupcakes are in honor of my sweet blogging friend Kristan!

Kristan writes the blog Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, and she’s one of the funniest, cutest, nicest, most talented people I’ve met.

And she isn’t just the Cookbook Queen.

She’s also the queen of all things pink (26 pages of results after searching for “pink”…that’s definitely royalty!).

And glittery.

So naturally, her birthday cupcakes should be pink.

And glittery. :)

I also decided that someone as fun and sparkly as Kristan needed fun flags for her cupcakes, and what better than royal flags proclaiming, “Long live the Queen”?!

Of course, the other side is all about the important day. After all, is there a more important day than the Queen’s birthday?

I think not.

I created the flags myself, inspired by Kristan, and after glueing them onto wooden skewers, I topped each one of with a tiny, pink gem.

I’m pretty sure that’s the only way to top off a glitter queen’s cupcake.

And the Cookbook Queen would naturally have pink cupcakes, but I knew that one shade of pink wasn’t enough for Kristan. Two shades of gorgeous pink batter needed to be swirled together for these glitzy cupcakes.

It was the only option.

In the end, these cupcakes made me so happy, I decided that I have to make myself some glitter coated cupcakes fit for a queen when my birthday rolls around next month.

I hope they make today’s birthday girl just as happy as they made me. :)

Happiest of birthdays, Kristan! I hope you get lots of pretty things and everyone spoils you as you deserve!

xo and much love,

Oh yeah, and you can’t leave a birthday party without a favor, so if you have a birthday queen in your life, then you’re in luck, because you can print out these fun, festive flags and make your own cupcake toppers. :) Enjoy!

Click on the link below to download and print. Print on heavy, bright white paper at 100% (do not scale).

Long Live the Queen birthday flag cupcake toppers

Banner designed by Darla

Here’s a list of the other amazing ladies participating in Kristan’s virtual surprise birthday party today. Stop by and check out all of their special treats!

Cookies and Cups - Sour Patch Kids Cupcakes
Baking in Heels - Pink Cupcakes for the Cookbook Queen
SprinkleBakes - Cotton Candy Meringues
The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle - Sparkly Birthdays and Cookbook Queens (Queen Cookies)
LilaLoa - Sour Patch Cookies
Glorious Treats - Sweet Heart Cupcakes

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 shelly (cookies and cups) January 9, 2012 at 7:05 am

Yay!! So cute :)

Love how the bling is blingy :)


2 LilaLoa January 9, 2012 at 7:39 am

I LOVE that you used two different colors of pink!! And I thought the glitter stars were actual jewels until I looked closer. They are PERFECT!


3 Cupcake Crazy Gem January 9, 2012 at 7:47 am

Wow, these look completely amazing! That choc frosting looks so glossy and I love the way the glitter sets it off. I definitely think Kristan would be loving these! I’m sure she wishes she could sample one for real in person! and I’m happy I’ve discovered your blog too!


4 heather January 9, 2012 at 7:53 am

SO perfect! Love the glitz, and she will too! <3


5 Cookbook Queen January 9, 2012 at 7:58 am

Darla, these are just gorgeous!! I cannot believe you did this for me…you truly made my morning. So very lucky to have you as a friend. I wish we could celebrate in person today!!


6 Giselle January 9, 2012 at 8:14 am

These look totally yummy! Love all the pink!


7 Becca from It's Yummilicious January 9, 2012 at 8:31 am

They are PERFECT for the Queen’s birthday! I love the pink glitter, but those little flags you made really take the cake (so to speak!). How did you make them?


8 Tiffany S January 9, 2012 at 8:53 am

I love how everything is so pretty and so pink!
I’ve always wanted to make pink cupcakes or a pink cake.


9 katescakesandbakes January 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

these are just the pinkiest, most perfect birthday cupcakes! What a wonderful surprise!


10 Sue January 9, 2012 at 9:53 am

Love the glitter, and the little flags are darling!


11 Alba January 9, 2012 at 9:54 am

How beautiful are these! And all pink… (: Suck a wonderful post, Darla!


12 Marissa January 9, 2012 at 10:00 am

you are so fun and these are absolutely gorgeous!


13 Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes January 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

I love, love, LOVE that you guys did this for the very deserving Kristan! A queen, indeed. And I’m all over this pinkalicious pinkyness. Festive, gorgeous and delicious as always!!


14 tina January 9, 2012 at 11:33 am

So pretty and sparkllllllllllllllllly.

Happy Birthday, Kristan, my Liege!


15 Krissy {Krissy's Creations} January 9, 2012 at 11:52 am

Adorable cupcakes! Perfect for the Cookbook Queen :)


16 Hayley January 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm

These are perfect! I love the idea of swirling the two pink batters together.


17 Glory/ Glorious Treats January 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

These are just so pretty Darla!! And I love the printable flags, thanks for sharing them!! Such a sweet and beautiful post!!


18 sweetsugarbelle January 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm

PinK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it. My daughter was hanging around while I read, and she called them b-yoooful. I agree! These are perfect for our funny friend!!!


19 Maria January 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Happy Birthday to Kristan! Love the cupcakes!


20 Bttrflybabydoll January 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I know how much you love birthdays so I bet they really had to twist your arm to do this tribute! ;-) Happy Birthday Kristan! These are just lovely!


21 leslie January 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Ahhh. I want those for MY birthday too!!! Happy Birthday to Kristan!


22 Becca- Cookie Jar Treats January 9, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Awww, these are the cutest cupcakes ever! Happy Birthday to Kristin, who must really feel like royalty with all of these awesome bloggers throwing her a virtual birthday party :)


23 kita January 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Lets lee if I can manage to work my kindle today… these cupcakes are super adorable, and I’m not normally even a fan of pink! Beautifully done. :)


24 Maria January 11, 2012 at 2:46 am

So fantastic! Does she get to eat them too?

Maria xx


25 Kieli Heart January 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm

What an awesome present! Gorgeous-looking treats ♥

~ Kieli ~


26 MaLinda January 14, 2012 at 11:27 am

So cute! I love the batter and the glitter! Very adorable. And thr piping! What technique did you use?!


27 katie January 25, 2012 at 8:27 am

These are so darling!!! Can you post the recipe you used so I can try to re-create these?


28 Darla January 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

Hi Katie, Thank you so much! I had so much fun making them. :) I actually just made a basic yellow cupcake recipe, then topped them with some store bought chocolate frosting (i had some leftover on hand and though having chocolate AND vanilla frosting was a fantastic idea!!), and finished up with my favorite vanilla buttercream.


29 Andrea Fraga February 16, 2012 at 2:29 am


Thanks for this adorable free printable, I used it as part of the decor for my daughter’s Princess Charm School Birthday Party recently and they were dreamy….

Thanks so much,



30 Raina Todacheeny February 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm

May I have this recipe and step by step directions plz


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