Friday, November 26, 2010

Cupcakes and Creativity for a Good Cause

There is so much good in the world. Unfortunately, too many of us focus on the bad.Today, you can use your love for cupcakes and your creativity, for a worthy cause. Get involved , submit your favorite cupcake recipe or create a new one.

Be the change you want to see in the world... Mahatma Gandhi

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Mary Constantine: Cupcakes and creativity for a good cause

Attention, bakers, the a.inline_topic:hover { background-color: #EAEAEA; } Empty Stocking Fund needs your help. So pull out your heavy-duty blender, put on your chef's thinking cap, empty the cabinet of flour and sugar, purchase your favorite butter and eggs, and come up with a cupcake recipe that best represents the North Pole.

Yes, you read that right. The North Pole is to be your inspiration.

You see, the folks at Cities Cupcake Boutique like to name their cupcakes after cities from around the world, so they are hosting a North Pole Cupcake contest in hopes someone will come up with the perfect combination of flavors.

You have exactly two weeks (Dec. 9) to create and submit a recipe to Cities Cupcake Boutique, 5201 Kingston Pike, Suite 3, Knoxville, TN 37919. Or you can e-mail the recipe to Just make sure you include your name, address, telephone and e-mail address, if applicable.

The grand-prize winner will receive a party package of 50 cupcakes, second place will receive a dozen cupcake burgers and third place wins a $25 gift card.

Need inspiration? Look no further than the company's website,, where you will find a plethora of cupcakes named for cities.

For instance, the Knoxville cupcake is made with orange chiffon cake and vanilla butter cream icing, and the Key West cupcake features a white cake filled with Key lime curd and topped with a Key lime cream cheese icing.

Now do you get the picture?

Oh, and if you're wondering how the Empty Stocking Fund benefits from all this, that's as simple as pie - or uh, in this case, as simple as a cupcake - as all proceeds from the sale of this tasty morsel will be donated to the Empty Stocking Fund, a News Sentinel charity that provides food baskets and toys to needy families.

So, hop to it. It's a great way to earn your wings this holiday season.


While I'm on the subject of raising funds for worthy causes, tickets are still available for "A Sweet Evening with the Sisters of the Skillet."

The event, to be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Ronald McDonald House, 1705 W. Clinch Ave, will include a baking demonstration by me and Jennifer Alexander, midday host of B97.5, as well as an appearance by special guest Belinda Ellis, who is a baking expert for Midstate Mills.

Cost is $25 and reservations are requested. Call 865-637-7475 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              865-637-7475      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for ticket information. All proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House.

Mary Constantine may be reached at 865-342-6428 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              865-342-6428      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Follow her on twitter @skilletsister.

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