Spotlight on our CUPCAKE HERO Sponsors!

September 3, 2009 at 8:57 PM | Posted in Cupcake Hero, cupcakes | 16 Comments

Askinosie Chocolate
Shawn Askinosie is the brainchild behind Askinosie Chocolate. Derrr! Honestly I’m not a big chocolate crave-er but this chocolate makes me C-R-A-V-E chocolate. (That Honda CRV ad campaign just popped into my head. Don’t ask me why! HA!) Laurie from Quirky Cupcake got me hooked when she introduced me to Askinosie from a past Cupcake Hero challenge… and I’ve never looked back. It’s the BEST chocolate EVER. Don’t take my word for it. If you win Cupcake Hero, Shawn is (generously) sponsoring a tube of natural cocoa powder and chocolate bar for every monthly winner! Let’s all say it together… SHAWN ROCKS!

Etsy store >> ThreeRabbits
Aren’t these the most ADORABLE cupcake magnets? They are even cuter in real life. Each one is handmade and unique by Crystal. She even hand delivered them to me. We found out during our Etsy convos that we lived down the street from each other. WHOA! Small world, right? Every Cupcake Hero winner will receive 2 magnets. They come individually wrapped and ready to make your refrigerator delicious!

Etsy store >> StitchesAPlenty
I can’t even describe how much I PINKY PUFFY HEART these kitchen towels. Stacey stitched up these towels with the official Cupcake Hero logo and even came up with the fun idea of changing up the colors with the monthly holidays. For example: red and green for December (Christmas). Do you get it? Do you love it?!! Every monthly winner will receive a set of 2 kitchen towels with the official Cupcake Hero logo. I’m tempted to keep one set for myself. Shhhhh! Don’t tell!

Etsy store >> SygnetCreations
Every baker has their favorite “things”. Most will say their KitchenAid mixer. Am I right? Don’t get me wrong. I love Ginger Spice (Yes, I named my Kitchenaid mixer.) but I’m a sucker for oven mitts. You give me cupcake oven mitts and I’ll swoon. When Amanda contacted me about cupcake oven mitts I knew I had to have them for Cupcake Hero. I mean think about it. What baker doesn’t need oven mitts right? Every monthly winner will receive a set of oven mitts. Could be cupcake fabric or cupcake applique depending on sponsor availability. Also check out her blog too.

Etsy store >> KupcakeNaturals
I’m not much of a girly girl. Yeah I get manis and pedis but I rarely wear makeup. Forget about mascara or lipstick in my purse. That’s just wasted purse space for me but I ALWAYS carry lip balm to keep my lips soft and silky smooth. Usually in a couple different brands and flavors so when Danielle contacted me about her cupcake flavored lip balm, I knew I’d be buying some for me (Hey! I’m looking out for #1 first!) and Cupcake Hero winners. Each monthly winner will receive 2 tins of lip balm. (Flavors to vary each month.) Flavors include: vanilla cupcake, raspberry chocolate cream, chocolate cupcake and buttercream. Yum! But that’s not all Danielle does. She also has her own cupcakery where she sells her lip balm and creates tasty cupcake confections. Check out her website ~> for more information.

** Footnote: Danielle emailed me recently that she’s been evacuated from her home b/c of the Los Angeles fires so please understand if the September winner may not be able to receive lip balm tins during her current situation.

Etsy store >> LizSage, LLC
Joy from LizSage is an absolute joy to work with. (Sorry I couldn’t resist the pun!) But seriously. She’s so creative with her cupcake notepads, notecards+envelopes, recipe cards and more. I have a love affair with stationery. There’s something so Victorian about writing letters in a time where email, twitter, facebook, myspace is how we keep in touch with people. Don’t get me wrong. I love my email but there’s nothing like a handwritten letter on beautiful stationery. Joy has come up with a couple different designs for cupcake stationery. Every monthly winner will receive a set of stationery. (Designs vary each month.) And get this? We’re in talks about how to provide IHC readers with a .pdf file to download cupcake stationery to print themselves! How cool is that? So cool.

Etsy store >> TinyTokenDesigns
Raise your hand if you saw the picture (above) and said outloud “Omg those are adorable!” Go ahead. Don’t be shy. I’m guilty of that exclamation too. I was on my nightly lurking on Etsy, saw these cupcake earrings and IMMEDIATELY contacted Sandi about making them available to my Cupcake Hero winners. Not only did she agree to sponsor Cupcake Hero, she went above and beyond by individually packaging each pair of earrings in a little box complete with a bow for every monthly winner. Just between you and me. I bought myself a pair too and they are my favorite pair of earrings. So dainty, so cute, so cupcake.

Etsy store >> GadgetGear
I’m not sure how much I talk about it on my blog but if you follow me on twitter, you know how much I L-0-V-E my iPhone. Of course I couldn’t have a prize package and not include something iPhone related right? Right! This cupcake case is made of double layers of felt to keep your gadget safe from scratches. Measures approx. 4.7 x 3.1″ (12.3 x 8cm). No iPhone? No problem. I bet it could fit your Crackberry (Boo! Hiss!) or current cell phone too or use it to carry your ID or cash. Every monthly winner will receive a cupcake case. (Colors may vary each month.)

Etsy store >> Leather Prince
Click on the Leather Prince etsy store link above. Now. Trust me. I met Beon and Candy last year when they made me a custom leather cupcake iPhone case and a ninja keychain for my little brother. I knew that I would contact them again to sponsor Cupcake Hero. Now I’m not what you’d call a biker chick but I love the leather. Leather cupcake keychain that is. Doesn’t that cherry just make you smile? Every monthly winner will get a custom made leather cupcake keychain.

… and last but certainly not least!

Etsy store >> Cakespy
The lovely, the fabulous, the talented Jessi of Cakespy is sponsoring a custom Cuppie artwork for the TOP CUPCAKE MASTER at the end of the year. Now I don’t have to tell my readers about Cakespy right? I think most bloggers that know anything about anything about blogging desserts knows about Cakespy. I am honored to have her as part of Cupcake Hero.

So what do you think…?

Are you overwhelmed?

Are you inspired to start baking?

Are you giddy with all the goodies?

I hope so.

I know I am.

Disclaimer: All cup-testants are welcome but some prizes may not be able to be shipped internationally. Thanks for your understanding.



  1. Wow!! You’ve got some great gifts lined up!! :)

  2. WOW!!! All these prizes look super amazing. Makes me want to win so bad :)

  3. Wowza! You have totally inspired me to get off my butt and enter. I must win! Gimmie gimmie gimmie prizezzzzzz

  4. Ok I’ve been thinking about this whole banana cupcake thing. percolating if you will, but now I have to step up my entry big time because these prizes are so awesome! :)

    (seriously you had me at Askinosie!)

  5. Oh my gosh, AMAZING sponsors. I need to get thinking.

  6. HOLY @(#*&@ that’s a ton of amazing prizes!!!

  7. So glad to see CH back up and running CB. I adore Askinosie chocolate, Shawn is the sweetest! All the cupcake prizes rock. I am seriously tempted to enter myself.

    Much love babe, MUAH!

  8. Wow! What fantastic prizes! Thank you to all the Cupcake Hero sponsers…you guys ROCK!! :)

  9. Oh my gosh! Those prizes are incredible! I never expected all of those amazing things. Awesome! Go Cupcake Hero!!

  10. Woohoo! I’m so excited. Working on my entry today.

  11. Woohoo! Awesome! I’m so excited…working on my entry today.

  12. I’m uploading my photos tonight!!

  13. oooooh, i am sooo excited, this is going to be soo much fun, wowzers! thanks for bring it all together!!

  14. Holy cow!! I don’t think I could ever ever win!

  15. Ah, cupcakes !! Hello, you have the most gorgeous site here and I had to leave this comment for you ! Your posts are lovely and you have interesting pictures. It’s all perfect so thank you for sharing them all and best wishes….

  16. wow! those are amazing prizes!! I am a little overwhelmed, but oh so excited!! You’ve got me thinking I need a second entry for this month :) HA!

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