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Cupcake Papers: I purchase some of mine from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s, but buy most of them at a local Baking Shop. I have ordered some from bakeitpretty.com and various sites on Etsy. I’ve found that you should always try to buy grease-proof liners, and if you’re making chocolate or dark cupcakes, don’t even attempt to buy pretty liners – you won’t be able to see the design after they come out of the oven anyway. Your best bet is a dark, solid-color liner.
Pastry Tips: Most of my smaller tips come from Hobby Lobby, but my big pastry tips came from bakeitpretty.com.
Marscapone Cheese: This can be found in your specialty cheese section at your grocery store. Mine has a “cheese island,” and the Marscapone is kept there. It comes in a round tub and is generally around $6 for 8oz. MOST grocery stores will have it.
Cupcake/Bakery Boxes: You can find these at Hobby Lobby and Michael’s, and they’re generally between $1 and $2 each. The 10×14 flat box is the best for cupcakes, and holds about 20 cupcakes.
Meringue Powder: Specialty baking shops (Sur La Table, Dean & Deluca) or you can find an unflavored powder at Hobby Lobby/Michael’s. A small can is about $7. I prefer to buy vanilla-flavored meringue, but you can also flavor it yourself.
Garnishes: I’m always on the lookout for a fun garnish – in fact, most of my cupcake ideas start with the garnish! The candy and cookie aisles at your grocery store are great places to start – especially the mini-candies and mini-cookies!
Magazines: If you are a foodie, I would highly recommend the following magazines: Cooks Illustrated, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Food Network, Rachael Ray (yes, I know!!) and even Better Homes & Gardens and Real Simple.
Cookbooks: Martha Stewart Cupcakes, Barefoot Contessa Parties!, Baked, Miette, Dorie Greenspan Baking, Jamie Oliver’s books and the Williams Sonoma line of cookbooks.