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Cupcakes for a good cause? Count me in! Not only do I love indulging in a sweet treat every once in awhile, but I also have a strong connection to animals. This year marks the second annual National Cupcake Day to benefit SPCAs and Humane Societies across Canada. I strongly support charities that help animals and when I am able to donate money, I usually choose our local SPCA.
In 2006, we went to our local SPCA in Ontario and adopted a cute little black kitten named Pixie. Both the girls became very attached to Pixie. I had only ever had one cat before adopting Pixie and she was what ignited my deep affection for cats. My friends on Facebook will attest that I share many cat pictures. I think cats are the sweetest creatures and I love my two cats, Princess and Misty, like they were my kids. They are really…my furbabies. As for Pixie, she’s alive and well and lives with my ex-husband.
The photograph below is my favourite of Misty. She laid like that for 10 minutes and let me take her photo. She didn’t mind me getting right up in face either.
What is National Cupcake Day?
National Cupcake Day originally began by the RSPCA in Australia and began in parts of Canada last year. This year the event has grown with more SCPAs taking part as well as a few sponsors coming on board (Petsecure Pet Health Insurance, Agency59, BMO Bank of Montreal and Reynolds Consumer Products). It’s a delicious way to show your support of animal welfare across the country and simple to participate. All proceeds raised go to support our animal friends. National Cupcake Day is on Monday, February 24th so mark your calendars!
How to Participate
National Cupcake Day is such a fun concept and taking part is both simple and worthwhile. To become a National Cupcake Day Host, here’s what you can do:
1. Register for free for National Cupcake Day.
2. You will receive a National Cupcake Host Welcome Package in the mail. It includes a poster, sticker, balloons, fundraising guide and of course, cupcake recipes. Some of these items are available for online download if you don’t want to wait.
3. Personalize your National Cupcake Day Online Bakery page and send it out to all your friends and family. Here’s my Online Bakery.
4. Encourage your friends and family to support you by making a donation online. They even have an email template you can use or personalize it to make it your own.
5. Plan your National Cupcake Day Party in your home, work, school or wherever you like. Be creative!
6. Bake, decorate and EAT your cupcakes and raise money for Canada’s SPCA’s and Humane Societies.
7. Collect and forward funds to SPCAs and Humane Societies in your community. You can see on their site a full list of the participating locations.
I whipped up a batch of these Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes to get the party started. There’s just something magical about a chocolate and peanut butter combination. These cupcakes were divine! Picture rich fudge brownie cupcakes topped with a peanut butter glaze that is almost like caramel. Then on top of that is milk chocolate and a sprinkling of peanuts. Biting into one of these is like a piece of chocolate heaven. Read on for the recipe and how you can make a batch for your friends and family.
Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes
- 1 package of brownie mix
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup water
- ¼ cup vegetable or corn oil
- Peanut Butter Topping:
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- ½ cup smooth peanut butter
- Chocolate Topping:
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp light corn syrup
- chopped peanuts for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place 12 cupcake liners in a muffin tin.
Combine brownie mix, eggs, water and oil in a large bowl and stir to blend. Add mix to the cupcake liners until almost full. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely.
After the cupcakes have cooled, begin to make the peanut butter topping by combing sugar and corn syrup in a small pan on the stove on medium heat. Bring to a boil over medium heat then remove from heat. Mix in peanut butter and stir to combine. Drop peanut butter mixture on top of the cupcakes (about 1 tsp each). Set aside to cool.
When the peanut butter topping has cooled, start making the chocolate topping by combing chocolate chips, butter and corns syrup in a small saucepan on the stove. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate has completely melted. Remove from heat. Drop chocolate topping on top of the peanut butter topping (about ½ to 1 tsp each). Sprinkle chopped peanuts on top. Leave cool till chocolate has had a chance to firm up. Makes 12 cupcakes.
If you need more cupcake inspiration, I’ve got a few cupcake recipes posted on my site:
- Skor Cupcakes
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes
- Cherry Coke Cupcakes
- Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Glaze
- Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Topping
Cupcake Crusader, Anna Olson
Celebrity Chef and host of Food Network’s Canada Bake with Anna Olson has joined National Cupcake Day as a Cupcake Crusader. She strongly supports animals and the work of the SPCA and wanted to offer her support. She has created an original cupcake recipe: Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting. Yum! In the directions, she even shows you how you can make them into “Pupcakes”. These would be fun for the kids to create and eat!
Show Your Support
If you would rather just offer a donation, you can do that too. I’ve got my Online Bakery set up where you can donate. I selected the Nova Scotia SPCA as my charity since that’s where I currently live. You can donate as much or as little as you like. Every cent counts! They are set up to accept credit cards and Paypal. Also, your donations are tax deductible so you can use the receipts on your 2014 taxes.
If you love animals like I do, I encourage you to show your support by either registering for National Cupcake Day host or by donating to the cause. Working together we can all “bake a difference”.
One Canadian reader is going to win this National Cupcake Day prize pack (ARV $250)!