Dole Whip Cupcakes

Dole Whip Cupcakes

Last weekend I volunteered for Cupcake Camp, a benefit for Relay for Life. The event brought a variety of amateur and professional bakers together to create Disney-themed cupcakes. When I first heard the theme, Dole Whip was the thing that instantly came to mind. I knew we would be outside on a hot day, and the idea of a refreshing pineapple cupcake sounded fantastic. What I didn’t know was how perfect it would be. We had our cupcakes displayed in direct sunlight, and the cute little cocktail umbrellas actually kept my cupcakes looking good while everyone else’s melted around them. Form AND function!

Cupcake Camp


If you’re not able to get to a Disney park or Hawaii for the real thing, make these cupcakes for a nice and light pineapple treat. I originally tried a from-scratch version, and it just didn’t turn out as well as this doctored cake mix version. So what do ya know, these are pretty simple to make as well!

Dole Whip Cupcakes


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • Ingredients needed for yellow cake mix, minus the water
  • 10 oz.  plus 2 TBS crushed pineapple in juice, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Dash salt
  • Maraschino cherries (1 for each cupcake)
  • Cocktail umbrellas (1 for each cupcake)


Prepare the yellow cake mix as is directed on the back of the box, but instead of water, use 10 oz. crushed pineapple and juice. Fill cupcake tins about 2/3 of the way with the batter, and bake as directed on the back of the box.

Remove cupcakes from the oven once a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer cupcakes to wire racks.

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. Mix the butter in a mixer until fully smooth, then slowly add the powdered sugar in, one cup at a time, until it is all mixed. Add 2 TBS of crushed pineapple and juice, and the vanilla and salt. Mix for about 5 minutes or until the frosting has a beautiful, whipped consistency.

Swirl the icing into a soft-serve shape on the top of the cooled cupcakes. Stick a maraschino cherry on a cocktail umbrella, and stick that into the top of the icing. Enjoy! (For an even more Dole Whip-ish experience, chill the icing before decorating, and eat immediately.)

Are you a fan of Dole Whip? What other Disney treats would make good cupcakes?


Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco and a “Little Mermaid” Themed Drink

Barefoot Bubbly

I had the pleasure of sampling some of Barefoot Bubbly’s Prosecco the other day, and while I’m not one to turn down sparkling wine of any type, I was particularly excited about this one. Barefoot Bubbly is close to my heart: Mr. Geek and I had the pleasure of visiting a tasting room of theirs back when we were engaged, and it’s now the sparkling wine we go for when we’re celebrating anniversaries or special occasions. We’ve gotten the Brut in the past, but I think after this, we’ll be grabbing the Prosecco first.

The Prosecco is the perfect thing to sip on a sunny day. It’s crisp, has the perfect tickle of bubbles, and has a not-too-sweet citrus taste. (I sensed a taste of green apple in there, myself.) It would be perfect just by itself, or would complement a fruit-filled brunch or a spicy lunch or dinner.

As I sipped it, I pictured myself on a sunny, warm, beach. Waves crashing nearby, sun beating down on me. And maybe it’s because I was currently helping plan a Disney-themed bachelorette party, or because I was already a glass of Prosecco in, but I started thinking about The Little Mermaid, and how this would probably be her drink of choice. (Let’s pretend for a second that she wasn’t 16. Ahem.) I can just see her sipping a glass of this with Eric, reminiscing about the first day she had legs. Barefoot, on the beach. The bubbles in the drink reminding her of the foamy sea.

In this mindset, I decided to dress the Prosecco up a bit to be more “Little Mermaid” appropriate. (See picture above!) Your Prosecco ends up looking like the ocean with a sandy beach on top. It’s super easy and adds a dash of pizzazz to your drink!

“Under the Sea” Bubbly

1. Moisten the rim of a champagne glass with a bit of champagne.

2. Rim the glass with gold glitter crystals.

3. Splash a dash of Blue Curacao into the glass.

4. Fill with Barefoot Bubbly’s Prosecco.

5. Top with a cocktail umbrella.

6. Enjoy while imagining you’re on a beach!

Darling, it’s better down where it’s wetter, when the “wetter” is the bottom of the champagne glass!

So next time you want to feel like a teenage mer-princess, start sipping that Barefoot Bubbly!

Are you a Barefoot Bubbly fan? What’s your fave type?

(Thanks again to Barefoot Wine for sharing some bottles for me to sample!)

Adorable Plushies from Killin’ Me Softly


Looking for a great gift, a fun item for your bookshelf, or just something to snuggle next time you’re watching your fave horror flick? You’ve gotta check out these plushies from Killin’ Me Softly. Andrea, the designer, uses her love of horror films and Disney villains to create these plush creatures. Who would have thought that Freddy Krueger would look so adorable as a doll? Above, you’ll also see her Poison Ivy, Beetlejuice and Lydia, and Daria and Jane. She takes custom orders as well, which means your favorite obscure character can finally be created in doll form!

The plush dolls are $20 each with price breaks for sets that come with multiple dolls. You can see all of the dolls available on Etsy.

Rapunzel-Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Sometimes, you’ve gotta do things that scare you in order to grow. And while I love makeup and think I’ve mastered basic natural looks on myself, I don’t have the artistic flair that my fellow OneUpMakeup ladies have. I love getting my makeup done by them, but I hadn’t done a look on anyone else. (Heck, I barely know how to use makeup brushes and everything I do ends up looking way too natural or fading instantly.)

Well, I finally did it. I did a Tangled/Rapunzel-inspired look on Kristina. Is it flawless? Not at all. But I did it. And I’m excited to see what my next look will be and how I can grow and learn from this first experience. (For instance, colors look different on different skin tones! And the lighting you use for your filming will affect how the makeup looks!) Take a peek and let me know what other characters/looks you want me to try in the future!

Weekly Links: February 14


Happy Valentine’s Day! I love you all for checking out my site and chatting with me in the comments, on FB, and on Twitter. Seeing new comments always brightens my day! Go get yourself some chocolate. Tell ’em Tara sent ya.

Here are some links that have caught my eye over the past week:

Brutally Honest Disney Valentine’s Day Cards: This link is pretty self explanatory. You’ll most likely find a card for everyone in here.

Six’s Dress from BSG: You can get a wearable prop replica dress for $120. And wearable replicas of her jewelry for $20. I’ll take a size Medium, please.

Zeppeldrome: This super fun board game is currently being Kickstarted and is almost out of time! If you like dirigibles and games and fun and good people, go help fund it!

Geeky Sprinkles!: Yes, what a surprise. My Kickstarter. Well, it’s the last week I’ll put up the link! My campaign ends on Tuesday night and I’m very close to funding. I’ve added stretch goals and add-ons, so go take a look!

New Items in the Geeky Hostess Store!

I have two new items in the Geeky Hostess store! Woot!

Princess Tank

This shirt shares my love of Disney princesses in a more modern, hipsterish way. Show everyone that you liked the original Disney Princesses with this thin, easy to layer tank top. I’ve worn it to Disneyland, conventions, and photo shoots, and always get compliments! $14

X-Ray Tote

I had the idea for this bag in my head for a long time. Something that shows a subtle geekiness with its Wonder Woman references, but is cute enough to use everyday. The design is created by my good friend Kyle Reardon, who is just amazing. I gave him a basic prompt and he totally rocked the design. Plus, I did my research on totebags to find a bag that’s big enough without being too big. The straps will even fit over your shoulders, which is a HUGE plus for me. This bag will take you from conventions to class to the grocery store easily. $16

You can see these products and more at the Geeky Hostess shop at I’ll also have a booth at GeekGirlCon and will be selling all of the products there. I’ll be setting up a system for pre-orders if you’d prefer to skip on shipping costs and pick up at GGC, and will have more information on that later!

What products would you like to see in the store in the future?

Closet Cosplay with thredUP: Meg from Hercules


I’m back from VidCon and Disneyland, and I did things right: In one day, we rode fifteen rides, caught three evening shows, and had a delightful dinner at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, and I did it all in this cute Meg-inspired outfit.

thredUP, an awesome new online consignment store, offered me the challenge of putting together a week’s worth of outfits from items found on their site, and I upped the ante by challenging myself to create a week’s worth of outfits inspired by movie and tv characters. It’s closet cosplay in the most subtle sense.

I loved getting to embody the sassy Meg with this cute dress from Banana Republic, and decided to use some of my existing Greek and Greek-inspired accessories to complement it. I encouraged my whole group to dress up in Disney-inspired outfits as well, and even those who wouldn’t normally be the “dress-up” type were happy to find subtle influences for their outfits. If you want to do the same, I recommend checking out DisneyBound for inspiration!

Dress: Banana Republic Dress from thredUP

Eyes: Smashbox Eyeshadow Quad in Softly Seductive. Find a similar set here.

Necklace: Gordian Knot-inspired design from Greece

Check back all week for more closet cosplay, thanks to thredUP!

Check out thredUP and get 25% off your first purchase! Use code GEEKYHOSTESS25 by the end of August. 

Friday Favorites: July 26

Friday Faves 7-26

This may be the post-SDCC Friday Favorites, but I’m going to try to keep some of my SDCC fave finds for other individual posts. So here are some of my fave things outside of San Diego!

Favorite Kickstarter: Broodhollow
If you haven’t read the web comic Broodhollow, what are you even doing here, just go there now and read it all. When you’re done, head on over to the Kickstarter page and buy yourself a book. It’s already been ridiculously successful and there’s till 18 days left. I’m thrilled to see so much support for this awesome comic!

Other Favorite Kickstarter: Forge of Honor
Plush swords, shields, and animals that help protect your child from monsters in their room and encourage the use of their imaginations. I’m in love. Am I too old to get this for myself? Visit their Kickstarter page.

 Favorite Makeup: Eyeko Eyeliner
I received Eyeko Eyeliner in a Birchbox a while back and absolutely loved it. It’s a liquid eyeliner that’s easy to use, doesn’t smudge, and lasts forever. I just ran out and tried a few other less expensive options, and wasn’t happy with anything. It’s worth the $16. You can find it at Sephora.

Favorite Tumblr: Disney Bound
As I’m prepping for a Vidcon/Disneyland trip with the Job Hunters cast/crew, I suggested we all “Disneybound” while we’re at the park. (Is that a verb? I’m gonna make it a verb.) Anyway, you dress up in outfits inspired by Disney characters. There will be a whole post on it later, but coming up with suggestions for everyone and finding the outfits has been so much fun! Check out the tumblr that started it all for inspiration.

What are some of your favorite things from the past week?

Giveaway: Ariel Apron by Jordan Dené

 Ariel Apron

I was sitting down to watch The Little Mermaid the other day when Jordan reached out to me. “Would you like to review a Little Mermaid apron?” It was like she was psychic.

The apron is fun and extra-pretty to wear because of the style of the bottom. It feels more like a skirt than your average apron. The construction of the apron in general is really nice: it feels sturdy but girly, and I was impressed with the level of detail in the design and stitching. I look forward to wearing the apron while making some Shark Week cupcakes–it’s only right.

The Ariel Apron is one of four different designs in the “Princess Aprons” category of Jordan Dené’s shop, and that is only one of the many fandoms she works in. Between the astronaut, TARDIS, Arrested Development, and Harry Potter aprons, I would have a ridiculous time trying to pick my favorite. Check out everything available in the shop here.

You can win your own Ariel Apron by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway below! Too impatient, or want a different apron? Use code “geekyhostess20” to get 20% off your order! Get shopping now at

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I was compensated in exchange for this post. All words and opinions are my own!

Awesome Geeky/Hipster/Funny Tees


I’m a sucker for a good witty t-shirt. Today I came across Skreened, and I’m thisclose to dropping a big chunk of change on a new shirt wardrobe. They’re a bit pricey, but the shirts are just awesome. Between making the image above, I already found three other shirts I love as well. So the ultimate question is: Which one should I get?

Check out all the shirts at