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valentine’s day cupcakes

Make everyone break their New Year’s resolution diets by bringing these everywhere you go.

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These cupcakes were the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. And I had two other people tell me that too! So, it must be true. I’ve never been great at making cupcakes. In fact, I sort of hate it. But these were real winners.

YELLOW CUPCAKE RECIPE
(adapted from Smitten Kitchen)
Yields: appx. 38
Prep: 10 minutes.
Bake time: 16 min per dozen or 48 minutes total

Ingredients:
2 cups cake flour
1 3/4 cup whole-wheat all purpose flour*
1/4 cup corn starch
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 eggs, room temperature
2 cups buttermilk

Do it!
– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pan.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, corn starch, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until the batter is fluffy, light, and no longer gritty.
– Mix in the vanilla and beat in the eggs one at a time on medium speed.
– Mix in the buttermilk at a low speed. The mixture will look a bit curdled.
Slowly mix in the flour mixture in parts, until everything in well combined.
Pour the mixture into the cupcake cups. I filled them 1/2 full. These really rise. When in doubt, do a test cupcake first.
Bake for 16 minutes.

*The original recipe called for four cups of cake flour. I only had two. I used this substitution. The cornstarch gave the whole thing a very slight cornbread taste, which made them taste amazing, especially since the frosting was so sweet.

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BEST BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

Ingredients
2 cups vegetable shortening
8 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp clear imitation butter flavor
6 cups heavy whipping cream

Do it!
– In a large bowl, cream shortening until fluffy. Fiercely beat in the confectioners sugar about one cup at a time until it’s fluffy. Then add salt and the butter flavor.
Beat in the whipping cream in parts. You’ll know the frosting is done when it’s light and forming slight peaks.

This was a perfect amount of frosting vs. cupcake ratio (minus the cup my boyfriend probably ate while I was making it.) I dyed the frosting with Wilton’s food coloring gels. They’re the best.

valentines day cupcakes

I used these frosting tutorials.

Frosting Cupcakes
Four Cupcake Frosting Techniques

And just for fun, I thought these Valentine’s rose cupcakes were beautiful.

easter cupcakes

Hi, I’m back. Things have been more stressful than I care to deal with lately. We’re putting on a huge event at work, with more than 600 people, and I’ve been scrambling around  dealing with caterers, publicity and the like. Part of my job is to solicit donations. My goal is $2,000, right now I’m at about $800 and only have a week left. Because of budget cuts, my job position is getting the boot in the next few months, and I’m working really hard to prove I’m a valuable employee who can put on a rocking party. Oh, I’m an event planner, if you didn’t catch that part. I’ve also been spending all of my free time applying to jobs, since I’m pretty sure an event planner is one of the first things to go when budgets are cut.

Last week was a tough one, and I’m afraid it is only going to get harder until I: 1. Get laid off, 2. Find another Job, or 3. Get promoted (it’s a possibility, it’s just looking very bleak.)

So, I created these this weekend to cheer me up.

Springtime Cupcakes! I love how charming these Easter cupcakes are.

Hello, darling!

I got to use my arsenal of frosting tips. This was my first time making these particular designs. This one turned out ok.

These looked a little funky.

This one may have been my favorite.

Easter eggs in the grass cupcake.

The hat cupcakes were a big hit. Sadly, I didn’t get a good picture of them. This is the worst looking one with a broken brim and melty buttercream. They were a blast and easy to make. I found the instructions at My Cake School Blog.

Then I made these, which I thought looked really Dr. Seuss-like.

These cupcakes are so vibrant and cheerful. How can they not cheer you up? I spent the rest of the week pushing them on my friends, neighbors, strangers…you know, my usual routine, so I won’t have a house full of cupcakes.

How To: Easter Cupcake Frosting

You’ll also need peeps and jelly beans to really add to the Easter Cheer.

strawberry pink champagne cupcake recipe

Are you in the mood for something luxurious?

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How decadent. I made these for a New Year’s party. I was really frustrated that I couldn’t find a recipe online (most of them were made with boxed cake mix), so I sort of just made this up. They turned out pretty good.

Prep & Cook time: approximately 40 min.
Yields: 24 mini cupcakes or 12 regular cupcakes

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup butter
3 egg whites
1 whole egg
3/4 cup whole strawberries
3/4 cup pink champagne

How-to:
– Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
– Puree strawberries in a blender or food processor. You should have about 1/3 cup of puree.
– In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
– In large bowl, combine sugar and butter. Mix until fluffy, about 4 minutes.
– Add the egg whites one by one into sugar mixture, then add the whole egg. Beat until creamy.
– Fold in the strawberry puree until well combined.
– Slowly add in all of the flour mixture.
-Finally, mix in the champagne and mix until smooth.

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My mixture was certainly very pink.
– Fill cupcake pan with 1/2 of the batter in each slot. These things do rise.

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I made mini cupcakes.

– Bake for 15 minutes. If you make regular sized cupcakes, you might need to add an additional 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool before frosting.

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I used this buttercream frosting recipe from Smitten Kitchen. It’s the best out there.

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Enjoy your cupcakes!

[edit] here’s a .pdf download via my instructables account.

jars of happiness

It so happens that I’m in a long distance relationship with my two best friends. And when they’re upset or hurting, having a bad day or broken hearted, I just feel awful that I can’t be there to console them.

What better way to cheer someone up than with freshed baked goodies? Meg’s Creations in a Jar are “layered with love.” She makes cookie mixes, soups, cupcakes, brownies, and pies. Since they’re in jars, you can ship them anywhere.

Cupcakes

How pretty are these pies?

And when your long-distance loved one is feeling under the weather, send them some soup.

Loaded Baked Potato

Your friends will be feeling better in no time. <3

 

 

you thought I was joking

I thought it was only fair to show you the results of my last cake decorating class [Wilton Cake Decorating Basics Class 3]. This is what happens when your icing melts.

The one on the right is supposed to be a shaggy mum. The one on the middle was me emptying out my frosting bag.

Note how the icing falls off the cupcake.

I promise I’m a little more talented than this. But there are no secrets here.  This is my decorating ignominy.