Feb 3 2012

LOVE cupcakes

I made these cupcakes last year for one of my daughters Valentines Day Parties at school.  I got the idea from the Martha Stewart.  They are quick, simple, yummy and of course super cute!  I decided to make them again this year so I could share them with all of you.

They really are simple for the cake I actually just used a Devils food cake mix and the icing is a chocolate ganache recipe they are enjoy using in various recipes for example in my Smores cookie-whiches :) so you can go there to get the ganache recipe.  I mixed my cake batter according to the package direction, and then filled my lined cupcake tin.  IMPORTANT- make sure you only fill them about half way otherwise the cupcakes puff up too much.  As soon as they were done baking I used a piping bag and filled the center with some Buttercream frosting (save some of your frosting to pipe your “love” on top)  If you are trying to keep things simple just use some store bought frosting, but you could also make your own buttercream frosting my favorite recipe is the Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting.  While the cupcakes are cooling mix up you chocolate ganache once it is made I would let it set for about 5 minutes then take you cupcakes and dip them in the ganache until the tops are covered I usually go back through a second time and dip each cupcake once more.  Once they are all dipped you need to let the ganache harden I leave mine for a couple of hours.  Once the ganache is set take you piping bag switch out you tip and pipe the “LOVE” on top and you are done.  Super cute cupcakes that are sure to impress whoever you decide to share them with :)


Dec 19 2011

Peppermint Hot Chocolate- for the grown ups

Hope that everyone is having a wonderful Holiday season.  If yours is anything like mine this recipe is a perfect for you.  It is a super quick and simple way to whip up a yummy holiday treat for your Christmas celebration or to warm up after an afternoon playing in the snow!

Fix a mug of hot chocolate using either store bought or homemade hot chocolate mix- once your hot chocolate is ready just add a shot of peppermint liquor and top with whipped cream and crushed up candy canes and you have a cute and tasty adult holiday beverage.  This drink is the perfect paring for almost any Christmas cookie :)


Nov 23 2011

Gobble, Gobble

We will be heading over to my mom’s house tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving with my family this year and of course she requested cookies.  Every big family gathering I go to my mom asks for my iced sugar cookies and of course I oblige.  This year up until I was about to make my dough I had planned on just doing some simple fall leaves, but then of course Pinterest sucked me in.  I don’t know about you all but I love Pinterest I could spend all day long pinning treats and crafts I want to try.  Anyway as I was saying I was checking email and saw I new friend was following me so I went and took a peek at her boards and saw the cutest little turkey cookies- I was sold!  I immediately headed to the garage to get my cookie cutter bin out in search of what I needed-Valentines day cookie cutters (yes you read correctly)  I did alter mine slightly from what I had seen on Pinterest they used 3 single heart cutters to form their feathers and I went with a double heart.  There were 2 reasons I changed it up- 1. I liked the look a little better and 2.  I was not going to attach mine I just wanted to lay them out for presentation but hen have more single cookies for people to grab and enjoy :)

 

So making these cute little Turkeys is quite simple- you need a heart or double heart cookie cutter mine looks like this

and then a circle that is proportionate to your feather cookie- I just used a small glass jar I had.  Here’s a little secret I actually do not own any just plain circle cookie cutters I am always just using jars and glasses I have around the kitchen

Make up some sugar cookie dough- bake the cookies then ice and enjoy :)!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone- enjoy your day!

 


Nov 15 2011

Pumpkin Bread & Pumpkin Muffins

I wanted to share with you one of my family’s favorite fall sweet treats.  My girls love to enjoy a slice of this delicious pumpkin bread in the mornings before school and it also makes a delicious fall dessert.  There is a fun little tidbit about this recipe- the original recipe which I have adapted over the years actually came from my 3rd grade teacher.  I made a version of this pumpkin bread back when I was in 3rd grade.  It is true I have always loved baking :)  I am always tinkering with this recipe- I think every time I make it a change something here or there.  I am going to post the recipe as I made it today- one of my favorite batches yet

 

This recipe makes 1 dozen pumpkin muffins and a large loaf of pumpkin bread- you can also make all muffins or all loaves depending on your needs and wants.  For my muffins I wanted to give them just a little something extra so I whipped up a very quick and simple cream cheese glaze to dip them in.  It was a very tasty addition of course I had to taste it straight away to make sure it was yummy and blog worthy :)

Pumpkin Bread & Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 2 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white wheat flour (you can also use all purpose flour here too if you choose)
  • 1 small box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups pumpkin (1 can or make your own)
  • 4 eggs (beaten)

Instructions

  1. preheat oven to 350- put paper liners in a 12 count muffin tin and spray your loaf pan with cooking spray
  2. mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  3. add the wet ingredients in the order they are listed above
  4. fill you muffin pan (you want them to be about 2/3 full) and then put the remaining batter in you loaf pan
  5. Bake the muffins for about 20 minutes and the loaf should go about 40-45- to check if they are done stick a tooth pick in you want it to come out clean
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Cream cheese glaze

Ingredients

  • 3 oz cream cheese ( I used 1/3 less fat kind)
  • 3 T butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. put the cream in a small glass bowl and microwave for 15 seconds
  2. combine all the the ingredients in a small metal mixing bowl and beat together until smooth
  3. then you can pour over the pumpkin bread or dip the tops of you muffin in it
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 I hope you are having a wonderful fall!  This is the perfect treat to whip up

to share withfriends and family over the Thanksgiving holiday.