Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Champagne Wishes & Strawberry Dreams Cupcakes


A deliciously moist strawberry cupcake kissed with champagne buttercream. 
Who needs caviar dreams when you can have strawberry dreams & champagne wishes...

For Cupcakes
3/4 cup strawberries, pureed
1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 salt
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Champagne Buttercream Frosting
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons of champagne, room temperature

Let's Play!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 12 cupcake liners in muffin pan, set a side.
2. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set a side.
3. Process strawberries in food processor, set a side.
4. In a stand mixer, cream butter & sugar on med-high speed until light & fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add egg & egg whites. Add vanilla extract.
5. Mix together milk and the strawberry puree.
6. Alternate flour & milk mixture to mixer slowly, ending with flour & scrapping the sides of the bowl.
7. Add batter to liners and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.

For Frosting
In a stand mixer, cream butter on med-high speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and slowly add confectioner's sugar. Add vanilla and champagne. Decorate!

Cheers!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stylish DIY Party Hats

Throw a stylish party with these chic diy party hats! 

Stuff You'll Need:

Let's Play!
Step 1. Form a basic cone out of your paper. 
Cut off any extra paper after you've formed your cone.

Step 2. Secure seam edge with Scrapbook Adhesive.

Step 3. Using a hot glue gun, attach your glitter pom pom.

Tada!






Thursday, April 17, 2014

Carrot Cake Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Frosting


Carrot Cake Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

4 eggs
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots

1. Preheat oven 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt & cinnamon. Stir in carrots.
3. Fill cupcake liners half way and bake 18-20 mins. Cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream butter & cream cheese, add vanilla extract. Slowly beat in confectioner's sugar until smooth.


Happy Easter!!

"Little Garden" cupcake kit by Meri Meri.

DIY: Packing the Perfect Picnic

Gorgeous weather = picnic season! I love going on picnics. There's something special about packing up your favorite bites accompanied by your favorite people and being outdoors. 
Here are some of my favorite picnic essentials:

One) A comfy blanket to lay on
Two) Lipgloss
Three)  Sunglasses
Four) My mini Fuji Instax Polaroid camera
Five) A handy ice chest
Six) My favorite pasta salad (recipe below)
Seven) Fresh fruit
Eight) Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages (I love Pompelmo)
Nine) Cute cutlery & paper straws
Don't forget to pack delicious deli meats, cheeses & a French baguette.

Picnic Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup diced red onion
1 red bell pepper
1-2.25oz. can sliced olives, drained
11oz. grape tomatoes
2 roasted chicken breast, cubed
12oz. tri-colored rotini pasta
1/2 cup Italian dressing (or more if desired)

Toss everything in a large bowl, cover & refrigerate for a couple hours. Serve & enjoy!


Happy Picnicking!!


Monday, April 14, 2014

DIY Animal Parade Cake

Simple yet whimsical, this diy animal parade cake is perfect for animal lovers. I made this one for my daughter's "half birthday" (I know it sounds unconventional but, I just needed a reason to make a super cute cake...the story of my life.) 

Stuff You'll Need:
-a homemade bunting/banner (glitter cardstock, twine, paper straws)
-toy animals
-a cake


Hooray!


Resources:
Chocolate Cake Recipe
Perfect Buttercream Recipe
Glitter Cardstock Paper (Michaels)
Toy Animals (Michaels)


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ombre Rose Cake

A chocolate layer cake decorated with buttercream roses in multiple hues of teal.





Voila!

Resources: 
Chocolate Cake Recipe
Perfect Buttercream Recipe
Wilton 1M Tip 
Wilton Icing Color in Teal