Why this blog?

Hi There,

I absolutely love to make fun delicious cupcakes for all occasions. I am a mom of 3 little ones that LOVE them. I'm not a pro at baking and decorating I just really enjoy doing it. We have a huge family that keeps us busy with many family event, parties and birthdays that allow me to be creative with my cakes. This is my way of relaxing and having fun. This blog came about when I made the "Fries for Beef" cupcakes. My sister-in-law suggested that I start a blog to show them off and I thought it would be fun to see how many cool recipes I can actually pull off and share them with you.

So here I go...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Stella & Dot with Discovery Toys

Me, my sister and mother-in-law hosted a Mommy and Me party
with Stella & Dot and Discovery Toys.
We had so much fun trying on gorgeous pieces of jewelry and watching our kids enjoying all of the toys. I thought mini-cakes would complete the theme of fun and sassy.

Salted-Caramel Filling
• 2 1/2 cups sugar
• 2/3 cup water
• 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
• 3/4 cup heavy cream
• 2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, preferably Fleur de Sel
1. Place sugar, water, and corn syrup in a medium-sized heavy saucepan. Heat over high heat, stirring occasionally, until syrup is clear; clip a candy thermometer to side of pan. Stop stirring, and cook until syrup comes to a boil, washing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush as needed.
2. Boil, gently swirling pan occasionally, until mixture is caramelized and just reaches 360° F.
Remove from heat; slowly pour in cream (be careful, mixture will spatter) and stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in sea salt. Use immediately; if at any time caramel begins to harden, reheat gently until pourable.

I wanted to thank my handsome husband for monitoring the carmel temp while I tried to multi-tasked with the other one.

Chocolate with Peanut Butter Frosting

• 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
• 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup creamy peanut butter
• 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
1. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until pale and fluffy. Add salt and peanut butter, and beat to combine. Beat in vanilla.
2. In another bowl, with an electric mixer on medium-speed, whisk cream until medium-stiff peaks form. Fold cream into peanut-butter mixture.

I made these little signs to catch the eyes of our family and friends.
Thanks Everyone for stopping by.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream

What 16 year old doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter? For my brother in law I wanted to make something special that him and his friends can enjoy to celebrate his 16th birthday.
Double Chocolate with mini chocolate chips
Topped with a delicate peanut butter buttercream with semi sweet chocolate shavings.
Added princess cupcake liner for a laugh.
Happy Birthday Dominic!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Fourth of July

These were pretty simple. I used two different style tips with 2 colors of frosting. The stars are made from fondant which our Nana helped me dye blue and roll out. The inside is a white cake with blue and red marbling that I colored in 3 separate bowls and layed them prior to baking. I forgot to take a photo before the kids dug in. = )
Happy Fourth of July!