Sunday, December 14, 2014

Welcome back, and red velvet cupcakes

So, it's been a while.

A few years, actually.  Residency was pretty busy. But now I'm a fellow with a teensy bit more time and co-workers who love baked goods so I am hoping to get back to that stand mixer.





Last night we hosted a murder mystery party.  If you've never done it, it's a lot of fun.  We chose the Las Vegas themed party.

Jill, looking for clues

I had a hard time thinking of a good Las Vegas cupcake, so I ended up going with a good, classic red velvet.  It fit in with the color scheme.  I also found some amazing Wilton gold color mist last weekend. It didn't work so well with the cream cheese frosting but it looked great on the chocolate hearts that I made to put on it.



You just need to gently spray, holding the spray canister about 12 inches or so from the chocolate and give it a few minutes to dry.  I thought it looked fantastic on the chocolate and people couldn't believe that they could eat it too!


I called these cupcakes "lucky red velvet" to stay in theme with the party.




I used the Paula Deen recipe here.  They were pretty tasty - I thought that the frosting was particularly good.

Jeremy (aka Mr. Trump for the evening) enjoying a cupcake

It's good to be back and I hope to post more again soon!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Flower Cupcakes for Mother's Day

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If you're still looking for the perfect gift for mom this Sunday, consider making something sweet... like a bouquet of flower cupcakes!

Don't panic!  Although these cupcakes appear intricate, they are actually quite easy (although admittedly time consuming) to make.  The idea comes from Hello, Cupcake! and basically involves miniature marshmallow and different colored decorating sugars.

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How to make marshmallow flowers:
  1. Frost cupcakes with a thin layer of frosting.
  2. Fill shallow bowls with different colors of decorating sugars.
  3. Using food-safe scissors, cut mini marshmallows in half along the diagonal part of the marshmallow.
  4. Press sticky part of each of the cut halves of the marshmallows into colored sugar - these will become the petals of the flower.
  5. Starting on the outside of the cupcake, arrange marshmallow petals along the outside of the cupcake in a ring.  Continue adding rings of petals until you fill the surface area of the cupcake
  6. Place jimmy sprinkles or another type of candy in the center for a stamen.

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These cupcakes would look great in a wicker basket or simply on a plate.   Even though you might never want to see another marshmallow after making these cuppies, it will all be worth it when the special recipient of these treats responds with ooh's and aah's!

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Ladybug cupcakes, revisited


Alright, I've done ladybug cupcakes before.  In fact, it was one of my very first blog posts!  That time, I used swiss meringue buttercream frosting and a special icing tip to make the grass.  Still want cute ladybug cupcakes without painstakingly creating grass?  Use green sugar!

First, ice your cupcake (if you want it to be very green, tint your frosting green as well).  Next, roll the the cupcake into a bowl with green sanding sugar like this:


Then, take some red m&m's and use either an edible pen or black writing gel that you can find at the grocery store and paint the candy to look like ladybugs. Yep, that's it! 



I brought these cuppies in for my last day in the intensive care unit.  It had been so long since I've done any baking for work!  It was a nice (and tasty) way to end a difficult month. 

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