The Superbowl of Cupcakes

I could care less about football. Yep, I said it. The SuperBowl is all about the commercials and food for me. I was sick all last weekend, but I found the time to make some cupcakes in the “team colors”. I’ve used this same cupcake recipe several times and it works perfectly. Using multiple colors always impresses everyone.

But seriously, that game put me to sleep!

The Superbowl of Cupcakes. Will it be Denver or Seattle? They are tie-dye in the middle. #superbowl14 #cupcakes
 

My kid looks like he is up to no good eating a cupcake tonight. Apparently he had 5 of the Superbowl cupcakes that I made. He never eats sweets like this. #superbowl14 #cupcakes

I think my son loved the cupcakes, don’t you?

Wordless Wednesday: Indulging My Sweet Tooth

About a week-and-a-half ago or so, I drove to Vegas to serve as an alternate on a relay team {Baker To Vegas}, and help out during the race. I immediately drove past downtown Las Vegas to Retro Bakery. It was totally worth the extra 20-minute drive. Deliciousness!

Arrived in Las Vegas and drove straight to @RetroBakery.

 Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.

Be sure to check out Wordless Wednesday Link-Ups at these other sites also:

Project AliciaBetter in BulkCrazy About My BaybahDear CrissyFive Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out LoudSarah HalsteadParenting By DummiesSeven Clown CircusThe Divine Miss Mommy

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.



Wordless Wednesday: Run Long and Eat More Cupcakes

I spent last weekend at Walt Disney World with my friend, Kelly. We were there for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. I bought this shirt from Run Pretty Far, and was super excited to get it in time to take with me on my trip. Of course, I had to get myself a cupcake for a little photo shoot. Seriously, I love this shirt!

Speaking of cupcakes, it’s my birthday today. Part of our half marathon trip last weekend was to celebrate my birthday! Who else is crazy enough to run 13.1 miles for her birthday?

Run Long & Eat More Cupcakes

Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.

Be sure to check out Wordless Wednesday Link-Ups at these other sites also:

Project AliciaBetter in BulkCrazy About My BaybahDear CrissyFive Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out LoudNaptime MomtogParenting By DummiesSeven Clown CircusThe Divine Miss Mommy

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.



Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Cupcakes

These cupcakes are super simple to make but they will totally impress your guests for the upcoming 4th of July festivities. I’ve posted about Rainbow and Camouflage Cupcakes before, so this recipe is just a variation of those previous recipes.  I made these for my son’s birthday party in May and they were a huge hit!

Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Cupcakes

Perfect Cake-Mix Cupcakes from Hello Cupcake

Yield: 24 standard cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 18.25-ounce box cake mix (French vanilla, devil’s food or yellow)
  • 1 cup buttermilk, in place of the water called for on the box (the box will call for more water than the buttermilk you are using)
  • Vegetable oil (the amount on the box)
  • 4 large eggs (in place of the number called for on the box)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

Directions:

  1. Using substitutions above, follow the box instructions to mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at low to medium speed until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to high and beat until thick, 2 minutes longer.
  2. Split the batter into bowls and add color.  I used Wilton’s icing colors, royal blue and red-red.
  3. Spoon the colors one by one into the cupcake liners. Fill them about 1/2 to 2/3 full.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove cupcakes from baking pans, place on a wire rack . Cool completely.  I waited about 30-45 minutes before icing them.

Note: I used Duncan Hines White Cake Mix for my cupcakes. White cake mix stands out and is brighter than yellow cake mix.

Before and After Baking The Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes
Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

(Depending on how many cupcakes you are making, you might want to double or reduce by half.)

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz cream cheese softened
  • 10 oz butter unsalted room temp
  • 1.5 lbs of powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp of cream (heavy or whipping)
  • 1.5 tsp of vanilla

Directions:

  1. Beat cream cheese and butter on med until fluffy, about 3 mins. Add powdered sugar, then liquids.
  2. Beat on med-high/high for about 3 more minutes. Taste. If it still tastes sugary, beat for another minute.

Note: This makes about… 1.5 qts so I can usually frost about 2-3 dozen cupcakes depending on how much I pipe.

*You can add Wilton icing color once again, to color the icing/frosting. I use a Wilton 12-Piece Cupcake Decorating Set to pipe on the icing.  I used the 1M Star Tip on my cupcakes. I then used a container of red, white, and blue sprinkles on top of my icing for that extra patriotic touch.

Decorating the red, white, and blue cupcakes
Find your favorite serving display, and bam…they look super fancy!

Patriotic Cupcakes

Project 365: Week 26

Can you believe it? I’ve made it halfway!!!! I’m giving myself a pat on the back for this one. Twenty-Six weeks of Project 365 so far!Summer…well summer is BUSY!!!! Entertaining kid, work, etc…takes up all my time.  But I’ve had some great times hanging with friends lately.  I hope everyone is having a great summer!

Project 365 175/365: Lunch at Panera, BBQ Chicken Salad.
Project 365 176/365: Lunch at Panera, BBQ Chicken Salad.

Project 365 176/365: Things on my coffee table #Warhammer figures.
Project 365 177/365: Things on my coffee table #Warhammer figures.

Project 365 177/365: The kid is ready for the pool. He's stylish with his shades.
Project 365 178/365: The kid is ready for the pool. He’s stylish with his shades.

Project 365 178/365: I bought @Sanrio Hello Kitty fabric today for my next project. No time to start it today.
Project 365 179/365: I bought @Sanrio Hello Kitty fabric today for my next project. No time to start it today.

Project 365 179/365: Pink cupcakes with cream cheese buttercream icing....yum
Project 365 180/365: Pink cupcakes with cream cheese buttercream icing….yum.

Project 365 180/365: 3 doz. red, white, & blue rainbow cupcakes with cream cheese buttercream frosting. All gone already.
Project 365 181/365: 3 doz. red, white, & blue rainbow cupcakes with cream cheese buttercream frosting. All gone already.

Project 365 181/365: Helicopters....
Project 365 182/365: Helicopters…

life rearranged

Fat Friday

Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Do you see these perfect cupcakes….I had to take a picture of them, rather than eat them. Why? Because I was just too full to eat them.  I think I’ve been in a food coma this entire month.  Going to a conference, my birthday, and now Thanksgiving, well I’m done.

I had to work today (or rather yesterday) and Angry Husband took over for the food front.  I printed out the recipes, and helped him shop for the ingredients.  I carefully searched the internets for the proper recipes for Thanksgiving.

We had seven people all together over for dinner, and of course, all of our shopping was last minute.  Both of my parents have/had worked in the grocery industry for their entire careers, my mom hates Holiday food shopping, and as her daughter, I do too.  We waited to long to get a proper turkey so we got two.  We got one of those lovely frozen ones, 14 lbs., and then another bitty frozen turkey breast type-thing.

We (husband and kid), cause I was bringing home the bacon (work) and did not come home till it was all done; used the following recipes in our din-din.

Maple Glazed Turkey Breast (Crockpot)-We put our little turkey breast to good use with this recipe.  It was a complete fluke.  I have to thank Google for this.  My husband was drooling and said that we must make turkey again, on a non-Thanksgiving day.

Delicious Creamy Mashed Potatoes-These are now a Holiday staple for us. Really, how can you go wrong with anything from The Pioneer Woman, pure goodness.  I also welcomed two new fans of The Pioneer Woman into the club tonight.

We used some other recipes and such, but I can’t remember what, they all had a dash of this, and a dash of that.  But, we had way too much food left over, and everyone left with some goodness.

My husband has to work at the crack of dawn tomorrow morning.  My son is at my parent’s.  I might even be meeting someone for some early morning shopping. Really, I have no Christmas gift list.  I will probably shop randomly, and maybe for myself.  And then, I head to work again.

I hope to wake up from this food coma, and not feel so fat on Friday.  I suggest that we have salad on Christmas, with the dressing on the side, of course. Because really, isn’t that what everyone is doing in California anyway? How do they all fit into those skinny jeans?

Wordless Wednesday: Our week in photos

Wordless Wednesday October 27, 2010

Welcome to  “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) that you took in the past week and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.