Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Frosty in a Glass!

Hi everyone,

Christmas is upon us and nothing better to celebrate this holiday season with Frosty in a Glass. While grocery shopping for my Christmas Baking (gift giving for the neighbors), I thought I would make something special for my amazing friends! Baking gingerbread cookies seemed like a great idea but didn't fit my idea of a snowy Christmas treat.  Then it happened.

Several months ago, I remember flipping though the Martha Stewart Cupcake Book. In it was a adorable snowman with marshmallows and a chocolate covered hat. It was simple but so cute! So I recreated it and decided to add a couple more things to my snowy man.

First, I wanted to put Frosty in a glass and make it snow. At the dollar tree, they have an amazing assortment of jars, glasses, and vases. For the snow, I ended up using my extra shredded coconut.

How to make Frosty in a Glass!

Things you will need:

  1. Cupcakes
  2. Marshmallows
  3. Whipped Cream for Frosting
  4. Shredded Coconut
  5. Brown or Black Jimmies
  6. Orange Fondant, or chewy orange candy like starbursts will do
  7. Pearl Sprinkles
  8. Junior Mints
  9. Toothpicks and Bamboo Skewers
  10. Bowl of Water
  11. Various Holiday Sprinkles to decorate
  12. A jar, glass, or vase
  13. Christmas Tag
To start, first sprinkle the shredded coconut at the bottom of your jar. Insert your cupcake (non-frosted) into the jar. Next, dollop your whipped cream frosting on top of the cupcake to make it look like mounds of snow (It's okay if its messy, snow is never perfectly rounded). After your cupcake is frosted,  start to assemble the snowman. Take 2 regular marshmallows and cut one of them in half. Stack the marshmallows, sticky side facing down. Then dip a toothpick in water and make two holes where the eyes should be. Insert the chocolate jimmies into the tiny holes. Next, take the orange fondant and form it into the shape of a carrot. Take another toothpick dipped in water, and make another hole for the nose. Repeat these steps for the buttons on Frosty. Once you have finished, stick a toothpick on the bottom of Frosty and attach the other end of the toothpick inside the cupcake so it stands upright. Finally dab the junior mint with some frosting to complete the hat. Finally, add the Christmas tag and tie them to top of the bamboo skewer. Stick the skewer in the cupcake with the Christmas tag on top. Sprinkle the remaining sprinkles on top or coconut if you'd like. 

Enjoy! Have a fantastic Christmas everyone. Hopefully I'll see you all before 2012 :) Thanks so much for reading!

Friday, December 16, 2011

I'm here. YOUR Welcome."

If it bothers you, just pretend it says "you're welcome".

Anywho, its week 3 of December! Yay! Only a few more weeks til my well deserved vacation! Wheeeee.

My dear friend Stephanie, requested that I make cupcakes again. This time with 3 different flavors and to spell out "I'm here. Your Welcome". My different flavors included:

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with a Vanilla Buttercream
Mint Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream and Chocolate Chips (to garnish a lovely Chocolate & Mint combo--- courtesy of Ghirardelli)
Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes with Kahlua Buttercream and a Dark Chocolate Espresso Bean to garnish!

*All of the cupcakes I made in this post are from recipes taken from Annie's Eats! Thanks Annie! If you haven't already checked out her amazing blog/website please do! Everything I have tried, I absolutely loved!

Here we go...

Thanks for reading! I have a few more orders to do this weekend that I'll be posting soon! Have a wonderful weekend everyone :)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

December Madness!

Hi ho folks! I've been looking through my mobile uploads (because I have over a hundred saved) and realized what an amazing year its been so far! When sometimes I'm having a bad day, I love to go through these photos and just remember what a great year its really been. And for that I am so grateful! :)

This year I've decided to conquer the Kransekake Cookie Tower! Seemed simple enough, but I totally underestimated how hard it was to make. Long story short, sugar cookies expand in my oven. I even tried putting them in the refrigerator right before baking (a tip I heard in the online blogger world), but they still ballooned up. Go figure. On the plus side I get to make about ten more towers. One down! I will let you know in my next post if I have succeeded. Let's hope!

Today, I also was psyched to be making more cupcakes for yet another order! It was for a baby shower, for my former CSULA Boss. Oh how I miss those peeps! Anyway, she's having a girl which means tons of super cute girly clothes and a dash of pink in those cupcakes! I really couldn't resist adding pink fondant hearts in the center of the cupcakes (PSL=Pumpkin Spice Latte flavored!).

When I arrived the cupcakes were ready to be dressed up with pink cupcake holders and a cute bird to go in the center. The result? Adorably delicious!

Last but not least, I also made some Mint Chocolate (Chip) Cupcakes. I actually had to experiment with a few recipes but finally I found one that required no eggs or butter. Intrigued? It's true, no eggs, no butter and no MILK. I was psyched, because whenever I do buy milk to put in my cake, I really don't know what to do with the rest of it because I'm lactose-intolerant. Flargh! Anywho, I stumbled upon this Chocolate Cupcake Recipe online, the recipe is here. Really, easy! For the frosting it is a simple buttercream with a hint of peppermint extract (you can also tint the frosting green if you so desire). For the recipe click here! I also topped it with Ghirardelli Chocolate with mint filling on the inside, some green sprinkles, and a sprig of mint! Oh yes, and green fondant letters :)

As always, thanks for reading! Hope everyone is enjoying this month!