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Golf Cupcakes (& Printable Toppers)

16 Jun

Father’s Day is tomorrow and since FabHubby’s favorite hobby is golf, I decided to whip up some golf themed cupcakes. The cupcakes are chocolate with cream cheese frosting coated in green sanding sugar. The golf ball is a coconut Jelly Belly jelly bean. I created the golf flag toppers in Photoshop Elements.

If you would like to make these cupcake toppers, save the below image to your computer, print it out on white cardstock, cut out the flags and glue them onto lollipop sticks.

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Margarita Cupcakes

31 May

This weekend was my aunt and uncle’s going away party.  They both retired and are moving to Florida.  How exciting!  I offered to bake something for the party and decided to try something new.  It seemed like the perfect event to make a cupcake with some booze!  If I was retiring and moving to Florida I think I would like to lay by the pool and drink margaritas all day.  Margarita cupcakes aren’t too sweet and are a great summer dessert!  I combined a couple recipes I found online at Confections of a Foodie Bride and browneyedbaker to make these delicious treats.

Cupcakes

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 3 limes zested and juiced (yields about 1/3 cup of lime juice)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup tequila (optional) 

*Note: The tequila is used to brush on top of the warm cupcakes after they are finished baking so you can make an alcohol free cupcake.  This recipe yields 3o cupcakes and  I brushed the tequila on all but six cupcakes.  For those six without tequila, I used a different color baking cup and I also used a different color frosting.  I knew FabDaughter would want a cupcake and I wanted to make sure that there wasn’t any confusion between the tequila and the non-tequila cupcakes.  I also made a separate half batch of frosting that did not have tequila in it for the non-alcoholic cupcakes.

Frosting

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 4 cups powered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp tequila (Tequila can be replaced with vanilla for a non-alcoholic version.)
  • Pinch of course salt

Directions

To make the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line cupcake tins with paper liners or baking cups.
  2. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar on medium-high for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add eggs one at a time and mix each in before adding the next.
  5. Add lime juice and zest.
  6. On low, mix in the dry ingredients in three small batches, alternating with the buttermilk in two batches.
  7. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full and bake for 25 minutes roughly.  (Oven times vary.)  Check cupcakes with a toothpick and continue to bake until hardly any crumbs are attached to the toothpick.
  8. After the cupcakes are finished baking, brush the tops with tequila.  (Optional.)

To make the frosting:

  1. Beat the butter on a medium-high speed for about 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce the speed and gradually add the powdered sugar.
  3. Add lime juice, tequila (or vanilla) and salt mix and beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes.  If the frosting isn’t thick enough you can add powered sugar a tiny bit at a time until you reach your desired consistency.  If the frosting gets too thick add in liquid (either lime juice, tequila or vanilla) a little at a time until desired consistency is reached.

To frost the cupcakes, I used a Wilton 1M star tip.  I started frosting from the center of the cupcake out, holding a steady pressure on the pastry bag the entire time.

Bride Oreo Favors

22 Jan

I was in charge of the favors for my future sister-in-law’s bridal shower and I made chocolate covered Oreos that look like wedding gowns. It was easy but very time consuming, but that may have been because I had to make 65 of them.

I’ve made tons of chocolate covered Oreos before but this was my first time using a cookie mold. I must say that the mold made them look very professional! I’m not sure I’ll go back to my old method of using a dipping fork and just dipping the Oreos in chocolate since they looked so perfect using the cookie mold. However, the molds do require more chocolate than the dipping fork method.

Here is how I made the bride Oreos:

First, I melted the white chocolate (I use Merckens wafers). You can use the microwave or a double broiler. I use the microwave and I also use Wilton Stay Warm Candy Melting bowls, but you can use disposable candy melting bowls too. Microwave the wafers in 30-45 second intervals at a reduced power level (I use level 3), stirring after each time, until the chocolate is thoroughly melted and smooth.

Next, I filled the cookie molds about 1/3 full with the melted white chocolate. Then I placed an Oreo in each of the molds and filled them up the rest of the way with white chocolate. Sometime I had to gently tap the molds to get rid of air bubbles and/or to make sure the Oreos were totally covered with chocolate. I let the molds sit for about a half hour and then placed them in the fridge for 10 minutes before removing the cookies from the mold. To get the cookies out of the mold, I turned the mold upside down over top wax paper and gently pressed on the top of the mold.

Finally, I used my Make ‘n Mold squeeze bottles to decorate the Oreos. I squeezed 5 drops to form a semi-circle at the top of the Oreo to look like a necklace. Then I squeezed crisscrossing lines at the bottom of the Oreo to look like a wedding dress.

After I finished with the Oreos, I placed each one in a clear candy bag and tied a bow with gold ribbon.

FabDaughter’s Cowgirl Birthday Party

22 Nov

A year ago, we had FabDaughter’s 1st birthday party. It was a cupcake theme and it was super cute! I am a very detail oriented person and believe that it is the small things that can make a big impression. I spent a lot of time before the party planning and making decorations. It was going to be a big party, so we decided to rent a party room. However, we only had a half hour to get the room all set up before the party started. Thank god I had a bunch of family and friends to help! Fast forward to planning FabDaughter’s 2nd birthday party…I thought I was going to be smart and have it at home so I would have unlimited time to get ready beforehand. Well that quickly turned into me going overboard but it was sure a lot of fun to plan and so worth it to see FabDaughter as well as our family and friends having a good time.

First things first, we needed to pick a party theme. I LOVE a theme! I saw a company nearby that will bring a pony AND a miniature horse to your house. The best part was that it wasn’t that expensive. All the kids can have a few pony rides each and while they are waiting in line they can brush and decorate the miniature pony’s mane. So the idea of a cowgirl party was born. Next, I had to think about invitations, decorations and activities. I decided that I should buy Photoshop Elements (and learn how to use it) so I could create all the super cool things like invites and cupcake toppers myself. Good thing I started planning this party months in advance. Here are some of the pony pictures.

My first project with Elements was making a “Wanted” poster using an online tutorial I stumbled across from Six Revisions.  Here is the link: http://sixrevisions.com/tutorials/photoshop-tutorials/how-to-make-an-old-western-wanted-poster-in-photoshop/ I thought it was pretty easy for someone who’s never touched Elements before. I had trouble figuring out a couple of the steps but thankfully I had some Photoshop masters at work who helped me out. (Thanks again Sarah & Michelle!)

My first project in Photoshop Elements!

Then I decided to dress up FabDaughter in some cowgirl gear in hopes of getting a picture I could use for her invite. I got one good picture taken before she was over taking pictures and wanted to move on to something else.

After finishing the invite, I decided to make another “Wanted” poster using the same picture from the invite.

While surfing the web, I saw some pretty awesome western towns made out of cardboard and I decided that I wanted to copy. So I enlisted the help of my dad, FabPop. He groaned when I told him what I wanted to do, and I was thinking what’s the big deal, this will be easy peasy. Not so much! FabPop and I worked on the town for two whole days. He is very methodical and measured out all the store fronts, then drew everything in pencil, then went over it in permanent marker, and then I painted everything in.  Finally, we both went over everything again in permanent marker to bring out the details. Although it was a lot of work it was fun! It kinda reminded me of the days when I was in school and had to have FabPop help me with projects like the egg drop from science class. The western town ended up being a huge hit with the kids!

Here are some pics of us working on the western town!

Here are some pics of the finished product!

I thought it would be hilarious to make cowboy mustaches on sticks and it was pretty funny to see a bunch of little kids running around with mustaches. I found instructions on how to make mustaches on sticks online at: http://www.marthastewart.com/265827/mustache-on-a-stick. These were great because they used fake fur and weren’t just felt or cardstock.  They were a bit time-consuming to make. I used pomade, hairspray and a toothbrush to shape the fur. I put them in mason jars on each of the tables and I made labels for the jars using Elements. Here is the label I made for the mason jars.

Here are some pics featuring the mustaches on sticks and my FabFriends:-)

Along with the western town and the pony rides, I decided to have a craft for the kids to do. I found this western vest craft on Crayola’s website. Here is the link: http://www.crayola.com/crafts/detail/western-vest-craft/  I pre-cut all the vests with arm holes, neck holes and fringe and had a bunch of stuff for the kids to decorate them. It was all very cute!  Here is a picture of the craft table. You can’t see them, but I had hay bale seats covered in brown fabric.

My Mom, FabMomDK, helped me plan the menu and did the majority of the cooking. She is amazing!!!! I wanted to have food that went along with the cowgirl theme. We had pulled pork sandwiches, chicken tenders, mac and cheese, sausage and beans, salad, corn pudding, buffalo chicken dip, texas taco dip, jalapeno dip, cheese rolls, pepperoni rolls, corndogs and veggies and dip. For dessert we had cupcakes, rice krispie treats, cactus sticks (green chocolate covered pretzel rods), chocolate chip cookies, cranberry white chocolate & pecan cookies, frosted sugar cookies, peanut chews, apple pie, chocolate covered oreos, and oatmeal raisin cookies. EVERYTHING but the chicken tenders and corn dogs were homemade! For the favors, I filled candy bags with trail mix and made a label that said “Happy Trails Mix. Thank You For Celebrating With FabDaughter Today! Till We Meet Again.” Here are some pics of the details.

Here are pics of some of the other things I made using Elements: a bathroom sign, a food sign, a drink sign, hand sanitizer label and a horse banner.

Here is a pic of me with my parents. I sewed the apron I’m wearing using fabric covered in cowgirls for the occasion!

Here is a pic of the Fabulous Family. I just love how FabHubby got into the theme with his outfit!