Friday, March 27, 2009

Irish Cupcakes (sort-of)

Tonight my Scrapbooking group had a Friday night crop. On our Friday night get-togethers, we always do a pot luck dinner. Our organizer, Cheryl, picks a theme for the evening. This month is was "Luck o' the Irish" or anything green. So this is what I came up with. A white cake (dyed green) with chocolate buttercream frosting and various green sprinkles.

This just might be the best pictures I have ever taken of my cupcakes. I went outside because I had read somewhere online that natural light is best when photographing cupcakes.

A close-up...

The cupcakes were a huge success at the crop. For anybody who doesn't know what a scrapbooking crop is basically a bunch of women getting together to sit around and scrapbook, chit-chat, and just generally have a good time. I have been going to these crops for about three and a half months now and I absolutely love it. The girls at the crops are hilarious and always keep me entertained...and I get some of my scrapbooking done. Tonight I got about five pages done. AND, the best part is one of my croppin' friends asked me to make cupcakes for a dinner party she is having in May....YAY!!!!

Margarita Cupcakes with Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

Alex's grandmother Carol's birthday was a few weeks ago. In fact, she has the same birthday as my sister-in-law, Shannon. Luckily this year, Carol's birthday fell on a Saturday. Alex's grandfather, Stan, arranged for an open house all day long so people could just drop by and say 'Happy Birthday!' whenever they could. Carol is a BIG fan of margaritas, so I figured Margarita cupcakes would be perfect for her big day.

This cupcake tree was a wedding present from my neighbors back in Denton, Ward and Patsy Merriman...I am definitely putting it to good use!

Alex did all the key lime accents on the cupcakes. He spend a lot of time meticulously putting these itty bitty key limes on the cupcakes. He did a fabulous job.

I found these cupcake liners at Target. Of course they are made by Wilton, they seem to have the best cupcake liners in terms of design and they are easy to find. I see cupcake liners all the time (mostly online or in books) that I think are beautiful, but can never find them!

Here is the birthday girl. It was great to see so many of Alex's family members all in one place. Birthdays and celebrations are always a good time with Alex's family!!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Pina Colada Cupcakes with Jamaican Rum Buttercream Frosting

I had bought some buttermilk to make the red velvet cupcakes blogged below, and I didn't want it to go to waste. I had a recipe for Pina Colada cupcakes that required buttermilk, so I decided to have a go.

The rum frosting was VERY tasty and surprisingly strong, despite only having one tablespoon of rum in it. I delivered a few to Jordan and Lance the next day when we went to an advance screening of "I Love You, Man" with Paul Rudd. (Which is very funny, by the way, I highly recommend it).

Friday, March 6, 2009

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

I didn't get to make Valentine's Day cupcakes last year because Alex and I were moving to Frisco at that time. So this year I was very glad that I was able to make cupcakes for my co-workers. I made the classic red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, topped with a pink chocolate heart.

My co-workers loved them. One of my producers, Misty, even said that it was the best cupcake she had ever eaten. WOW! That is probably one of the best compliments I have ever received! After that compliment, I had to give them a test drive to see how they were, and I must say, I enjoyed them tremendously.

Edibles Incredibles - A Review

Last month Alex and I went to visit my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew in Virginia. I really wanted to visit a new bakery, and Shannon knew of one called Edibles Incredible. One evening, we all went to Restin, Virginia in pursuit of cupcakes. Once there, it was hard to get inside, it was a tiny little place with lots of people standing in line.

They had what seemed like 15 different varieties of cupcakes, and it was a tough decision. I ultimately chose the "Snowball" cupcake which was coconut cake with what seemed like a coconut filling, pink buttercream frosting and shredded coconut on top. These cupcakes had a giant mound of frosting on top. I think we paid about $3.50 per cupcake, but there was so much to them, it was worth the price.

My brother chose the chocolate covered cherry cupcake with cherry filling. These cupcakes were BIG! I had to cut mine into quarters. I had a bite of his cupcake, and I really liked the cherry filling.

And they had a great idea for takeout cupcakes!

I thoroughly enjoyed these cupcakes, and will definitely be back when Alex and me visit in the future.