Saturday, December 26, 2009

Mini Candy Cane Cupcakes

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Check out these adorable mini cupcakes I made for Christmas! Chocolate cake..
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...with peppermint buttercream! Mini cupcakes are my new favorite thing.

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I used a pastry bag, filled one side with red buttercream and the other side with white buttercream to create the swirl affect. I love love love how they came out.

Just look how cute the liners are...
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little bitty snowmen! ahh!

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I even added some red sparkling sugar to some of them!

I wanted to share these with my co workers so I stuck them in one of my new cupcake carriers I got for my birthday.

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SO CUTE! I cant even take it!

Peppermint Buttercream

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
5-6 cups powdered sugar, sifted (use more or less depending on the consistency you want, please note this buttercream is rather "runny" if you use less then 6 cups)
1/4 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract

Beat Butter until creamy. Add powdered sugar, milk, and peppermint extract, beat until combined.

Note: I always stick a knife in the buttercream and pull it out quickly, if peaks are formed then you know your buttercream is the right consistency for piping!

Enjoy ♥ ♥

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Cupcake Pops!

Merry Christmas! This is only 1 of many Holiday treats I will be making this December, I have so many ideas swirling around in my head so stay tuned for many more delicious sweets!

How adorable are these Cupcake Pops??

Some with Red M&M's....
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Some with Green M&M's....
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Even White ones...
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I even made a few Cupcake Bites!

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I stuck them in treat bags and tide them with a adorable red ribbon (and some green too!). Who wouldn't love getting these in their stocking this Christmas?

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Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hot Pink Cupcakes!

For Black Friday, we decided to have a "Wear It" weekend at the store. A "Wear It" weekend is when all employee's wear a certain theme of clothing. This time around we choose Hot Pink and Black to match our store's decor. Of course I had to make some delicious cupcakes to match! (Sorry about the differnt tint's of the photo's some of these were taken at work.)

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink Vanilla Buttercream decorated with Hot Pink sanding sugars. Eeek! SO cute!

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Then I used one of these to make little black fondant toppers. I pressed
nonpareil pearls onto each of the edges. Make a small circlular indent (I used a lollipop stick). Then fill the indent with a small dot of cooking oil so that the pearl sticks. Next, carefully place the pearl in the cooking oil indent.

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Vanilla Buttercream

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
2 tablespoons milk

Cream shortening and butter in a large bowl, Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Icing can be stored for up to 2 weeks before using!