Another Saturday, another order for Cake Jubilee! For this order, my only stipulation was that they needed to be pink and green so I got to have fun with my own creativity! I found these cute, pink and green flower petal cupcake sleeves, and built my ideas around them. I baked strawberry cupcakes with almond-butter cream icing and white cupcakes with strawberry filling and almond-butter cream icing. I used sugar sprinkles and pearl sprinkles that matched the pink and green icings. Frilling!
Lyle was so excited to have received the Star Wars movies on blue-ray for Christmas, and seeing as how I have never seen them, we decided to watch all six of them in a span of three days. I have to admit, this was not the most exciting prospect in my opinion, so I knew we would have to frill things up a bit with some fun, after Christmas treats – one for each night.
Everyone knows that it’s nearly impossible to get back on track with things right after Christmas. New Years is just around the corner, so there’s no point in laying off the sweets just yet, right? Recipes below!
Amaretto Stone Sour:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Mix:
Thursday happened to be national cupcake day. I had no idea initially, but how fitting that I ended up making 6 dozen different types of cupcakes for a small and intimate get-together.
A while back I had a dream that I opened a chic little shoppe that sold cupcakes and cocktails. It was totally girly, fabulous, and – you guessed it – FRILLING. While, I have no plans of actually doing anything like this in real life, I recently had fun with the concept!
Here’s what happened: I made an assortment cupcakes, had a few friends over, and they were able to taste test the six different kinds. Meanwhile, there were also a variety of fun cocktails to choose from. At the end of the night, each girl took home a personalized box full of her favorite cupcakes from the bunch.
White cupcakes with chocolate-cream cheese icing.
Spice cupcakes with spice molasses icing.
Chocolate cupcakes with mint chocolate chip icing.
White cupcakes with key lime-cream cheese icing.
Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing.
Spice cupcakes with chai latte icing.
Here are the girls at the end of the night with their favors.
Yesterday I officially finished my second-to-last-semester-of-school-EVER, and my top priority became putting together a Christmas box for my brother-in-law who is currently deployed over seas.
I don’t even want to imagine what it would be like to have to be away from family at all, much less at such special moments like the holidays. Chris will have missed Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and his daughter’s second birthday before he gets to come home next year.
I want my bro to know that we are thinking of and praying for him this Christmas, that he is not forgotten, that we wish he didn’t have to be alone, and that the holidays definitely aren’t the same without him here. I’m telling him this in the best way I know how – through Christmas sweets and goodies. Plus, there is NO way he is getting away with missing out on the defeated, yet joyful feeling of constant loss of self-control the rest of us experience during the Christmas season thanks to tons of sweet treats everywhere we turn!
The package includes gourmet popcorn, M&M Christmas candy, Louisiana Hot Sauce and Tony Chachere’s Famous Creole Seasoning (I am from Louisiana – you NEED these things wherever you go, believe me.), sugar cookies, yogurt pretzels, toffee, an Itune’s giftcard, and a dvd I made for him during Thanksgiving at my sister’s house.
Of everything I sent, two have the most meaning behind them:
This is the best homemade toffee EVER. EVER PEOPLE. My mom-in-law makes it every year along with spritz cookies, and we make ourselves sick all month long eating it. It’s a tradition. I LOVE traditions. I had to share the love with Chris.
Second, during Thanksgiving break, I was able to make this silly little video of my sister and niece (his wife and daughter). I’m hoping he loves it. I think it’s FRILLING and adorable.
Here’s a picture of everything all packed up and ready to go. Don’t worry, I stored all the food properly in ziplock bags within the tins so that it will stay fresh!
Do you have any special Christmas boxes you are sending this year?
My freshman year of college, my roommate and childhood friend, Amy, used to make these easy mini-cinnamon rolls for me. Every time she made them, I would be EVER so excited. First, cause I love any good sweet-treat, and second, cause I’m a sucker for miniature versions of things. Aren’t mini things just so cute and frilling?
Luckily, Amy blessed me with the recipe when I moved out, and it hasn’t left my recipe book since. I’m telling you, it’s so simple. Check out the easy steps below:
1. Pop open a can of biscuits, and spread them out on a flat surface. I suppose if your ambitious you could make them from scratch. Apparently I’m not ambitious.
2. Using a glass, roll out and flatten each biscuit.
3. Spread some butter on the biscuits. Then, sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.
4. Roll up each biscuit into a log shape.
5. Slice each log into about 5 or 6 pieces. Place side by side on a baking sheet.
6. Bake for about 15 minutes or so at 350 degrees. While baking, mix a cup of powdered sugar, 2 tbls of milk (It doesn’t matter what kind. I used coconut; it wasn’t my fave, but still good all the same.), and 1 tsp of almond or vanilla flavoring together for the glaze.
7. Pour your glaze on top of the rolls and serve immediately. If you love nuts as much as we do, you’ll add chopped pecans for extra FRILLS. Either way, you’ll really enjoy this fun and easy treat. Thanks Amy!
Well, I was gonna make a lovely cake to celebrate my graduating, but then I realized, I didn’t feel like it! Instead, while still keeping it simple, I decided to frill things up with a funfetti box mix and some homemade cream cheese icing.
Check it out:
I’m getting my diploma today. What’s making your Saturday sweet?
Happy Mother’s Day to all the great mama’s out there! How fitting that my sweet friend, A, is having a BABY BOY! To celebrate, naturally, I made lots and lots of sweets for her shower this weekend. I had a vision of a tower of cupcakes topped off with a miniature cake displaying baby’s monogram in all it’s glory.
Check it out:
White chocolate cupcake with cream cheese icing and fresh strawberries.
Chocolate cupcake with DELISH peanut butter icing.
Pineapple upside down cupcakes. Need I say more?
White cake with chocolate frosting. I had the patch made through Pinwheel Kids in Waco. I thought it would make a great cake topper, and so it did! Plus, it made for an extra gift for mom-to-be. The frosting washed off nicely, and it can be stitched onto a onesie, burp-cloth, blanket, you name it!
The finished product. A delight! Magnificent! Happiness and frills and glee! And LOTS of leftover cupcakes.
What made your weekend sweet?
Mmm, Mmm. Today is a SWEET Sunday. I made Sticky Pecan Pie Bars for only the millionth time thanks to the best bake-book EVER (when it comes to cakes), The Cake Doctor. Even non-nut lovers have been known to drool over this recipe. Seriously, only CRAZY people don’t love these. They are SO good.
Want the recipe? Check it out below:
1 package plain yellow cake mix
1 stick of butter, melted
1 large egg
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans (i use 2)
With graduation approaching, even Tuesdays are lookin’ sweet to me! But let’s talk Easter. Check out this delicious coconut cake I made:
Mmm, Mmm good! Delish! Want the recipe? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll send it to you!
Anything making your Tuesday especially sweet?
Sunny Saturdays are always sweet, especially when they involve frilling birthday cakes. A friend of mine needed a bold and bright cake for the monster-themed 2nd birthday of one adorably cute tot. Bold you want? Bold I can deliver! It was tons of fun being playful and creative with this colorful cake.
Check it out:
This is a French Vanilla cake with Almond Butter Cream Icing. Sorry for the poor lighting. Unfortunately, the sun and I were unable to coordinate our schedules properly.
What’s making your Saturday sweet?