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Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes Recipe

Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes Recipe

Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes Recipe
These pretty pink cupcakes are flavored like strawberry margaritas (yum!) and yes, they do have Tequila in them (double YUM!).  That pretty sparkly stuff around the edge is the trademark sugared rim that every strawberry margarita must have (on regular margaritas its a salted rim).  These would be fabulous cupcakes for a bridal shower or wedding, or even an anniversary party. And with that soft pink frosting they’re a perfect Easter color, so why not serve them at your Easter celebration – you’ll have some very happy guests 🙂

Here’s the Recipe

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 limes, zested and juiced
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Strawberry Tequila Puree:
  • 1- 8 oz container of strawberries
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup of tequila
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup organic non-hydrogenated shortening
  • 2 sticks un-salted butter slightly chilled
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup strawberry tequila puree

Instructions

For the Cupcakes:
    1. Preheat the oven to 325? F. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.
    2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir with a fork to blend.
    3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes.
    4. Blend in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the lime zest, lime juice and vanilla.
    5. With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients in three additions alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Beat each addition just until incorporated.
    6. Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners, filling each about ¾ full. Bake 20-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
Meanwhile make the filling:
    1. In a bowl of a food processor, add the strawberries, lime juice, tequila and sugar. Puree the mixture until there are no chunks of strawberry. Set aside.
Filling the cupcakes:
    1. Using a small paring knife, cut a cone out of the top of each cupcake. Remove the cut-out cake and spoon a tablespoon of strawberry puree into each cupcake. Replace the top part of the cone, cutting the tip to leave room for the filling.
For the Frosting:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the shortening and butter on high until well mixed and fluffy. add the powdered sugar one cup at a time alternating with a tablespoon at a time of the Strawberry puree. Mix until the frosting is thick and creamy. Spread or pipe on cupcakes. Use a spoon to sprinkle some coarse sugar around the edge of the cupcake and top with a lime wedge. Enjoy!

How to Make Adorable Lamb Cakes

Lamb Cakes, Dr Oetker

Are these not the cutest darn little lambs you ever did see?  And yes, they are individual little cakes – sort of like cupcakes… with legs on them. And a head. And a tail.

How about adding these to your Easter table, or any spring celebration? They’d also be very appropriate for a baby shower, since lambs and babies seem to go together. Why stop there, these little guys are just too cute not to be out there – they’d, be great for a kids birthday too. Heck, I want them at my birthday (I have a thing for lambs and sheep… they are just sooooo utterly adorable).  This super creative recipe is courtesy of Dr Oetker – as a way to say “thanks” to Dr Oetker for creating this awesome little baking project for us all to enjoy, look for quality products from Dr. Oetker when shopping for your baking supplies.

How to Make Dr Oetker Lamb Cakes

Pre-heat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Place 12-14 White Baking Cases in a bun tin.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and Natural Vanilla Extract, if the mixture starts to curdle, add a little flour.

Fold in the remaining flour with a metal spoon.

Place spoonfuls of the mixture in the baking cases and bake for 15 – 20 minutes until well risen and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack.

To decorate

Divide one pack of black Ready to Roll Coloured Icing in to 4. Take one of the four pieces and set the others aside. Use some of the icing to mould the lamb’s ‘head’, adding two small pieces of icing for ‘ears’ and push in Soft Silver Pearls for ‘eyes’. Using a small piece of icing, roll the lamb’s ‘tail’.

Roll the remainder of the icing into a roll of approx. 8cm long and cut in to 4 equal lengths to make the lamb’s ‘legs’. Repeat the process with the remaining pieces of Black Ready to Roll Colored Icing to make heads, legs and tails for three more lambs. Repeat with the other two packs of icing.

To make the butter cream, place the butter in a bowl and beat until soft. Gradually sift and beat in the icing sugar. Mix in the Natural Vanilla Extract and enough milk / water to make the icing fluffy and spreadable.

Cover the base and sides of each cake with Butter Icing. Carefully push four ‘legs’ into the base of each cake and stand upright.

Use a small star nozzle to pipe rosettes of butter icing on the top of each cake and place a ‘head’ and ‘tail’ on each. Use Silver Balls for ‘eyes’.

Have fun!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Try serving this at your next party or celebration and watch how fast it disappears!  WARNING: Its addictive!  Just imagine… a dip that tastes like chocolate chip cookie dough served with apple slices or graham crackers.  Kids and adults alike can’t get enough of this stuff. Actually, it kind of brings out the kid in all of us.

This is something really fun to serve at a baby shower or… Who am I kidding?  This is really fun to serve at any gathering. (But I am specifically thinking how well it would work at a baby shower, bridal shower, birthday, or sweet sixteen party…).

As a variation, you can turn it into Chocolate Chip – Butterscotch cookie dough, simply by tossing in some butterscotch chips too. Yu-uuum! Served it with apple slices and graham crackers.

If you’re serving this with apple slices, soak them in ginger ale for about 10 minutes first – it’ll keep them from turning brown.

Here’s the Recipe:
(Adapted from Taste of Home)

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips (or you can go with 3 ounces of chocolate chips and 3 ounces of butterscotch chips)

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes Recipe (Easy!)

 

Pink Lemonade CupcakesIf what you’re after is a combination of sweet and tart at the same time, Pink Lemonade Cupcakes might be just the thing.  Imagine the taste of pink lemonade – in a cupcake. It’s even better than pink lemonade in a glass!

These little babies are not only yummy, they are super pretty too. Oh yes, and easy – these are EASY. We’re working from a boxed  cake mix here, and just “doctoring” it up a bit….  so you can get these done quick.  Big return for minimal effort 🙂

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes are perfect for a birthday, Bridal shower, Christening or almost any kind of party, really.  But with those pretty pastel colors, it makes me think “spring!”.  So, of course, they’d also be great at Easter.

I think I might just whip up a batch to celebrate the arrival of spring (because remember my mantra – LIFE is a special occasion. Celebrate something EVERY day!)

Pink Lemonade Confetti Cupcakes Recipe

Calories Per Cupcake: 97.4 • Fat: 2.3 g • Carbs: 17.3 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 1.0 g • Sugar: 9.8
Sodium: 103.7 (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 18.25 oz box confetti cake mix
  • 2 1/2 tsp powdered sugar-free pink lemonade mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • lemon zest from half of a lemon
  • 2 drops pink food coloring (optional)
  • confetti sprinkles, optional

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line cupcake tins with 24 paper liners.

Stir together the water and pink lemonade powder.  Combine the cake mix, pink lemonade mixture, applesauce, lemon zest, food coloring and oil in a large bowl and with an electric mixer, mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake pans.  Add sprinkles if using and bake in the oven for 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.

Recipe Courtesy of Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes

Pink and Gold Cupcakes on a DIY Glittered Cake Stand

Pink and gold cupcakes with glitter

Pink and gold cupcakes

When the occasion calls for glitter, glitz and glam, take this idea and run with it.

Vanilla cupcakes topped with pretty pastel pink cream cheese frosting look spectacular in gold foil cupcake liners. Pink and gold just go so darn incredibly well together! Tiny flags covered in deep pink/ purple glitter are inserted into the cupcakes with toothpicks.

But what really makes this spectacular is the gold vintage-style cake stand that these little beauties are displayed upon. It’s a thrift store find that got an inexpensive do-over (cost under $5 in total!).

Make a Glittered Cake Stand

You can easily do this too.

Here’s How:

Just thoroughly spray a cake stand with spray adhesive (make sure the stand has been washed and thoroughly dried just beforehand.

Then immediately sprinkle generously with gold (or silver if you prefer) glitter, ensuring that every bit of the cake stand is completely covered with glitter.

You an also use craft glue instead of spray-adhesive, and apply it with an artists brush, again making sure to cover every bit of the surface of the cake stand.

Last step is to give the stand a bit of a protective covering so that you don’t have sparkles and glitter coming off all over the place. After you’ve applied the glitter, wait about 24 hours, then using an artist’s brush, cover with Modge Podge (available at craft stores) and allow to dry before putting that beautiful, glittering DIY cake stand into service.

This is a fab idea for New Years Eve, a special birthday, sweet sixteen, prom, a wedding, bridal shower, bridal luncheon, bachelorette party, Oscar Night party, or an anniversary. Why not add a little glam to a baby shower?

Or just whenever you want to inject a little glitz into your party or celebration 🙂

Yay! Birthday Cake

Yay! Birthday Cake

Yay! Birthday CakeIf cake could talk… what would it say?

“Yay!”

Okay, this is definitely one of the more unique birthday cake ideas I’ve seen recently. Who wouldn’t be tickled by a birthday cake with a secret hidden message inside.

They letters are created using edible play dough (which is sometimes also referred to as “edible dough”).  Its dough that you can form into shapes and letters, and perfectly yummy to eat. Ask for it at craft stores.  Also available at Amazon.com.

Asubtlerevelry.com has a full tutorial on how to make this cake if you have the patience to do it 🙂

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