Tag Archive | frosting

A Bun (or cupcake) in the Oven
















No, its not me that expecting, but pretty much every other person I know. Seriously. It’s like another baby boom around here!
So, in honor of these babies (and my best friend, in particular, who is on her third baby in 3 years! ) I made some cupcakes! She finds out what she’s having next week, so I couldn’t make just pink or just blue, I HAD to make both!








She didn’t want chocolate (I know, a prego lady that doesn’t want chocolate? What’s up with that?) So I chose funfetti with pink and blue sprinkles, and per her request, Raspberry Buttercream frosting, which I found out does not pipe well… *sad face* (see recipe below for reason why)
And since the raspberry frosting turns out pink, I added some blue sprinkles to the top! These are just cutest baby-themed cupcakes I’ve ever made (not to mention the only baby-themed cupcakes I’ve ever made) And they taste great too!
I decided to use a new funfetti recipe, and although its quite similar to the last one I used, I think I like it a little better. The cupcakes turned out soft, were shaped well (at least most of them were), have great flavor, and the recipe is pretty easy. And I am all about easy!
Happy Baking (to the cupcakes and the babies!)

Funnfetti Cupcakes with Raspberry Butter Cream Frosting
(cupcake recipe adapted from Annie’s Eats)
Yield: about 24 cupcakes

1 cup milk, divided
6 large egg whites
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 3/4 cup cake flour, sifted
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
12 tbsp (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup multicolored sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the cupcake pans with paper liners. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup of the milk, egg whites, vanilla and almond extracts. Whisk to blend. In a larger bowl (I used my KitchenAid mixer) combine cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix briefly on low speed to combine. Add butter and mix on low speed until the mixture resembles wet sand. Then, mix in the remaining 3/4 cup milk, then increase to medium speed and beat for about 90 seconds more. With the mixture on low speed, add the egg white mixture in three additions, mixing for about 20 seconds after each addition. Scrap the sides of the bowl as needed. Gently fold in the sprinkles with a spatula.








Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cupcake liners. Fill about 2/3 full. Bake about 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in the pan briefly, then transfer to a cooling rack  to cool completely before frosting.








Raspberry Buttercream Frosting (from MyRecipes.com)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup fresh raspberries (I used frozen this time, and I think that’s why it didn’t pipe well), washed and dried
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
16 oz pkg powdered sugar, sifted

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat (I used the whisk attachment, because I like the consistency it makes the frosting when complete), beat together butter, raspberries, vanilla, and salt, until creamy.
Add the powdered sugar in two additions (I do this to avoid the ‘cloud’ of sugar that will poof when you start the mixer)

Frost your cupcakes any way you’d like!

Wilton Tent Sale = Heaven on Earth

I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I had traveling to Woodridge, Illinois for the annual Wilton Tent Sale at the beginning of June. It was amazing. Fantastic. Heavenly. (besides the rude man who thought I was going the wrong way down the aisle. Sigh) So besides that, I had more fun than I could possibly imagine!
















Obviously this was not the tent. I was so excited when we got there that I didn’t take any pictures of the actual tent!!

This tent was close to a mile long with 5 rows of wonderful, discounted Wilton supplies. From baking pans to sprinkles to frosting tips. It WAS Heaven on Earth. There were a few things that they were out of already when we arrived around 9:30am and they opened at 8! I don’t really know how to explain it other than incredible.

Here’s are a few pictures from our day 🙂
















We were way to excited to going! (and no, we did not intentionally match that day, we are just that good)










Our wonderful ‘drivers’. (hey, they offered to drive us down there and listen to our chatter and giggles for the whole 8ish hour ride there and back) Beth’s hubby, Andy is on the left and my hubby, Arron is on the right 🙂
















I had no idea that  you could see the skyline of Chicago from where we were in Illinois. I thought this was so cool (I don’t get out much)  So while we were driving home I had to try and get a picture of it!
















We even got caught in a real Chicago area traffic jam! Oh the fun!!
















There were planes flying right over the highway when we drove by O’Hare Airport. I also, have never driven by that airport. It was pretty exciting for me!
















Since we had nothing that we really had to get back for, we decided to stop at the Jelly Belly ‘Factory’ (I use the term loosely. It was really just a distribution center). It’s located just inside of Wisconsin. And who doesn’t love Jelly Belly’s!!!
















The building even lives on Jelly Belly Lane!!!
















That’s right. We took the tour 🙂
















Jelly Belly’s were hanging from the ceiling in the waiting room for the tour. There were some cooler ones hanging from the ceiling while we were on the ‘train’ during the tour, but we were told not to take pictures during the tour.










We also had to wear these lovely hats..you know, to keep out hair out of the processing. Don’t they make a cute couple!
















I had to steal one picture during the tour. We came across these flamingos!!!! How could not take a picture?

That concludes my picture tour of our day.

If you choose to check out the tent sale next year, I would suggest making a detailed list of things you really want. I didn’t and did buy some stuff that I really wanted, including a Wilton Master Tip set  so I can not pipe just about anything!! (after I practice a lot, anyway.)

I also purchased some fun Zebra print and hot pink candles, cake platter, and cupcake liners for my sister’s upcoming birthday. That will be fun!

I hope you enjoyed reading about our day as much as I enjoyed writing this and remembering everything!!!

Thank you and God Bless!