Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Cupcakes

Super easy and super cute!!

I made the bats out of chocolate.... just put some melted chocolate into a ziplock bag, sniped the end,
piped it onto wax paper laid over a template I made, and put it in the freezer to set up.

I wish I knew how to add the template as a downloadable link...
if anyone does, please let me know so I can share!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cupcakes in a Jar {2} the info you asked for...

I have a lot of new followers {and people stopping by} from last week when I was featured on Tatertots & Jello (see that post here ...there are so many adorable Halloween treats!!) and many people have been asking for some additional information on the cupcakes in a jar post.... I aim to please so here ya go!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes:
Spice box mix
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
Vanilla Butter cream Frosting:
(this is the recipe I use for almost all of my cupcakes)
3 sticks butter (room temp, very important)
1 stick Crisco
1 and 1/4 bags of powered sugar (I use 2lb bags)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 tbl spoons of milk
I think the trick to better frosting is to beat the butter, beat it real good! 6-8 minutes good. If you have a kitchen aid then no problem, just walk away... but if you don't, get a buddy because your arm is gonna be really sore! Then add the Crisco and beat for another minute or two and add the rest of the ingredients. Leave the milk for last and only add it if you need to. A good way to tell if the frosting is too thick is when you pop the mixer up, if most of the frosting stays on the paddle... it's too thick. Add the milk one table spoon at a time, mix and lift the mixer again.

When you are assembling the jars...
Cut the cupcake in 1/2
put the bottom in
then a swirl of frosting
spoonful of crumb topping
then the top 1/2 of the cupcake
swirl of frosting
crumb topping

Hope this helps! I'm looking forward to checking out all my new friends blogs! Leave me a comment if I have not visited you yet so I can pop on over!! Have a wonderful week! Can't wait to see how your cupcakes turn out!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

For Summer...

Broken hearted for you Summer... just know that we are praying for you and your family!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Par-tay!

Every year bestie hosts one heck of a Halloween party!
This year was no exception! We had a blast!

The hubs and I went as Kermit & Miss Piggy

I'll let the rest of the photos speak for themselves...
good times, good friends, and good food.
Happy Halloween!

not pictured: 8-10 party-poopers that didn't dress up...
no spot on my blog for you friends! hahaha

Monday, October 25, 2010

Dear Bakerella,

I didn't mean to practically sit on top of you at your Atlanta book signing the other day.... I was just so excited... and you looked so cute... my apologies. Hope we can still be friends.

and if you don't know who Bakerella is...