I loved the minions in both Despicable Me movies, so
when my son’s Cub Scout pack asked me to make minion cupcakes for their Blue
& Gold Banquet, I was thrilled. The
theme was “Cub Scouts are One in a Minion.”
It was such a cute theme with some cute patootie minion
cupcakes to go along with it.
The cupcakes were lemon cupcakes baked in blue cupcakes
liners (recipe below or click for a gluten-free version and a boozy version). They were lightly frosted in buttercream and
then topped with MM fondant. I had such
a blast making the faces and giving each little minion his own personality!
This year, my husband wanted an Asteroids cake for our
combined birthday party.
I attempted to recreate the feel of the game console
using a sheet cake with an angled round cake placed on top.
The cake was a Rich Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting
(tinted black) with a few MM Fondant details.
I made the Asteroids and game score out of piped candy melts, however
they broke so easily, that I’d use Royal Icing next time.
Recently, I’ve been making
more gluten-free cakes for friends with special dietary needs.
When I first started, I
simply picked up a box of gluten-free cake mix and made it as is. It was ok, but not spectacular.
Then I started to try other
gluten-free brands and picked up a copy of The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free
. If you’re starting to cook gluten-free for
yourself or for someone else, I can’t recommend a better resource. It’s full of tips and tricks and includes a
section titled “How to Bake Gluten-Free in a Gluten-Filled Kitchen” (note: I’m not being compensated in any way for my review, I’m just really
impressed with the book. If you click
the link, I may be credited through Amazon if you choose to purchase).
Once I got more comfortable
baking gluten-free in my gluten-filled kitchen, and armed with a great resource,
I started tweaking mixes to open up more flavor possibilities, such as the
gluten-free lemon cake recipe I’m sharing below.