September 28, 2014

Itsy Bitsy Spider Cake

I had no actual reason for making this cake except that I was really in a Halloween mood and wanted to make it! 

In fact, I baked it up the day before I went out of town and the whole thing went over to the neighbor’s house.

I played around with a red velvet cake recipe, since I wasn’t impressed last time I tried one.  I was also sure to use a “no taste” red food dye, which yielded much more pleasing insults, in my humble opinion.

This was my very first time making ganache, so it’s a little gloppy – I think I let it set just a hair too long before pouring, but the results were still delicious!

Happy Halloween!

Click here for my cake inspiration.

September 24, 2014

Everyday Monster Cookies for the #GoBoBakeSale

If you’ve spent much time around Amy’s Cooking Adventures, you know that I love any sort of cooking club or competition.

I’m also a big fan of mash ups.

So today, I’m sharing the cookies I made for the Go Bo Bake Sale and I’m participating in a challenge. 

The Go Bo Foundation was inspired by Bo, a 12 year old boy who fought bravely before succumbing to a rare type of leukemia.

Here’s a bit about the Go Bo! Foundation:

“Love each other, help each other, have your neighbor's back. If you see someone in need — even a stranger — reach out and help. This world can be a better place if we care and help each other.”
~ Bo Johnson

The Go Bo! Foundation has a three-tiered approach of assistance. They:

1.     Fund childhood cancer and related blood disorder research at the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.).

2.     Support state-of-the-art treatment in a child friendly environment at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (Dr. David Margolis was Bo’s doctor and he is a huge advocate and innovator in the field of childhood cancer).

3.     “Pay it forward” to families of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Since most of the family’s energy is spent on their child, families often experience a financial crisis during this time. The Go Bo! Foundation’s goal is to assist in alleviating some of the financial worries by providing direct financial assistant (mortgage, rent, utilities, etc.). The assistance is not to be used for medical expenses, but rather to assist with the day-to-day bills.

Isn’t it a great cause?

September 22, 2014

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Ready for a cute Halloween treat?

Candy Corn Cupcakes!!!

They’re actually just a simple white cake tinted three different colors and decorated with candy corns – it doesn’t get much easier.

To make these, line 2 muffin tins with paper liners (24).  Take your favorite white cake mix (my favorite white for cupcakes is listed below) and use a small scoop (about 1 tablespoon) to drop some white batter into each muffin cup.

Next, tint all of the remaining cake batter yellow with gel food coloring.  Then, use the small scoop to add yellow batter directly on top of the white in each muffin cup.

Last, tint all of the remaining yellow batter orange with gel food coloring.  Split the orange batter evenly between the muffin cups, directly on top of the yellow batter.  Bake according to package directions and frost as desired, decorating with candy corns!  That’s it!

September 15, 2014

Broken Glass Cupcakes

As I was looking around Pinterest last year, I saw these cupcakes and knew that they absolutely had to happen!

I also knew that they were a bit to grizzly to make for my kids, but as luck would have it, I had a Halloween party to attend!

The cupcakes are my very favorite Rich Chocolate Cake frosted in white buttercream and dairy free chocolate frosting (tinted black).

Of course the most important and stunning feature of these cupcakes is the broken glass…or should I say sugar glass?

That’s right, that glass is made of sugar!  In fact, it’s that same stuff they use in movies and plays when someone breaks a pane of glass over another’s head! 

I’m not going to go in to a full tutorial on sugar glass, since this was my first time trying it, but I will tell you to absolutely NOT use the recipe from inspiration link up there…terrible, just terrible!  And complete waste of ingredients.

September 2, 2014

Limoncello Cupcakes with Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting

A couple weekends ago, I got to bring cupcakes to the bridal shower of one of my college friends.

Her wedding colors are navy and green, but for the shower, the d├ęcor focused on navy.

I always think it’s always fun to have cocktail-inspired cupcakes at a bridal shower.  I still had some homemade Meyer Lemon Limoncello chilling in the freezer and I loved the idea of light lemony cupcakes for the shower!

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