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Guest Tutorial — Make Sparkling Cider Cupcakes {with free New Year’s Eve printable}

30 Dec

Hey everyone!  We are so excited to be here today to share this project with you!  
We are friends, Julie and Tara from Crae’s Creations and Co.  
On our blog you will find a variety of projects – 
sewing, holiday crafts, home decor, baking ideas, remodels, re purpose and more.  

We have a love for making cute things, especially CUPCAKES!  
And today we are going to share one of our cupcake creations with you!

Now,  each one of you can make a cupcake… but have you made a gourmet cupcake?  You know the ones I’m talking about.  The cupcakes that are $2-3 each!  Well, this recipe will make your mouth water and your lips… Oh. So. Lickable!  The next best part?  You don’t have to spend insane amounts of money to eat this delicious cupcake!
Sparkling Cider Cupcake

Yes, you read it right!  Sparkling Cider is the main ingredient in this yummy cupcake.  
A perfect cupcake to RING in the New Year!
The center…
Are you ready to eat this cupcake now?  GOOD! 
Ingredients:
CAKE
Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix
Bottle of Sparkling Cider
Apple Pie Filling
Cinnamon
Eggs
Oil

(Just imagine the box that says “Fudge Brownies” really says “Yellow Cake Mix.” I forgot to take a picture of the box before I threw it away…oops!)
FROSTING
Confectioner’s Sugar (2 lbs)
1 Stick Butter (not the fake stuff!)
Sparkling Cider

Directions:
CAKE!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake tins with liners.
2. Make the cake mix as directed BUT replace the amount of water used with the Sparkling Cider. 
3. Add 2-3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. (or more if desired). 
4. Pour cake batter into lined tins filling 3/4 full.
5. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
6. Allow cupcakes to cool.
7. Cut out a small cone shaped hole in the center of the cupcake using a paring knife.
8. With a small teaspoon, spoon apple pie filling into the center hole.
FROSTING!
1. Beat softened butter until smooth.
2. Slowly add powder sugar, little amounts at a time alternating with sparkling cider.
I used the entire bag of powdered sugar and maybe 1/2 cup of cider.  I didn’t measure, I just added here and there until the frosting was the consistency I like. 
Frost your gourmet cupcake with a pastry bag and large tip.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or maybe top them with these?
FREE PRINTABLE CUPCAKE TOPPERS!
Print out toppers then cut out using scissors or use a scrapbook punch.  Attach to a sucker stick and insert into each cupcake!
Your cupcakes will definitely be the talk of the party!
(Have you checked out Summertime Designs?  If you haven’t you should!  She has amazing digital scrapbook kits.)
We like to use cupcakes as the main attraction.  Put them front and center and let your cupcakes be the centerpiece.
Welcome Two Thousand Eleven!
Wishing you all a fabulous New Year filled with much happiness and lots of cute crafting!
 http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_NgH-mlTcwHE/TAYM0TLuqvI/AAAAAAAALAs/enSF_TL5VFI/s1600/shared+my+tutorial.jpg
Thanks Julie and Tara — those cupcakes look delicious. 
Perfect for New Years Eve!!! 
Here are some of favorite projects from Crae’s Creations:  
https://i0.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TOmVQFqrzHI/AAAAAAAABRU/g7XVyhb3CQg/s1600/1.jpg
 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TF9zWAt7ouI/AAAAAAAABA4/0z1RmqSbXEU/s1600/camera+unload+8-9-10+241.JPG
And you really must check out their cupcakes.
Talk about delicious!!! 
Yum! 
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TPrSM9E-gSI/AAAAAAAABRY/zyvvkaOnPFs/s1600/cupcake.bmp
Be sure to head over to Crae’s Creations and say hi!!
xoxo

Guest Tutorial — Make Sparkling Cider Cupcakes {with free New Year’s Eve printable}

30 Dec

Hey everyone!  We are so excited to be here today to share this project with you!  
We are friends, Julie and Tara from Crae’s Creations and Co.  
On our blog you will find a variety of projects – 
sewing, holiday crafts, home decor, baking ideas, remodels, re purpose and more.  

We have a love for making cute things, especially CUPCAKES!  
And today we are going to share one of our cupcake creations with you!

Now,  each one of you can make a cupcake… but have you made a gourmet cupcake?  You know the ones I’m talking about.  The cupcakes that are $2-3 each!  Well, this recipe will make your mouth water and your lips… Oh. So. Lickable!  The next best part?  You don’t have to spend insane amounts of money to eat this delicious cupcake!
Sparkling Cider Cupcake

Yes, you read it right!  Sparkling Cider is the main ingredient in this yummy cupcake.  
A perfect cupcake to RING in the New Year!
The center…
Are you ready to eat this cupcake now?  GOOD! 
Ingredients:
CAKE
Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix
Bottle of Sparkling Cider
Apple Pie Filling
Cinnamon
Eggs
Oil

(Just imagine the box that says “Fudge Brownies” really says “Yellow Cake Mix.” I forgot to take a picture of the box before I threw it away…oops!)
FROSTING
Confectioner’s Sugar (2 lbs)
1 Stick Butter (not the fake stuff!)
Sparkling Cider

Directions:
CAKE!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake tins with liners.
2. Make the cake mix as directed BUT replace the amount of water used with the Sparkling Cider. 
3. Add 2-3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. (or more if desired). 
4. Pour cake batter into lined tins filling 3/4 full.
5. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
6. Allow cupcakes to cool.
7. Cut out a small cone shaped hole in the center of the cupcake using a paring knife.
8. With a small teaspoon, spoon apple pie filling into the center hole.
FROSTING!
1. Beat softened butter until smooth.
2. Slowly add powder sugar, little amounts at a time alternating with sparkling cider.
I used the entire bag of powdered sugar and maybe 1/2 cup of cider.  I didn’t measure, I just added here and there until the frosting was the consistency I like. 
Frost your gourmet cupcake with a pastry bag and large tip.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or maybe top them with these?
FREE PRINTABLE CUPCAKE TOPPERS!
Print out toppers then cut out using scissors or use a scrapbook punch.  Attach to a sucker stick and insert into each cupcake!
Your cupcakes will definitely be the talk of the party!
(Have you checked out Summertime Designs?  If you haven’t you should!  She has amazing digital scrapbook kits.)
We like to use cupcakes as the main attraction.  Put them front and center and let your cupcakes be the centerpiece.
Welcome Two Thousand Eleven!
Wishing you all a fabulous New Year filled with much happiness and lots of cute crafting!
 http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_NgH-mlTcwHE/TAYM0TLuqvI/AAAAAAAALAs/enSF_TL5VFI/s1600/shared+my+tutorial.jpg
Thanks Julie and Tara — those cupcakes look delicious. 
Perfect for New Years Eve!!! 
Here are some of favorite projects from Crae’s Creations:  
https://i0.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TOmVQFqrzHI/AAAAAAAABRU/g7XVyhb3CQg/s1600/1.jpg
 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TF9zWAt7ouI/AAAAAAAABA4/0z1RmqSbXEU/s1600/camera+unload+8-9-10+241.JPG
And you really must check out their cupcakes.
Talk about delicious!!! 
Yum! 
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TPrSM9E-gSI/AAAAAAAABRY/zyvvkaOnPFs/s1600/cupcake.bmp
Be sure to head over to Crae’s Creations and say hi!!
xoxo

Tatertots & Jello Cupcakes!!

28 May

Tatertots & Jello Cupcakes

Thank you so much, Jen, I’m just thrilled to be sharing these Super fun Tatertots and Jello Cupcakes with your readers today! Jen’s Blog is one of my very favorites, she has such Awesome ideas! Love them! Last month while Jen and I were working on the Mother’s Day Extravaganza together, we were chatting on Skype and decided it would be really fun to swap Blogs for the day…so, here we are!

Cupcake Tuesday at HoosierHomemade.com


 
Hello, Tatertots and Jello fans! I’m Liz, the Hoosier Momma from Hoosier Homemade. I’m a SAHM of 3 teenage boys, that keep me running with their sports and school activities. I’ve been blogging a little over a year, I share lots of baked goods, Budget Friendly Meals, and decorating tips and tricks, all to help you “Make Your House a Home.”

What would be fitting for the Tatertots and Jello Blog? Well…Tatertots and Jello Cupcakes, of course!

When Jen asked me to show you some of my cupcakes, and teach you how to make them, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Back in April, for my son’s birthday, I made him Chicken Nuggets and Fry Cupcakes. I used the same concept that I made the nuggets with, and made Tatertots.

Tatertots Directions:

  1. You will need…a pound cake or angel food cake (store bought because it has a better texture, believe me, I tried), a can of store bought frosting, vanilla (not whipped, I almost always make my own frosting, but for this, you need store bought), crinkle cut sharp blade of some type and vanilla wafers, crushed.
  2. Cut the cake into chunks, about 1 inch square
  3. Melt the frosting in the microwave about 15 seconds until very thin, dip cake chunks into frosting then into wafers
  4. And…there you have it, Tatertots

Jello Poke Cupcakes Directions:

  1. You will need a plain white box cake mix, plus the ingredients to add (hop on over and check out my video on how to make your box mix taste homemade), jello and Cool Whip (for frosting)
  2. Bake cupcakes, after they are cooled, place them on a foil lined cookie sheet and poke them several times with a fork
  3. Mix Jello according to directions on the box. I used red and blue because of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, but of course, any flavor you like is fine.
  4. Gently pour jello over cupcakes, you can see there is lots of overflow, that’s why you want to put them on a pan
  5. Then line another cookie sheet with foil, wipe off the bottoms of the cupcakes and transfer them to the other pan (this way, when the jello sets up, the cupcake won’t be all sticky on the bottom) Place in fridge for a couple hours.
  6. I made finger jello with the extra jello for decorating the cupcakes

I’d love for you to head over and visit me at Hoosier Homemade. Earlier this week, I shared these cute Memorial Day Cupcakes and a video showing you how easy they are to make.

Enjoy and Thanks again to Jen for having me!

Liz – you are too cute!!! I wish I could have eaten one of those cupcakes. I will have to make some. Liz hosts a great party every Tuesday — Cupcake Tuesdays! You should go over and check it out. So many great cupcake recipes are linked up each week. And Liz comes up with the most creative cupcakes!
Happy Friday!
XOXO
PS – The Weekend Wrap Up Party starts tonight at 10 PM! Come link up your ideas – so I can showcase YOU!

Come over for the 500th Cupcake Party!

6 Nov

 I’m guest blogging over at Carrie’s World today. She is having a cupcake party celebrating her 500th post. 500 people – that is big! 

 {isn’t she cute?}
Come over and have a cupcake and see this little project that I have made in honor of Carrie! Here’s a sneak peek — it involves hounds tooth and burlap:
Have a Wonderful Weekend!
XOXO

Come over for the 500th Cupcake Party!

6 Nov

 I’m guest blogging over at Carrie’s World today. She is having a cupcake party celebrating her 500th post. 500 people – that is big! 

 {isn’t she cute?}
Come over and have a cupcake and see this little project that I have made in honor of Carrie! Here’s a sneak peek — it involves hounds tooth and burlap:
Have a Wonderful Weekend!
XOXO

New Pillow, Cupcakes and Halloween Parade

29 Oct
I made this saying into a pillow. I think it’s funny. I used some soft houndstooth with the burlap.

 {making the cupcake wrappers}

I was so inspired from all of those Halloween treats I posted about uesterday. When the kids got home from school we made some cupcakes and used the free printables and cupcake wrapper templates. We took some over to our new neighbors but they weren’t home – darn.

This morning we went over to Hannah’s school for the Halloween parade. It was great to see all of the kids dressed up in their costumes. Ella was excited to dress up too! And I finally go around to making the skirt for Hannah’s costume last night. Here was our inspiration:
And the final costume:
I have been working on some more burlap things, I am almost ready to show them. But I have this pesky feeling that I am coming down this something. You know — headache, hot under the eyes, beginnings of  a sore throat. Maybe if I take some zinc. Would that help?
XOXO

Tasty Tidbits Thursday: birthday party giveaway!

24 Sep
Thanks for stopping by for my birthday party. We are having cupcakes to celebrate!
cupcake with daisy

You know how I am obsessed with Sprinkles?
And to celebrate, I am giving away a Sprinkles cupcake mix.
 You have the choice of: Banana, Vanilla, Dark Chocolate or Red Velvet. They even come with the Sprinkles candies to put in the middle!
 Just leave me a comment on this post. I will choose a winner tomorrow night (Friday) at midnight! Good luck!
***
Thanks for coming by for my party!
XOXO