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Easter Basket Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for Easter!

If you are interested in making some, here is what you will need…

Ingredients:

Cupcakes

Icing (https://byuflamingo.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/buttercream-icing/)

Green food coloring (liquid NOT gel)

Sour straws

Easter candy

Shredded Coconut

Here’s what you do with it all!

1. Start with your cupcake (I love Funfetti)

2. Dye the icing green (whatever green you want…I went for a more pastel color, so I only did a few drops)

3. Put the shredded coconut in a Ziploc baggie and put some green food coloring into the bag (5 or 6 drops. Once again, it depends on what kind of green you want)

4. Shake and move the bag to make the coconut green! 

This will be your grass!

5. Pout the “grass” into a bowl

6. Ice the cupcake with the green icing

7. Dip the iced cupcake into the bowl of “grass”

8. Get out your sour straws and put them on the cupcake for the handle!

Push it down into the cupcake on each side…make sure it’s pretty deep

9. Put your goodies on top! You may want to put some icing on the bottom of the candy to make sure it stays

Happy Cupcaking!

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Easter Bunny Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for Easter!

Wanna make them, too?

You will need….

Cupcakes

Icing (https://byuflamingo.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/buttercream-icing/)

Mini M&M’s (2 per cupcake)

Mini marshmallows (2 per cupcake)

Large marshmallows (1 per cupcake)

Shredded cocunut

Pink sugar sprinkles

Black writing gel icing

Pink jellybeans (1 per cupcake)

Once you’ve got all that stuff, you will…

1. Make the cupcakes! I always like Funfetti.

2. Ice the cupcake

3. Dip the cupcake into a bowl full of shredded coconut.

Now you have bunny fur!

4. Cut the large marshmallow in half on the rounded side

This will give you the ears!

5. Dip the sticky part of the marshmallow into the pink sugar sprinkles

You now have cute little bunny ears!

6. Put a bit of icing on the back of the ears to put it onto the cupcake.

7. Put a pink jelly bean on for the nose.

8. Put on two mini M&M’s for the eyes

9. Put some icing on the mini marshmallows before putting them below the nose on the bunny.

As a side note, make sure the marshmallows are the same size…this is not ideal:

10. Put little black dots on the mini M&M’s for pupils!

11. If you want, you can use the black icing for whiskers. I didn’t like it, but if you do, go ahead!

I decided that I only like using blue and green for eyes…red looks evil.

Moral of the story: these are great for Easter!

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Buttercream Icing

A few months ago, I got tired of buying icing for all my cupcakes.

So I began the search for a new recipe.

I took this recipe and altered it slightly: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/buttercream-icing/detail.aspx

And I love it! Here’s what you do!

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons milk

Here’s what you do!

1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and vanilla.

2. Blend in the sugar, 1 cup at a time, blending well after each addition.

3. Beat in the milk.

4. Continue mixing until light and fluffy!

I always use it right after I make it, but if you will be using it later, keep it covered until ready to decorate.

With leftovers, I just refrigerate it until I need it again! When I need it, I let it sit out until it gets to room temperature and then I whip it fluffy!

So good, and it’s what I use on all my cupcakes!

Enjoy!

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Flower Cupcakes

Aren’t those just so cute! I found the idea on Pinterest! http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Desserts/Hello-Flower-Cupcakes.aspx

I was not aware that McCormick had recipes on their website…but obviously they do! I’ll be perusing around there more often now…. Here is how to make these adorable flower cupcakes…

You will need:

  • Cupcakes
  • Icing
  • Sprinkles
  • Marshmallows
  • Gumdrops
  • Shredded colored coconut (if so desired…I just had some left over from a previous project)
Wanna know how to color your shredded coconut? Just put the coconut into a plastic baggy, add some LIQUID food color, and shake it around! Add as much food coloring as you want to get your desired look as you go. Done. 

1. Make the cupcakes

First I made cupcakes. Because I am in Provo, UT, I have to make sure I alter them for high altitude…..I have made the mistake of NOT doing so, and I have not forgotten since then. Also, I always use Funfetti Pillsbury cake mix for my cupcakes….unless someone wants chocolate. But I don’t like chocolate cupcakes. I like Funfetti.  ALSO I always spray the cupcake lines with cooking spray (canola oil) before I add the batter. 

2. Make the icing

I had left over icing from my the minion cupcakes I made yesterday! https://byuflamingo.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/minion-cupcakes/

But I wanted green icing for the base of these cupcakes, so I added some gel food coloring until it was the hue I wanted.

3. Get your sprinkles ready

I LOVE SPRINKLES.

I always have an assortment on hand. 

I collect sprinkles.

If you are going to use only one kind of sprinkles for your flowers, then you will only need 2 bowls (1 for the green sugar sprinkles, and one for the petal sprinkles). But if you are going to do an assortment like I did, you will need lots of little bowls. 

Make sure you have a bowl of green sugar sprinkles. This is for the edges of the cupcakes.

4. Ice the cupcake

5. Roll the edges of the cupcake in the green sprinkles

6. Slice the marshmallows

Cut the marshmallows crosswise in 4 slices…..like this….

They automatically turn into petal shapes! And if you cut one kinda weird…that’s okay…still use it…I did! See?…..

7. Make the marshmallows pretty!

Be sure to use the side of the marshmallows what curves upward….does that make sense?

The concave side is the side you WANT to use:

The convex side is the side you DO NOT want to use:

Press the concave side of the marshmallow into the sprinkles/coconut until it is coated.

8. Put the petals onto the cupcake!

I added them 1 by 1 as I pressed them into the decoration, but you could just as easily decorate all the petals and then put them onto the cupcake.

9. Put a gumdrop in the middle!

When I was at Macey’s (the grocery store….not Macy’s the department store) with Shaylea and were looking for Smarties for the minion cupcakes I made yesterday, I also got gumdrops for these. I picked out the yellow and white ones from the bulk candy section – it was a bit of a challenge  to pick them out with the large scoop they had…but I managed!

YOUR CUPCAKES ARE DONE!!!

AND THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!

And due to the fact that I love taking pictures of my cupcakes, here are some extra pictures….

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Minion Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for Collin’s birthday….HAPPY BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY!

Have you seen the movie Despicable Me? Well I have, and I LOVE the minions.

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I found this idea on Pinterest….I use Pinterest for recipes and craft ideas…I love it!

Here is the link to the Pinterest one I used:

http://doitandhow.com/2011/11/08/minion-cupcakes/

And I also Googled (I love how that is a VERB now) to see what other minion cupcakes I could use for inspiration…here’s the ones I used:

http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&safe=active&sa=X&biw=1366&bih=624&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=FvAqGcA9eDqF7M:&imgrefurl=http://www.thedailybriellelee.com/2011/10/minion-cupcakes.html&docid=cDcErNKMgFQnQM&imgurl=http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4SOKyrbmrMw/To-L3XmXosI/AAAAAAAAACM/Sa3_kW1y1Jg/s1600/033.JPG&w=1600&h=1200&ei=84tsT-_kCe7UiALxkZGECQ&zoom=1

http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&safe=active&sa=X&biw=1366&bih=624&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=LhT8JPI9uLyZsM:&imgrefurl=http://www.madisonhousechef.com/2011/05/minion-cupcakes.html&docid=Md__QFtXN-6jJM&imgurl=http://notabene.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341cb68453ef01538ea9df0f970b-pi&w=425&h=290&ei=84tsT-_kCe7UiALxkZGECQ&zoom=1

I like to give credit to the sites I got the idea from….

I have a hard time coming up with cute cupcake ideas on my own…but if I see one I like, I can usually replicate it!

The recipe from Pinterest had Smarties for the eyes…but when I went to the store with my friend Shaylea, we determined that it is not worth it to buy a bag of Smarties. Why? Because there are only 2-3 white Smarties in each little Smarties pack…SO NOT WORTH IT. So we opted for white chocolate chips instead. 

So I made the cupcakes. I used snowman cupcake liners, because that’s what I had!

Then I made the icing. The BEST ICING EVER. I’ll post a how-to later.

For these minion cupcakes, here’s what you will need:

  • Cupcakes
  • Icing
  • Twinkies (1 Twinkie = 2 minion cupcakes)
  • Chocolate sprinkles (the cylindrical kind, not the round kind)
  • White chocolate chips (or white Smarties)
  • Black icing to draw with ( I bought 2 tubes, unsure of how much I would need. But I ONLY NEEDED ONE tube!)

1. Make the cupcakes

First I made cupcakes. Because I am in Provo, UT, I have to make sure I alter them for high altitude…..I have made the mistake of NOT doing so, and I have not forgotten since then. Also, I always use Funfetti Pillsbury cake mix for my cupcakes….unless someone wants chocolate. But I don’t like chocolate cupcakes. I like Funfetti. 

ALSO I always spray the cupcake lines with cooking spray (canola oil) before I add the batter. 

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2. Unwrap a Twinkie and cut it in half with a sharp knife. 

Make sure you don’t just cut straight down…saw back and forth….

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That was my first attempt. Later on, I was able to get a much cleaner cut

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3. Make a hole for the eyes

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I didn’t think of this until about halfway through…when the eyes started falling out:

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If I had used smarties, I am sure I would not have had that problem. But due to the fact that the white chocolate chips are not flat on the back, they needed somewhere for the point to go. The hole I made seemed to remedy that problem. 

To make the hole, simply poke the knife where you want the hole to go, and then spin the knife so it makes a hole wide enough for the point of the white chocolate chip. 

4. Put the eyes on.

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Sorry the picture is so blurry, but it still shows what to do. Get a little bit of icing on the tip of the white chocolate chip. That will help it stay in when the icing hardens.

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The minion-to-be on the left had a little too much icing behind his eyes…try to avoid that. 

5. Draw on your desired features.

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I tried to put an outline around the goggles…not my best idea. I didn’t have the right kind of icing for that. In the original minion cupcake picture I saw, they had gray icing around the goggles, which I thought looked really great. Perhaps if I had an icing piping thing, then I could have done it. But I decided to do the rest of them with no outline around the goggles.

6. Ice the cupcake

Please do not be Amelia Bedelia and actually ICE the cupcake with frozen water. What I mean here is to put the icing onto the cupcake =)

7. Place the minion onto the cupcake

I kinda pushed him down into the icing and even spun him left and right a little in order to make sure he stayed put.Image

8. Add the hair.

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I poured out some of the chocolate sprinkles onto my wax paper work space and picked out the longer ones to use for hair. Just poke them into the top! I did 3 on each, but you could easily do more or less depending on what minion look you are going for.

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And that’s how you make minion cupcakes!

Here are some additional pictures, simply because I love taking pictures of my cupcakes.

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Did you notice the one that is drooling? Let me tell you about him…

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I don’t know what happened! I guess the gel icing was extra runny that time! I could not stop laughing! Every time I looked at it, I laughed again. And even if I simply THOUGH about this little guy, I laughed. Out loud.

And it just got worse….

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I texted Raspbana a picture of the minion…and of it when it was worse as well…and she said “You can tell collin that is him as a minion, a really old minion falling apart! :-)”

So I told Collin that it is him as an old decrepit minion.

Still, each time I SEE or THINK ABOUT this little guy, I laugh. Out loud.

If you have any questions about these adorable cupcakes, please feel free to ask!

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P.S. Twinkies are DISGUSTING. But they make cute minion cupcakes!

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Easter Bird Nest Cupcakes

HAPPY EASTER!!!
I spend the weekend in Cache Valley with my roommates Becca and Jenna! I went to Jenna’s on Saturday and spent the night. Then I went to Becca’s on Sunday. We went to church and then had a family dinner, it was so good! And it was her grandma’s 85th birthday! She’s such a cute lady!

For Easter, I made these cute cupcakes!!! 


Here’s a close up:
 I got the idea from http://www.easycupcakes.com
There’s so many cute ideas on there!
Wanna make ’em?
Here’s what you need:
cupcake mix
cupcake liners
chow mein noodles
candy eggs (the recipe said Robin Eggs, but I couldn’t find any, so I used the most delicious mini Cadbury eggs!)

And then here’s what you do:
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F
2. line 24 muffin cups with cupcake liners.
3. Spray the liners with nonstick cooking spray
4. Cook the cupcakes like it says to on the box
5. Let them cool
6. Frost a cupcake
7. Arrange the chow mein noodles to form a nest
8. Put three eggs of varying colors into the next
9. Do the same thing with the rest of the cupcakes
10. Spread joy by sharing your cute cupcakes.


 

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Strawberry Cupcakes

Do you like my adorable strawberry cupcakes?


I made 24 of them to give to friends for finals week.
I gave them a cupcake and said “HAPPY FINALS WEEK!”

And they’re super easy to make!
You just need:
Strawberry cake mix
Strawberry flavored frosting
mini chocolate chips
green sour punch straws
foil
cupcake liners
red food coloring

And here’s what you do!!
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F
2. line 24 muffin cups with the cupcake liners
3. pinch in one side of each cupcake liner
4. spray liners with nonstick cooking spray
5. put 1/2-inch ball of foil between liner and muffin cup to hold in place (see the last two pictures above)
6. Prepare, bake, and cool cake mix as directed on package for cupcakes, using the water, oil, and eggs
7. Stir food color into frosting until it’s well blended and as red as you want it to be
8. frost cooked cupcakes with frosting to resemble strawberries
9. Cut sour straws into little pieces and press 3 or 4 into the top of each cupcake
10. Arrange mini chocolate chips on the frosting to resemble seeds
11. Go give them to your friends simply because they are great and you want to show your appreciation for them.

(I got this idea from familyfun.com! They have some of the best ideas for stuff!) 

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