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Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

by Jennifer Wieland
Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece
PEEPS & COMPANY® provided me with products to help facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 
Spring has definitely sprung around here and I couldn’t be happier! Easter is coming next weekend and the weather is warming up and nature is showing some signs of color. Easter is always so much fun and when you live in a state that gets hit plenty with grey skies, extreme cold, snow and ice all winter long it’s always nice to see the fun colors of Easter make their appearance. One staple of Easter in my house is always a variety of PEEPS®. The fun shapes and colors always make me think spring. What’s even better is that you can use PEEPS & COMPANY® products to help decorate as well as munch on this Easter. This quick, easy, inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece will make a fun and colorful addition to your Easter table.

This centerpiece is perfect for an Easter table not only because it fits perfectly into the Easter theme but because once the meal is over and the table is being cleared, the kids can each grab a PEEPS® pop out of it and enjoy a sweet treat. The other nice thing is that this centerpiece is so quick and easy to put together that the kids can help or an older child can even make it on their own. 

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

1 package of PEEPS® Decorated Eggs

9 short skewers or lollipop/cake pop sticks

1-2 packages of Easter grass filler

floral foam (I found a four pack at the dollar store that worked perfectly)

1 Easter basket

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

Arrange the floral foam blocks into the Easter basket.

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

Cover the foam and fill in any spots that need it inside the basket with the Easter grass filler.

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

Remove the PEEPS® Decorated Eggs form their package. Separate and skewer them onto the sticks. 

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

Take the PEEPS® Decorated Eggs on the sticks and stick the sticks into the floral foam. Space them out and arrange them to your liking and there you have it, a beautiful, fun and festive centerpiece.

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

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Mexican Honey Puff Mix in a Gift Basket

by Jennifer Wieland
Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HoneyForHolidays #CollectiveBias

 

Holiday season is finally upon us and that means it’s time to figure out everyone you need gifts and hope that your list won’t break the bank. One way to do that is to make some of the gifts you give. It not only saves money but also lends a personal touch and thoughtfulness to the gift  itself. I personally love to make food gift baskets for friends and family. It’s a great way to share my favorite foods like Don Victor Honey and a new recipe that they may never have tried before. Throw in little extras like a mixing bowl instead of a basket and cooking tools or other kitchen items and you have a very lovely gift. Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

This year I am on a bit of a honey kick. I have always shied away from it before but I’m finally embracing it and all the amazing things you can do with it. Not only is it tasty it’s also a hidden gem in your beauty routine too. My favorite brand that I found at Walmart in the Hispanic food aisle is Don Victor Honey. I love that it’s a raw, filtered honey that is not heated or processed in any other way. I’m also fascinated by the fact that Don Victor Honey contains part of the honeycomb in every jar. 

Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

I don’t know if you knew this or not, because it was new to me but you can actually eat the honeycomb. Cut off a little piece and serve it on warm biscuits, toasts, french toast or pancakes for a delightful breakfast treat. The honeycomb does not melt but it will become soft and aromatic. 

Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

Since honey is a new fascination of mine I decided to start making up some gift baskets focused on a recipe that can be made to showcase honey. I created a lovely Mexican Honey Puffs (Sopapillas) gift basket. It has a jar of Mexican Honey Puffs mix, cinnamon sugar and Don Victor Honey along with some tools to make the recipe along with a recipe card on how to make them. 
Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

Mexican Honey Puff Mix (Sopapillas)
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968 calories
208 g
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2 g
26 g
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279 g
2372 g
13 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
279g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 968
Calories from Fat 21
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
4%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2372mg
99%
Total Carbohydrates 208g
69%
Dietary Fiber 7g
28%
Sugars 13g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
47%
Iron
21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 c. all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tbsp. sugar
  3. 2 tsp. baking powder
  4. 1 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Add the ingredients layer by layer into a glass jar. Seal the jar. Add recipe card to the jar and gift.
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Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

Mexican Honey Puffs (Sopapillas) Gift Basket

1 jar of Sopapilla mix

1 jar of Don Victor Honey

1 container of cinnamon sugar

Sopapillas (Mexican Honey Puffs) recipe card printed out on colorful card stock paper

Large mixing bowl

Napkin or dish towel

Shredded tissue paper

Kitchen tools

Cellophane or shrink-wrap

Ribbon or bow

Instructions

  1. Inside the large mixing bowl place the opened towel or napkin and arrange it to your liking so it hangs over the sides of the bowl.
  2. On top of the cloth place the shredded tissue paper. 
  3. Arrange the kitchen tools to your liking along the back and sides of the bowl.
  4. Add the containers of mix, cinnamon sugar and Don Victor Honey and arrange until positioned nicely.
  5. Add the recipe card to the front so it is clearly visible.
  6. wrap the “basket” in cellophane or shrink-wrap and decorate with a ribbon or bow.

For recipes and more information on Don Victor Honey head on over to their website and Facebook page. 

 

Do you have any favorite homemade gifts you like to share with family and friends during the holidays?

 


4th of July Edible Centerpieces

by Jennifer Wieland
4th of July Edible Centerpieces

 

 

The 4th of July is this weekend and for us the holiday usually involves the local parade, a family BBQ and fireworks to round out the night. I’m sure this is also how a lot of other people spend the day as well. It’s a great holiday for friends, family and fun. For the tables this year I decided to make 4th of July edible centerpieces since our family is over run with kids currently. Something that the kids or kids at heart could just grab and nosh on when they felt like it. 

4th of July Edible Centerpieces

These edible centerpieces consist of star marshmallows in two sizes, Rice Krispie Treats cut out with a star cookie cutter, candies and sprinkles for the edible portion.

4th of July Edible Centerpieces

This is also a great thing to make and let the kids put them together and decorate. Not only does it lessen your work but it also keeps the kids out-of-the-way so you can get everything else done. 

4th of July Edible Centerpieces

For the stands to hold the edible treats you can use any red, white or blue containers that you think will work. I personally used a red, square, bamboo cup and a blue, oval, tin bucket. 

4th of July Edible Centerpieces

4th of July Edible Centerpieces
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213 calories
47 g
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3 g
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7 g
6 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
59g
Yields
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213
Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 7mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 47g
16%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 6g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
0%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 20 Rice Krispie Treats (homemade or store bought cut into stars)
  2. 20 small star shaped marshmallows
  3. 20 large star shaped marshmallows
  4. chocolate melts (red, white or blue)
  5. candies and sprinkles to decorate
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate melts in the microwave in disposable pastry bags.
  2. Using candy sticks or wooden skewers slide the small star marshmallow on. Then a candy should follow next. Then add the large marshmallow and follow that with another candy. Then add the Rice Krispie Treat to the stick. Lay the assembled sticks onto a wax paper lined baking sheet.
  3. Decorate the marshmallows and Rice Krispie Treats with the melted chocolate, candies and sprinkles.
Notes
  1. To assemble the centerpieces all you need to do is place floral foam into the containers you are using. Insert the completed marshmallow and Rice Krispie Treat pops into the floral foam, adjusting until you are satisfied. Cover the floral foam with crinkle paper in the color of your choice.
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Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones

by Jennifer Wieland
Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

 

 

Monday was my son’s birthday he turned 11 and brought some awesome luck to the Chicago Blackhawks that night because they won the Stanley Cup for the third time in six years and won it at home for the first time since 1938. (It’s perfectly okay for me to believe he gave the his birthday luck for the win!) Today is the parade and the city is a madhouse! Hordes of people are lining the parade route and my 22-year-old is one of them. I would be too but with crowds that size I can’t bring my three youngest. I fear someone would get lost. SO since they were sad about missing the parade (My daughter wanted to yell “Oh captain, my captain!” to Jonathan Toews.) I made them some celebratory Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones to eat while watching the parade on TV.

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

These are super easy to make but you will need some time for them to dry so make sure you have plenty of time.

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

To make your own Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones complete with fondant pucks you will need:

Cake cones

Pairing Knife

Wilton Color Mist in silver

Chocolate Melts or Cubes

Disposable Pastry Bag

Small Package of Black Fondant (Walmart carries small Wilton packages in their craft aisle.)

Ice Cream, Yogurt or Custard of your choice

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

To start making your cone you will need two cake cones. Cut the top large section and part of the bottom off of one of the cones using a sharp pairing knife. The easiest way to do this is not just to cut straight through but cut and rotate the cone so that it only cuts the current section as you turn it. It comes out more even that way. 

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

Next, you will spray the pieces with the Wilton Color Mist in silver. You can do each piece alone or fit them together and then spray them to use less spray. Let the pieces dry completely before handling. 

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

Melt a small amount of white chocolate in the microwave according to package instructions in the disposable pastry bag. Once melted snip the tip off of the pastry bag and squeeze some of it into the smaller end on the halved cone. 

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

While the chocolate is still melted fit it onto the upside down full cone. This will be the “”glue” that holds the pieces together and prevents ice cream melting everywhere. 

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

While the chocolate is setting you will need to work the black fondant to soften it up. Once you have it to a workable state roll and flatten it with your hand. Then using a small fondant cutter, or the large end of a pastry tip cut out your “pucks”.

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

Now you can scoop up your favorite frozen treat into the Stanley Cup Cones and top with the fondant pucks and they are ready to be enjoyed. While not quite the real thing it does taste much better!

Congratulations Chicago Blackhawks on an awesome season!

 


Easy Spring Bird’s Nest Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland
Easy Spring Bird's Nest Cookies #Easter #Baking #Cookingwithkids

 

 

 

It’s Spring! Or so they keep telling us here in Chicago but with snow twice this week I am inclined to disagree. I hope spring does make an appearance though because I do love it. Everything goes from brown and gray to bright, green and colorful. In honor of spring and the approaching Easter holiday I wanted to do a quick and easy food that will be perfect to serve and your spring feasts. These Spring Bird’s Nest Cookies can be made with store-bought items and come together in a snap!

Easy Spring Bird's Nest Cookies #Easter #Baking #Cookingwithkids

I love food crafts like this because you can use so many prepared food items to make this easier on you and to make this a fun and kid-friendly cooking project. If you prefer though you can always use your own favorite cookie dough recipe for this like I did. You can find my recipe here.

Easy Spring Bird's Nest Cookies #Easter #Baking #Cookingwithkids

You can use a muffin or cupcake pan for this but I prefer to use a dessert shell pan. In this case, what becomes the top and the sides gets a lovely brown color which is reminiscent of a tree branch. Also, you are assured of having a lovely evenly hollowed out center for your frosting and candy.

Easy Spring Bird's Nest Cookies #Easter #Baking #Cookingwithkids

If you want to bake with your kids or have kids like mine who think playing with frosting is fun. Then this is definitely something to do with them. To make the nests I used a pastry bag fitted with a grass tip. The great thing about the grass tip is it is very easy and forgiving so it will be easy for kids to use without the frustration of a tip that requires more control.

Easy Spring Bird's Nest Cookies #Easter #Baking #Cookingwithkids

Spring Bird's Nest Cookies
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2003 calories
314 g
186 g
80 g
6 g
15 g
512 g
921 g
292 g
0 g
62 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
512g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2003
Calories from Fat 718
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 80g
123%
Saturated Fat 15g
77%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 38g
Monounsaturated Fat 24g
Cholesterol 186mg
62%
Sodium 921mg
38%
Total Carbohydrates 314g
105%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 292g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
4%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Prepared cookie dough (I used chocolate chip)
  2. 1 can of green frosting
  3. Cadbury mini eggs, jelly beans, Peeps or other candy.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven according to cookie dough recipe or package instructions.
  2. Press about 3-4 tbsp. of cookie dough into dessert shell pan. Each cavity should be half way filled. Bake in the oven cooking for about 15 minutes.
  3. Let the cookies cool in the pan for about five minutes and then invert onto a baking sheet. The cookies should pop right out or come out with a tap on the bottom. Allow to cool completely.
  4. Fit a pastry bag with a grass tip and then fill the bag with canned green frosting. Pipe the frosting in a circular motion into the cooled cookie shells.
  5. Decorate each nest with candy eggs and birds.
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 On a side note… I cannot be held responsible for the sugar rush that will happen if your children make these.

 

 


Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones

by Jennifer Wieland
Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones

Last week we were on vacation in Orlando and so I missed being able to post a lot of great crafts and recipes I had worked on or wanted to get done. Now I’m back home and the kids are off of school and I need to work. Luckily though I can combine my work with activities for the kids. That’s what we did today and we made some Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones. I’m sure all of you have had a cupcake cone before in a cake cone. I’m also sure you’ve seen people or have yourself used a sugar cone and frosted it as a tree. I decided to combine the two and now we have Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones in the house!

In traditional cupcake cones you use cake cones and set the cones into a cupcake pan, fill with cake batter and then bake. When you frost them they look like ice cream cones. I’ve loved these since I was a kid but decided to change it up some by using sugar cones instead so I could get the Christmas tree feel. How do you get these to stand up in the cupcake pan though? That’s easy, you fill the cone about 2/3 of the way and then carefully place the open end down in the cupcake pan.

Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones

These are filled with the cake batter and ready to go into the oven!

These cooked up quick and then I let them cool. Once they were cooled I melted some chocolate and covered about 1/3 of a popsicle stick with the melted chocolate and then inserted about half of the stick into the center of the cake. You need to use popsicle sticks instead of cake pop sticks because these are larger and heavier. Let the chocolate set in the refrigerator before decorating.

Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones

This part is similar to making cake pops.

These were a lot of fun to make and you can get creative with your decorations. We just used things I already had on hand here. My daughter was a green frosting covered mess when we finished but it was fun and festive!

Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones

Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones
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3355 calories
442 g
7 g
40 g
23 g
10 g
951 g
1966 g
160 g
0 g
27 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
951g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3355
Calories from Fat 349
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g
61%
Saturated Fat 10g
50%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 7mg
2%
Sodium 1966mg
82%
Total Carbohydrates 442g
147%
Dietary Fiber 5g
22%
Sugars 160g
Protein 23g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
40%
Calcium
46%
Iron
48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 8.25 oz. Funfetti Vibrant Green Cake Mix (batter prepared as instructed)
  2. 1-2 15.6 oz. can Funfetti Vibrant Green Vanilla Flavored Frosting
  3. 12-18 sugar cones (depending on size)
  4. chocolate
  5. Popsicle sticks
  6. 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  7. Candy, sprinkles, jimmies, etc. for decorating
  8. Foam blocks
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and spray a cupcake pan with baking spray.
  2. You should already have the cake batter prepared per package instructions. Fill the sugar cones about 2/3 of the way full. The batter will be thick so you can turn the cone over and place it open end down into the cupcake pan. My cones took 12 minutes to cook for a toothpick to come out clean. Larger cones may take a an extra minute or two. Let the cones cool in the pan for five minutes and then finish cooling on a wire rack.
  3. Once the cones are almost done cooling melt some chocolate. ( I used white chocolate ships because that's what I had on hand. You could use candy melts or a candy bar too.) Dip 1/3 of a popsicle stick into the melted chocolate and then inserted the chocolate covered end into the cake so that about 1/2 the stick is inside the cake cone. Place the cones on their sides on a backing sheet and place in the refrigerator for the chocolate to firm up.
  4. While the chocolate is setting empty one of the cans of frosting into a bowl. Add the powdered sugar and stir until combined completely. This helps make the frosting stiffer.
  5. To decorate the Christmas trees either pipe the frosting on (not to thick) or spread the frosting on with an offset spatula. Decorate with candy, sprinkles, jimmies, etc. and if you want to give it a little dusting of snow place a very small amount of powdered sugar into a sifter and shake over the trees. Place the decorated trees into foam blocks to hold them. I covered mine with powdered sugar to make it look like snow and placed some "gifts" under my trees.
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Camouflage Cupcakes

by Jennifer Wieland
Camouflage Cupcakes

Sunday was my husbands birthday and every year I try to come up with some sort of cake that relates to something he enjoys. I debated this last week… what to do, what to do? I even asked the kids for input. My nine-year old didn’t care and this is how the conversation with the 5 & 6-year-old went.

Me: What kind of cake or cupcakes should we make daddy?

Excited 5-year-old daughter: Oh! I know! (bouncing up and down)

Me: What?

5-year-old: This is so exciting! We should (dramatic pause) make him a boy cake!

Me: Ummmm??? (look of confusion)

6-year-old: Of course we’ll make a boy cake! He is a boy… right Mom?

Me: (shaking head in defeat)

They did eventually suggest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but I let them know that was more their thing than Daddy’s. It finally hit me what to do last-minute on Sunday afternoon. He is a major World War II history buff, especially when it comes to strategy and tanks. He will read books, listen to podcasts, watch TV shows/movies/documentaries and play board games all about this very subject. My oldest son used to enjoy talking about this with him when he was younger but none of the other kids have had an interest. None that is, until our one and only little girl at the ripe old age of five decided that this was fascinating. She now knows that daddy’s favorite tank is the Panzer and the two of them have this little thing they do. One of them will yell, Achtung! (which means attention) and the other will yell back, Panzer! This can last for like 10 minutes. (Insert me rolling my eyes and shaking my head.) My husband is all smiles because he has a new little WWII history buddy and she giggles because it’s a fun thing to do with daddy and this my friends is how a grown man ends up with camouflage cupcakes for his birthday.

Camouflage Cupcakes

Camouflage Cupcakes
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2244 calories
409 g
0 g
57 g
24 g
9 g
541 g
3480 g
286 g
0 g
45 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
541g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2244
Calories from Fat 503
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 57g
88%
Saturated Fat 9g
43%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 21g
Monounsaturated Fat 24g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 3480mg
145%
Total Carbohydrates 409g
136%
Dietary Fiber 5g
19%
Sugars 286g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
101%
Iron
40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 white cake batter prepared per directions (I used my recipe)
  2. 1 batch of vanilla buttercream ( I used my recipe)
  3. 2 different shades of mossy/leafy green food coloring gel
  4. 1 brown food coloring gel
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven as directed and line cupcake pan with white paper liners that will show colors or with camouflage cupcake liners.
  2. Separate the cake batter into four bowls, evenly. Tint two of the bowls different shades of green. Tint the other two bowls using the brown. One of the bowls will get just a small amount of color to turn it beige. The other one will get more brown color to turn it tan. Add a teaspoon of each color to the cupcake liners. Just drop the colors in, Do not evenly layer or swirl the colors because you want them to be all over just like camouflage. Bake the cupcakes as directed and then cool.
  3. While the cupcakes are cooling prepare the frosting. Fit your pastry bag with the tip that you want to use and taking a coffee stirrer streak vertical lines of green and brown food coloring in the bag. Then add the frosting and pipe onto the cupcakes. The food coloring along the sides of the bag will cause the frosting to be piped out in the camouflage colors.
  4. Top with plastic toy soldiers, tanks or any other military themed items.
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Camouflage Cupcakes

Things to note:

  • The white cake recipe I used can be found here and the frosting recipe here minus the vanilla bean.
  • The streaked food coloring will lighten as you pipe more so you may want to pipe it in smaller batches adding more coloring each time or do what I did and let it lighten so that you had dark and light camouflage.
  • The tanks were actually candles I found at Party City and the toy soldiers I found in two different colors at the dollar store. The lighter frosted ones got one color and the darker frosted ones got the other color.

These cupcakes would be perfect for a boy’s birthday party, a soldiers return or any war history buffs you may know.

 


Royal Caribbean, The Cupcake Cupboard and Decorating a Cupcake Dog

by Jennifer Wieland
The Cupcake Cupboard aboard Royal Caribbean

Being the baker that I am I was elated to learn that Royal Caribbean has a cupcake shop called The Cupcake Cupboard aboard several of its ships. I was even more excited to learn that the ship I was sailing on, the Liberty of the Seas was one of the ships and wouldn’t you know it but one of our scheduled things was to decorate cupcakes in one of the classes offered. So in addition to drooling over, debating which flavor to eat and eating the cupcakes they offered we got to sit down and learn how to make a special cupcake.

The Cupcake Cupboard aboard Royal Caribbean

The cupcake decorating is available on each cruise and is definitely something worth checking out. They have classes on board for both adults and kids so everyone can learn to make a beautiful and tasty treat. Don’t worry though if you have never decorated a cupcake before. You will be walked through what to do step-by-step and in the end you will find it was so much easier than you expected it to be. 

The Cupcake Cupboard aboard Royal Caribbean

The Brandcation blogger group took up three classes and between them were instructed on how to make two different cupcake designs. I was in the first group and we made a dog cupcake. The second group did the same thing and the third group made a hamburger and french fry cupcake meal. Everyone’s cupcakes turned out beautifully, even those who were a bit nervous about decorating.

I decided I would share with my readers how to make the dog just to give you an idea about how easy they make creating an edible work of art at the classes.

The Cupcake Cupboard also sells cupcake themed merchandise and has its own cookbook and decorating kit for purchase. So if cupcakes are your thing you will definitely want to check out this shop, it’s sweets and the adorable cupcake gifts the next time you sail Royal Caribbean.

The Cupcake Cupboard aboard Royal Caribbean

 Would you like a sneak peek at some of the cupcake recipes that can be found in the Cupcakes & Scoops cookbook that you can buy on board any Royal Caribbean ship with the Cupcake Cupboard shop? Then here are a few recipes and what you’ll need to make a monkey cupcake.

 

 This is a really great cook book and if you would like a chance to win a copy of it then be sure to enter below. Not only are the recipes great but the ideas on how to decorate the cupcakes are wonderful.

 

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It’s All About the Flavor – Homemade Extracts

by Jennifer Wieland
Homemade Extracts

When baking you use various extracts to flavor your treats. Most basic extracts can be purchased at your grocery store. Now if you have ever bought a high quality vanilla extract like Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract,  you know how good it tastes and smells but you also know how expensive it can be. You can avoid the high costs though by making your own homemade extracts. They are surprisingly simple to make and make great homemade gifts to give during the holidays. If you wanted to use these as holiday gifts this upcoming season though you are going to want to start them now.

You can make all different kinds of extracts but today we will go over making some of the more common ones like vanilla, orange or lemon. The flavor you get form these will be unlike the ones you buy at the grocery store and will more along the lines of extracts you would buy from a high-end retailer as the flavor will be more developed since the ingredients are better.

Homemade Extracts

Homemade Extracts
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1094 calories
8 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
546 g
4 g
2 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
546g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1094
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 4mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
74%
Calcium
2%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For Vanilla Extract
  1. 3-5 Vanilla Beans (per cup of alcohol)
  2. 1 c. Bourbon (Vodka can also be used)
For Orange or Lemon Extract
  1. 1 Orange or Lemon (peeled)
  2. 1 c. Vodka
For Vanilla Extract
  1. Slice the vanilla beans open. Start about half an inch down and finish about half an inch from the bottom so they are not sliced clear through. Place the vanilla beans in the container that you are using and cover with the alcohol. Cover it and give it a shake then place in a dark place. Once a week take it out and give it a shake. After two months it's ready to go. Remove the vanilla beans or strain through a fine mesh sieve and package in pretty bottles if you are going to gift them.
For Orange or Lemon Extract
  1. Using a potato peeler remove the peel from the pith and place in a jar. Pour vodka over it and close the jar. Give it a shake and then place in a dark place for two months, shaking it once a week. Once done remove the peels and package in decorative jars.
Notes
  1. You can follow these same guidelines for lime, mint, etc. If you use mint though remove the mint leaves after a day or two as the mint leaves will go bad.
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protein
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