Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My Bears!

callia3cookie6cookie11callia2Ottoarianna11
sugar3alicia20 facealicia14isabella8isabella7berne22
berne15matthew2matthew1luka2bikkiefullLian5
gala10evan7daisy3Barrett4fuzzywuzzyBeartram

My Bears!, a set on Flickr.

This is a small collection of my past and a few of more recent mohair teddies I created ;)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes!

One thing I love is a cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae, don't you?
This was my idea for my embellished devil food cake-cupcakes.
It is so simple to mix up.
With a icing that just melts in your mouth with buttery sweet goodness!


First we have the ingredients.


Just dump them all in your mixer. Simple right?


Mix it all for 1 1/2 minutes.
You don't want to over mix this.
With the pudding mix, it tends to thicken fast.



I used a ice cream scoop.
It's just the right size for the cupcake.


Bake them for 20 minutes.
Pretty huh!


Let them cool.
Prepare the ingredients for you icing.
Let's talk a second about butter.
Yes, that creamy, dreamy dairy product you must have for a perfect icing.
Please purchase the good stuff.
I know it is expensive.
But it really does make a difference in the results for a great topping ;)


Take your 1 cup of milk and 5 T flour over low-medium heat.


Continue to whisk until thick like a paste.
If you stop whisking, it can become lumpy very fast.
We want it to be fairly smooth.


The paste needs to cool to room temperature.
If you add it to the butter/sugar mixture, it will melt it.
That's what we don't want. 
If you are in a hurry like I always am,

Put the paste in a bowl and place in the freezer in the ice bin for a few minutes.
It works ;)


Cream the butter.

Add the vanilla.
Then blend some more.


While mixer is going, add the sugar slowly.
When all the sugar is added,
scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for an additional 2-3 minutes.


Then, take you cooled milk/flour paste.
Slowly add it as the mixer is on low.


When it is all incorporated, beat the heck out of it ;)
Put that baby on high and let it go for 3-4 minutes.
You want to to look like whipped cream.


Then take your index finger, dip in and take a taste test.
Then slowly open your eyes, and take another.
Just to be sure you tasted it right the first time :D

Also, you want to make sure that all the sugar crystals have disolved into the butter.


Cover your yummy cupcakes with the heavenly icing.
Then grab the first one for yourself.
 Before the kids and hubby scarf them all up!!

Here is the recipe.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Yummy Donut Muffins

When I saw this on a food channel, I had to make them! A cake donut made in muffin tins. Dipped in melted butter then rolled in sugar cinnamon sweetness! I searched online for a recipe and with a little tweeking I made it my own. They are delicious. Easy to mix and out of the oven in 30 minutes.