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Halloween Sweet Treats

I made a few sweet treats for Halloween.

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Happy Pumpkin Cupcakes.sw4Pretzel Bones. (Pretzels and mini marshmallows dipped in white chocolate.)sw3Nutter Butter Ghosts.

(Nutter Butter cookies dipped in white chocolate with mini chocolate chip eyes.)sw2Did you make any fun, Halloween sweet treats this season!?

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Spring Cake

Happy first day of Spring!

I hope you were able to enjoy some real Spring weather wherever you were at today. As for where we are, the weather seemed a little confused to say the least, with a high of 52. There was pouring rain, hail and sunshine interspersed among one another for the duration of the day. You have to love the Pacific Northwest, at least that is what I keep telling myself. 😉

 All be it not inspired by the Spring weather, or rather lack there of, today I was inspired to bake. The outcome, a lemon cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and fondant flowers. 

I’m a little obsessed with the color yellow as of lately, especially when paired with this beautiful, vibrant turquoise color.

L.o.v.e. IMG_3502I used a frosting technique I have wanted to try for a while.

It’s a keeper and I will be using it often from now on.

I really like the visual interest it adds to the cake.

IMG_3504bWith Lovey’s help, we made flowers out of edible play dough fondant.  Nothing too fancy, just basic flowers from some left over fondant I made for a recent customer order. I tinted the fondant a vivid turquoise, rolled it out, then Lovey helped me cut out the flowers. We added a yellow frosting center to each one then placed them on the cake.IMG_3507The light lemon cake flavor and fondant flowers ended up bringing an element of Spring to our day after all!IMG_3499

Counting My Blessings On A Sunday Afternoon

Counting My blessings On A Sunday Afternoon 

is where I reflect on a few of the many blessing and special moments in my life at the end of every week♥   

   This week I am especially thankful for:

~ “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”  Peter 1:3 

~A very happy Easter indeed, spent with family which is what it is all about. ♥

~Mister Mister’s love for Lovey and I and the family that we are. Even with the very long hours he works he still wakes up, even when I know his body wants to keep sleeping, and spends time with us. Being a part of the family memories that are being created is important to him and I love and cherish that about him.  

~A test of patience.  A test in which I failed miserably at. That’s how it goes sometimes though, if you never fail you will never grow. I learned from the experience and I am confident that the next time around my patience will have grown stronger.

~Baking and the happiness it brings me. I love to create beautiful and tasty desserts and see the smiles it brings to the ones I share them with.

Thank You Lord,

for Your many gracious blessings in my life!

~*Cupcake Lovely*~ Coconut Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

May’s ~*Cupcake Lovely*~ is

Coconut Vanilla Bean!

 The coconut milk made them very moist. I used a Madagascar vanilla bean and its intense flavor paired with the crunch of the toasted coconut was perfect!

*When I make this recipe again though I will start with only 1 1/2 sticks of butter in the frosting and see if I like it better that way  because with two sticks it came out a lot thinner than I wanted which is why I opted to spread it instead of pipe it. 

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • Seeds scraped from 1 split vanilla bean
  • 1 cup reduced coconut milk, room temperature

Frosting:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup reduced coconut milk (see above), room temperature
  • Seeds scraped from 1 split vanilla bean
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut, lightly toasted

For reduced coconut milk:
Bring coconut milk to boil in large deep saucepan over medium-high heat (coconut milk will boil up high in pan). Reduce heat to mediumlow; boil until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, stirring occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat; cool completely. Transfer to small bowl. Cover; chill (coconut milk will settle slightly as it cools). DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.

For cupcakes:
Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line eighteen 1/3-cup muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar; beat on medium-high speed until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. Beat in seeds from vanilla bean and remaining egg. Add half of flour mixture; mix on low speed just until blended. Add 1 cup reduced coconut milk; mix just until blended. Add remaining flour mixture; mix on low speed just until blended. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake cupcakes until tops spring back when gently touched and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes in pans to rack; cool 10 minutes. Carefully remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely on rack.

For frosting:
Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar, 1/3 cup reduced coconut milk, seeds from vanilla bean, and salt. Beat on medium-low speed until blended, scraping down sides of bowl. Increase to mediumhigh and beat until light and fluffy.

 

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A Little Spring In The Kitchen

                                     

 

      

I really enjoyed making Valentine’s dish towels earlier this year.

Maybe making holiday/season dish towels has became my thing. 😉

So when I saw these for a great price I knew I wanted to make more, this time inspired by Spring’s vibrant colors.

I bought a set in each color as well as one extra with each set so that I could cut out the flowers with the coordinating fabric. 

Then I added a little detail by placing a button in the center of each flower.

I gifted a set to my Mama, Great Aunt, older sister and Mister Mister’s mom, adding a little Spring to their kitchens!