Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cupcake Month Giveaway!!!

I am so excited about this giveaway!  It has been a great month full of celebrity guests, and we are finishing the month with a wonderful giveaway.  Kristin approached me with a great offer!

How cute is this cupcake shaped Scentsy?

For those of you unfamiliar with Scentsy products, Scentsy uses a light bulb (instead of a flame) to heat highly scented wax.  I received a Scentsy at my bridal shower a couple years ago, and I love it!  Scentsy is a great way to make your home, office, or classroom smell great without having to search for matches/lighters, or the smell of smoke after you blow out a candle.

Scentsy makes a great gift for yourself, a newly-wed, or a teacher (earn yourself or your child some brownie points).

Want to know how to get one of these?  Entries are earned in the following ways:
Be sure to leave a comment on this post for each entry (remember when you purchase something, you need to leave 5 comments including a description of what you purchased).

*****You can get 10% off your purchase today---Hurry over*****

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lace Stenciled Cupcakes {Guest Post from Katy at Sweet Verbena}

Don't look mom!  I'm serious!  This post includes powdered sugar!  My mom has an irrational fear of powdered sugar, which is perhaps why I have never seen this technique before.  I am excited to have Katy from Sweet Verbena here today for our last guest post of Cupcake Month. 

Hi there!
My name is Katy and I'm visiting from Sweet Verbena.


I'm a junior in college at Texas A&M university and when I'm not busy studying, I love to create. Hope you'll stop by my blog and say "Hi" sometime!




I am so excited to participate in cupcake month! Today I'll be sharing a technique rather than a recipe: Lace Stenciled Cupcakes! 








I purchased an 1/8 of yard of lace at Hobby Lobby and cut the strip into 12  squares. 


(If you want to make 24 cupcakes purchase 1/4 yard of lace)










It couldn't be more simple. Place a square of lace over the cupcake and generously sift Powdered sugar over the top. 


(Be sure to use a new square of lace for each cupcake)




Carefully remove the lace, 




and voila! A beautifully stenciled cupcake. 












Lovely, aren't they?




Thank you so much for having me Malory! I am loving all this cupcake fun this month at Snips and Spice. 

Thanks Katy!  These are so pretty!  This is a great option for those who are watching calories, or don't like frosting (I can't imagine who wouldn't, but still an option).  You know I LOVE frosting, and I am thinking that I could frost a cupcake, then use this same technique on top of the frosting.  These would make elegant cupcakes for a wedding, and be great on a hot day when the fats in frosting would melt.  Katy has posted some really cute sewing patterns, like this bow tie top.


and this dress.


She created this great tutorial on sewing a zippered lining into a bag (which you might find helpful with next month's sew-along bag).


Sneak over to Sweet Verbena to check out more sewing tutorials--she posted a great one just this week for reverse applique.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Plum Perfect Cupcakes {Guest Post from Tammy at Peppermint Plum}

I am so excited about today's post!  Tammy is one of my friends that I have known for years, and we actually started blogging about the same time.  Tammy and her sister Annie normally blog over at Peppermint Plum, but today Tammy is here sharing this new creation...Plum Perfect Cupcakes!

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 Hi! I’m Tammy from Peppermint Plum.
I’m here at Snips & Spice to share my recipe for


Plum-Perfect Cupcakes
Thanks to Malory (my friend IRL!) for the opportunity to share in this fun event!
I’ve been toying around with the idea of a plum cupcake for a while now, and decided this was the perfect chance to experiment.
I have to say that I think these turned out really tasty. They have a plumb-perfect blend of sweetness {from the frosting} and tartness {from the filling}.


You’ll need to plan ahead a little for this recipe…the plum sauce takes about 10 minutes to make and at least an hour to chill in the fridge before it is cool enough to use.

{Plum Perfect Cupcakes}
1 white cake mix
3 fresh plums
8 oz cream cheese
1 cube butter, room temp
3 Tbsp prepared plumsauce (see below)
1 tsp vanilla
7-8 cups powdered sugar (approx 2 lbs)
First, you will need to make your plumsauce filling. Cut fruit (with skin) from the pit of 3 fresh plums and process in a blender or food processor until the skins are chopped and blended in. Pour into small saucepan, and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the texture resembles that of applesauce.
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Pour into separate bowl and refrigerate for one to two hours, until sauce is cool to the touch. To speed up the process, stir sauce a few times while it is cooling.
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Next, preheat your oven and mix cake batter according to directions. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 full, and bake for about 15-17 minutes at 350. My mix made 30 cupcakes.
Allow cupcakes to cool.
Reserve about 3 tablespoons of cooled plumsauce to add to your frosting.


To fill cupcakes, pour remaining plum sauce into a pastry bag with a round tip, stick tip directly into the center of the cupcake, and squeeze a little sauce into each one.
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Once filled, your cupcakes are ready for frosting.
This recipe makes a large amount of frosting, because I like to swirl big heaps of it onto my cupcakes. Feel free to halve the recipe if you don’t want as much on yours.
{Frosting}
Mix cream cheese, butter, 3 Tbsp plumsauce, and vanilla with hand mixer until well-blended. Slowly add powdered sugar one cup at a time until thick enough to pipe and hold up.
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Frost, Decorate, and Enjoy!


-Tammy










Thanks Tammy!  I cannot wait to try making this recipe!  You can see why Tammy and I are friends--just look at how much frosting she piled on that cupcake!  Tammy and Annie recently returned from a blogging break, and I can't wait to see what they have in store for us.  Some of my favorite posts from Tammy and Annie include their free printables like this one:


I am currently trying to take control of my health, and I always try to prepare veggies that look this appetizing.



I ooh and aah every time they post about home decor.  This kitchen is so beautiful and full of light (unlike my kitchen that feels like a black hole).



I also love the look of these keys.



Tammy also shares ideas for kids--like this slime.



Take a trip over to Peppermint Plum and search around; I promise you will find something there you like!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Marshmallow Surprise Cupcake {Guest Post from Jocelyn at Inside BruCrew Life}

When I first decided to host Cupcake Month here at Snips & Spice, I knew I had to ask Jocelyn from Inside BruCrew Life to come guest post.  I think Jocelyn is the cupcake queen!  She makes all sorts of delicious cupcakes with different fillings, flavors, and frostings.  I am so excited she wanted to participate, and I know you will not be disappointed with this recipe.



Hello Snips and Spice readers:-)

I'm Jocelyn from Inside BruCrew Life.  I have a huge sugar addiction and it shows up quite regularly in my blog posts.  If you come poke around some of my older posts, I guarantee you will leave wanting something sort of sugar substance!!  I am super excited to show off one of my cupcake creations here at Snips and Spice. 


I love a good cupcake, but I love hiding some sort of yummy candy or treat down inside the cupcake to surprise everyone.  I have had a bag of chocolate covered marshmallows hiding in my cupboard for quite some time now.  How they have survived this long without my sweet tooth finding them, I will never know:-)  I was wanting to try some sort of smore cupcake, but wanted it be slightly different.  I think it worked, what do you think?


Marshmallow Surprise Cupcakes
vanilla cake mix
vanilla wafers
chocolate covered marshmallows
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1 tbsp. butter

Preheat oven to 350*  Place liners in cupcake pan and set aside.  Mix up the cake mix according to the package directions.  Spoon 1 tbsp. batter into liners.  Place one vanilla wafer on top of that batter.  Now finish filling the liners 3/4 full of batter.  Bake for 8 minutes.  Very carefully open your oven door and push 3-4 of the chocolate covered marshmallows into the centers of every cupcake.  Close the oven door and finish baking for another 12-14 minutes.  As soon as the cupcakes come out of the oven, push 3-4 more marshmallows into the center.  Let cool completely.  Pipe on some butter cream goodness.  Melt the chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl for about 30-45 seconds.  Stir until smooth.  Drizzle over the tops of the cupcakes. 

Vanilla Butter Cream
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. shortening
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. vanilla
4 c. powdered sugar

Beat butter and shortening until creamy. Add the salt, water, and vanilla and cream again. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Add another 1-3 tbsp. water, beating after each one. You want the frosting to be creamy, but stiff enough to frost cupcakes.

Thank you so much Malory for inviting me to your cupcake month celebration.  It has been so much fun posting here today!

Thanks Jocelyn!  Another wonderful cupcake post from the cupcake queen herself!  Some of my favorites are as follows (Click the pictures to be taken to the recipe page):









Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gooey Stuffed Cupcakes {Guest Post from Ellie at Vanilla Bean Girls}

Genious!  That is all I can say at this point.  Pure 100% Genious!  Ellie from Vanilla Bean Girls created something here that has my stomach not just growling, but screaming.


[020.JPG]Hey there everyone! 
I'm Ellie from Vanilla Bean Girls!
Me and my little vanilla bean girls have been getting really into cupcakes lately - not too great for my waistline, but still loads of yummy fun nonetheless!
Our favorite thing to do lately is to "stuff" our cupcakes.  Mind you, I'm not an amazing pastry chef by any means, but we manage to get it done anyhow!  Our latest creation came about one day when we were all craving different things and we decided to mix them all together!  Luckily we ended up with the yummiest, goo-iest creation ever!

We started out with just a standard chocolate cake mix because it was all I had on hand at the time.  I think it was actually German Chocolate cake mix.  First, you make your cupcake mix, but only put a spoonful at the bottom of your liners.  While you're doing this, you'll want to be preparing your stuffing.  For us, it was nuts, caramel, and chocolate chips.  I told you we all craved different things!  To make the caramel, I melted a bag of lite caramel candies on the stove with 1/4 cup of evaporated milk.
    Bake your cupcakes at 350* for only 4-5 minutes and then take them out to stuff them.
    The key to this is keeping the stuffing right in the middle of the cupcake.  You can see how my little ones got a little carried away with the caramel and it got too close to the edge.  Makes for a very messy cupcake!
    Next, you'll add another spoonful of your cupcake batter on top of the stuffing and put it back in the oven to bake according to the directions.
    While they're cooling, start on your icing.  Remember, you don't want the cupcakes to cool in the pan because they'll continue to cook, so cool them on a cooling rack.  Ice them as soon as they're cool so they don't begin to dry out.
    Here's the standard buttercream recipe I use:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
I know I really should invest in some nicer pastry bags, but so far, I've just been using ziplock bags!  Simply fill it up with your frosting, snip the end, and pipe away!  I prefer to do a big swirl like below, but sometimes I like to put a piping tip in first, and then fill up the bag with frosting so that I can make a more decorative swirl.  It's all up to you!

Last step:  Grab yourself a big glass of milk and enjoy the sweetness!

Thanks Ellie!  With this great technique, you can make any custom cupcake you want.  What a great idea for a party!  I know quite a few people (myself included) who have complained of stuffing falling to the bottom, but this keeps the stuffing right in the middle where you want it.  Every Sunday, Ellie hosts a link party.  You should go link up!





While you are there, take a peek at this darling painting she created.


Oh, and don't forget to see how she made this great wallet for her daughter.