Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Make These Mini Cupcakes, Gain Friends for LIFE

How cute is this?!?!? I made these beauties for a bake sale at work which benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Unfortunately, the bake sale was cancelled because of this damn snow storm! I brought them to work anyway so my coworkers could enjoy them! See how to make them below =)

Makes about 24 mini cupcakes. Recipe adapted from

You'll Need for Cupcakes:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • Mini muffin pan
  • Mini cupcake wrappers
How To Make Mini Cupcakes:

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin cups with liners.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Stir together milk and vanilla in a small bowl.

Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add egg and beat until just combined. Reduce speed to low, then add flour and milk mixtures alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour and mixing until just combined.

Divide batter among muffin cups, filling them two-thirds full, and bake until tops are pale golden and a wooden pick or skewer inserted in centers comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Invert cupcakes onto a rack and cool completely.

How To Make Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
I didn't use the frosting recipe from Here's how I made mine, super easy!

  • 3 cups of confectioner's sugar
  • 3/4 stick of butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 drop of red food coloring
  • Sixlets chocolate coated candies for the top of cupcake
Beat together butter and sugar. Add in vanilla extract. Add 2 tablespoons of milk at first and check consistency. If you want the frosting a little more spreadable, add another tablespoon. Mix in one drop of red food coloring to achieve the color I made above. Top with one chocolate coated candy or candy of your choice.

I think this particular frosting recipe is GREAT for piping. I don't usually pipe frosting for my cupcakes, simply because I was afraid I wasn't good at it. I gave it a whirl, and was pleasantly surprised by the results. Just one drop of food coloring gives you the most beautiful, light pink shade. My mom suggested topping them off with the turquoise candies, which was a great idea! 

Thanks for reading! Xo

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fried Risotto Cakes

Want to use that leftover risotto in a fun and tasty way?


My husband is always thinking up fun, new recipes and this one didn't disappoint! We had two risotto cakes each for lunch and they were the perfect snack on this snow day!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Leftover risotto
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Bread crumbs
  • Oil to fry in (we used vegetable)

Step 1 - Take leftover risotto and roll in flour, egg and bread crumbs in that order as seen below:

Step 2 - In a nonstick skillet, fry risotto mixture in hot oil until golden brown.

Step 3 - Shove in mouth like a beast.

Hope you guys enjoyed! Thanks for reading!