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Oh I'm just a girl on a mission…
Did I ever have a blast today! Not only did it (finally) snow here.
Not only did I get a GREAT TurboJam workout in.
Not only did someone tell me that they can see I’ve lost weight!
Not only did the Toronto Maple Leafs break their recent losing streak and win 4-1 tonight!
But I made these BEAUTIFUL cupcakes, that even my mom said were really good…. and she’s my worst critic. Tells it as it is.
The recipe was relatively easy too… All from scratch… and made with fresh strawberries… none of that geletin stuff.
So just for all you amazing people… Strawberry Piggy Cupcakes (which you can of course, just make strawberry cupcakes with buttercream frosting, and not decorate it… you know… if you’re boring and have no inner child)
Strawberry Cupcake Recipe:
3 cups Self-Rising Flour (Or make your own by adding baking soda and baking powder to all purpose flour, like this)
2 cups Sugar
3/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 cups Pureed Strawberries Strained (That’s about 3 cups chopped strawberries before you puree them)
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
4 Large Eggs, Beaten
Red F00d Colouring
1. Preheat oven to 325F and line cupcake tray with cupcake papers.
2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, oil, vanilla, lemon zest and eggs (beat first).
3. Puree strawberries in blender, strain them, then add to the mix. Add 2-4 drops of red food colouring (if you’d like) to darken the red tone.
4. Divide evenly into cupcake papers and bake for 15-24 minutes (I’ll admit… I suck at timing things) or until a toothpick can be inserted into the tallest cupcake and come out clean.
5. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting them at all.
Butter Cream Frosting
1/2 cup Solid Vegetable Shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter, Softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups Powdered Sugar (Confectioners sugar, icing sugar)
2 tablespoons of milk
1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and butter with an electric mixer. Add vanilla.
2. Gradually add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating on medium speed. The icing will appear dry at this point.
3. Add milk and continue beating on medium speed. If more milk is needed, continue to add it… I put in about 5 tablespoons I think.
4. Add food colouring and mix until well blended.
5. Spread icing on cupcakes
Again, if you have managed to suffocate your inner child, feel free to stop here… OR you can be creative and go on.
1. Cut a large marshmallow in half and place on frosted cupcake
2. Add two mini chocolate chips as eyes.
3. Cut a pink wafer cookie (you know, the ones with icing layered in them) into a triangle… you’ll get about 8 or 10 triangles out of each cookie, depending on how big you make them. (This is supposed to be the hardest part, but I found if you use a sharp knife, and leave the cookies at room temperature, it works really well) stick them in the icing as ears.
4. Put a tablespoon of icing in a piping bag (or in a sandwich baggie – put scotch tape on the corner to make it stronger, then snip off the end) and make two nostril dots on the marshmallow.
Oh my Gosh guys!
I have officially made it a full week without buying any Tim Horton’s! I am beyond impressed with myself…. I didn’t even really need to think twice today when I walked past the Tim Horton’s on campus! One week! I feel like I deserve a badge or something to commemorate the moment or something… I haven’t even been drinking that much homemade tea to make up for it…
I’ve also decided to add something else to my bucket list. “Take a Cake Decorating Class”. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much I actually enjoy baking… and then when I was watching Two Broke Girls today (love the show) they took a decorating class for their cupcake business. Now, I was joking around with my 12 year old cousin last week when she showed me the 40 cupcakes she decorated in 15 minutes, these are them…
Anywho, I was joking around with her that I should drop out of school, open a bakery, and hire her on to do the decorating…. but then I remembered she’s 12 and I should probably encourage her to stay in school so her mom and dad don’t get mad at me.
But the point is, it did get me thinking. I could never do something that cool, unless maybe if I took a class. Maybe I’ll see if she wants to go with me. I’m looking into classes though around the city and hopefully I’ll find a good decorating class (for a good student affordable price) that I can go to. It’d be nice to have someone go with me though, so I’ll have to look into that too. Scheduling multiple people is so frustrating though.
Anywho, I hope you enjoy the mouth watering picture of cupcakes, and I’d like to thank everyone who liked yesterdays blog. I had a record breaking number of views yesterday, and my friend was ecstatic that so many people ‘liked’ the post her drawing was featured in. I don’t see why, it’s an amazing sketch.
Ta-ta for now!
Well I’m hoping y’all have figured out that yes, I did put my Christmas tree up today. It’s so exciting! I only broke 3 ornaments, knocked down my mom’s flower box that she planted bulbs in, and cut my foot in the process… Just a typical day really. I think it looks nice though…
I love putting up the tree… it’s a little bit of a tiring process sometimes because I have so many special ornaments, but it always looks so pretty when it’s done. Just something about the glow of the Christmas tree, reflecting off the walls, that really brightens my mood (even after all the broken ornaments and cutting of the foot) But I absolutely love putting up the tree, even if, during the process, it doesn’t sound like it. I have 16 Wizard of Oz ornaments that I’ve collected over the years, all given to me by someone special who knows my love for the movie. Each year I try to arrange them in order of how they appear in the movie, but it’s been getting a little difficult… I think our tree is shrinking. Lol. Anywho, it’s fun to that’s all that matters. I also have a bunch of sentimental ornaments from when I was little. You know the kind… one that talks that my mom made for me when I was a year old, a starwars one my dad gave me the Christmas before he died… a Barney ice skating that my mom can’t figure out why I still have it. Plus a couple I made for my dad and brother and my first dog…. you guys know the usual sentimentals.
Do you guys have any special ornaments that show up on your tree every year? Or any collections you’ve been working on for a while? Let me know, I’d love to hear what other types of ornaments people collect.
Also, for anyone interested, I’ve kept up the daily Christmas movies, Thursday night I watched “All She Wants for Christmas” which was great (of course – I have yet to find a bad Christmas movie). It was about a girl from a small factory city that tries to find a way to keep the factory running after the owner dies, while at the same time trying to start a relationship with a guy that just moved into town.
Then last night I watched “Christmas with the Kranks” – which, being a Tim Allan movie, was hillarious. It’s about a family that decides they’re going to skip Christmas and go on a cruise instead – until their daughter calls and says she’s coming home from volunteering in Africa, and bringing her boyfriend with her so he can get the full Christmas experience. It’s an amazing movie. Y’all would love it. Hillarious.
Today *gasp* I broke tradition, and instead of watching Mrs. Santa Clause while I put my tree up, I watched Santa Baby (again) and Santa Baby 2. They were both on tv tonight, so they won out. The W Network’s been playing two Christmas movies every night… it was so bad while I was studying…
Anywho, I do hope some of you will leave comments about your Christmas collections. I really would love to hear some.
And regarding my December goals… I’m adding a new picture to my photo’s tonight, and as far as the whole saving money at Tim Horton’s goes… well… it’s going. lol
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