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Left-Over Cupcake Batter

15 Feb

Freeze! Don't throw it away!

I can’t tell you how many times I have made a full bowl of batter just to make 6 little cupcakes! I finally decided that I would try freezing my left-over batter in a glass pyrex container. I didn’t know if it would work or not, but it was better than wasting all the left-overs. The next time I needed to make cupcakes, I took the batter out, let it thaw ahead of time, and made my cupcakes as usual. I anxiously tasted the cupcakes after they had cooled, and to my wonderful surprise, they were fabulous, and still so fresh!! An added perk? When baked,  the thawed batter formed the most beautiful cupcake peaks!

I have saved myself so much time and money with this simple trick. So here are a few pointers for saving your batter:

  1. I have tried saving in both plastic and glass Tupperware. I wasn’t happy with the way the plastic Tupperware preserved my batter. I now use soley glass Tupperware with a very secure lid.
  2. Frozen batter only lasts for 7-10 days in the freezer. Any longer and it doesn’t rise or taste good at all. The sooner you can use it, the better.
  3. Make sure all of the air is released from the Tupperware. The more air you have, the more ice crystals will form. No one like frostbitten cupcake batter!
  4. Don’t use the microwave to thaw your batter. Give your batter a few hours to thaw before you are going to bake.
  5. Make sure you label your batter with the flavor and the date – that way you don’t forget what it is, or when you first made it.

I hope this trick saves you as much time and money as it has saved me! Have a sweet day!

Xoxo, Jill

EASY Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

20 Dec

Only 5 days left!!!

Happy Monday! Its officially the week before Christmas! Most of us are running around like maniacs trying to get the perfect (not to mention very last-minute) gifts for our family members, trying to make the house semi-presentable  for visitors, putting on a half baked grin for your in-laws, and scouring the house for that darn scotch tape that you “swore  you saved from last Christmas”.

So today, I am offering you a 30 minute semi-homemade cupcake recipe. Yup – 30 minutes – including bake time! Just in time for that Christmas Party, or even Christmas day dessert. It’s so easy and the kids can even help!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Duncan Hines Double Fudge Chocolate Cake Mix
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 1/3 cup of Vegetable Oil
  4. 1 1/4 cup of water
  5. One pack of instant chocolate pudding
  6. Andes thin mints
  7. Chocolate Frosting (you can make your own or use the Duncan Hines canned frosting – note that making your own will increase the time it takes to make these cupcakes 🙂 For my favorite chocolate frosting click this link: https://fontgirl.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/chocolate-caramel-cupcakes/

Ok, here’s what you need to do:

Make the cupcakes according to the directions on the box

Add the package of instant pudding

Chop 10 Andes mints – add to the batter

Fill liners halfway with cupcake batter

Bake for 18-20 minutes

Let cupcakes cool (place them in the fridge for a few minutes to speed up the process)

Chop 15-25 Andes thin mints – place in a shallow bowl

With a knife, frost the top of each cupcake – no need for fancy technique, we are going to cover it up!

Dip each frosted cupcake in the chopped up Andes Mints

 

   

Display nicely – and enjoy!!

There you have it – an easy breezy recipe that is sure to impress!! Happy Holidays! xoxo

P.S. The winner of my Cupcake Magnet Contest is Beth from happylifehappywife.wordpress.com. Congrats Beth! You will get your cupcake magnets this week!!

Christmas Cupcake Essentials

6 Dec

Only 19 more days!!

Happy Monday! I woke this morning to FREEZING temperatures (well freezing to a Florida girl like myself). The Christmas season is officially here! Today I want to give you some tips on how to make gorgeous holiday cupcakes without breaking the bank.

In my mind, there are 4 things that are essential to making adorable (and yummy) holiday cupcakes.

  1. Holiday Sprinkles
  2. Holiday themed cupcake wrappers
  3. Holiday Flavors
  4. Red and Green Food Coloring

Let’s start with sprinkles. As I have said before, the sprinkles you put on your cupcake can make or break the presentation. You never want too many, but you don’t want too little. If working with large sprinkles, I usually use 5-6. But if I’m working with small sprinkles, I use 1/4 a tsp on each.

Let it snow!

Where can you find great and affordable sprinkles?? Well I’m glad you asked!

  • Walmart – In the holiday section you can find Wilton Brand holiday sprinkles for $1.99. Such a great price!! Only problem is your options are often limited and you have to go to Walmart. (I avidly hate that place!)
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  • Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Tuesday Morning – Any of these stores will carry season sprinkles in their “gourmet food” section. You can get a decent sized bottle of sprinkles for about $2.99. Larger containers of sprinkles range from $4-$6.

 

  • The Dollar Store – Yup, that’s right, the dollar store! You can always find non periels, and sanding sugar in festive colors at your local Dollar Store. You won’t find one likes snowflakes, trees, or candy canes, but hey…for only a dollar, what do you expect 🙂

The key is variety – you want a good variety so you can combine different sprinkles and have your own custom looking cupcake!

Next on the list are cupcake wrappers. This is simple… Michaels Craft store. They have ADORABLE cupcake wrappers at really great prices! You can get 50 Wilton brand wrappers for $1.99. You can even print off this coupon and get 40% off! http://mic.michaels.com/20101205SLUSLP.aspx 

Moving on to Holiday Flavor. The key to a fabulous Christmas Cupcake is the flavor. You want something festive, something people don’t have all year long. Think of flavors like:

  • Mint
  • Candy Cane
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Egg Nog

Feel free to browse my blog for some yummy holiday recipes!

Last but not least, we get to the food coloring. You want to make sure that your frosting is as festive as the rest of your cupcake. Red and green frostings can add a seasonal touch to simple frostings like vanilla, marshmallow whip, or buttercream.

Again, I find that Walmart has decent priced food coloring in their seasonal isle.

Hope this helps you to make adorable, and affordable Christmas Cupcakes. I can’t wait to hear about your cupcake creations. Have a great day.

Stay sweet! xoxo

 **All photos in this post are from www.weheartit.com **