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Fourth of July Inspiration

20 Jun

Happy Monday!

As you all know – the 4th of July is right around the corner.  I LOVE the 4th of July! Great food, a day spent at the beach or laying by the pool, lots of friends, and an evening filled with fireworks – not many things could make me happier!

It’s also a great excuse to make really adorable and festive cupcakes! Before I decide what I want to make for the 4th, I took a look online and gathered some really awesome inspiration.

Enjoy 🙂

P.S. Just click the photo and it will take you to the site where I found the photo!

American Flag Cupcakes

Patriotic Tye-Dye – So much Fun! I also LOVE the little American Flag on the top. Perfect touch!

Ice Cream and Cupcakes - Nothing more American 🙂

Ice cream cone Cupcakes. A not-so-traditional approach to the normal ideas of red and white blue cupcakes. Simple but adorable!!

Simple and Elegant

This set up is just so perfect! I love the coordinating wrappers and the small red and blue flowers. This shows a perfect balance of color without having red, white, and blue overkill.

Popsicle Cupcakes!

Red, White and Blue “Bomb Pop” Cupcakes. I love the popsicle stick for added effect!Kids will go crazy for these!

Beautiful Swirl Frosting!

3 color striped frosting! This is such a fun technique. I’ve done it a few times here and here.

Lot’s of awesome ideas, right?! I am going to do a lot of baking and experimenting tonight, so make sure you check back for my 4th of July cupcake recipe and more decorating ideas!

Have a sweet day!

Xoxo,

Jill

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A Champagne Toast

21 Dec
A Toast  to a New Year!

A Toast to a New Year

What is more decadent than champagne and strawberries? How about a Champagne cupcake with fresh strawberries topped with fluffly vanilla buttercream! I’m practically drooling just typing!

This Strawberry Champagne cupcake is the perfect treat for a New Years eve party, a New Years day lunch, or even a sweet little toast on Christmas Night. The subtle champagne flavor is complimented by fresh strawberries and creamy homemade buttercream frosting. This cupcake is just so perfectly romantic that I can’t imagine not making it this New Years!

Champagne Cupcakes (Adapted from AllRecipes.com)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups champagne (the sweeter the better )
  • 6 egg whites
  • 10 Large strawberries diced up

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

  • 3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs of heavy whipping cream

Method:

To Make The Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a cupcake pan with liners. 
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until very light and fluffy. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, and then blend into creamed mixture alternately with champagne.
  3. In another large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the whites into batter to lighten it, then fold in remaining egg whites. 
  4. Add strawberries, mix well to incorporate
  5. Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 full.
  6. Bake  for 20 minutes

To Make The Frosting:

  1. With an electric mixer, beat together sugar and butter. Mix on low until well blended.
  2. Continue mixer  on medium for another two minutes. 
  3. Add vanilla and whipping cream, beating on medium for another minute.
  4. Frosting should be light and fluffy.

After the cupcakes are cooled and frosted, top each cupcake with half of a sugar dipped strawberry. A cute serving idea is to place each cupcake in a plastic champagne glass.

Enjoy the recipe – Stay Sweet! xoxo