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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

Let’s Get Nutty!

25 Apr

Photo by Elinor Carucci

I’m in the mood for something nutty and delicious. I’m thinking a butter pecan cupcake would be the perfect treat right about now! But since my chances of having a cupcake magically appear next to me are pretty slim, I will share this recipe with you instead. Talking about cupcakes is almost as good as eating them..right?

This recipe is simple and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

Ingredients for the Cupcake (makes 12 cupcakes):

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
½ of a well beaten egg
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup of milk
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine your flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
Cream together the butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.
Beat in the egg and vanilla into your creamed butter.
Mix in half of the flour mixture, followed by ½ of the milk.
And now the rest of the flour, mix well.
Add the rest of the milk, mix well.
Fold in the pecans.
Fill your cupcake liners and bake for 24 minutes.

Now, for my favorite part of this cupcake…Honey Brown Sugar Frosting! I recently came up with this recipe and LOVE it – it’s such a nice change from the traditional Vanilla Frosting.

1 stick (1/4 cup) of Butter
2 tbsp milk
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup icing sugar
2 Tbs of honey
Pinch of cinnamon

In a saucepan on medium heat, bring the butter and milk to a boil.  Slowly add in the brown sugar, honey and cinnamon.  Reduce the temperature to medium low. Stir frequently so your brown sugar doesn’t burn on the bottom. Let boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm temp.

Whisk the icing sugar into the lukewarm mixture. Keep stirring until smooth and desired consistency is reached.

If your icing is too thin, just add some more icing  sugar.

Frost your cupcakes and enjoy! You can add some chopped pecans to the top of your cupcake for a perfect garnish!

Til next time, stay sweet!

xoxo, Jill