Bridal taste testings…..

It’s SPRING here in H-town and what does that mean…SUMMER weddings! I had the pleasure of giving a bride a small taste test of my Wedding Cake Cupcake and the Almond Poppy Seed cupcake.

White Wedding Cake with Buttercream Frosting

White Wedding Cake with Buttercream Frosting

 

Almond Poppy Seed with Cream Cheese Frosting

Almond Poppy Seed with Cream Cheese Frosting

 

I added a small chocolate covered raspberry to the top to give a little extra kick. πŸ™‚

The Almond Poppy Seed is more like a breakfast muffin and you can enjoy it with a very good cup of coffee. The Wedding Cake is just DELIGHTFUL! You can’t go wrong with white cake and buttercream frosting, it’s just so good I can eat more than 2!

I enjoy baking for my friends and whoever is interested in ordering, I am always here to help out. More posts to come as my baking skills improve. πŸ™‚

 

Jo Ann~

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Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas

This season was a family quiet one. I didn’t bake as much as usually do for the holidays, but I did bake some cute wreath frosted cupcakes. Image

Vanilla/Vanilla Frosted Wreath Cupcakes

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I have never made these before and I gave it a shot! What do you think?

Being able to take time out for my family was very important to me. Our kids are young adults now and of course have their own lives and friends to be with, but making an Enchilada Dinner on Christmas night was a must for them to be here. We had cookies for dessert and little chocolate covered marshmallows for a SWEET treat.

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Sugar Cookies and Peanut Butter Blossoms…..Santa’s favorite!

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Chocolate Covered Marshmallows for the Hot Chocolate treat!

Twas’ the night before Christmas, I was able to finish my Christmas Wreath. Somehow, I had misplaced my hot glue gun and hadn’t had a chance to get another. But I was tired of looking at a naked wreath that I went to Target and bought the gun. I was pleased at the results, cause it’s a little country.

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We all hope you had a great Christmas holiday with family, friends and loved ones.

Merry Christmas from our home to yours.

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Margarita Summertime Cupcakes!!!

Actually, these are good anytime! I always have fun cooking with alcohol and these are so tasty, light and not too sweet. The hint of lime, tequila and salt are a great combination for this cupcake.

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I had the pleasure of baking these yesterday for a friend of mine who has started her Arbonne business and I must say they were a hit! I just love baking for friends and meeting new people with my cupcakes.

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Presentation is always a must for me. I love dressing up my packages, big or small.

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I hope you all have a great summer!

Stay tuned for my patriotic cupcakes I am baking today for Memorial Day.

Graduation approaches with CUPCAKES!

Graduation is just sneaking up on us! I was very happy to bake some wonderful homemade chocolate cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting for two of my favorite students.

Chocolate with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

The little gold balls are edible and the frosting hinted the taste of lemon that made it refreshing to the taste buds. πŸ™‚

This is my son, Alex. He graduates on June 8th from Jersey Village High School. This school year has been filled with many exciting things and I am actually going to miss it.

My daughter captured this photo a few months ago as he was thanking me for being his mom and loving him unconditionally.

Alex - Class of 2013

Alex – Class of 2013

I can’t wait to bake his cupcakes for graduation!

And she is back…….

Friends…I took a long … long… break from baking and I am now back and ready to bake and blog! Now, I have baked some cupcakes and a pie or two, just haven’t blogged about them, but let me give you a sneak peek.

February is just around the corner, you will need some good Valentine cupcakes. These are Chocolate with Chocolate Chips inside and Chocolate Frosting.

February is just around the corner, you will need some good Valentine cupcakes. These are Chocolate with Chocolate Chips inside and Chocolate Frosting.

If you want Red Velvet Cupcakes these are frosted with Real Cream Cheese Frosting and topped with a Dark Chocolate Chunk. YUMM!!!

If you want Red Velvet Cupcakes these are frosted with Real Cream Cheese Frosting and topped with a Dark Chocolate Chunk. YUMM!!!

These scrumptious cupcakes are Strawberry Cheesecake. Fresh ingredients and homemade frosting!

These scrumptious cupcakes are Strawberry Cheesecake. Fresh ingredients and homemade frosting!

my husband's favorite cupcake...the SWEET 'n Salty. Chocolate Cake filled with caramel, frosted with homemade Peanut Butter Frosting, Pretzels and Sea Salt. A man's dream!

my husband’s favorite cupcake…the SWEET ‘n Salty. Chocolate Cake filled with caramel, frosted with homemade Peanut Butter Frosting, Pretzels and Sea Salt. A man’s dream!

I can’t wait to get back into the kitchen and bake away! Happy New Year, may 2013 bring you many SWEET blessings!

The frostings of fall and Think Pink!

Fall is my favorite season! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Festivals, Farmers Markets and just the turning of the leaves…..in other states cause Texas’ trees don’t turn orange. 😦

So far, I have baked 3 delicious types of cupcakes. I think my favorite and most rewarding is the Reese’s Peanut Buttercup. The frosting on these decadent little cakes is sooooo gooood!! I literally licked the bowl clean! Plus the little surprise that I hid inside was even better, an actual mini Reese’s Peanut Buttercup, YUM!!

Wanting pumpkin bread so bad, but still craving the chocolate, I decided to venture out and bake Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins topped with cream cheese frosting. My best friends son and daughter love pumpkin bread and I wanted to give them a little surprise. They gobbled them up! We met at St. Arnold’s Brewery in Houston for a little beer and some goodies. And as you can see this kid wanted to pick off the icing!

But after 2 or 3 muffins, I think he still wanted more!

Now, the most recent cupcake was for a Mary Kay party I hosted at my home. Knowing MK is pink and October is Breast Cancer Awareness month I wanted to incorporate pink ribbons on my cupcakes. So I came up with Coconut Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and coconut shavings. They were a hit and I can honestly say they were beautiful. I will make this my yearly October cupcake.

My other best friends mother is a cancer patient and it really hits home. Please ladies, get checked, check yourself and be aware of your health. Let’s fight this cancer!!!

Have a great week and more so a Spooky Halloween. Until my next blog….Keep frosting!

“Cocktail Cupcakes” Yum!!!!

For the past few months I had been thinking about baking alcoholic cupcakes. You have seen them do it on Cupcake Wars or on other TV shows, so I decided to go for the recipe book. I got my recipes from “Booze Cakes” and let me just say “what a book”!! It even had a booze metter – πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

I planned it out, made sure I picked the right cupcakes, the right drink and perfect evening. I haven’t bought booze like this in a very…..very long time. I didn’t know what kind of liquor to choose….cheap or expensive. I just knew that I wanted them to taste good. As I went to Spec’s with my husband and son, I was overwhelmed with all the liquor bottles and the different color bottles and sizes. So I settled for small containers, but better booze. I was happy…..also with the wine samples they were handing out. :).

The next day the baking began. With the help from a good friend, I know I could not have done this without her.

She helped me mix, pour and bake. The table was set, the candles were lit and the menu was in place.

From Left to Right: Mojito Cupcakes, Rum Chocolate Cupcakes,

Long Island Ice Tea Cakes, Peachy Keen Fuzzy Navel Cupcakes,

Wine Merlot Cupcakes

The biggest hit of the night were the Mojito Cupcakes. When I tasted the batter I knew those were the best. The mint and lime were perfect together and the whipped topping gave it the cook effect. I fell in love!

The Peachy Keen Fuzzy Navel – real peaches with Peach Schnapps….yummy! I smothered these with Orange/Peach Marmalade that contained Peach Schnapps as well.

Long Island Ice Tea Cakes – I added the liquor to this, then soaked them in more liquor. Not sure if you can tell the darker lines on the bottom of the cakes.Β  These were very potent on the Booze Meter! πŸ˜€

Wine MerlotΒ  were a bit dry. I am thinking that it changes the texture of the cake so it was not as moist.

To me “it’s all about the cake in a cup”. LOL

I enjoyed baking these cupcakes, having a great times with friends and family. I hope they enjoyed the evening as much as I did. I will look for more “tasty cakes” and have another get together. So, I recommend this book, go out and buy it, bake up some goodies for you and your friends and have a party. They are fun interesting and very GOOD!

Until next time……