Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Minion Cupcakes Invade Buffalo's Winging It!

Minion cupcakes are as easy as they are adorable. You do not have to be a professional cupcake decorator to create these at home. They are perfect for back to school or a birthday party. 

Here is the step-by-step instructions as seen on CW23's "Winging It, Buffalo Style"!
What you need:
White Cupcake mix (eggs, oil, water)
Black frosting
Sugar Eyeballs
3 plastic piping bags
Buttercream frosting
1 pound of powdered sugar
4 sticks of butter, at room temperature
2-4  tablespoons of Heavy Cream
2 tablespoons of vanilla
                Blue food coloring

Blue Buttercream + Eyeballs  + Twinkies
= The Secret to Minion Cupcakes
-Prepare the cupcakes according to the mix.
-While the cakes are baking and cooling, make the frosting.

How to make homemade buttercream frosting:
1. Using the paddle attachment, beat butter for about 3-4 minutes on medium speed.
2. Add sugar by the cup, starting at a slow speed.
3. Combine vanilla and heavy cream, while increasing the speed to medium high until it reaches your desired consistency.
(Add blue food coloring either to the mixer, or an additional bowl with a spatula, and fill a piping bag with the blue frosting.)
Minion cupcakes on set this morning at "Winging It, Buffalo Style"
How to prepare the minions:
1.    Unwrap Twinkies and lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
2.    Cut about 1 1/2 inches off one end of cakes
3.    Fill 2  pastry bags with black frosting, cut one 1/3th of an inch and another 1/8th of an inch
4.    With the piping bag that has the bigger end cut, pipe a line across the top of the Twinkie (about 1.5 inches from the top)
5.    Place the sugar eyeballs onto center of the line
6.    With the smaller cut piping bag, pipe a smile and hair onto the Twinkie
7.            Secure the minion onto the frosted cupcakes Pin It

RECIPE ALERT: Blueberry sauce/compote

If you love blueberries, hopefully you've already tried our recipe for this delicious compote. The fragrance of the berries while they pop and release their juices is, by far, worth the very little effort needed.
Next comes the hard part: deciding what to put them on! Pancakes, cupcakes, ice cream, all would be a dream companion to this quick and easy summer staple. Pin It

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Story of the Ultimate Wedding Cupcake

Once upon a time, there was a tiny cake. It was baked in a liner of white and dressed in the finest paper crown. On top, a dollup of frosting was covered in fondant.

But wait, there is more!

Adorned with a gumpaste carnation, the cupcake had a pattern of swiss dots surrounding the edge.

Et voila: The Ultimate Wedding Cupcake

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Mighty Cute Minion Cupcakes

"Descpicable Me" cupcakes made easily with Twinkies and some imagination!
Click here to learn how to make these little guys!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dora the Explorer Cookies!

A party with Dora the Explorer cookies is a party that has many smiles! These cookies are piped with royal icing, and filled in with color flow (watered-down royal icing). Stay tuned for a DIY lesson we will share soon! 

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Paradise Pina Colada Cupcakes

Lemon cupcakes are a perfect match for homemade coconut buttercream. If you use coconut extract, be careful to slowly add the extract. You do not want your buttercream to taste like a bottle of tanning oil.

Lemon zest is a baker's best friend when baking lemon cupcakes, so save some from when your mixing your batter to sprinkle on top with some toasted coconut! Pin It

Monday, August 5, 2013

Happy Birthday - Flamingo Cake!

Fact: A summer birthday party is more fun with a cake adorned with hot pink flamingos! 
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Sugar Alert: Fluffernutter Cupcakes

What do you get when you combine peanut butter buttercream, fluff and peanut butter cookies? 
Fluffernutter cupcakes! YUM
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Spotted: Elegant Wedding Cupcakes + Matching Cake

Isn't she lovely?
There's no need to get a fancy cupcake tower. These metal cupcake trees that hold cupcakes are popular and widely available at any craft or hobby store. 
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