Mickey Mouse Cupcakes

Today’s post is just a bit of show and tell. I made these cupcakes for a friend’s son’s second birthday. He just loves Mickey Mouse, so I tried my best to make them cute. I think they turned out ok, had I found a good chocolate mold in time I would have used that instead. These I made free hand, or rather with a cutout made of cardboard. I traced them onto parchment, flipped the parchment over and poured the chocolate, for the red parts I used red candy melts.

The cupcakes are a simple yellow cake with a homemade strawberry filling, the frosting is vanilla swiss meringue buttercream.

Lemon Mascarpone Cream Cake

Time flies when you are having fun and boy have I already gotten behind here! So to catch you up; I now am taking a cake decorating class at a local cake supply store. I am a little disappointed with the format, its seems to be more about making a certain cake each week than learning any real skills. The instructor is right in saying; you just have to practice on your own because doing it is the only way to get better. So with that advice, I decided to make a cake this weekend to take over to my aunts for a small party to meet my cousin’s new baby.

It’s a lemon mascarpone cake found on my favorite blog. It was a bit challenging not only for the cake being a “high ratio cake” but the frosting was a whip cream type rather than butter cream. I had some challenges just getting the frosting to look right but in the end I think I was pretty enough and boy this cake tasted good. It calls for you to make your own lemon curd, heck six months ago I didn’t even know what lemon curd was, but now that I have made my own, oh my gosh its heaven, I will never buy it again. This cake is a bit dense but still feels soft and silky in your mouth; the lemon curd and mascarpone frosting really lighten this up and make it a delicious cake with tremendous flavor.

I am just posing the link for the cake because I changed nothing at all and the other reason being the blog I got it from gives fabulous step by step instructions.


Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes


This is one of my husband’s favorite drinks, if you have ever seen it done its quite entertaining. You take a pint glass fill it half full of Guinness (note: Draft not Stout), take a shot glass add a shot of whiskey (preferably Jamison’s) and top it with Baileys. You then take the shot glass and drop it into the pint glass and gulp it down all at once. First one done has the bragging rights.  Now I have no interest in drinking this drink but the cupcakes, they were good. Not only was the cake, which had Guinness baked in it, but the frosting, holy cow. I could have pulled up a chair and made it a meal. I researched this recipe all over the place and many people use different amounts of Bailey’s for the frosting but this recipe definitely got it right, it did not disappoint.


 I had so much ganache left over after filling the cupcakes I went ahead and added some on top, it made for a pretty presentation. I made these for a world cup party hence the soccer balls.

 Since I didn’t change the recipe in any way and this one give such fabulous directions I will just post the link.


Three alcoholic beverages

Disclaimer, I do not have pictures of all of them yet. I know that is a sin on a blog but I can asure you, these are good, picture or not. As we head into the three day weekend I just wanted to share three of my favorite drinks. I promise to add photos later, it may must be the excuse I need to make them all this weekend, three days three drinks!

Cucumber Martini

Well yes, this is not a cupcake but I promise you won’t care after you taste it. My husband and I went out to dinner for my birthday at a restaurant called Monte’s and they had this drink on the menu. I of course made my husband order it because I didn’t want to chance not liking it…then I promptly drank it all and ordered my own. This has to be one of the most refreshing tasting drinks there is, never in a million years would I have chosen to put a cucumber in my drink, I tent to lean towards fruity concoctions. But…this is fabulous and I am truly in love with this drink, if you can be such a thing. I will also admit, this is the first time I have ever tried Gin, in fact when we made the trip to the store to buy some both my husband and I sat in the isle starting at all the brands with no clue as to which to buy, so of course we bought the one with a pretty bottle.

Cucumber Martini adapted from Monte’s restaurant.

2.5 oz Gin of your choice
2 oz Mint infused simple syrup
2 oz Pureed cucumber
Mint leaves

Toss in a shaker with ice and a few mint leaves, shake and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with mint leaves.

Pureed cucumber
1 peeled English or regular cucumber
2 tbsp lime juice

Puree until smooth, strain through a fine mesh strainer.

Mint infused simple syrup
1 cup sugar
1cup water
5-6 mint leaves

Add all the ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Turn off the heat and let it sit until room temp. Or if you are impatient like me, you can toss it in the freezer till cool. Pull out mint leaves before using.

Pamplemousse Martini
Adapted from Epicurious

This drink is well… fabulous. It has such depth of flavor and is by far the most sophisticated drink I have made. Its very easy to make and oh so worth it. It is not too sweet but not too sour, the honey adds a richness that you don’t normally find in a drink. I just love it! Do beware; they can sneak up on you!

This recipe makes 6 drinks (well, 4 if I am pouring)

• 7 tablespoons water
• 5 tablespoons pomegranate juice (I use POM)
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 4 teaspoons honey
• 1 1/2 cups vodka (you can use citrus flavored too)
• 3/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice (I use ruby red, fresh)
• 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (usually one large lime)
• 18 fresh mint leaves plus 6 sprigs for garnish
• Ice cubes

Bring first 4 ingredients to boil in small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cool in the fridge.
Combine pomegranate mixture, vodka, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and mint leaves in large pitcher. Fill pitcher with ice. Stir vigorously. Strain drink into (chilled) Martini glasses. Garnish each glass with mint sprig and serve.

Blackberry Martini
Adapted from the book: Hip Sips

3 tbsp blackberry puree

2 ounces of your favorite vodka

1/4 ounce orange liqueur
1 ounces simple syrup
1 ounce lemon/lime juice (equal parts fresh squeezed lemon & lime)

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake. Pour into a chilled martini glass, garnish with a fresh blackberry or lime wedge.

Blackberry Puree:
1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
3 tbsp water
2 tbsp sugar
½ tsp lemon juice

Puree and strain through a fine mesh strainer.

Peachy-berry margaritas and a burger.

This summer has gone by so fast and all my efforts to get organized have failed miserably. I have numerous blog entries to put on here but in my frustration with my other blog and formatting I never posted them. So, now that I am using World Press, I will be posting things from this summer, rather out of order.

But first I want to start with last weekend. My husband has become quite enamored with a hamburger patty our local Deli makes and therefore it has made up many of our Saturday night dinners. I’m not complaining, no raw hamburger to mold, and no mess to clean up, just unwrap and toss it on the BBQ. The burger itself is mushroom, bacon, cheddar, what could be better than that? Well, the husband added roasted green chilies piled on top covered with a thick slice of pepper jack cheese. Add a bun, some fry sauce (thank you Pioneer Woman), avocado, lettuce, tomato and of course some more bacon; you have dam near hamburger perfection. The only downside is how to get it in your mouth.

I had attempted making some homemade hamburger buns, after a few moments of uncertainty they came out, although a bit flat, not too bad for my first real attempt at bread. How they tasted made up for their lack of height.

Add in a Peachy-berry margarita and some corn on the cob and dinner is served.

For you drink lovers:

Peachy-berry Margarita
Adapted from The Noble Pig

3 tbs raspberry puree (per glass)
¾ cup of tequila
½ cup fresh lime juice
2 cups fresh or frozen peaches
1 cup of ice (or more if you like it super slushy)
½ cup simple syrup

Rim the tops of 4 margarita or martini glasses with sugar (I use a stem less wine glass for all my margaritas). Put 3 tablespoons of raspberry puree in each glass. Then take the remaining ingredients and blend in a blender. Pour the peach mixture over the raspberry puree. Enjoy.

Raspberry Puree:
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
3 tbs of water
2 tbls of sugar
½ tsp of lemon juice

Blend all ingredients then run threw a fine mesh strainer.

Simple syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

In a sauce pan bring both ingredients to a boil stirring to dissolve the sugar. Pull it off the heat and let it sit till room temp.


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