Surprise Cupcakes

Some of you may know that my husband is an officer in the Air Force and currently working at USAF Academy.  He is in command of squadron 6, The Ragin’ Bulls.  Today marked the day that all the firsties (senior cadets) get to know what their jobs will be in the Air Force after they graduate.  So my husband thought it would be cool to put their jobs on a piece of paper and stuff them into cupcakes.  We went with red velvet cupcakes (Red for Rage) with cream cheese buttercream.Since the graduating class is a silver class, I lined the pans with silver cupcake paper.  I also used Wilton’s edible decorating spray in silver and sprayed the tops and added some silver sprinkles…We also labeled each cupcake with a toothpick that had the cadet’s name attached.  We wouldn’t want anyone to find out the wrong job.  No one ate their jobs, by the way.  I was happy to hear that!  The treats went over quite nicely and the cadets were happy with their jobs.  Good luck in June, Firsties!!

Chocolate Bacon Almond Bars

Yesterday I attempted a new recipe.  My husband made some bacon for me.  I typically end up charring the bacon so it’s really his area of expertise ;-)!  I melted some dark chocolate in a double boiler and combined it will some heavy cream.  Then I folded in some slivered almonds.  I poured the mixture into a pan and popped it into the freezer to set.  While that was hardening, I melted some white chocolate in a double boiler and combined it with some heavy cream.  I mixed in the finely chopped bacon and poured that on top of the set dark chocolate mixture.  I put it back into the freezer to set for about an hour.  This is what it looked like when I pulled it out of the freezer and cut them into bars…Looks yummy, right?  But it needed something else.  So I popped them bars back into the freezer.  While they were getting nice and hard, I melted some semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler and added some canola oil.  Then I took the bars out the freezer and coated each on with the semi-sweet chocolate.Messy goodness right there!  I have found that most things that are gooey or messy are just so yummy.  This was true of these bars too.The bacon added the saltiness that complemented the chocolate in such an “oh so good” way.  The almonds added the crunch and light nutty flavor.  The three different chocolates were just yummy together.

Back To School

So I had a little problem with my computer and it’s hard drive.  Long story short, I have lots to post on here.  I want to come back to all that.  Let’s start with back to school treats.

My kids started back to school today.  All three of them, all day long!  They deserved a home-baked treat.  They never agree on one treat but they do always agree on chocolate.  So I decided to make chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and top them with peanut butter buttercream and dip them in chocolate sprinkles.

To say these cupcakes are good is a total understatement.  These are melt-in-your-mouth yumminess.  While my son was enjoying his tonight, he noted there were chocolate chips in them and asked, “How did you not melt the chips?”  My daughters didn’t say a word while eating and that’s saying something ;-)!  These are best the day they are made but I’m pretty sure the leftovers will be eaten over the next few days.

Green Things

March is a fun month in this house.  While we aren’t Irish, we do celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  My son loves all things green and it kind of represents the Spring is right around the corner for us.  So more green things appear, like the grass and the buds, etc.  So I decided to try my hand at some truffles.  I made mint chocolate truffles.  According to my kids, they were yummy…I used green candy melts for the coating and drizzled white chocolate on top.  They were very minty and refreshing!For St. Patrick’s Day, I treated my kids with mint chocolate chip cupcakes with vanilla mint buttercream.  My 10-year-old said it was almost as good as the ice cream, which is her favorite.  I’ll take that complement ;-)!And one more “green thing”…since Spring break is upon us, it was time to celebrate the cadets’ birthdays for March.  I made a green velvet cake with vanilla buttercream tinted green.I had never even heard of green velvet before.  I saw that one of my pinterest friends pinned it.  I had to try it with my yummy new red velvet recipe.  It smelled the same but looked green and turned out so wonderfully that I was giddy with glee!

Cuppies for Cadets

Today my son and I went to the Air Force Academy to celebrate the February birthdays in Squadron Six!  We took along red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing and they were pretty much devoured by the end of the day.

We love celebrating their birthdays.  I may have to think of something green for March birthdays!

Class Cakes

I ended up with such a large class for my Decorating Basics course at Hobby Lobby that I had to split the class and have two!  The students were awesome and they had lots of fun.  I have to say that I did too.  It wonderful for me to see students get excited when they realize they did something cool.  And they did lots of cool things!   But I’ll let you decided by looking at their final cake projects…These were from a husband and wife couple who took the class together. 

I had another couple in my second class.  He loves her, if you couldn’t tell…And she’s pretty smitten with him…and their little guy…

I even had a student who decided to do cupcakes for their final project instead of a full cake.  Such a good idea…

Aren’t they all great?  There were 4 students who were under 18 in the class too.  I am so impressed by these cakes.  I love the colors and the ideas the students had.  They all did a great job!

Polka Dots

Last weekend I had an order for a baby shower cake.  The lady who ordered the cake had an idea in her head with pink, brown, green, and blue colors but wanted a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream.

I used tip 12 to pipe large dots onto the cake and, when the icing dried a bit, I flattened the dots.  I think it turned out nicely.  What do you think?

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