Last week two of my favorite blogs got together, Bakerella and The Pioneer Woman. I have been wanting to make Bakerella's cupcake bites for some time now. After following her adventures with the Pioneer Woman ( it looked like they had a great time) I was inspired to give them a try. I can't even begin to tell you how easy and fun they were to make. I'm telling you... she is so creative! Not only are they the cutest, they are delicious! If you would like to give them a try you can find the instructions here. Have a great weekend!
image courtesy: Ian Bender My Friend Charlotte's Son in law had a surprise birthday party, and I was flattered that she asked me to make the desserts. The theme was a Pirate party. image: courtesy: Ian Bender The Pirate ship was made using the Nordicware Pirate ship pan, and we made cupcakes with blue frosting for the sea. Andrea did all the detail work on the ship, she did an incredible job! And the birthday boy's brother made the flags... I'm impressed! Andrea also helped me frost all those cupcakes, in addition to the blue we also made vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting and chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, I think there was about 200 all together. This really was a group effort, I'm very happy with the way it turned out. Andrea and I had fun baking and frosting. (thanks Andrea!) And it sounds like the party was a success, all those cupcakes were happily eaten!
I know... the love of cupcakes has been around for awhile, but what's not to love? There is nothing better than little individual servings of dessert neatly contained in it's own colorful packaging.
I found this cupcake recipe on Martha Stewart's Website. However, I added vanilla bean paste and almond extract to the frosting. They are/were delicious;) We carry the Confectionary House cupcake liners at the kitchen store. The colors are so vibrant, and I love that they are grease-proof.
We packed Rosie in the car and took a drive to Pardee Lake. It was a beautiful day. We pretty much had the road to ourselves. I think we were the only ones with this idea. I love this time of the year when everything is so green.
What a view, wouldn't mind living here!
We also went to Sutter Creek, which isn't too far away.
Some fun old shops, and a few really cool antique shops too.
Daffodil Hill will be open in a couple of weeks, I hope we are able to make it back to see it!