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Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

6 Apr

While grocery shopping yesterday, I found key lime, orange creamsicle, and pink lemonade cake mix. They were on sale for 3 for $5 and I just couldn’t pass that up. I see these flavors every spring/summer, (Last year we only tried the pink lemonade cookies, delicious by the way) and this year I thought the cakes would be fun to test out. I planned on making cupcakes and cool themed cake pops. First up, pink lemonade cupcakes with home made pink lemonade frosting..

Cake:
1) bake the cake according to the instructions on the box.
2) let cupcakes cool completely before piping on the icing

Frosting: (note- they sell matching icings with the cakes if you want to skip this step and just buy it)
1) mix together 1/4 C. of cream cheese and 1/4 C. crisco
2) add in one packet of pink lemonade crystal light
3) slowly add powdered sugar until you get the desired flavor, I used about a cup

This covered 10 of the cupcakes… I planned on taking some to work and really only needed to make those ones pretty. So double or even triple the recipe if you want lots of icing.

For decoration:
-I piped on the icing using just a zip lock bag and cutting the corner off…lazy and cheap :)
-I had leftover paper straws from past cake pop orders that I just cut up. -Then added them into the icing.
-I had sliced up lemon into little slices to garnish as well.
-Topped it all off with some yellow sprinkles.

I love the way they turned out and they are so yummy!

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Paleo | Lemon Blueberry Bars

25 Mar

I found this recipe on pinterest the other day, and it sounded too easy to pass up. Plus I have been craving lemon flavored desserts lately!  Here is the recipe! 

His is yellow and mine is purple because I added some blueberries into the saucepan.

I found that the lemony mixture never really got as thick as I thought it should, or like he describes.  However, I also only added about 3 T of coconut oil into the saucepan while he says to add about 6. (I just didn’t want the extra calories or the greasy feeling that coconut oil seems to create in my paleo desserts)  I am not sure if that would make a difference, but mine definitely did not look like his.

It was still amazing though and I am already planning to make it again soon, as this batch was gone in a day :)

Enjoy!

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Paleo Banana Pudding

8 Mar

I do not know what it is about bananas, but some months I CRAVE them, like I eat them with everything and put them in everything… and other months they disgust me.  Not sure what that is about… This month, I like them :)

I also still love our Nutri-Bullet.  I have talked about it on several other occasions, like here and here for frosting… but it just keeps getting better.  When I ran across this recipe for banana pudding on pinterest, I knew I would have another use for it.

Plus, the pictures made it look so good I had to run to the store and get the ingredients right away.  Again, strange banana cravings…

It is a super simple recipe, and takes like .3 seconds to make.  You will need:

Note: This amount filled the large nutri-bullet cup up 3/4 of the way.

  • 2 Bananas
  • 1/2 C. Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
  • 2-3 T. Chia Seeds
  • Splash of Vanilla (optional)
  • A nutri-bullet or blender
  1. Chop up your bananas
  2. Add the bananas, milk, and vanilla into nutri-bullet cup 0r blender.
  3. Blend for a few seconds or until it looks like a pudding consistency.
  4. Add the chia seeds and mix.
  5. Let pudding sit in the fridge to allow the chia seeds to get puffy, yes puffy…

I ate half that night for dessert and saved the other half in the fridge.  It was even better the next day.

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Enjoy!

 

Cupcakes & Icing Recipe

25 Feb

I am back to show you all the cupcakes from my first order last week that I mentioned here. They are simple, but bright and fun.

I am not a huge fan of icing in general, so I found this hard because I did not know what was to sweet or  not sweet enough. Thankfully my mom was there to be my taste tester, and I think we made a good mix between the two of us.  I HOPE :) haha

Ingredients: This recipe covered about 14 cupcakes, so I made two batches. One white and then hot pink. 

  • 1/2 c. Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 c. Crisco
  • 3 c. Powdered Sugar
  • 2 t. Vanilla

Combine the cream cheese and crisco first, add powdered sugar one cup at a time and then add the vanilla.  I used a hand mixer.

This recipe made a really white icing, which is what I was going for.  I had initially practiced with my tie dye cupcakes and used butter instead of cream cheese/crisco, which resulted in a light yellow icing. That version was also a different consistency, which I did not like.  It was much softer, even with more powdered sugar, it did not seem to help.

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I went with a 2D tip and just held the bag vertical to the cupcake and squeezed a little to create each mini flower to create the whole flower look.

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It was fun to step out of the cake pop making box. Hope everyone at the birthday party enjoyed them!

Colorful Tie Dye Cup Cakes

20 Feb

A month or so ago, my mom came home with a cake mix to make a tie dye cake.  It had everything I needed in it (mix and dyes).  It was a Duffy cakes mix, she got from Michaels, however, if you had a white cake and dye you could make this without the kit.  She thought it looked cool and wanted me to make it.  I just now got around to using it.  It is rare for me to bake anything anymore for my house, so I decided to make my family cupcakes and practice my icing skills for a job coming up this Friday. (My first cupcake order… I am nervous haha)

The kit came with blue, yellow, and red dye and then instructions on how many drops of each color to make an orange, red (pink), yellow, green, blue, and purple.  You combine the ingredients like normal and then divide the cake evenly into six bowls and then pour a little of each color into each cupcake holder.  So I did a little pink, then a little orange, etc. until the cupcake holder was 3/4 full.  You DO NOT mix the colors together at all.  After you layer the colors, you just level it out by banging it on the counter, and bake. They turned out really cool.

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Come back in a few days to check out the cupcakes I am making tomorrow.

Mini Cake Pops | Valentine’s Day

6 Feb

Firstly, ITS MY BIRTHDAY! We are going to celebrate this weekend, and I am so excited.  23 will be a fun year, full of new opportunities and experiences. 22 was awesome…I graduated college, got a big girl job, started this blog, went on an awesome vacation, my cake pop business GREW like crazy, I learned a lot about myself and my relationships, and was happy with my life! If you are interested, here is a recap of last year’s birthday fun. 

ANYWAY, Holiday cake pops are my favorite! Here is last year’s valentine’s day pops.  Check out the link for more details…

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Last year, Bakerella made mini cake pops around valentine’s day and I loved them.  They were so simple, yet the way they were displayed was fun and bright.  I decided to try it out this year. She made a few more cakes then I did, which is more work than I felt up to.  However,  even with one cake mine still turned out cute and I will have MINI ways to share my love this year.  bahaha

Here they are!

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photo 2-2Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Paleo | “Sugar” Cookies

4 Feb

I do not know why I love Valentine’s Day so much.  I am not one for over the top, romantic dinners or flowers and chocolate, but I still love the holiday.  I like giving the people I love a nice reminder that I love them, and I am lucky to have them in my life. Plus, it is an opportunity for a theme… and this girl loves a theme.  Can you say hearts? Hearts, everywhere.

These cute little heart cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day, or just to satisfy a sweet tooth. I found the recipe here, and adapted it a bit. I changed the dough recipe a little, and did not use the frosting recipe listed, but keep reading to see what I used!

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Ingredients:

Cookie Dough- makes 2 dozen

  • 2 1/2 C. Almond Flour
  • 2 T. Honey
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 t. Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 t. Vanilla
  • 1/2 t. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 t. Sea Salt
  • Coconut Flour, for dusting

Spread

  • 8-10 Strawberries
  • 1 Banana

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix together all the ingredients.  I used a hand mixer, and it looked crumbly.  However, when you mold it with your hands, it will stick together like normal sugar cookie dough. photo 2

Set in the fridge to chill for about 20 minutes.

Use two pieces of parchment paper to roll out the dough. Use coconut flour to prevent sticking (I had no problem with sticking). Roll it to be about 1/4″ thick and use your cookie cutters until you have no dough left. I got about 24 cookies.paleo sugar cookie

paleo sugar cookiePlace cookies on cookie sheet lined in parchment paper or a greased cookie sheet. paleo sugar cookieBake for 7-8 minutes.paleo sugar cookieWhile the cookies cool, make the “frosting” spread.  Note: I did not want to cover every cookie, so I used about 4 strawberries and a half a banana. This still made plenty.

Using our Nutri-Bullet, I added in the fruit and let it run for 1-2 seconds, but if you do not have one, just mashing up the banana and strawberries with a fork would suffice. paleo sugar cookieAfter the cookies were cool, I spread the fruit mix on a fewpaleo sugar cookie

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photo 3-5These cookies were soft and the strawberry banana spread was the perfect topping.  It did not leave the cookies feeling mushy either. Plus, they kept nicely in tupperware.  A perfect paleo cookie! paleo sugar cookieThese would make a great treat for anyone special in your life!

Check out my Paleo Snickerdoodle recipe too!

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