Cupcake Cocktails: Easy, Cute And Yummy!

 

If you saw my blog post here you saw the pictures and reference to the cupcake cocktails I got from the queen of all things cupcake…….that were so cute.    (If you haven’t already checked out her blog you need to make it a point to do so.)   After doing the post I got motivated and decided to make them myself for a small New Years Eve gathering with a couple of friends.  They were super easy and they turned out great.  And, yes, the saying “If I can do this anybody can do this” holds very true.

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You just use a simple boxed cake mix – preferably white, but all I had on hand was yellow so I used that instead.

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You mix it up per the directions in the box and then add a little food coloring to create whatever color of “cocktails” you want.  I split mine into three bowls and added three different food colorings:  green, orange and yellow.

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Then you pour them directly into your martini glasses (after you grease and flour them) just like you normally would a cupcake tin. Place the filled glasses on a baking sheet and place the baking sheet in the oven.  Yes, the glasses can go right in the oven!

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Next take your ready made icing of choice and add the food coloring just like you did with the batter.

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When the cupcakes are done wet the rim of the glass and dip into the sugar or sprinkles of your choice.  (Normally your glass would have the baked cupcake in it – I just forgot to take a picture of that part.)

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Then they’ll look something like this.

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Top them with the colored icing and decorate each one with whatever sprinkles, candy, etc. you have on hand.

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And, voila’!  Here’s what you end up with……cute, huh?!

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I’m not much of a baker so I was quite proud of my cocktail cupcakes thanks to Hoozier Homemade.  (I actually added my own touch later by cutting Twizzlers in half and inserting them in each one to look like straws.  It was very cute, but I didn’t get a picture. Grrrr!)

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My granddaughter, who partied with us for a while, thought they were quite cute and tasty!

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She was there to celebrate and preferred everyone have on some sort of ears or headband.  Our sweet friends obliged her request with fervor.  Cute, Steve!

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Earlier, when the kids dropped off our granddaughter, we were given strict orders to have her in bed at a decent hour since she missed her nap.  So we thought it would be funny to freak them out by sending these pictures to them at midnight!

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But, of course, we actually took them at 7:45p right before we put her down to bed. (Sorry for the lack of quality in these pictures.  My husband used his cellphone.) We just waited till midnight to send them the pictures to give them a little scare! And scare them we did. Too funny!  (I know….a little mean….but you have to admit it’s kind of funny.)

Cupcake cocktails, grandbabies and good friends…….I’d say that’s a very good way to ring in the New Year!

Happy Decorating!!!

Wedding Cupcakes Take The Cake!

 

With my son and his fiance’ planning a wedding for May there has been some discussion here lately on the type of wedding cake they want.  (And how unbelievably expensive they are!!!!!  I mean……it’s just flour and sugar, etc. so what the heck?!!!!)  One of the options they are considering is a  cupcake tower of some sort. 

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Apparently there are so many fun possibilities with cupcakes….

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So many themes and personalities…..like these classic looks…

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And, these fun ideas below…

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How’s this for over-the-top?

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How’s this for fun???

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And how are these for just flat out gorgeous???

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You can display them in different shapes….

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Or fun  colors…..

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Each with their own unique charm.

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Each with their own unique personality.

So cupcakes just might be a really fun alternative to the traditional wedding cake.  You just have to decide if you want to go fun or sophisticated, elegant or casual.  Colorful and splashy or white and sleek.  One more thing to think about for your wedding.  Decisions, decisions, decisions…..

Happy Decorating!!!

Life At Home: Good Times

 

I’m not going to lie.  I know I’m a Texas girl, born and raised, but when you’ve had two sons at the University of Oklahoma you quickly become an OU fan.   Texas-OU weekends at the Martin house tend to be much happier when the Sooners win in the big game.  Last weekend was no exception.  Happily we were all together (which unfortunately is rare these days) to watch the big event – just like old times when we’d congregate in our TV room to watch football together.  My role is, and always has been, to keep the food and drinks coming in waves throughout the game.  Something we’ve done for years and always enjoy. 

 

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In honor of the big event and the fact we were all together again to watch the big game I made OU cupcakes. 

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My son, Daniel, and his girlfriend, Melissa, came down to watch the game with the family. Love that!  Is it just me or are they an incredibly gorgeous couple?

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As always we had chips and salsa.  A traditional favorite.  I made queso, too, which is a tradition, but my daughter thought in the picture it looked like vomit so I thought it best to leave it off!  Trust me it’s yummy. 

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Bacon wrapped, cheese stuffed jalepenos….always a fave!  Quick recipe:  Slice jalepenos in half, stuff with cream cheese, wrap in half a slice piece of bacon.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Broil for a minute or two before serving if you want them browned on top.  Yummy! (And addictive!)

 

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Here we are – The Gang – all smiles after the big win!

Is there anything better than hanging out with your precious family and enjoying just being together? I think not!  I feel very blessed!

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