Boozy frosting? No need to say more. We've shown you how to make kiwi-melon Champagne cupcakes, and now it's time for drinks to meet dessert in a new way with alcohol-infused frosting. Host Brandi Milloy and Lisa from Sin City Cupcakes show us how to whip up the treat that you'll want to spread over cakes, cookies, cupcakes — any baked goods, really. We can't wait to try this for our next soiree, and making it is a cinch: all it calls for is sugar, dry milk, cream cheese, and your favorite alcohol. Does it get any easier than that?
You can always shellac frosting over your cupcakes, but learning a few simple but sophisticated techniques can give your pretty pastries a professional touch, not to mention impress your friends and family. Here are five simple but dazzling ways to decorate your cupcakes.
This week, my neighbor Jamie invited me to a Real Housewives-style lunch (sans crazy drama and plastic surgery) at her house with a couple other ladies from the block. Our other neighbor Cathy offered to whip up some of her delicious egg rolls and noodles, Jamie supplied her precious Lupicia tea, and since Jamie has her hands full chasing around her adorable 10-month-old daughter, I figured I would chip in with dessert. But what to bring that would be tasty next to Cathy's delicious Chinese delectables and Jamie's wonderful tea?
One of my favorite Japanese treats is daifuku manju: sweetened mochi (rice cake) filled with an (sweet bean paste) that is intended to be eaten with tea. I used to love to stop at Benkyo-do in Japantown for a manju sampler: white mochi with red koshi-an (smooth bean paste), pink mochi with white koshi-an, green tea mochi with red tsubushi-an (chunky bean paste). Lately, I have been intrigued with how to infuse my favorite Asian flavors into traditional western pastries, and since cupcakes afford so much flexibility with ingredients and textures, they seemed like a good starting point.
When I was at Martha Stewart's Milk and Cookies party at the Food Network's New York City Wine and Food Festival, I picked up a great tip from the cookie decorating experts. To keep frosting clean and organized, the staff at Martha Stewart Living fill disposable clear frosting bags with different colors of icing. Then they place each one in a glass tumbler. That way your kitchen table won't get covered in oozing frosting. To ensure that the frosting doesn't plop out the back of the bag, they seal each one closed with a rubber band. The next time I'm decorating cookies, I'm definitely doing this!
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Over the weekend, my guy and I stopped by our favorite cupcake place in the city, Kara's Cupcakes, for a sweet treat. There, we sampled a seasonal strawberry flavor. Although he enjoyed it, I wasn't as big of a fan since it was topped with cream cheese frosting. For some inexplicable reason, with the exception of red velvet cake, I dislike cream cheese frostings on desserts like cupcakes and carrot cake. How do you feel about the matter?
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Love frosting? Well, I have news for you! For the Summer, everyone's favorite bakery, Sprinkles, has launched a new product: frozen frosting shots. Yes, your eyes do not deceive you. For $.75, at all Sprinkles locations, you can actually purchase a shot of frosting that's frozen. Earlier this week, we were lucky enough to receive a large sample of the sugary treats from Sprinkles. To find out how they taste, read more
When I found out that today is Hot Dog Day, I knew I had to share this fun creation. It really takes "semi-homemade" and pushes it to the next level, everything can be bought, but the end result is completely unique. The Hot Dog and Fries Cake is a completely edible, ridiculously sweet cake shaped to look like a hot dog in a bun and french fries. All you need is a loaf cake, a few Twinkies, red frosting, yellow icing, red icing and some green fruit. If you'd rather not use Twinkies, substitute with different kind of cake in the center. Either way, your little ones — and big ones too — are going to love this treat.
To see how to assemble one for yourself, read more
One of my good friend's is absolutely crazy for marzipan. In fact, he believes that a cake is not worth eating unless it's completely smothered in the stuff. So when I found out that today is National Marzipan Day, I immediately thought of him.
Marzipan, for those of you that don't know, is a sweet creation primarily consisting of sugar and ground almonds. Predominantly used by pasty chefs as coating on cakes, it is also widely available as small edible sweets.
To celebrate National Marzipan Day, make your own batch and go wild sculpting. You can even eat it plain, dipped in chocolate or covered in nuts.