Friday, December 26, 2008

Joy to my Cupcakes

Well if you know me you know I love cupcakes, and if I have an opportunity to make them I jump at it, so I'm going to a Christmas dinner party Sunday night and I wanted to make fun Christmas treats for the after party, now I have hundreds of cookies left -not kidding- haha---but I wanted to make maybe a taco dip, fruit dip, this new potato onion cheese dip I found absolutely divine ! (I'll give you that recipe later)

But I decided to make some cupcakes as well and wanted to make some snowmen :) I've made may snowmen cupcakes in the past but I wanted them to be extra cute this time:) I found this recipe because I love love love almond so I'll make these cupcakes....

Almond Cupcakes
1/2 c butter, room temp
2/3 to 1 c sugar( depends on how sweet you like it)
3 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond
zest of one small lemon
1 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c milk
Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts and lemon peel. Mix flour, salt, and baking powder, stir in and then beat in milk.
Pour into lined muffin cups and bake 18-20 minutes at 350. cool

Cream Cheese Almond Frosting

8 oz cream cheese room temp
4 tbs butter
3 c confectioners sugar
1 tsp almond
1/2 tsp vanilla

beat butter and cream cheese together until mixed. Add rest of ingredients and beat until fluffy. Add a little cream if needed to get the right consistency. Use to frost cupcakes

and decorate them like this I believe :)

to build/construct these cute little fellows you will need to:
*make your cupcakes two sizes, some in normal muffin/cupcake pans
and some in the smaller pans that make the mini muffins,
*put the smaller one on top of the large cupcake attaching it by frosting the bottom of the small one
*then frost your cupcakes as you wish- with the frosting above or your own
*cover both balls with coconut
*stick a big marshmellow on top for the head :)
* two pretzels or chocolate liccorice for arms-chocolate liccorice is gross to warn you so i use pretzel stix :) haha- some ppl use cinnamon stix but you can't eat those so i don't
* then an upside down reeses cup for a hat
*cinnamon drops for buttons or chocolate chips I like sometimes :)
* then decorate their little faces however you wish :)
These are an excellent crowd pleaser and BIG hits with the little ones :)
Have Fun :)
Happy Holidays
MissSweetTreats <3


Cate said...

Those are SO cute!!