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National Cupcake Day

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National Cupcake Day

Cupcakes hit the scene in 1796 resemblance to English Fairy Cakes but in 1828 cupcakes became official which written reference to the cupcake appears in Eliza Leslie’s “Seventy-Five Recipes for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats”.  Hostess starts mass-producing its first snack cake in 1919.  In 1950 Winston Churchill was the first person to suggest cupcakes should be frosted.  Make your cupcakes plain or adorn them with edible embellishments. So, remember December 15th is a national cupcake day.

 

    Christmas Tree Cupcakes

 

For the cupcake

½ cup vegetable oil

¾ cup sour cream

¾ cup heavy cream

4 eggs

1 box of chocolate cake mix

¼ cup cocoa powder

 

For the frosting

2 cups butter; cold and cut into chunks

10 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons vanilla

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Pinch of salt

 

Additional Items you will need

Green food coloring

1M piping tip

Piping bag

Golden star sprinkles

Holiday sprinkles

 

How to make the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325. Line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Mix together, either by hand or in a stand mixer, the oil, vanilla, sour cream, heavy cream, and eggs. Then mix in the boxed caked mix and cocoa powder.
  3. Scoop the batter into your cupcake liners, use ¼ measuring cup.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Make sure to bake all the cakes on the same oven rack so they bake evenly
  5. Let the cupcakes cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

 

How to make the frosting:

  1. In a stand mixer, whip your butter chunks on medium-high speed until the butter is light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.
  3. Once the powdered sugar becomes hard to incorporate add in the vanilla, heavy cream, and salt, allowing the ingredient to be incorporated fully.
  4. Add in green food coloring until you get the green you are looking for.

 

How to decorate cupcakes:

  1. Using your 1M piping tip and the green frosting frost your cupcakes. You want to build the frosting up while moving the bag and tip in a circular motion.
  2. Place a star at the top and then use other sprinkles to decorate the tree.

 

Tips:  Add sprinkles immediately after you make the tree.  If the frosting sets up the sprinkles will not stick.  To make a darker green-colored frosting stir in a tiny bit of blue and black food coloring to the green frosting.

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Check out another one of our many dessert recipes.

 

 

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National Cookie Day

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National Cookie Day

 

Now, this is a day I LOVE!!!  December 4th. I will take cookies over any dessert.  Does not matter if the cookies are crunchy or soft, I love them all.  In 1853 The original Keeble elf Godfrey Keebler opened his neighborhood bakery in Philadelphia.  1912 came to Oreos, which was a knockoff of the first chocolate sandwich cookie called Hydrox.  In 1930 along came Ruth Wakefield from Whitman Massachusetts who ran a popular restaurant “Toll House” which brought Chocolate Crunch Cookies to her patrons, which is considered the first chocolate chip cookie.   1963 Chips Ahoy! Debuted their cookies in America.

   Old Fashion Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup butter, room temperature – very soft

½ cup light brown sugar

½ cup sugar

½ cup raisins

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup oats (old fashion oats not instant or quick-cooking)

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together, and set aside
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a handheld mixer, cream butter, brown sugar, white sugar, egg, and vanilla until mixed and fluffy. Add whisked dry ingredients, a little at a time, and combine well.  Add the oats and raisins and mix just until combined.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes until lightly browned.  Let cool for 1 minute and then remove to wire rack to cool completely. – makes 2 dozen

 

Variations – Add pecans, chocolate chips, cranberries

 

 

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