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Superbowl Snacktime

6 Feb

Hope you guys all had a fabulous superbowl! I have to admit, I wasn’t exactly a fan of either team (this California girl was cheering for the 49ers) but I was really excited to get together with my friends and eat some amazing food! Juliana, of the blog Novice Noms made AMAZING, sour cream, cheesy delicious dip, and of course, I was in charge of bringing the baked goods.

I decided to stick with the sugar cookie category because they are easy to bake (I already had all the ingredients), easy to transport and super fun to decorate! So, my contribution to the party were these adorable football sugar cookies (can we call footballs adorable??)

I know that the season is over, but hopefully these inspire you to make other sports-themed sugar cookies–it is still basketball season, after all. Or these would make a great treat for a baby shower for someone who is having a boy, or a birthday party for a sports enthusiast.

I present…football sugar cookies. Recipe adapted from Annie’s Eats

Ingredients

1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
2 ½ c. sifted flour

Directions

Cream butter. Add powdered sugar. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla, salt and flour. Chill dough until firm (I left mine in the fridge for about 2 hours). Roll to ¼” thickness on well-floured surface. Using a pre-made football (or any shape) stencil, cut dough in desired shape.

Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 min. Cookies should not brown. Let cool completely before frosting.

Football detailing: 

Frost cookies completely with chocolate frosting. Using a 1/4 inch piping tip (or using a ziplock bag with the corner cut off) draw the lace details with white icing. Bring to party and let friends eat and enjoy!

Yields ~40 cookies.

 

I was super stoked with how these came out. They were such a hit and I will definitely be making these again–and branch out into different sports. When baseball season starts, expect a baseball cookie post :) Have fun baking–it’s a cake walk!

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Pastry Tips!

1 Feb

Hello lovelies :) No new recipe today, but I wanted to share this VERY exciting purchase: pastry tips!! As you know, when I need to frost cookies or cupcakes, I usually use the plastic bag trick that I blogged about here. I recently decided, however, that I wanted to invest in good, yet inexpensive pastry tips and bags to dry new decorating ideas. Last night, my roommate and I were wandering around Bed Bath and Beyond and I saw this kit:

My new baking toys

The box says 9 piece kit–it’s really only 8 pieces, they count the directions as the 9th.

4 tips and 2 bags for only$9! Super good deal. I’ve never used the pastry bags before, but I assume that I’ll have to buy more. I’m also going to see if I can use ziplock bags, and attach those instead (I’ll keep you guys updated). Just FYI, Bed, Bath and Beyond has some GREAT baking stuff, like a rolling pin (got that yesterday too), cookie sheets, and a creme brulee kit for $20 (my next purchase, I think).

Just wanted to share my awesome find with you guys! Hope you’re baking up a storm. As always–it’s a cake walk!

Decorating Tips: Frosting!

27 Feb

The frosting on a dessert is the finishing touch. It adds a dab of creativity and makes your baked good complete. The baked good that is most popular for its frosting finish is the cupcake. Unfortunately, this is  my least favorite part about buying a cupcake from a bakery. I am not a fan of heavy, very sugary and thick frostings that often crowns the delicious dessert. But when I try to re-create the signature frosting swirls at home, it just doesn’t look the same–until I discovered this easy decorating trick that doesn’t require the purchase of any expensive frosting bags or frosting tips. All you need is your favorite frosting (store-bought or homemade works), and a Ziploc bag.

In the video below, I demonstrate how easy it is to make your own decorative frosting swirl, with as much, or as little frosting as your heart desires. Take a look! (Note: I am in NO WAY a professional cinematographer, and shot this video with the microwave as my tripod. And my film production roommate was out of town! Darn it!)

I want to see how your frosting swirls turn out! Email me pictures of your latest baking creations to be featured on the site: itsacakewalkblog (at) gmail (dot) com.

Have fun decorating! Remember–it’s a cake walk!

Red Velvet Valentine

9 Feb

Valentine’s Day is here again! This is the holiday you either love or hate. Whether you have a special someone as your valentine, or you’re planning a single ladies (or guys) night, everyone loves some red velvet cupcakes! I’ve made this ruby dessert many times via Better Crocker, but this year I decided to try to bake them from scratch. Most of the ingredients are everyday household items, so there is no excuse not to try this easy, delicious recipe that will have your valentine seeing red (which in this case, is a good thing!)

The recipe I followed–which includes the cupcake batter and cream cheese frosting–is adapted from the lovely Paula Deen, via the Food Network website. Click here for the original recipe.

Ingredients

Cupcake

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cocoa powder (If you’re a real chocolate lover, feel free to add a few more teaspoons.)

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

1 cup buttermilk, room temperature

2 large eggs, room temperature

2 tablespoons red food coloring (One small bottle of food coloring roughly equals one tablespoon.)

1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Recipe Tip: If you don’t have/can’t find/don’t want to buy buttermilk, you can use this instead: add 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup milk. Stir, let sit for 5 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pans with cupcake papers.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled (an ice-cream scooper works great!) Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick to make sure they are fully baked. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

(A little pinker than I anticipated–I ran out of food-coloring–but a little pre-taste determined they were still delicious.)

Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe Tip:Paula Deen is known for her large portions. The following a half-serving of the original. If you decide to make the original full batch and end up with a lot of leftovers, no worries: the frosting can be frozen, and then thawed for later use!

1/2 pound cream cheese, softened

1 stick butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. Frost to your hearts desire. Serve to your special someone.

(The finished product. Do they make you want to fall in love?)

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! If you guys use the recipe, let me know how it turns out. Also, please leave comments on any tips you may have for me, or if there are any recipes you would like to see on the blog. Have fun baking! And remember–it’s a cake walk.

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