We have a rule in my house – No Christmas decorations until AFTER Mom’s birthday (December 12) There’s no rule about no Christmas baking! Why would anyone put a ban on baked goods..? So, I’m starting early. 😀
These cakes are gumdrop cupcakes. Apparently gumdrop cake is a big deal at Christmas time but I’d never heard of it. I got some fruitlets candies and they actually had a recipe for gumdrop COOKIES right on the back…Weird? Maybe. So, these are pretty much just vanilla cakes with cut up gumdrops in it. Pretty great, right?
I stuck to bows this time but maybe next time I’ll branch out a little more. I wanted to make a couple Christmas gifts though. 😀 So, this is my first time using fondant and it was a great experience!
These are pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World:
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup soy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate hips
1. preheat the oven to 350F. line muffin pan with cupcake liners
2. in a medium bowl, stir together pumpkin, oil, sugar, soy milk and vanilla. sift in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. stir together and fold in chocolate chips.
3. fill liners two-thirds full. bake for 22 to 24 minutes. transfer to wire rack and cool before decorating.
I topped them with a buttercream cinnamon vanilla frosting. I can’t remember the measurements I used but it was icing sugar, buttery spread, ground cinnamon and vanilla extract. I decorated over top of this frosting with chocolate chips and coconut buttercream flowers(number 19 tip)… 🙂
On top is a chocolate mousse and on top of that…a strawberry
dipped half in chocolate and rolled in crushed almonds. Then
chocolate ganache gets drizzled over the top.
Pretty elaborate cakes…
Today is Canada Day. These are maple cupcakes, with maple frosting and a maple candy on top. I LOVE MAPLE. I don’t really even like maple syrup, actually but I looove everything flavoured maple… candy, candy, cupcakes, cookies, candy, and so on…So, I was happy to make maple flavoured cupcakes for everyone to enjoy. My room mate suggested lemon frosting. I think it would be good to put lemon on maple, so maybe they’ll come in the future. I also made cookies !!! On a holiday, one blog cannot be updated without the other. Happy Canada Day everyoneee !
Today is my brother’s half birthday. His birthday is on Christmas, and because he doesn’t get a “real” birthday party, we celebrate the half. He requested something with chocolate mousse, so I made a chocolate cake…but only half. Also, half a batch of cupcakes.
It’s an easy chocolate cake, cut in half and piled, with a layer of chocolate ganache in between the layers. I put a layer of the ganache, let it cool, and put another layer. The cupcakes are also just chocolate, with a layer of ganache and chocolate mousse on top. The mousse didn’t turn out as thick as usual, so it didn’t get to be piled as high, which is sort of disappointing, but it’s alright.