My daughter requested a pony party for her 6th birthday and wanted a simple cake and multi-flavored mini cupcakes. I made a small 6″ round 3-layer ombre cake with horse figurines on top. (An “ombre cake” is just a layer cake with graded hues of a single color…or different colors, depending on the look you want.) Since she’s really into blue, I graduated the buttercream colors from dark blue to white. I topped it with a little “pasture” with the horses and a banner bearing her name. Perfect for my little cowgirl!
These juicy key lime cupcakes are always a hit. The secret ingredient is a box of lime jello in the mix to make them green. Straight out of the oven, the warm cakes are poked with a toothpick and infused with a lime simple syrup, then filled with lime curd. This totally amps up the tartness factor! Topped with a dollop of limey cream cheese icing and you are in key lime heaven!
A friend asked me to make some simple cupcakes for her teen-aged son’s birthday…he requested simple, no frills chocolate cupcakes. He was going to be on a Boy Scout camping trip and she wanted to surprise him with the cupcakes the second night of the sleepover. We decided the best way to keep them fresh was to freeze them firm and send them frozen. Then when the boys were ready to celebrate, the cupcakes in the cooler were thawed and just right. These are decadent double-chocolate cupcakes with almond Swiss meringue buttercream and sprinkles…and a tiny “cherry” on top. They traveled perfectly and the Scouts were thrilled with the special treat!
The most disappointing thing to me about the ever-popular red velvet cake is that it sorely lacks in chocolate flavor. So these red velvet cuppies I filled with a rich, creamy chocolate mousse and topped with a swirl of tangy white chocolate cream cheese icing. Just enough to take this velvety red cupcake over the top!