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Posted By Erin Bolger
My husband's father does not like sweets I repeat he does not like sweets ... I know I'm just as shocked as you all are. Although this does baffle me I enjoy coming up with a savoury birthday dessert for him to enjoy.

This past year I made Grandma's infamous meatloaf into cute little cupcakes topped with some mashed potato icing and some fancy ketchup drizzle.

Needless to say the birthday boy was super excited.

Now on to planning next year's dessert I'm running out of crafty ideas:)

I love how all my old school recipes passed down from Grandma's and Great Aunt's never say how long to cook a recipe. Just put in the oven and bake ... so I baked this recipe at 350 degrees for about 40-45 minutes until the meat was cooked thoroughly. Use a meat thermometer to further guide you as every oven is different! If you are making a meatloaf I would bake it for one hour.



Top with some yummy mashed potatoes. I kept it simple by using some from a box. I waited until the potatoes were cool and then filled my piping bag. Use whatever icing tip you would like. Be crafty!



MMMMMmmmmmm .... and don't forget to top with a ketchup drizzle just before serving! i served these bad boys cool and they were a huge hit.




 
Posted By Erin Bolger
Ok I must admit I am not a huge tea drinker but I have been dabbling a bit using tea in my recipes. I love matcha green tea powder mixed in some vanilla frozen yogurt and now I love these Vanilla Chai Cupcakes. First time I tried Chai was in this recipe. I may not drink tea but I sure will eat it! FYI my Chai Latte friends loved this cupcake!

CAKE INGREDIENTS:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cake flour
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder

2 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup Masala Chai Concentrate (I used Teopia it's a pre-mixed liquid)
1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Makes 22-24 cupcakes.

Whisk the dry ingredients together. Add the oil, eggs and vanilla;mix together. Using a hand mixer gradually add the chai;mix until smooth. Stir in the milk and then spoon the batter into cupcake tins. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown. Let cool on cooling racks.

VANILLA CHAI CREAM CHEESE ICING:

1 8oz. package of cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
about 4 tbsp. Masala Chai Concentrate
about 3 cups of icing sugar.

Using a hand mixer mix together the cream cheese and vanilla. Gradually add the icing sugar and liquid chai; alternating. Until you have a creamy and thick consistency. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with a little cinnamon
I store the cupcakes in the fridge and just bring them out to soften for a few minutes before I serve them.




 
Posted By Erin Bolger

1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup brown sugar, packed
¾ cup white sugar
1 ¼ cups fresh roasted pumpkin, pureed

3 eggs

2 ½ cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. cloves
pinch of nutmeg

½ cup warm milk

Preheat oven to 350*
Line 2 cupcake tins with cupcake liners. Makes 24 cupcakes.
In a large bowl mix together the sugars and butter; mix until light and fluffy. Mix in pumpkin puree until thoroughly combined.
Add the eggs one at a time on low speed of hand mixer; mix until combined.
In a medium sized bowl sift or whisk together the remaining dry ingredients.
Add dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Stir until just combined. Gradually stir in the warm milk.
Spoon into prepared cupcake tins. Bake for 20-22 minutes.
Let cool.

Caramel Cream Cheese Icing & Filling

½ cup butter, softened
1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
3 cups Icing/Confectioners Sugar
3 tbsp. Caramilk Liqueur or any caramel liqueur
Halloween Candy Corn for decorating

Using a hand mixer; mix the cream cheese and butter together until light & fluffy. Add ½ cup of icing sugar; mix. Add 1 Tbsp. Caramilk Liqueur; mix. Alternate until you get a smooth and creamy icing.

Fill an icing decorating bag. Using a long round decorating tip insert into the middle of the cupcake and squeeze in icing. Continue filling all the cupcakes. Then ice cupcakes with remaining icing. Decorate with sprinkled cinnamon, candy corn, walnuts or caramel sauce! Get crafty people ☺
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Posted By Erin Bolger
These cupcakes have been a real crowd pleaser.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup self-rising pastry flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup of fresh or frozen (thawed) pureed strawberries
1/2 cup of Strawberry Cream Liqueur ie Tequila Rose
1/4 cup milk

METHOD

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

With a hand mixer beat sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.
In a separate bowl sift together the flours and baking soda.
Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter mixture; mix well.
Stir in the milk, pureed strawberries and Strawberry Cream Liqueur.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, blending as you go.
Spoon batter into lined cupcake tins; fill to about 3/4 full.
Bake for 18-20 minutes. Makes app. 16 cupcakes.
let cool and ice cupcakes with Strawberry Icing

STRAWBERRY ICING
1/2 cup butter, softened
app. 2-2 1/2 cups icing sugar
1/8 cup pureed strawberries
2 tbsp. Strawberry Cream Liqueur
Blend together butter, and strawberries.

Gradually add icing sugar and liqueur alternating as you go until you get a smooth creamy texture
Ice cupcakes and enjoy!

Store in a cool dry place. Cupcakes will keep for 3-4 days.

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Posted By Erin Bolger
I had the pleasure of creating 13 new recipes for an upcoming show called Fresh Life. This is their second season and I was the dessert edition to the show. All recipes involve liqueur or spirits (poor me) ... lol it was great to get crafty in the kitchen and come up with some fabulous recipes. Thanks to the producers Marty & Kaaveh and the wonderful crew. Check out my facebook group for more photos Happy Baker Facebook Page. The show will launch someday in the fall ... ill keep y'all posted!ME
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Strawberry cupcakes

 
Posted By Erin Bolger
So I'm on day three of a cleanse/detox. My friend has given some great advice and it's time to recharge my engine. I consider this an oil change for the body...but not having caffeine... my beloved coffee is the toughest thing I have ever done! And what is even tougher is making mocha cupcakes while you can't even drink coffee. Mi Vida Loca! I'm gearing up for an upcoming TV shoot and my kitchen is full of yummy baked goods and I can't even lick the spoon...UGH. If I can do this I can do anything! Mocha Cupcakes

 

 

 
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