Mini Cupcake Donuts

Monday, June 5, 2017

Today I'm sharing these FUN donut cupcakes! Let me first day, I'm not a bake from scratch cupcake lady, I'm a buy the box, alter a few things, and always homemade frosting! So I'm sharing how to make these EASY fun donut cupcakes. Keep in mind, it does require a few steps since making the donuts is a step withing its self! 

So here's the recipes:

White Cake Mix Box (chocolate is similar just use chocolate cake mix)
4 Large Egg Whites
1 cup Unsalted Butter (melted)
1 cup Whole milk
1 tbsp Vanilla
1 tsp Almond Extract 

Whisk together, Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes

Buttercream Frosting
1 cup Crisco
1 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Karo Syrup
1 Tbsp Vanilla
8-10 Tbsp Milk
4-5 Cups Powdered Sugar

Cream butter, crisco and wet ingredients together, slowly add powdered sugar to mix. Place is piping bag, Cut the bag about 1" from the bottom, make flat circle around the cupcake.

White Cake Mix Box
1 Egg 
1/4 Cup of Vegetable Oil
1 Cup of Water

Place in donut maker (like this) or donut pan The donut maker is much quicker! around 5 minutes per batch

3 tbsp Meringue Power 
1 tbsp Vanilla
1 tsp Almond Extract 
1 tbsp Water
2 Cups Powdered Sugar

Dip donuts in icing, let the icing dry for 20 minute or until hard before placing the the donut ontop of the cupcake.

Have fun! add sprinkles, add icing lines, add edible gold flakes, seriously the possibilities are endless, have fun, make the cupcakes head of time and place them in the freezer, this makes the cake really moist and yummy. 

Aloha retirement

Friday, June 2, 2017

So my mom just recently retired from the school district after 23+ years, holy moly! She went back to work after I headed to kindergarten, and here we are! My brother and sisters threw her a retirement party for her & her co-workers! My siblings put me in charge of decorations, and what a better way to say adios work life & aloha retirement! So we tried to keep it tropical without too much of a cheesy feel! My favorite from the entire party was the pineapples we hallowed out and put a floral arrangement in! So here's how we did it!

Step one;
Cut the top of the pineapple off, and discard.

Step two:
Using a sharp knife cut a circle around the inside of the pineapple.

Step three:

Use a knife to cut away a small portion from the top, use a spoon and knife to hallow out. Leave at least 2" of pineapple at the bottom

Step four:
Use a small plastic cup to place inside the pineapple for the fresh flowers, add water to the cup, voila

We used Sams club for the fresh pineapples they were around $2 each, we used trader joe's for the fresh florals. I filled 6 pineapples with fresh florals for around $30, I arrange the flowers ahead of time in the plastic cups, placed the hallowed out pineapples in the fridge overnight, to keep them fresh, the day of the event I pulled them out and placed the cups in the pineapple.