Red, White and Blue 4th of July Cupcakes

Patriotic Cupcakes by jRoxDesigns

I don’t know about you all but I love to celebrate our beautiful country’s birthday just like we celebrate our family’s birthdays…with cupcakes!!  This fun patriotic twist works well with just about any white cupcake mix! They are so fun and easy to make, even the kids will be begging to help make them.  For this batch I decided to go with a wedding cake recipe because let’s face it, I don’t know anyone who can say no to wedding cake!  Paired with a simple buttercream frosting these sweet treats are sure to fly at your 4th of July cookout.  I even topped them with super cute cake toppers from Kori who was on the Craftaholics Anonymous 2013 Creative Team with me!

Patriotic Cupcakes by jRoxDesigns

 Wedding Cake Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

1 16.25 ounce box white cake mix

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/3 cup water

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (you may use almond if you would like)

1 cup sour cream

4 large egg whites

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  Line your muffin tins with cupcake liners and set aside.

2. In a large bowl bowl whisk together cake mix, flour sugar and salt.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well until all ingredients are well blended, approximately 2 minutes.

3. Scoop batter into your lined muffin tin about 3/4 of the way full.

4. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.  Cool in tins for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Recipe from Recipe Girl

Patriotic Cupcakes by jRoxDesigns

Classic Buttercream Frosting

Yield: approximately 4 1/2 cups 

3/4 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature

2lbs powdered sugar (approximately 8 cups)

1/3 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract (You can also substitute almond extract)

2-4 tablespoons milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Allow butter to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

2. In a very large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.

3. Gradually add 2 cups of the powered sugar beating well.  Slowly add in the 1/3 cup milk and vanilla.  Gradually beat in the remaining powdered sugar.  Beat in additional milk until frosting reaches spreading consistency.

Recipe from BHG Cupcake Magazine

Patriotic Cupcakes by jRoxDesigns

Patriotic Variation: 4th of July Cupcakes

You can make almost any flavored cupcake as a base for this fun twist but I chose a clean white base so that I had as close to a true “red, white and blue” color scheme as possible.

1.  Follow recipe instructions until your batter is completely mixed and then seperate the batter equally into three bowls.  For the wedding cake recipe above each bowl had approximately 1 3/4 cup of batter.

2.  Put one bowl aside untouched to be your white layer.  Add red and blue food coloring to the other two bowls until you achieve the desired shade you are would like.  Tip: For recipes where I’m worried the extra liquid may dilute the recipe I love to use gel food colors.  Especially when you are trying to use red food coloring and in order to get more of a red rather than pink I think they are very helpful.  Give them a try!

3. Spoon each color into lined muffin tins in your desired order.  For this recipe I spooned about a tablespoon of each color into the tin (*Remember the tins should only be filled 3/4 of the way full!)  After each addition try your best to smooth out each layer so they completely cover the previous layer.  This will help to give you distinct layers that will not run together while baking.  Bake as according to recipe directions, pipe with a tasty frosting, add fun sprinkles and be sure to mix it up with cute free 4th of July cupcakes toppers!

Patriotic Cupcakes by jRoxDesigns

 

 

Cioccolato Modern Bakery Design :: Inspiration Wednesday

Cioccolato Bakery

There is just something about a bakery!  The aroma you can smell from blocks away and all the different treats just begging to be tasted!  Growing up it felt like my Mom would always be baking something new.  She makes the most amazing blackberry and peach cobbler and when it comes to Christmas time…forget it!  Christmas cookies were not just a staple in our home but were and still are a tradition.  Some people make two or three different types of cookies, oh no at our house we grew up with what felt like dozens of different types.  To me baking is so much fun.  It is a way to relax and unwind.  Over the past couple years I’ve really gotten into baking cupcakes.  I’ve made so many different kinds and I just love experimenting with new flavors.  I’ve watched all of those cupcake TV shows and my sister and I always joke that we should just open up our own bakery.
Cioccolato Bakery

I mean really how much fun would it be to have your own bakery?  Baking has made a big come back in the commercial market in the last couple years and it seems like a new bakery is popping up around every corner.  When I came across these photos of the most amazing bakery on Babyology I just had to share!

Cioccolato Bakery Cioccolato is a unique bakery in Monterrey, Mexico that is unlike any bakery I’ve ever seen.  From a girl who is OBSESSED with color I love how they have created a stark white environment and then allowed all the sweet treats to be the color show stoppers of the store.

Cioccolato Bakery  Their displays are so unique and simple.  Savvy Studios, the designers of the store, were aiming to have a Willy Wonka Factory feel of slight madness in the space.  I think it is fun and what kid (or parent for that fact) wouldn’t want to go crazy in the store?

Cioccolato Bakery

Cioccolato Bakery

So Momma and big sis wanna go in together and have a shop like this???