Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Happy Cupcake Day

We made spice cake & browned butter icing from scratch- got half a batch of cupcakes and a heart layer all done during the baby's nap. The cake came out better than the cupcakes because it is so incredibly moist.

Mix together in small bowl:
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp ginger

In a medium bowl beat until fluffy:
1/4 c butter
1/4 c shortening
Add & beat until well combined:
1 1/2 c sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Add, beating well after each one:
2 eggs

Add dry mixture to the medium bowl, alternately with
1 1/4 c buttermilk (we used sour milk - 1 TB lemon juice combined with 1 c milk for 5 min)
Beat just until combined after each addition.

Pour into floured pans and bake at 350 - 20 min for cupcakes, 30 minutes for layers.

Meanwhile prepare the icing.

Browned Butter Icing
Melt 1/2 cup butter in saucepan and keep over low heat until delicately brown. Remove from heat and pour into small bowl. Sift 4 cups (an entire box) of powdered sugar over the butter and add 2-3 TB milk, plus 1 tsp vanilla. Beat on low until smooth. Add milk as necessary to achieve consistency for spreading.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Happy Kool-Aid Days

The Kool Aid Days Celebration kicks off today in Hastings, NE. check out how they will be feeling groovy this weekend. Kool Aid Days 2009

Kool Aid Play Dough
3 1/2 - 4 cups flour (or more)
1/2 cup salt
1 TB cream of tartar
2 pkg same flavor Kool Aid
3 TB oil
2 cups water

Boil water and add to Kool-Aid in a large bowl. Stir in oil and add remaining ingredients until a ball forms. Knead until smooth

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