How cute is this recipe, right?! This is by far one of my favorite dessert recipes, specially to make for the little ones. I recently began a new job as an after school educator for an amazing school in the Bay Area teaching cooking, art, and so much more! This week I needed to come up with a quick and fun recipe to engage a class of 3rd and 4th graders, and of course this one came to mind.
This recipe is incredibly easy to make and very cost effective when you have a large number of hungry kids ($25). I started by pre-making the cupcakes for the students following the directions on the cake mix box the night before.
As you can see, I filled up my cupcake trays like you normally would. I then baked them for about 5 minutes, before then placing an ice cream cone directly on top of each cupcake. I found this to be the best method for me. In the past I tried using the ice cream cones as a substitute for the muffins tins, and while the cake mix baked inside the cones, the cones didn’t fluff up like I would have liked them to. So I highly recommend baking them this way. Once the cupcakes were done I cooled them off then packed them up for class.
On the day of the class, I set out an assortment of different colored frosting, sprinkles, and cherry’s for them to decorate to their liking. Before each student began decorating the cupcake part, they simply removed the muffin foil, and voila, all done! Enjoy!
XOXO - Drea
Ps. This makes for a fun activity at a birthday party too!
I’ve always been a big lover of tea, but especially recently I’ve been obsessed with Earl Grey. I often find myself getting a nice London Fog instead of a coffee. These cupcakes were only bound to happen. I was struggling to find what to bake for a Christmas party when these suddenly popped into my head.
They were a little bit tricky to nail! I knew that to make these I was going to start out with a vanilla base recipe then add the tea, but HOW is the question. I started out by steeping some extra strong tea and allowing it to cool. I then added some of it to vanilla batter but it then became too runny, so I added a little bit more flour but then the mixture became to glutinous and the flavour wasn’t very strong. They ended up baking okay, they achieved nice domes and the texture wasn’t awful, it was just too dense for my liking and it tasted a little bland. Instead of steeping the tea, I decided to just add the leaves directly into the batter. I used my vanilla cupcake recipe and emptied 4 teabags into the mixture. Once the batter was mixed I was concerned with how they’d come out because I didn’t taste a strong earl grey flavour but the batter consistency was right so I stuck them in anyway. 10 minutes into baking, the most wonderful tea aroma filled my house and I immediately knew they were going to work. The tea just needed some heat to activate the flavour and they turned out so good. I served them at my Christmas party and everyone raved about them. Whenever I bake something, my plan is to make it “not taste vegan”, and these were just that. I also made a vegan cream cheese frosting and infused with with more tea and lavender.
The texture on these is amazing. I used my go to vanilla cupcake recipe and the flavour of the earl grey tea just sank so well into them. They are light, fluffy, and moist. Heres what you’ll need to make them:
CUPCAKES: (makes 12)
1 ¾ cup all purpose flour 1 cup cane sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup unsweetened almond milk ½ cup coconut oil 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 4 Earl Grey tea bags Mix the sugar, almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla, tea and vinegar together until smooth. Then add the flour, baking powder and baking soda and mix until just combined. Bake at 350 C for minutes and you’re set!
¾ tub vegan butter (Earth Balance) ½ tub Daiya cream cheese 2 tsp vanilla 4 cups icing sugar Strong brewed tea infused with lavender petals Whip the butter and cream cheese together until fluffy and well combined. Then add the icing sugar 1 cup at a time until the frosting is fluffy and smooth. Then add your vanilla and tea to taste. This will make enough frosting for 12 cupcakes if you pipe a swirl on them like in the picture, but you can half the recipe if you want to spread them on. I sprinkled mine with some dried lavender, but get creative!
Two more pages!
The first page is mostly @sigilathenaeum’s!
With the “I am an artist” sigil by @robinsher
The second page has sigils from;
@witchofkeys who I can’t seem to tag??? @crepit-the-oracle’s “creativity” sigil @cupcake-witch’s “I am flowing with creativity” sigil
And @thesigilworkshop’s “good grades in exams” sigil!
When Ivy gets locked up in Arkham, Harley likes to send Ivy letters in very creative ways- through cupcakes, smuggled in plant pots, sometimes she even has the letters passed through all the rogues just to reach her girlfriend. With every letter, she sends her a new tool to aide with her escape- and once she has given Ivy all the tools, she sends a set of instructions, so that Ivy might escape the asylum- the pair hasn’t failed yet.
A few weeks ago one of my best friends celebrated her birthday out of town. I wanted to make her a gift that would not only say, ‘I Love You!’ but make her feel like I was there to celebrate with her. After searching Pinterest for inspiration I decided to create this 'birthday in a box’ for her with a delicious twist to it.
Knowing how much my best friend loves Red Velvet cupcakes, I decided to include the basic ingredients to make her own cupcakes, while incorporating some humor into the box. Here is what I came up with:
Fancy Gift Box (re-useable, purchased at Michael’s)
Decorative Shred (use it to fill the box)
Framed Picture (decorated to fit the theme)
Red Velvet Cake Mix
Funfetti Frosting with Sprinkles
'Birthday Girl’ Pin
Cupcake Headband (because she deserves to feel like a cupcake queen)
Miniature Triangle Party Banner
Glow In The Dark Sticks (to get the party started)
Fake Flower Arrangement (because every girl deserves flowers)
Ice Cream Cone Pens (they were too cute to pass up)
What I love about this birthday kit are the endless possibilities on how to customize it. Not only is it a thoughtful gift, it’s something you and the birthday boy/girl can make together. Enjoy!