Friday, May 13, 2011

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

I took a few shortcuts in making these cupcakes but since I had extra time from the shortcuts, I played around with homemade frosting and drizzled chocolate decor!

I bought a box of chocolate cake mix and while mixing it added 1/3 cup raspberry jam and a little extra cocoa powder; maybe 1/4 cup.  They baked nicely.

For the frosting, I followed this recipe from the Food Network:

  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream ( I threw in some leftover cool whip with this)
Once this was mixed, I added raspberry jam to the bowl, 1 TBSP at a time, mixing thoroughly. A total of 4 TBSP went into the batch. It was such a gorgeous color! And licking the spoon was heavenly! I couldn't wait to top the cupcake with this frosting!

While the cupcakes were baking, I melting a little chocolate in the microwave and using a knife, I drizzled it onto waxed paper. I really had no idea how this was going to turn out so I just did circles and swirls. It all dried within minutes right there on the counter and I could easily peel them off. The outcome was perfect! It was Mother's Day, so I gave one to our our upstairs neighbor who is a mom and grandma and shared them with a friends over dinner together.  Who knew "gourmet" cupcakes could be so easy!?!?!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Junabug Adventure

We were invited to an Indie Show over the weekend and I took the plunge! I got a banner made up, business cards and sewed like a wild woman for a few weeks. I made matching mother-daughter aprons, stenciled burp cloths, nursing covers and crayon roll-ups. I had a small table with Mother's Day cards on it for kids to color which attracted moms. :)

It was a blast and I am happy with how much got sold. People invited us to other shows and one dear lady suggested I sell things in her shop! Something I will definitely look into to.

Here are a few places I advertise my items on-
and Facebook, "Junabug's Corner"

Let me know if there's something that interests you or need something custom made!