For the 4th of July, my family held a yard sale at our house. I thought it would be a great idea to bake tons of cupcakes to give away or sell. Long story short --- timing and everything did not work out. I did not end up selling them, but my family (my mom, and my sister and her boyfriend who had temporarily been living with us) and I ate them up!
I baked a pouch of Betty Crocker's Sugar Cookies and I made White and Red Velvet cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream frosting from scratch. Everything turned out delicious. First, I baked the cookies, because I knew I could do those a day or two in advance. I cut them into cute star shapes to go with the theme !
|I found a new attachment that worked like a charm on mixing the dough!|
|The ziploc bag is a great tool for evenly distributing the cake batter into the paper baking cups!|
Now, the recipe called for 2 tablespoons of Red Food coloring --- which turned out to be two bottles of the food dye you buy in 4 packs at the grocery store. I barely had two, so my cupcakes did not turn out as deep of a red as I had hoped.
|More of a cherry red, maybe?|
The next step was the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. Common sense should have told me that baking --- especially something with frosting --- is not the best idea on the first super hot weekend of the summer. In an already full refrigerator, I now had to store 4 dozen cupcakes... The frosting was worth it though, it was simple to make, smooth and tasted delicious.
|I used different frosting tips --- it was so warm in the house that I did not have time to clean and reuse the first one!|