Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

I figured I would show you the recipe I used for the cupcakes at the Pinkalicious party.
I wanted a pink lemonade style cupcake to go with theme.  I found this one from The Busty Baker and adapted it to what I had on hand.

Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 egg
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
2 tsp grated lemon zest
3 tbsp and 1/4 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/4 cup raspberry puree

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, butter, and egg until smooth. Add yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice and raspberry puree beating until smooth. Add flour mixture, beating just until smooth.
Scoop into liners, filling cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for 22 to 25 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on rack. 

For the frosting, I found a yummy sounding recipe at The Cupcakery.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting

4 oz. (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. whole milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and salt for about 30 seconds.

2. Add half of the powdered sugar and the milk to the butter and beat again until combined. Scrape down the bowl.

3. Add the remainder of the powdered sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. Beat until combined. Scrape down the bowl again.

4. Beat on high speed for 5-6 minutes or until the frosting is fluffy.

5. It is preferable to use the frosting on the same day you make it, but it can keep in the refrigerator for 3 days if tightly wrapped. Make sure and stir the buttercream well before using to get the air bubbles out of the frosting and then pipe onto completely cooled cupcakes.

The cupcakes were very lemony and sweet.  It was a great mix and everyone seemed to like them.



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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fabric Pom Pom

This week I'll be showing you all some of the details and tutorials from the Pinkalicious party.
Today, I'll show you how I made my fabric pom poms.

I found the tutorial over at Once Wed.  Their tutorial is much better, but I'll show you what I did to make mine.
I didn't have any chinese lanterns or even styrofoam balls.  So I used what I had.  Scraps of fabric, rolled into a ball and wrapped with packaging tape.  Whatever works right?

I cut strips of fabric that were a little over 4 inches wide.  I used a polyester type fabric that I figured would hang and ruffle nicely.

Layer the strips into a small stack and trace the size of circle you want.  I used a jar lid.

Cut out the circles.

Start wherever you like.  I started near the top and went around, then filled in the top.  Fold the circles in half twice (you may have to put a dab of hot glue in the center of the circle), then glue the small end onto the ball.

They're a little time consuming, and mine were small.  So if you make big ones, make sure you've got time.
Don't you think they're worth it though?  Ruffly goodness.  Sigh.  I love poms.

Thanks for stopping by!!

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Pinkalicious Party


The party that has been taking up my time for the past month (or 6).  My daughter's Pinkalicious party.  I can't even believe she's 4 (or will be in 2 days).  Gah!!!  She's grown up ridiculously fast.  

Anyways.  So just to warn you.. this is a LONG post.  Picture heavy.  Yep, all that.  So grab a snack..

It all started here.  Well, not really, it's just where I'M going to start.  The invitation.  Designed by yours truly.

The ALL pink dessert table.  I wanted everything about the party to remind you of Pinkalicious and the fabulous books.  I pretty much stuck with the original book, but added a few details from Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink.  If you're at all a Pinkalicious fan, I'm sure you'll recognize them.  

The water bottles (and a some of the dessert table, bubbles, etc.) were adorned with the pinkerific free printables that Kim from Seven Thirty Three provides here.  What a saver that was!

The lemonade stand (made by my hubby), which was used at a recent garage sale for my daughter to sell lemonade and goodies, is a detail from 'The Pink Drink' (shown on the table).  Including the pink lemonade, which is also on the dessert table in the jars, and pink gumballs.

The doilies decorated different areas of the party.  This was a given.  You only have to open up the book to come across the cutesy doily pattern.

Pinkalicious' star wands for the girls and a few blue ones for the boys.

A felt Pinkalicious crown for the birthday girl.

 The treat bag's goodies:  A pink flower clip, crown shaped soap, pencil with a pinkalicious cupcake eraser and a cupcake shaped chalkboard.  The favor bag tutorial is here.

Homemade bubble jars for the kids.  Made with my stash of baby food jars and pipe cleaners for the bubble wands.

My beloved fabric pom poms.  I don't know why I love these things so much, it must be the look of the delicate ruffles the fabric makes.  I also hung my daughter's pink curtains in my kitchen to give the room a 'pink' feel.

The napkin pom pom garland.  Made in this post and tied onto strips of tulle.


The dessert table consisted of lollipops, star wand sugar cookies, pink candy coated pretzels, pinkalicious cupcake marshmallow pops, cotton candy jelly beans, sour strawberry candy sticks, pink candy corn, sour cream soda candy, watermelon, strawberries, pink lemonade and, of course, Pinkalicious cupcakes (which were raspberry lemonade with lemon buttercream frosting).


 The backdrop was inspired by the ones in the original book.  When Pinkalicious turns pink, she blends in with the pink flowers.

Remember these pink cups?  Told you they'd make an appearance.

This little baby was used for our 'pin the cupcake on Pinkalicious' game.


The birthday girl and her brother's in their pink shirts.  In case you're wondering, the boys shirts say 'Real Men Wear Pink' (this is a saying used to sell breast cancer shirts for men, just in case you're wondering.  I did not make it up on my own.)  And my daughter's shirt was in this post.

The bubble blowing.  Definitely a hit.  And Pinkalicious is a bubble blower in 'The Pink Drink'.  P.S. Here's the hubby in his matching pink shirt.  What sports.

The finale of the party.  My birthday girl blowing out her candle.  She was pretty excited for that part.

Thanks for sticking through it!!  I really hope you enjoyed her Pinkalicious party.  It was SUCH a blast to plan and put together, especially when you have an equally excited little girl to share it with.  She really helped me create everything the way she wanted.  What a creative little 4 year old.  

By the way, be sure to come back soon to see the tutorials for some of the projects included in the party.

Hope you are inspired!

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