Friday, December 11, 2009

Flavor of the Month- EGGNOG CUPCAKES- YUM!

My flavor of the month is eggnog. I have a wonderful recipe for eggnog cupcakes with an eggnog filling. They are topped of with rum flavored whipped cream and freshly ground nutmeg. I thought I would share the recipe, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Eggnog Cupcakes

Ingredients
Cake:
1 package yellow cake mix
2 eggs
2 cups eggnog
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon rum flavored extract
Filling:
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups eggnog
1/2 teaspoon rum flavored extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line your muffin tin with cupcake liners.
For the cupcakes: In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cake mix, eggs, 2 cups eggnog, melted butter, nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp rum flavored extract. Put in cupcake liners. Bake the cupcakes in the preheated oven until it springs back up at the light touch of finger, about 20 minutes. This recipe can be baked in cake pans as well. Remove from the oven to cool on wire racks.
For the Filling: Mix together the vanilla pudding mix, 2 cups eggnog, and 1/2 teaspoon rum flavored extract in a medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Using wilton tip #230 and pastry bag fill cupcakes.

Decorate anyway you want. Rum flavored sweet cream is wonderful with this recipe .

Whipped Topping:
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons cold water
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon rum flavored extract

For the Whipped Topping: In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over the cold water, allow to stand for 5 minutes to soften and then stir until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Whip the heavy cream in a large mixing bowl to soft peaks. Add the sugar, gelatin, and 1/2 teaspoon extract, and continue whipping to stiff peaks. Refrigerate until ready to use. It looks nice to sprinkle the finished cupcake with freshly ground nutmeg.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Our Family Kick off to the Christmas Season



Last night my family and I talked more about the Christmas story and about ways to remember what the Christmas Season is all about. We also sang songs- Silent Night is my favorite but I think the kids prefer Jingle Bells, who knows what song is my husband's favorite. Believe by Josh
Groban is probably his favorite but that isn't a song we would attempt to sing as a family! Then we decorated cupcakes and assembled star cookies that I baked early in the day into Christmas trees. We let our little one have a cupcake. Lets just say we don't have to worry about boring cake pics in January for his first Bday, he tore into his little cupcake and would have ate the whole thing if I hadn't taken it away from him to get him all cleaned up.
We had such a great time. Every Monday for the month of December we are going to do something Christmas related. If you have any special traditions you would like to share I would love to hear them!

Guitar Cuppie

Guitar Cuppie
I love how this turned out. I think I am in love with cupcakes!

Ghostbuster Cuppies

Ghostbuster Cuppies

Purse Cuppie

Purse Cuppie