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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Red, White and Blue Rice Krispie Cake Batter Pops

It is Day 11 of our "15 Days of Red, White and Blue" series, and today we made Cake Batter Rice Krispies, and then rolled them into balls, and stuck them on a stick! Simple? Yes! Time consuming? Slightly! But delicious, and oh, so cute!
Rice Krispie Cake Batter Pops
(adapted from How Sweet Eats via Gimme Some Oven)
3 tablespoon Butter
1 10 oz. bag mini Marshmallows
1/4 cup Yellow Cake Mix
6 cups crispy Rice Cereal
1 (1.75 oz) container of Sprinkles
Red, White, and Blue Candy Melts
Sticks for Pops
Melt the butter over low heat in a large pan.
Add marshmallows.
Stir until they begin to melt.
Add in dry cake mix 1 spoonful at a time until combined.
Stir in cereal until it is completely covered with marshmallow.
Add sprinkles and mix in.
Start rolling the rice krispies into balls.
You can make them any size you want, but they look the best
when they are all a consistent size.
I wear gloves to do this, and I spray the gloves with
cooking spray to prevent sticking.
Melt  some white candy melts in a double boiler.
Dip the bottom of the sticks into the candy melts,
and then insert them into the rice krispie balls.
Let them setup.
Dip each ball into the white candy melt.
Melt some of the red candy melt.
Using a fork, dip it in the candy melt, and then swing it
side to side in the pan, over the rice krispie balls.
Let dry.
Melt blue candy melt.
Using a fork, use the same motion with the blue melt as you
did with the red melts, putting the blue over the red in spots.
Let dry.
Happy 4th of July!

Thanks for joining me today.

Stop by tomorrow to see what we are making
for Day 12~a 4th of July breakfast treat!

  We are partying at the following fun spots:
Crazy Sweet Tuesday
Tasty Tuesday


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

4th of July Cupcakes!

We are smack in the middle of our "15 Days of Red, White and Blue" series, and I just couldn't wait any longer to post some really festive 4th of July cupcakes! I mean, what's a celebration without cupcakes? These cupcakes are not only perfect for the 4th of July, but they would fit right into an Olympic Celebration!!
4th of July Cupcakes
 Cupcakes
1 box Duncan Hines White Cake Mix
1 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
3 large Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Americolor Holiday Red
Americolor Royal Blue

Antonia74 Frosting
6 oz warm Water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioners Sugar

Marshmallow Fondant
1 cup of Mini Marshmallows
1 tablespoons Water
1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cup Confectioners Sugar

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Place the cake mix, sour cream, vegetable oil and eggs
in a mixing bowl. Mix for 1 minute on low, then turn the 
speed to medium and mix for 2 additional minutes.
This recipe is from the Cake Doctor, white cake mix.
Divide your batter into thirds. I used three bowls, and tried
to distribute it evenly. Take the first bowl, and drop a few drops 
of Holiday Red into the batter. Stir until it is combined and
you are happy with the color.
Take your second bowl, and mix in a few drops of the 
Royal Blue. Mix well.
Use a small scoop or a tablespoon to place 1 scoop
of each color in your cupcake papers.
 Bake until done, about 20-25 minutes.
Let cool.

Let's make frosting!
I have used this frosting recipe a lot. I just love it!
It is called Antonia74 Royal Icing. I found it several years
ago on the cakecentral.com recipe page. It was developed by Antonia74.
Thank you Antonia!
In a mixing bowl, pour in the warm water and the meringue 
powder. Mix it with a whisk by hand until it is frothy
and thickened, about 30 seconds.
Add the cream of tartar and mix for 30 more seconds.
Pour in all the confectioners sugar at one time.
Using your paddle attachment, and on the lowest speed,
mix slowly for a full 10 minutes.
You will not need all the icing this recipe makes for the
cupcakes. Scoop some into a bowl for the red, 
some for the blue, and then the white. Using a Wilton
#2A tip decorate the cupcakes with the icing like above.
As you can see,
I tried 3 different ways to put the icing on the cupcakes.
The middle one was my favorite, so I made
 the rest of the cupcakes just like it.

Let's make fondant!
Place the marshmallows in a 1 cup measuring cup 
and push down to pack them in.
Microwave for 20 seconds. Just long enough for
them to soften and puff up. Stir with a spoon
until well combined. It should look soupy at this point. 
Add the sugar and mix until it is not sticky. 
Now take it out of the bowl and knead
with your hands. Knead for about 5-7 minutes. 
You only need a small amount for these cupcake
toppers. Pull three equal size pieces from your
piece of fondant. Flatten each piece out. 
Use gloves if you have them. Curve the flattened
piece a little, and drop a few drops of holiday red onto the small
fondant piece. Kneed the fondant piece until it is the color you want.
Do it again with the royal blue color. 
Once you have colored the fondant, 
take a small piece off of each color.
Place then together like above.
Start to knead the three colors together.
You want to create a piece of fondant that shows all the
colors clearly. Over kneading will make the 
colors meld together too much.
Once you have the colors looking pretty, 
roll the fondant with a rolling pun.
Cut out the letters USA from your piece of fondant.
The letters at the top were cut first.
Each time you knead the colors together,
they get a little more distorted.
They still look great, just darker.
Place the letters on top of the cupcake.
Happy 4th of July!

Thanks for joining me today!

We are starting the party early for the 4th!
Here's where we are linking up:
Cupcake Tuesday