Thursday, October 3, 2013

Money Can't Buy Happiness...but Cupcakes Can Bring It!

My husband is in the military and this week has been difficult and stressful. So, as a way to say thank you, I decided to make cupcakes for the kids at his office who were deemed "essential." Sadly I couldn't make them for those sent home. Too many sent home and so quickly. But I did make some cupcakes and I thought I'd share how I did it.
Super easy!

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

I thought this up the other day at the grocery.

Ingredients:
Strawberry cake mix
Lemon icing (or your fave cream cheese icing and some good Limoncello!)
Strawberry mousse mix
Lemon juice and zest.
Pinked sugar (I just put two drops of red food coloring gel into a bag with a cup of sugar and then shake, shake, shake until pink!)
Cupcake decorating and baking tools as you like.

Directions.
Preheat oven according to your cake mix.
Mix together your ingredients for your cake and pop it into cupcake tins.
Set the cupcakes to back and turn your attention to the mousse.
Mmmm... mousse. Whip that together, I added the zest and juice of half of a good sized lemon and a dash of Limoncello. Let that freeze for 15 mins and get those cupcakes out of the oven!
When those cupcakes are cooled, use an icing tip to insert mousse into your cupcakes and then you can ice. I make lemon flavored icing with Limoncello, totally your choice. They sell cans of lemon icing.
I use a star tip and use a looooooot of icing. When they're fully iced then I add pinked sugar and you can add pearls or candies. I bet lemon drop candies or lemon margarita sugar would be good too!

And then you get to eat or share!!!! Enjoy friends. Share some love with those military folks who need it :) MUAH!