Monday, February 25, 2013

White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

So every now and again, I challenge my daughter's to try a new flavor. So for snack we are trying the white chocolate cranberry muffin, especially since I had some craisins lying around.

I hope they will love them because they smell absolutely delish!

1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 cups milk (can used reduced fat-2%)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

Yield two dozen muffins

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 24 muffin cups (or use cup cake liners)
2. Mix berries and white chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon flour, set aside.
3. Combine remaining flour, whole wheat flour, sugar and salt in large mixing bowl.
4. Mix egg, milk, butter in another bowl. Stir egg mixture into dry ingredients until just combined (important to not over mix). Gently fold in berries.
5. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake muffins until golden brown, 18-20 minutes.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Serve warm or cool.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

First Baby Shower cake of the year

Wow, I have been gone so long, I feel guilty.  But I have not been just lazy.  I did have two completed projects, which I am going to share.

Working on pearl embroidery
My beautiful sister, Marquita, was given a surprise baby shower!  I was so excited because I just had to make her cake.  Thank you to her wonderful husband who finally said yes, after I hounded him at church and via text, lol.

Working on pearl embroidery
My sister, Kia, decided to get pictures of me in the process of finishing the cake (I thought it was a cool idea, so I agreed).  Hope you like them.  Most of all, I was excited because she loved the cake.

Finished cake
Love always,


Close up

Finished cake

Close up of finished baby and blanket

Finished cake: Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing, Butter Cream Fondant

Close up of cake

Close up of finished baby and blanket

Close up of finished baby with blanket

Welcome Princess Trinity!

Finished cake

Finishing pearl embroidery

Finished cake!!!!

Breathing, it is almost done, smiles!!!
Cutting fondant circles for the cake

Chocolate Fondant baby with unfinished blanket

Finishing up blanket

Added mini headband to the molded baby

Coloring the "hair"

Starting the pearl embroidery for the blanket

Letting pearls dry

Looking at pearls, do we like them so far?

Adding fondant circles to the cake