Birthday Party: Put A Spin On Your Princess Party & Host A Royal Celebration

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It’s been almost 3 years and I can’t believe I’m just posting this party!  Every girl wants a princess party and this was Journey’s biggest bash to date.  It was one of the best (and hardest) parties I’ve ever planned because it was the first time that I attempted to make so many of the decorations.  It took me months to finish it all, but everything turned out fabulous! Continue reading

Host A Valentine’s Day Crafternoon

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost Valentine’s Day already! Rather than send your kids to schools armed with pre-printed cards for classmates, why not let them make their own? Or better yet, invite a few friends over and host a Valentine’s Day Crafternoon. Continue reading

Eat & Tell: Spring Cupcakes

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Spring has finally sprung and I decided to celebrate with these adorable lemon cupcakes! The tree outside my kitchen window inspired the bird’s nest. The lemon buttercream icing, topped with toasted coconut, Mini Robin Eggs, and rainbow sprinkles is the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Continue reading

Eat & Tell: My Cupcake Obsession

IMG_3311After my life changing experience at Magnolia Bakery, I fell in love with cupcakes.  Not just the taste, but the experience I have when eating one.  I love how the sweet smell of sugar wafts up my nose and my lips get lost in the icing with each bite.  I love how the moist cake melts when it meets my tongue.  I love when I put just the right amount of batter in the cupcake liner so that it bakes just right up to the edge.  Then adding the perfect amount of icing so that I get equal amounts of icing and cake with each bite.  Cupcakes have become my guilty pleasure and my latest obsession. Continue reading

Chocolate Buttercream Icing

Magnolia Bakery’s Chocolate Buttercream Icing

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons milk
9 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled to lukewarm
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar

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Vanilla Buttercream Icing

Magnolia Bakery’s Vanilla Buttercream Icing

Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

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Life Changing Vanilla Cupcakes

Magnolia Bakery’s Vanilla Cupcakes

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I first visited Magnolia Bakery in NYC about 3 years ago.  They were giving out samples of several cupcakes while I was waiting in line.  I tasted the Vanilla Vanilla cupcake and it changed my life!  I had never tasted anything like it.  I ate as many as I could during the visit.  Since I could only take so many with me, I had to figure out a way to hold me over until my next visit.  So I got the recipe online, tweaked it to perfection and here it is.

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I’m No Chocolate Lover, But These Chocolate Cupcakes…

Magnolia Bakery’s Chocolate Cupcakes

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After tasting Magnolia Bakery’s life-changing Vanilla cupcake, I couldn’t wait to try the chocolate.  I prefer it with Vanilla Buttercream Icing.  But if you are a chocolate lover, you can pair it with Chocolate Buttercream Icing.

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