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Tasty Cupcakes

Tasty Cupcakes just in time for Halloween

Years ago, my husband, my Mother n Law and I owned a bakery in Denton, NC Tasty Bakes. We had a blast but, unfortunately the economy didn’t support us enough to remain self-employed. So, ten years later I have now discovered Blogging & I am able to share my love for baked goods, party décor & cake decorating.

Today I want to share with you a simple cake recipe & icing recipe. I’m going to walk you through with lots of photos. I may come back later & do a more detailed decorating how to. If you are interested in something like that please comment & let me know.

Tasty_Cupcakes_Easy_Ingredients

Photo Credit: Bailey O'Conner
Ingredients for Tasty Cupcakes

When we had the bakery we definitely wanted a homemade (not frozen) cake. There is nothing worse than walking into a bakery & NOT smelling cake baking. However, we had to be able to easily switch between THREE bakers. As I said earlier our business consisted of my Mother N Law, my Husband & Myself. Choosing a method that would provide consistency in our quality was tricky. We chose Duncan Hines cake mix, we did NOT use their recipe. In choosing the cake mix it kept a consistency in our leveling, sugar etc. All of the things that determine the texture of your cake. So we decided this would be our foundation. To this foundation we added in Eggs, Oil & Sour Cream. This became our BASE recipe, from this we launched SOOOO many more recipes. I will continue to share throughout the year (seasonally)

So, in this demonstration you can see we chose a WHITE cake mix. you can use any flavor. The reason I went with white is because I wanted mine to mimic Candy Corn. If you are only making one recipe you would have to divide your batter into thirds & add food color to achieve this look. In my photos I am baking for a larger group so I simply used 3 mixes (white, lemon & orange) For the simplifying of the blog I’m going to talk about this as if it’s one recipe.

Cake or Cupcake INGREDIENTS:

Tasty Bakes bakery recipe

Cake mix of choice (Duncan Hines brand) DO NOT READ THEIR INSTRUCTIONS.

3 Eggs, large

1/2 cup oil

1 cup Sour Cream

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. I know the box says otherwise. Trust me, slow down your bake time. Your baked goods will be more moist & level on the top. The slower cook time reduces the muffin top.
  2. Prepare your muffin tin with liners. I generally use white liners & upon decorating set them into your cute papers. If you try to bake in the decorated ones they get greasy & ugly.
  3. In your mixing bowl add in your cake mix, eggs (white only), oil & sour cream. (NOTHING ELSE) for this recipe we are doing plain classic cake.
  4. Mix together using your whisk attachment. Start slow & gradually work your way up to a higher speed. mix a good 2 minutes.
  5. Using a dasher (ice cream scoop) fill your muffin tin about 1/3 full.
  6. Place in preheated oven & bake for 20-23 minutes. Testing at 20 minutes to see if you leave an indention when you touch the top of the cupcake. The cake, if done should spring back.
  7. Remove from oven & gently place on a cooling rack to cool.

Yield Approximately 2 dozen cupcakes

While the cupcakes are cooling we will move on to making the icing.

Icing INGREDIENTS:

Tasty Bakes, icing recipe

In the mindset of keeping it simple I’m going to share a recipe using a 2lb. bag of Confectioner Sugar (XXX) This can be divided in half for a smaller recipe. ( You can also FREEZE for later use. To use from frozen allow to thaw to room temp put back in your mixer & whip. If it becomes too liquid just add more XXX sugar.)

1 – 2lb bag of Confectioner Sugar

14 oz – Crisco

10 TB milk

pinch of salt

THAT’S IT. Nothing else needs to be added to this icing. We have used this basic recipe for years. Later in another blog I will share modifications of this recipe for different flavors.

1.) Place Crisco in mixer bowl with your paddle attachment.

2.) Add milk & a pinch of salt to mixer bowl.

Turn mixer on low & stir these ingredients up the best you can.

3.) Slowly, SLOWLY add in your (XXX) sugar. Let it get incorporated before you try to add more. Once you have the entire 2lb. bag added & incorporated you gradually speed up your mixer. you want to go as high as possible & whip as much air into your icing as possible. This should mix for several minutes.

Once your icing has reached it’s peak consistency divide out & color to suit your design. I used Purple, Yellow, Black & Orange. We were creating a fun Halloween table scape.

Enjoy yourself in the kitchen. Always experiment different flavor combinations. Involve the kids. If you will start them young the kitchen is a great place to instill time management skills, math skills. Always, Always, Always encourage originality & creativity.

We had a blast creating this blog, taking the photos & eating our work. LOL

Photo Credits to Bailey O’Conner

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What’s-for-supper?!? Taco-Lasagna

That age old question that we ask or are asked DAILY…

Here is an option

Taco lasagna

It really has NOTHING to do with Lasagna except the construction of the dish.

Here we go. You will need a casserole dish (9×13″)

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb ground beef (or ground meat of choice)

1- small onion chopped

1- package of taco seasoning

1-tsp of garlic powder

Salt & pepper to taste

1- 8oz can of tomato sauce

1- cup sour cream

1- cup cottage cheese

2- cups of shredded cheese (of choice)

1-bag of tortilla chips

TIP

While you are chopping ANY vegetables for your meals for the week. Collect the scraps/trash into a freezer bag for the entire week. Keep in freezer until full.

This is important! Save them in the freezer for a week or until your bag is full. Add water & salt to a pot, boil for a couple of hours. Strain out the scraps & reserve the broth. This is a great addition to your recipes. I love to use the vegetable broth to cook rice in or add some liquid to de-glaze my frying pans.

Let’s continue (sorry I rabbit trail)

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

In a medium skillet brown your ground meat & your onion. When all of the pink is gone drain & mix in your taco season & your garlic powder. Feel free to use your own taco spices or fresh garlic. Sometimes when I don’t have taco seasoning I will use ( chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder & paprika). Set to the side.

Mix together your cottage cheese & sour cream

Prepare your baking dish & begin your layers of meat mixture, cheese mixture, chips then shredded cheese. (REPEAT). Make your last layer shredded cheese.

Bake for 20-30 min, broiling to brown the last 2-5 minutes

Serve with; guacamole, chips, salsa, salad & or Mexican rice. ENJOY!!

A Margarita or Corona would be great!!

We had wine so, we had red wine, cheese & crackers. While we waited for the dish to cook.

Until next time be blessed 😊

Leigh Ann