I know I promised I would get back on blogging track after Christmas. Well, it is after Christmas. Just not as timely as I expected myself to be. The sad thing is I should have posted this before Christmas because it happened before Christmas, it is Christmas related, and you might of could have used these things I found out.
Now that I have admitted once again that I am a complete and total slacker, I will also admit that none of the ideas in this blogpost actually came from me. I’m a fraudulent slacker. I’ve never denied my love of Pinterest, and that is where I found all of this goodness.
Christmas was approaching and because I can’t cook, I have to take a baked good to parties. I found super cute peppermint cupcakes here. I decided they seemed easy enough and cheap enough for me to make. I got to work.
You know the cupcakes will taste good if the batter tastes good! The batter was yummy! Raw eggs are totally fine to eat. (I did try to make a gluten free version and that was a disaster. It did not taste yummy at all.)
I separated the batter and put red food coloring in one half. My batter is not quite as liquid as in the original tutorial. I’m not sure if I did something wrong, but I made more than one batch and had the same consistency every time. After this I swirled the colors together.
They came out looking like this. So pretty!
I crushed up candy canes. I took them out of the wrapper, put them in a ziplock bag, wrapped a towel around the bag, and took a hammer to them. This kind of makes a mess. That is what the towel is for. Candy canes crush easier than peppermints.
I used the directions for peppermint buttercream icing that were in the original tutorial and then sprinkled my peppermint pieces on top. I like cold cupcakes, so I kept mine in the refrigerator, but it made the icing kind of hard. They were best if I set them out for about 30 minutes before eating them.
I was taking these goodies to a party so I needed a good way to display them. I used this tutorial, but there are plenty on Pinterest.
I put all my peppermints on a wax paper lined pan, and put them in the oven. They melt fast. Be careful.
This tray is very fragile. I broke mine, but I wasn’t planning on eating it so I used hot glue and felt to put it back together. You could barely see the crack. I put the tray on top of a gold plastic charger.
Here they are at the party. I probably won’t make a peppermint tray again. It was time consuming, the wax paper stuck to the bottom, it broke, and it turned into a sticky mess by the end of the night. But it did look pretty.
I like peppermint so I would probably eat these any time of the year, but I know most people would associate this goodie with Christmas time. Until the next blog (whenever that may be)…I hope you have some sweet treats, sweet dreams, and a sweet life!