Love at first bite
My mens were so happy when I made these treats for them, and oh boy do they deserve it! The cold months are always roughest on us financially, and they get a double whammy with V-Day, and my birthday, all in one month. They have been working extra hours to get me a present, a memory card for my Nook. They deserve cupcakes, and so much more, for how sweet they both are to me!
1 package cupcake mix, chocolate
1 package strawberries, cleaned and hulled
1 package pudding, chocolate
Fresh mint sprigs,optional but awesome
1.Prepare cupcakes according to package and let cool. Using a paring knife, core out a well down into each cupcake, for your strawberry to fit into. Prepare your pudding according to the package.
2.Stick the strawberry pointy side down into your cupcakes. Top liberally with pudding in leu of frosting.
3. Add a sprig of mint if you like. I think it adds a certain something, and my neighbor had some growing in her kitchen and shared…but don’t go out and buy some.
4. I cut each cutcake in half and set it on a plate, because presentation is everything with these suckers. They are DELICIOUS and super easy!
I love you, *DH and *MH! *kisses and hugs galore* Now, eat a cupcake! *shoves a cupcake into two open mouths*
The most delicious of all frostings.
Standard yellow cake (my favorite, I am a bit of a purist!) cupcakes are made exceptional with lemon ginger cream cheese frosting. I am not the world’s best cupcake decorator by a long shot, but the flavor of the frosting makes up for what I lack in decorating skills. 😉 This makes me feel like maybe, just maybe, Spring is around the corner…
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)softened
8oz Philly cream cheese (1 package) softened
1 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp ground ginger
Grated zest of one large lemon (approx 1 1/2-2 tablespoons)
1 tsp lemon juice
1. Make cupcakes according to package directions.
2. With a mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese together for approx. 2 minutes, on medium speed until smooth.
3. Add the lemon zest and juice. Mix to combine. Slowly add the icing sugar. Add the ground ginger and mix well.
4.Chill the frosting in the fridge for 1/2 hour.
5. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with the tip of your choice and use to decorate to your hearts content. I went Plain Jane on these babies.
Plain Jane Cupcakes but they taste DELICIOUS