Monday, May 9, 2011

Shenanigan's Opening Day - Cinco de Mayo

I play coed softball for a work team called Shenanigan's.  Our colors are Black and Green and our logo is a shamrock!

Last Thursday, on Cinco de Mayo... it was the Shenanigan's opening day... To commemorate the day, and the festivities of Cinco de Mayo, I made Corona and Lime cupcakes. The shamrock on top is not for Cinco de Mayo, but for my Irish Shenanigans!

These were super easy to make, and way yummy.  I cheated and took a box of vanilla cake mix... I added 12 ounces of Corona beer to the mix and stirred.  Let them bake as usual... For the Lime Cream Cheese Frosting I took an 8oz container of whipped cream cheese, about 4 cups of confectioners sugar and a Yoplait Key Lime Yogurt and mixed until smooth and creamy!!!

I topped with some green sugar crystals and the fondant shamrock, and viola... Corona and Lime cupcakes... a little Irish/Mexican mix never hurt anyone! ;-)

They were sticky, but they went over well at the bar after the game.  We sadly lost, but there were a lot of laughs and a that's all that counts!!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Nicole's 30th Birthday Almond Joy Cupcakes

My best friend turned 30 in April... I will turn 30 in June... we are inseparable... I was her maid of honor, she will be my matron of honor next year... whatever Nicole wants, I try to give her cause I love her and I couldn't imagine life without her!!!

For her big birthday bash she told me that she wanted Almond Joy cupcakes, so I went to work...

Vanilla cake (i know what you are thinking, but wait for it) strewn with toasted coconut in the cake.  Filled with a rich chocolate ganache... topped with a coconut buttercream and dipped in shaved almonds and more toasted coconut.  It sounds like a lot of coconut, but it was subtle enough that it wasn't over powering... People that didn't even like coconut ate them, and even went back for more!! ;-)

So moist, and so yum!!

Happy birthday bestie!! I love your guts!