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September 17, 2009

Butter Pecan Owl Cupcakes

 So I got this great idea of making owl cupcakes courtesy of Ezra Pound CakeI couldn't resist so I had to try! I do not have the time to be making the cupcakes from scratch so I use store bought ready made mixes, however I do make my own butter cream!

Here is the recipe that I use:

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)

1 teaspoon of clear vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
Makes: About 3 cups of icing.

You must first mix the vegetable shortening, and butter together. Once they are mixed add the vanilla extract. I mix on medium speed until well blended. I then mix in the sifted confectioners sugar 1 cup at a time. Once all of that is mixed in is when I add the milk and depending on the consistency you are trying to reach add more or less!
To make it into chocolate butter cream you add 3/4 cup of sifted cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon of milk.

Red Velvet Fondant Cake

Ok, so It's a little sloppy but I gave it a try. This is my first attempt at covering a cake in fondant. Not too bad considering I did this while my baby was napping! This is one of many to come. I will be starting cake decorating classes in mid October!