We were invited over to our friends' house last weekend for his widely famous grilled wings. The six of us plus the three of them managed to chomp through the majority of the 100 wings that he cooked. Luckily for us, we got the leftovers! Apparently, the secret's in the apple juice brine. I'll try to re-create these sometime soon!
Since it was so close to the Fourth of July, I brought these Red, White and Blueberry cupcakes for dessert!
Above, you'll find my secret recipe for the delicious Red Velvet Cake.
Shhhhh..... Don't tell Martha!
The way I see it is this: A cake mix baked in your own oven is still way better than store bought any day.
The key to getting a nice white icing is this: Crisco. Now, before you go all postal on me, I'll have you know that Wilton's Buttercream Icing can actually be made without any butter at all! Many bakers actually prefer this texture. Furthermore, The Crisco label indicates zero trans fats. Now, I'm not saying that these fall into the health food category. They are what they are. TREATS! And since I was looking for a dairy free dessert for our friend with allergies, I opted for the dairy free version. I added almond extract to mine, which, in my book, is heavenly.
The little girls had fun topping these festive cupcakes with blueberries.
Happy Fourth of July everyone!
Wilton's Buttercream Icing
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (i.e. Crisco) (comes in sticks!)
1/2 cup butter or margarine (Earth Balance)
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (Yum!)
2 Tablespoons milk (or almond milk for dairy free)
In a large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla or almond extract. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well at medium speed. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
THIS POST MAY BE LINKED TO: MONDAYS: MOUTHWATERING MONDAYS, MADE BY YOU MONDAY,MINGLE MONDAY , HOME SAVVY A TO Z, BEDAZZLE ME MONDAY, FLOUR ME WITH LOVE, MANIC MONDAY, OUR DELIGHTFUL HOME TUESDAYS: TALENT SHOW TUESDAYS, TEMPT MY TUMMY TUESDAY,TWO MAIDS A BAKING, TIP JUNKIE ,GET YOUR CRAFT ON, CRAZY SWEET TUESDAYS! MANDY'S RECIPE BOX WEDNESDAYS: SNAP, WORKS FOR ME WEDNESDAY, THIS CHICK COOKS, GINGER SNAP CRAFTS, THURSDAYS: IT’S A KEEPER THURSDAYS, STRUT YOUR STUFF, FULL PLATE THURSDAYS , CHIC & CRAFTY PARTY, SOMETHING SWANKY FRIDAYS: I’M LOVING IT, FOODIE FRIDAY, GROCERY CART CHALLENGE, FOOD ON FRIDAYS, TATERTOTS AND JELLO, SWEET TOOTH FRIDAY, SHINE ON FRIDAYS, FRIDAY FAVORITES, FUSION FRIDAYS, FRIDAY FOOD , BACON TIME , KITCHEN FUN WITH MY THREE SONS, AROUND MY FAMILY TABLE SATURDAYS:SWEETS FOR A SATURDAY SIX SISTERS STUFF, CRUMBS AND CHAOS SUNDAYS: NIFTY THRIFTY SUNDAY, AWELL SEASONED LIFE, A ROSIE SWEET HOME