Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Confetti Cupcakes for my niece Chellie

It's my niece Chellie's 6th birthday today. Since I have loads of colorful sprinkles, I opted to bake confetti cupcakes for her to take to school. I doubled the cake recipe from Baking Bites and frosted them with Swiss Meringue Buttercream. It was fun to see the splashes of color in every bite! Though I forgot to add the vanilla extract, they still tasted delicious!

Funfetti Cupcakes
Recipe from Baking Bites

1/2 cup milk
3 large egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
6 tbsp butter, soft
2 tbsp rainbow sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350F.
Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
Whisk the milk, egg whites and extracts then set aside.
Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir to combine. You can mix by hand if you don't have an electric mixer. Cut in butter with the paddle attachment at low speed (or cut in by hand), until mixture is coarse and sandy. Add milk mixture and beat at medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes. Scrape sides of bowl and continue beating for 20-30 seconds. Stir in sprinkles.
Divide batter evenly into prepared tin. Bake for for 15 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.
Makes 12.

colorful sprinkles added to the cake batter

They are also called funfetti cupcakes

She loves Disney princess!

Happy 6th birthday sweetie!

Monday, January 17, 2011

One Tagaytay Place

Been busy with life I almost forgot to blog about this. So after our wonderful lunch at Sonya's Garden, we had an overnight stay at One Tagaytay Place Hotel. Our room was nicely furnished with a great view of Taal Volcano. I loved the small but cute infinity pool!

Sis and I

My nieces Chellie and Ykaie

Goofing around with the gang

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy 2011! Our New Year's Eve and New Year's day Celebration

Happy New Year Everyone! For our New Year's Eve dinner I cooked 2 types of pasta, soup, and prepared the salad and trifle. Sis prepared the sandwich and battered spinach. Earlier in the evening we were out playing with sparklers, trumpets and watching fireworks. We had a wonderful New Year's Eve and hope that you did as well!

Happy 2011!!

playing with sparklers and colorful lights.

Crab salad sandwiches

Strawberry and banana trifle

Spinach and sausage stuffed Jumbo pasta shells, beef stroganoff over mafalde pasta, waldorf salad

walnut tarts, assorted fruits, batter dipped crispy fried spinach with sourcream and chives dip, chorizo asparagus soup

Cheers to 2011!

We need more food or we'll go bonkers!

Lots of food again! Dieting is prohibited during the holidays! lol! We had a mini barbecue Party and had fun with Videoke in the afternoon.

grilled stuffed squids, fish, pork barbecue, shrimps, kidney bean salad, grilled corn salad and fruit salad drink

Videoke/ Sing a long

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