Doughnuts!

If you tell me there’s anything better than warm, homemade donuts, you’re lying. These little guys were a great way to start a lazy Sunday morning and not nearly as hard to make as they look. I used this recipe from the Los Angeles Times and they came out beautifully.

Pipe them out

  
Cut the (well-oiled) parchment paper into squares to make them easier to deal with

 And slid them into the hot oil.

Let them cook for a while, flip them over and they magically become donuts!

Ta da!

Now it’s time for the fun part: dipping! We made a vanilla-bean glaze, a lemon glaze, and a chocolate glaze. 

There were tons of sprinkles and dozens of sticky, messy fingers. 

I made everyone wait and drool while I insisted on taking pictures for you.

And let me tell you, 

They were incredible!

Almost more fun to make than they were to eat.

We made a bit of a mess, but about 15 minutes after this picture was taken almost every donut was gone.

Everyone went home very, very happy.

Musical Notes and treble clef. Perfect for a singer, rockstar, or teen!

Musical Cookies

With only two colors, these were some of the easiest cookies to decorate. I enjoy using the sprinkles, plus they add such a nice crunch when you bite into them.

The only downside to these cookies was that they stained your mouth black or pink if you ate too many! I made these for a group of goofy, fun-loving people, though, so I hope no one minded.

You can’t see if from these pictures, but I made about 90 of these.

The treble clef was surprisingly easy to make and I loved dunking the music notes in sprinkles.

Ice Cream Cone or Cupcake?

Why not have both?

I had so much fun making these cupcakes! I made a batch for a family even and then I made some more for a wedding shower the following weekend. Plus, I took [most of] these pictures all by myself. Want to see how they were made?

Ice cream cone cupcakes are one of the few baked goods that I think are actually harder than they look. Why? Quite simply, ice cream cones are not made to stand upright on their own. This makes for big problems in balancing them to bake, frost, store, and transport. The first time I made them last year was a total disaster. But now, instead of placing them on a cookie tray or cupcake tray, I put each cone in the cup of a popover pan. This is great because the high sides and narrow bottom resemble the cone shape, keeping them upright and fairly stable. Much less hassle.

So: cones in pan. Batter in cones.

I use an ice cream scoop to keep my batters even, plus it’s much less mess.

Pop them in the oven and get the frosting started while the house starts to smell like chocolate cake.

I used my favorite vanilla frosting recipe. It’s a Creamy Vanilla frosting that uses a flour base and lots and lots of butter. It’s very rich, but oh so delicious.

After making it, I divided it into two bowls.

One batch was raspberry…

And the other was oreo.

Now might be a good time to tell you that I injected fudge into the bottom of each cone. After the cones have cooled completely, I started frosting using a pastry bag and a very wide circle tip.

I stuck them in the fridge for a few hours to make sure the frosting was very, very firm before I started dipping. I was worried about the frosting sliding off the top and getting ungle smooshes, but with the refrigeration everything was fine.

At this point, a few urgently needed testing, so I happily obliged and sliced them open before they were frosted.

I dipped each cone in melted chocolate mixed with a bit of vegetable oil to make it thinner and easier to work with. Immediately after dipping, each cupcake was attacked with sprinkles: red hearts for the raspberry, and rainbow hearts for the chocolate.

I love how shiny and delicious the chocolate is.

And then they’re ready to box an go! I packed them in a 1/4 sheet cake box with a mini cupcake insert to keep them stable. The size was perfect for the narrow cones and they held up great on the long drive.

All boxed up and ready for the drive!

Did I mention how much fun these are to eat?