- 2 – 32 oz jars of Just Tart Cherry Juice
- 2 – 15 oz cans dark cherries in heavy syrup
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp. of vanilla
500 ml Everclear
These adorable cupcakes are inspired by the new Cars 3 Movie coming up and our favorite character: Lightning McQueen! Whether you are a movie fan like we are or are planning that Cars birthday party, these adorable cupcakes are more than worth the effort.
Ingredients for the icing transfers
- 2 egg whites
- 1 1/2 C powder sugar
- 1/4 tsp cream of tarter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- red, black, blue, and yellow food dye
Equipment you need:
- five piping bags fitted with the number 2 tip
- Lightening McQueen’s eyes image from google
- pen or pencil to trace the image
- piece of white paper
- Cookie sheet
- parchment paper
- 5 bowls
Directions to make transfer
Locate the image of lightening McQueen’s eyes on google and print it out. Take your piece of paper and place on top of the image. Using a pen or pencil trace the image onto the white paper about 3-4 times 4 inches apart. Place the paper with the copies onto the cookie sheet.
Fit a sheet of parchment paper onto the cookie sheet and tape the edges so that you have a smooth flat area.
Using the standing mixer, combine the powder sugar, egg whites, cream of tarter and vanilla and mix on medium speed if the royal icing is still a yellow soup, add in 1/2 C powder sugar.
Continue to mix until you get stiff peaks. Evenly divide the icing into the five bowls,
- Add a few red drops into the first bowl and mix until combined.
- Add a few more drops to get the shade of red that you want
- Add a few blue drops to the second bowl
- Add a few yellow drops to the third bowl
- Add a few black drops to the fourth bowl
- Leave the white icing in the fifth bowl white
Scoop the icing colors into a piping bag. Using the black icing, outline the place lines on Lighting’s eyes. Using the red icing, fill in the top part red.
Using the white icing, fill in the bottom part white.
Using the blue icing, add two blue dots for his eyes.
Using the black icing again, add a dot into the center of the blue dot for his pupils. Using the yellow icing, below Lightning’s eyes on a empty space on the cookie sheet, pipe on 24 small yellow dots for Lightning’s headlights.
Using the black icing, pipe on 48 medium sized black circles for the tires. Set aside for 1 day to dry.
Now that you have the toppers, it is time to make the cupcakes.
Makes 12 cupcakes
You will need:
- 1 box of french vanilla cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 C (1 stick) of softened unsalted sweet cream butter
- 1 C whole milk
- 1TBSP pure vanilla bean paste
- cupcake liners
- cupcake pan
Directions for cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with the liners. In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, milk, and vanilla bean pasta and mix until combined. Using a medium ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into the cupcake liners and fill about 3/4 of the way full. Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes. Pull out and place on the side to cool.
- 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
- 2 1/2 C powder sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3-5 TBSP heavy whipping cream
- Red food coloring
- medium star tip and pastry bag
Using a standing mixer, combine all ingredients except the food coloring into the bowl and mix on medium speed. If your frosting starts looking like powdery rocks, add another tablespoon of heavy whipping cream . Mix until you see creamy stiffed peaks. Separate the frosting into three bowls . Add red dye into the bowl and mix until combined. Add a few more drops in to get a bright red. Fit the star tip into the piping bag. Scoop the red frosting into the piping bag. Twist the top of the piping bag and squeeze the frosting down. Take your cooled cupcake and frosting the cupcake from the outer edge .
Gently peel off Lightning’s eyes and place onto the top center of the cupcake. Add two yellow dots below his eyes, in the corner for the headlights. Add 4 black dots, 2 on each side, for tires.
Now — how about a motivational clip from the upcoming movie?
Hot summer days make me crave cool summer salads and this Parmesan Caesar Salad just fits the bill.
What you need:
- ½ Red onion, sliced
- 3 Cups lettuce, chopped
- ¼ Cup radicchio, chopped
- ½ Cup croutons
- Parmesan cheese to taste
- 2 garlic cloves
- 4 anchovies
- 3 Egg yolks
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- ½ Cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 Tsp mustard
- 4 Tbsp Parmesan
In a bowl mix the croutons, lettuce, radicchio and red onion. Set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor add the garlic cloves and the anchovies, pulse for 1 minute.
Add the egg yolks, the mustard, Parmesan and lemon juice and pulse for 30 seconds.
Pour half of the olive oil and pulse. Repeat with the second half. Add the salt and pepper to taste.
Pour around ¼ Cup of the dressing in the salad bowl and toss until everything is well coated.
Top with Parmesan cheese. Serve and enjoy
You can also add some grilled chicken breast or shrimp to turn your Parmesan Caesar Salad into a complete meal!
You might like some of these other fun salads this summer:
Summer means cook outs, picnics and potlucks so we all need a few signature dishes to bring that not only wow the other guests, but get them asking you for the recipe! This Jalapeno Popper Bites with Bacon snack is just the ticket that will make sure you are always invited back!
You will need:
12 wonton wrappers
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
½ cup sour cream
5 strips of cooked & crumbled bacon
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3-4 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray your muffin / cupcake pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
Place one wonton wrapper in each muffin cup lightly pushing down to form a cup
Bake for 6 minutes
You are guaranteed to impress any who try it!
- 1 oz Malibu Rum
1 oz mango rum
1.5 oz cranberry juice
1.5 oz orange juice
1.5 oz pineapple juice
1 splash of grenadine
Gold sanding sugar
3 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 C soft unsalted butter
1 C granulated sugar
Cookie Cutter: Pirate parrot cookie
-Add eggs…Continue to mix.
-Add the vanilla.. Continue mixing.
-Sift the four, baking soda, and salt together.
-Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
-Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
-Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
-Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
-Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
-Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
– Put flour out on the cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into
the batter. (if needed).
-Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using the cookie cutter begin to make your cookies.
-Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
-Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookiesheet.
-Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes. Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked.
-Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.
(About 10 minutes).
1 C powder sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla
black, red, green and golden yellow gel colors
4 piping bags with a number 2 tip
5 bowls to mix colors in
black edible marker
-Combine all ingredients except the colors into a standing mixing bowl.
-Mix on medium speed onto stiff peaks form
-Divide the icing into the 5 bowls
-Add a color into 4 bowls and mix them until they are the shades you want
-Scoop the color into the piping bags
-Using the black edible marker, outline the shape of the parrot like shown in the picture
-Using the black icing, go over the outlines.
- 6 c chocolate rice krispie cereal
10 oz mini marshmallows
3 tablespoons butter
- 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter
- 2 1/2 C powder sugar
- 4 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 drops of green food coloring
- piping bag with a number 66 tip
- 1 bag of edible grass (found at Walmart in the Easter section also can be ordered online)
- 1 small bag of edible pearls
- 1 small bag of gold rock gum
- 1/2 pound of chocolate rock candy
- 2-4 sticks of clear rock candy
- 1 package of pirate flags (found at hobby lobby)
- 4 cans fire roasted tomatoes
4 tbsp. dried onion powder
1 tbsp. of diced garlic in a jar
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. of minced basil
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 bottle of Not Your Fathers Rootbeer
1/2 oz Fireball Whiskey
1oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
Gold sanding sugar