Friday, December 28, 2007

Holiday cupcakery

During the holiday break I tried a couple of recipes from Cupcakes! I made gingerbread cupcakes for a Christmas party, topped with honey cream cheese frosting and a few pomegranate seeds.

Gingerbread cupcakes
Gingerbread cuppies in the setting sun

The recipe calls for filling them with lemon curd, but I used apple butter from the farmers' market instead.

Inside the gingerbread cupcake
Inside the cupcake

Dan and I did not stay too late at the party, so not sure how everyone liked the flavor combination...hopefully the cupcakes were enjoyed by all. The weekend before Christmas I made reindeer snacks at Joanne's, for Wii-playing, Elf viewing, gift-exchanging, and general merriment.

Reindeer snacks
Dimly-lit reindeer snacks

The chocolate sour cream cupcakes were topped with white chocolate buttercream and crushed peppermint candies. The menfolk helped smash the candies. I couldn't believe the grocery store ran out of candy canes!

I made the placemats from InStitches as part of Joanne's gift, though I used regular heavy interfacing instead of the dreaded Timtex.

Placemats for Joanne
Lavender & brown color pairing

The dotty edge fabric was also the lining of her Swing Bag, a gift last Christmas!


Erek and Portia said...

Can I tell you how good those gingerbread cupcakes look???? Yum, yum, yum! I made cupcakes last night for D.J.'s birthday, but now I'm feeling a bit inadequate...

snoopyjoanne said...

yes the cupcakes were quite delicious :) and thank you for the lovely placements, we used them today when my parents came over for lunch! my mom was impressed...

snoopyjoanne said...

i mean placemats of course!

Stef said...

I love apple butter. What a great idea for a cupcake filling!