Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Matilda Jane Trunk Party Cookies

So I got invited to my first Matilda Jane trunk party last week. I had heard of Matilda Jane, sort of, but didn't really know what it was. Turns out it's super cute girls' clothing (big and little girls!).


I was asked to make themed cookies, so I had to do a little internet research. I found out later that when Matilda Jane releases a collection, if an item sells out they don't replace it. So at least one of the dresses I based my cookies on was not available by the time the party was held. D'OH!

Oh well, I still think they were cute.


This was the "Once Upon a Time" collection for fall, and I really enjoyed the colors. These took me out of my comfort zone, too. I tend to do cookies that are similar in style most of the time. These were definitely not my regular style, but they were fun.


The girl accompanied me to the trunk show, of course, and she had a wonderful time! She is ALL about clothes right now. *sigh* At 8 she is more fashionable than I have ever been.


Well, that's all for now.
Enjoy!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Fall Sugar Cookies

Decorated sugar cookies for fall! Leaves, pumpkins, apples, and sunflowers. I saw a couple different versions of the trees on Pinterest and decided to give them a go.


I think the trees sort of pulled them all together.


Well, that's all for now.
Enjoy!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

The chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and ganache that I made last year was so popular that I turned it into cupcakes. Because, honestly, they're easier to deal with sometimes.


Go-to dark chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and a ganache drizzle. Very tasty, if I do say so myself.


They're best if eaten with a fork. Just being honest.


The cake recipe is here. To make cupcakes, fill cupcake liners 1/2 full and bake in a 375 F oven for about 16 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

Here is the frosting recipe:

Peanut Butter Frosting

1 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy...not natural, sorry)
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 lbs powdered sugar
1/4 - 1/2 cup heavy cream

Mix butter, peanut butter, shortening, salt and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer until well-combined. Add the powdered sugar and mix until incorporated. Add cream until the frosting reaches the desired consistency. Beat for 5 minutes on high speed. Frost cupcakes and top with a drizzle of ganache.

Ganache

6 oz dark chocolate
6 oz heavy cream

Chop chocolate and put in a stainless steel bowl. Set aside. Heat cream in a heavy saucepan until it just starts to bubble around the edges. Don't boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate and whisk gently until the chocolate is completely melted and the cream is fully incorporated. It will take a few minutes. I use a disposable piping bag with just the very tip snipped off to drizzle.

That's all for now.
Enjoy!