Jill's Place

A life in progress, spent mostly in the kitchen

Diigo bookmarks 05/13/2008

  • tags: tattoo, kids, children, activities

  • tags: kids, children, games, activities

  • Another one I neglected to bookmark. Use any cake mix flavor. Orange, with orange zest added? Strawberry is good.

    tags: recipes, cake, dessert

  • Somehow I didn’t have this bookmarked before!

    I usually add some additional spices, like cardamom and garam masala. Even a bit of black pepper, because I like strong flavors.

    tags: recipes, dessert, cupcakes

  • tags: recipes, cupcakes, chocolate, orange

    • Chocolate Orange Cupcakes
      1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
      1/2 cup cocoa powder
      1 cup sugar
      1 tsp baking powder
      1/2 tsp baking soda
      1/4 tsp salt
      3/4 cup orange juice
      1/2 cup vegetable oil
      1 tsp vanilla extract
      1 tbsp orange zest

      Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
      In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa power, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
      In a medium bowl, whisk together orange juice, vegetable oil, vanilla and orange zest. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until just combined and no streaks of flour remain.
      Distribute batter evenly into prepared muffin cups.
      Bake for 15-18 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
      Cool cupcakes on a wire rack before frosting

      Zesty Orange Frosting
      3 tbsp butter, room temperature
      2-3 tsp orange zest
      1/4 cup milk
      2 cups confectioners’ sugar
      1/2 tsp vanilla extract

      In a medium bowl, cream together butter and orange zest.
      Beat in milk, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract until smooth. Add more confectioners’ sugar if you desire a thicker frosting; consistency should be thick but still somewhat runny.
      Spread onto cooled cupcakes.

      Makes 12.

  • SpongeBob! Krabby Patties! Must. Make. These. The kids would love.

    Inspiring Ideas For Kid’s Birthdays : Buzz Off : Alpha Mom™

    tags: recipes, cupcakes, dessert, todo

    • krabbypattycake.jpg

      Last night my husband’s, er, my son’s Cub Scout pack held a cake auction. It was our first year so we didn’t know what to expect and arrived with two cakes to put up for auction that seemed quite nice at home and incredibly lame at the event when surrounded by very imaginative cakes. Including this Krabby Patty Cake, pardon the grainy photograph I didn’t have my good camera, my friend Jodi came up with, as she said, “All by herself.” She didn’t snag the idea from a book or magazine, it’s all out of her brain…and even better, it was really simple.

      She made 12 cupcakes with nice rounded tops. She cut the tops off and used them as the top “bun” and the bottom piece as the base for each Patty. She also baked a layer of chocolate cake in a jelly roll pan and cut circles out of it to make the actual “patty” part of the burgers. To finish the look she used red, green and yellow decorator frosting to apply the condiments.

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