the cutest cupcake ever

Ok, maybe not ever. But as far as baked goods in pots go, it’s pretty cute.

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Here are the directions for making the cupcake segment.

All you need after that is one  mammoth bag of butter cream frosting and a few skewers with tiny paper flowers attached.

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Happy Mother’s Day!!

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Chocolate Butter Mints

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These are slow mints. Not the sort of thing you shovel into your chute like a handful of M&M’s or a plate of brownies. These treats just kind of linger on your tongue for a bit as the minty, buttery sweetness slowly dissolves. And if someone offers you a slice of triple chocolate cake, you will most definitely say something like:

“ No thanks, I am really enjoying this super awesome mint”.

And you will be so proud of yourself for not eating that ridiculously indulgent dessert, and instead opting for one of these Chocolate Butter Mints.

Chocolate Butter Mints

There is just enough butter in here to bind the sugar together to form a little patty that is suitable for a minty melting experience.

Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons butter

4 cups confectioner sugar

2 Tablespoons water

¼ teaspoon peppermint oil

½ cup chocolate

Mix the butter, sugar, water and peppermint oil together in a bowl. It will be slightly crumbly. Take about a third of the batter out and knead it onto a surface dusted with confectioner sugar. Flatten it out to a patty about ¼ inch thick. Slice into little squares or rectangles, and repeat with the remaining dough.

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Melt the chocolate in a double broiler and use a butter knife to spread a thin layer of chocolate on each one. Allow to cool in the fridge.

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Baked Bunuelos with Cannoli Cream

 

 

A Mexican style bunuelo, baked and curled up into tiny muffin tins, ready to cradle a dollop of slightly sweetened cannoli cream. It’s like scooping up a creamy cloud of cinnamon speckled sweetness.

My mom brings bunuelos to parties and serves them with a concoction of cool whip, pudding mix and cream cheese that folks have actually fist fought for.Ok, so maybe not full on fist fighting, but definitely some elbow bumping and stink eye shooting when the bowl starts to get low.

No to mention, grown women have been spotted on various occasions wrapping them in napkins and hiding them in purses.

Bunuelos

Flour tortillas

10 Tablespoons sugar

2 Tablespoons cinnamon

2 Tablespoons of melted butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix cinnamon and sugar.

Using a pastry brush, brush a small amount of butter on the tortillas and dredge both sides in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Use a large knife to slice the tortillas into wedges. Tuck the wedges in mini muffin tins and bake 12-15 minutes.

 

 Cannoli Cream

1 and 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta, drained of any excess water

½ cup heavy whipping cream

¼ cup powdered sugar (start with ¼ cup and add more to taste)

1 Tablespoon vanilla

Pinch Cinnamon

In a stand mixer, beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form and add the ricotta, powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until well combined and has a smooth texture, but be careful not to over mix. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve with baked bunuelos.

Bring these to some sort of party or gathering, if you are home alone with these things, you will eat them all. I know from experience.