Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Sweet Spot!!!

Oreo-Stuffed Cupcakes!!!
 


Happy Wednesday!!!
 
Yesterday it was one of my favorite people in the world's birthday (Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday, Greta!!!!) so I decided to make Oreo-stuffed chocolate cupcakes for her celebration at work!!
 
There are a lot of different ways to make Oreo cupcakes (and since Oreos can do no wrong in my book, I'm pretty sure they're all delicious!!) but here's my absolute favorite. They're super easy to make and the best part is, there's a surprise in the cupcake!!
 
Happy baking!!! : )
 
Oreo-Stuffed Cupcakes
 
Ingredients:
 
One package of Double Stuff Oreos
 
Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
 
Two cups heavy/whipping cream
 
Five tablespoons of sugar
 
One tablespoon of vanilla
 
One bag of mini Oreos
 
Directions:
 
1.  Line cupcake pans with liners
2.  Drop one Double Stuff Oreo cookie into each liner.
3.  Prepare chocolate fudge cake mix (you can prepare according to the directions or you can do   what I do and substitute whole milk for water and add one extra egg!)
4.  Pour or scoop the cake batter into each liner. (Be careful not to fill the liners too much! Remember the Oreo will take up space, too!)
5.  Bake the cupcakes for approximately 14 minutes.
6.  Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
 
Frosting Directions:
 
1.     Chill a mixing bowl and whisk (or whisk attachment if using a stand mixer) in the freezer for at least twenty minutes.
 
2.      Once chilled, remove the bowl and whisk from the freezer and pour two cups of heavy cream (or whipping cream) into the bowl.
 
3.      Mix on medium speed and slowly add five tablespoons of sugar and one tablespoon of vanilla.
 
4.     Continue to mix on high speed until stiff peaks begin to form.
 
5.      Spoon frosting into a pastry bag with a decorative tip  and pipe frosting onto each cupcake.
 
6.       Top each cupcake with a mini Oreo.
 
If cupcakes are not served immediately, they should be refrigerated in an air-tight container. (I don't usually recommend refrigerating cupcakes unless they are frosted with whipped cream frosting!!)


Enjoy!!!!! : )
 
 
 

 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Blonde Ambition!!!


 
 
Happy Monday!!!  :  ) 

I hope everyone had a FABULOUS weekend!!!!

Most of us spend as much time at work as we do at home (sometimes more!)  I love, love, love decorating my apartment,  and since I spend so much time at work, I decided to make my desk feel a little more "homey" and a lot more like me by taking some of my favorite prints and colors and bringing them to work with me!!  I don't have a ton of space (and it's definitely a work in progress!) but here are some of my favorite new additions to my little space at work. There are so many adorable desk accessories out there these days...it can get overwhelming (and pricey!)  The key, I've found, is to keep it simple, but also really cute!  I'll post the final pictures of  my whole desk when I finish (hopefully next week!!!) but since I'm just so excited about "redeskorating"  here are some of my newest additions below!!
 
Hope your work week is off to a happy start!!!! : )
 

 
 

Trying to keep my wild writing utensils at bay!!! (Note the cupcake tape dispenser!!) 



 
 
My newly discovered desktop wallpaper is golden!!!



 
 
Super sweet advice that I try to follow every day!!


 
My correspondence collection.....
a pretty reminder of all the nice people who've sent me notes!
 
 
 
My flashy mouse and my brand-new pink carpet mouse pad (I had my last (very similar) mouse pad for almost ten years....when I found a pink one I new it was finally time for a change!)


I'm obsessed with pink and gold right now.  Thankfully,  the buyers at Marshalls seem to be, too!!  I went on a little shopping spree there last week and found all kinds of adorable and affordable desk accessories.  (One of my dearest friends gave me the pink candle and even though I don't light candles at work, the grapefruit scent adds just enough fragrance even when it's not lit!!)


Friday, October 3, 2014

Blonde on a Budget!!!



Happy Friday!!!  (Almost Saturday!!)

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE mason jars. They're cute, functional, versatile and best of all, they're SUPER cheap!!  If you're looking for inexpensive ways to organize, decorate and give cute gifts, mason jars might just be your perfect solution!

Below are a few of my absolute favorite ways to use mason jars.......


 
 
*Homemade candle containers
 
 
 
 
*Painted vases
 
 
 
 
*Glitter vases
 
 
 
 
*Dual-purpose storage and decoration
 
 
 
*Homemade sugar scrub containers
 
 
 
 
 
*Cute cookie packaging


Please feel free to share the fun and creative ways you use mason jars by leaving a comment!

Happy weekend!!! : )



Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Sweet Spot!!!


 
 
Happy Rainy Thursday!!

 
What better way to brighten a dreary day than by baking (and devouring!) cupcakes?!?  Today I'm sharing my absolute favorite vanilla cupcake recipe!!! It's a combination of the many, many yummy recipes I've tried over the years, and it's definitely my favorite. I hope you like them as much as I do!!

 
Happy baking!!!  : )

 
Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

 
Vanilla Cupcake Ingredients:

 
1 ¾ cups unbleached cake flour, not self-rising

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

¾ teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (cut into 1-inch cubes)

4 large eggs

1 cup whole milk

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

 

Directions!!


             Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
 

             Sift flours, sugar, baking powder and salt together into a bowl. Add the cubes of butter until coated with the flour mixture.

 
             In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla.

 
             Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and mix thoroughly but be careful not to overbeat.

 
             Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, divide the batter evenly among cupcakes liners, filling about 2/3 full. 

 
             Bake for 15 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

 
             Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.

 
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

 
3-4 cups confectioner’s sugar  (depending on desired sweetness!)

4 sticks unsalted butter, softened and cut into one-inch cubes

3-4 tablespoons milk

1-2 tablespoons vanilla

A few pinches of salt

 
Directions!!

 

             In the bowl of an electric mixer (or a regular mixing bowl if you are using a hand mixer) beat the softened butter on medium speed until smooth.


             Slowly add in the confectioner’s sugar (do this step very gently to avoid a “blizzard” in your kitchen!)

 
             Add the milk.

 
             Add the vanilla.

 
             Add the salt.

 
             Mix at high speed until all ingredients are combined and the frosting has a fluffy texture.


             Decorate frosted cupcakes with fruit, candy, sprinkles or other edible decorations.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

 


Happy Wednesday!!! Welcome to "The Blonde Spot!!!"

I am so, so, so excited to be back!!!

Three years ago I decided to start a blog about things I love.....cupcakes, all-things pink, shopping, baking, decorating....pretty much all the things so many of my friends love, too!! I was constantly emailing recipes, shopping web sites, decorating ideas and so much more to lots of (mostly!) like-minded ladies when I realized it might be easier (and a lot more fun!) to put everything in the same place. Hence, the "The Blonde Spot!!!" was born!!! Hooooray!!!

Here you'll find all kinds of recipes, decorating ideas, shopping web sites (and so much more!) that make me happy on a daily basis, and hopefully, they'll make you happy, too!! : )

Please visit "The Blonde Spot!!!" as often as you'd like!!! You can become an official follower (aka a member of the Blonde-tourage!!) or you can just stop by  occasionally....whatever bakes your cake! ; )

Thank you, thank you, thank you for stopping by "The Blonde Spot!!!" I'm so happy that you're here. Please come back soon!!!

XOXO