Angry Birds Birthday Party

Long time no see.

I won’t give you a long, waxing sob story about why I’ve been gone so long. Pretty much, I’ve been lazy. Yes, yes, I know. I missed Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Star Wars Day. I’m sorry!

Kid turned 3 and requested an Angry Birds party. Sadly, we are past the stage where he has no interest in his birthday and I get to do whatever the fuck I want. Luckily, we are behind on the Angry Birds trend and we got most of the party supplies on the cheap.

So if you are technologically handy cap and behind on trends, unlike high school, this works to your advantage.

Cake!

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The cake is made from buttercream stiffened with meringue powder. I think it gave the buttercream a strange flavor so I’m not going to share the recipe. It was easy to worked with and the cake turned out much better than then Unicorn Baby Shower Cake fiasco.

Pizza! (based from a Pin by The Joy of Boys)

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A Little Decor!

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The cake stand that held the cupcakes and cake is from Oriental Trading Company. I decorated it to suit my theme. I was going to make my own but decided why not try this first. I thought for $10 if was worth a shot. Very sturdy and I am going to be able to reuse it multiple times (if not forever).

Most of the decorations are also from Oriental Trading Company. Except the balloons were from Party City.

And yes, those are all horribly crappy cell phone pictures. What? I’m the only one who runs out of time and barely has the last decoration up before people start to arrive?

Super Simple Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers Cupcakes

I made these in the midst of moving.

There was a “Black and Gold” party at work and I brought in cupcakes (naturally). I needed something really easy, considering 99% of my baking supplies were packed up in boxes.

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Using a thick, round tip, swirl on your frosting as flat as you can. If you so desired, you could smooth out the swirl marks with a small offset spatula, but it’s not necessary. Then add the basic design of your favorite sports team. I used the Pirates “P” on the chocolate cupcakes and the basic outline of the Steelers steel symbol on the vanilla cupcakes (looking at it now, I wish I had done more of an exaggerated diamond pattern).

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If I had more time and supplies, I would have loved to have done the Pirate’s Parrot mascot. How cute are these Pittsburgh Pirates cupcakes from Cupcake Central?

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Or these Pittsburgh Steelers cupcakes from Bethel Bakery?

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Or How about this delicious Pirates Parrot Cookie I got at Giant Eagle?

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<Yep, I ate that. The whole thing. No regrets.>

What is your favorite sports team?

Maybe you want to discuss how terrible the Steelers are doing? Or the rumor that the Pirates stole the  Steelers mojo. Or how the Pirates finally had a winning season after 22 YEARS? I’d rather discuss how the Steelers are going to beat the Jets on Sunday!

*I think from now on I will keep baking posts to Monday and any additional post, IF I have any, to Fridays. Try to keep things simple and predictable.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Double Chocolate Cupcakes

It sounded like a good idea at the time.

In reality, it gave me a sugar buzz and sort of made my stomach ache.

Ergo, this is the best thing I’ve ever made.

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Start with your favorite chocolate cake. Bake into cupcakes.

Fill with peanut butter frosting. Cover with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Top with chocolate buttercream and sprinkles.

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Peanut Butter Buttercream recipe found here.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

frosts 24 cupcakes

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

4 tablespoons +/- milk

1/4 cup cocoa powder +/-, sifted

1/4 cup melted chocolate (can be anything you have lying around – from chocolate chips to a chopped up bar of chocolate)

In a large bowl, cream shortening and butter. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, alternating with mil until desired consistency is reached. Mix in cocoa powder, to taste. Add melted chocolate.