You wanna know how to get booze into your cupcakes without having to cook any of the intoxicating benefits out of it? First make jello shots. Boil a cup of water, add the gelatin, and stir, stir, stir.
Combine 1/2 cup of cold water and 1/2 cup of your spirit of choice with the gelatin. Use an entire cup of booze if you prefer to slur your words vs. actually enjoying the flavor of your cupcake. In my margarita recipe I used tequila and orange curacao (poor man’s Grand Marnier). Any booze will do. Add lime or orange zest to enhance the otherwise artificial flavor of the jello.
Allow your jello shot concoction to cool while you poke holes into the cupcakes using chopsticks. Drizzle the cooled booze and jello onto the cupcakes.
Top your cupcakes with frosting flavored with more orange curacao. 2 sticks of butter. 4 cups powder sugar. 2 tsp orange curacao. Soooo good. One of my favorite frosting to date.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The time when we can dress up and be ANYTHING we want. What were you?
I present to you, my most authentic self. A baby doll with a brain. For the special effects I used a gelatin mold and liquid latex. The slosh method. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Pour the latex into the mold and slosh it around. Let dry. Boom, you got a brain, baby.
Wait, I thought this was a food blog, you might be thinking. I’ll get you a recipe. Hold your horses. I’m more than just a baker, ya know.
Recipe, coming right up…
Bob, my biggest fan, made me this cookie cutter. Thanks Bob! I used a chocolate sugar cookie recipe, from Cookie Craft Christmas, *highly recommend. I topped it with marshmallow fluff because its delicious but also because, I CANNOT make royal icing. I never get royal icing right…Never. I’m convinced you need to be a witch or know magic to make royal icing correctly.
Speaking of witches. Also pictured is the book I mentioned. So much golden goodness in such a tiny book.
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
2 1/2 c flour
1/2 c cocoa 1 tsp instant espresso (MAGIC INGREDIENT) 1/2 tsp salt
1 c unsalted butter
1 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Cream the butter and sugar, yada yada. Add egg and vanilla. You know the drill. Then the dry ingredients. Roll, chill, cut, bake. You know your oven better than I do. Keep an eye on em, and you’ll know when they are done because your house will start to smell like a cocoay, toasty, buttery heaven.
Oh, you want me to hold your hand? 350 degrees 10-12 mins. Rotate pan half-way through.
I got to be so many iterations of my most authentic self this year. I hope you did too. Or maybe this post will inspire you to next year.
I’m including this last photo because we all have a little bit of both trick and treat in us. I hope I share more treats than tricks and I hope you do too. Happy Halloween.
Cookies aren’t made in the mixing. What separates an edible cookie- from a, “Holy crap I can’t articulate the magic I just tasted”- cookie, is in the little things.
You could have opened a box, cracked an egg, poured the oil and delivered a confection with enough sugar to please most palates but
1, 2, & 3) If you melt butter and add a splash of salted caramel flavoring, and a box of butterscotch pudding…
4, & 5,) Then scoop the dough into little balls and place them in the fridge for thirty minutes.
6, 7 & 8 ) Then, bake the cookies for six minutes, rotate, and bake for six more minutes.
9) Allow them to continue to cook on the baking sheet for three minutes— because you have an evil, bottom of the cookie, burning oven— because you live in a cheap apartment so that you can work less and create more.
Then you too can have a cookie that obliterates taste buds and pushes the boundaries of what defines “cookie.”
If you take the time to learn how the ovens and the people around you operate, you’ll begin to have richer moments and baked goods. Sprinkle pieces of you into your experience with others: make a handmade birthday card, write someone a song praising the best parts of their personality, or make them a cupcake the size of their head and you’ll start living like an artist. And your baked goods and life will taste better.