Valentine’s Day Rosy Red Cupcakes

They always say, “the way to a man’s heart is through food” and one of the most attractive things to a guy is his lady cooking tasty treats for him. Skip the drugstore candy this year and give your man these rosy red, over-the-top delicious, perfect-for-Valentine’s Day-cupcakes!

If Valentine’s Day were a cupcake, it would be Strawberry and Red Velvet cake swirled with a Raspberry Cream Cheese frosting. I know… just wait until you taste it! These flavor combinations are insane so don’t be surprised when people ask you to bake these again.

I’m not that fancy, definitely not as fancy as Jamie from the Bachelor (I had to… Any Bachelor fans out there? Haha!), so I bought 2 boxed cake mixes, Red Velvet and Strawberry. Mix those up separately according to the box and layer them into your Valentine’s Day themed cupcake liners. You will be using the same method as the Tie Dye cupcakes, alternating flavors.

Pop those in the oven and get started on your frosting. I referenced Food Networks Cream Cheese Frosting recipe which calls for

4 oz. (1 stick) un-salted butter, softened

4 oz. (half block) of cream cheese, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend the butter and cream cheese first then add the powdered sugar a little bit at a time and then your vanilla. To add the raspberry flavor, I added about 1/3 cup of raspberry preserves. After adding the raspberry, the frosting thinned out a bit so I added more powdered sugar until it was thick again. Don’t worry about it taking away from the cream cheese flavor, it didn’t.

When they’ve cooled, pipe on your frosting and Viola! Valentine’s Day in a cupcake! Be prepared for your man and all your friends to ask you to bake them again! They quickly became a new favorite at my house!

I hope everyone’s Valentine’s Day is filled with plenty of love!

Let me know on Twitter how they turn out!

XO – Chelsea

Homemade Doggie Treats:: Frosty Paws

I wanted to share this oh-so-easy recipe for homemade dog treats that my boys just go crazy for! Maybe it’s just me but I feel like the typical dog biscuit treat would get old fast. (Not like they don’t get my scraps almost every night after dinner :p)

Most dog treat recipes call for odd ingredients, like dry milk, that you typically would have to go out and get. That’s one thing I love about these treats — the ingredients are ones that I usually have in my house all the time!

1 banana

2 tbls creamy peanut butter

2 tbls honey

2 or 3 6oz. yogurt cups — this is where you can get creative. I usually use vanilla but one time, all I had was strawberry and mixed berry so I made them with that and they loved those as well!

Blend ingredients together in a bowl, and I like to use a melon baller to scoop them into a mini cupcake pan. (If you don’t have a mini cupcake pan then you could use ice cube trays.) Then freeze overnight, pop out with a knife and store them in the freezer! I usually bag about 5-6 treats per baggie. Brody comes running when he hears the freezer and a zip-lock baggie opening!

PS. Don’t forget to let your furry one lick the beaters ;)

I’m going to be making more treats this week for Alf’s birthday on Friday so stay tuned and follow me on Twitter (@chelsrose) for new posts!

XO – Chelsea

UPDATE: I just wanted to add a quick note. Alf, my Bull Terrier, loves these but for some reason he didn’t like chewing them (I guess because they’re cold?). As a result, he kept choking on them and coughing them back up lol. (I know it’s really not funny that he chokes but he’s fine). All my other dogs, Brody (shown above) and my brothers labradoodles eat them just fine. Anyways, just make sure you watch your dog eat them for the first time to be certain they can eat them safely. Alf is weird ;)

Not Your Average Grilled Cheese

Keep an open mind with this one guys! This was a childhood favorite of my siblings and I, and everyone thought we were so weird! Popcorn inside your grilled cheese… I promise if you try it, you’ll be hooked!

It’s so simple, immediately after your grilled cheese comes off the pan, pull the 2 pieces of bread apart and put them (cheese side down) into a bowl of popcorn.

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Then, reassemble your sandwich and enjoy!

Mmm mmm mmm.. Soooo good!

 

Enjoy!

XO – Chelsea

Mini Champagne Cupcakes

It’s time for New Years celebrations and nothing says New Years Eve like champagne! I’m not playing hostess this year but I’m making these champagne cupcake treats to take along and share. I’ve made these cupcakes regular size before but I thought the minis would be more party-appropriate plus I’ll get much more out of one batter.

TIP: I’m baking mine tonight, on New Years Eve Eve because the longer they sit, the more the champagne flavor comes out! So if you can, bake them the night before or early the morning of. :)

The recipe, shout out to my baking buddy Miss Betty Crocker ;), isn’t too different than the standard cake batter box directions. You’re just subbing the water for champagne!

Ingredients:
Champagne Cupcakes
1 white cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 egg whites
1 1/4 cups champagne

Champagne Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1/4 champagne
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

You know the rest; mix together batter and pour into (preferably cute and festive) mini cupcake liners. I didn’t have time to find cute ones so I guess these plain white liners will be good enough :/.

Bake at directed temperature but I checked mine after half of the recommended time and just pulled them when my toothpick came out clean.

Top with your champagne frosting and some sparkle for garnish!
Let me know how they turn out and how much your party guests loved them ;)

Have a safe & Happy New Year!
xo – Chelsea @chelsrose

Rudolph Cookies

As I’m sure it is in most homes, it’s a tradition every year since I was a little girl to cut and decorate cookies from “Grandma’s Sugar Cookie” recipe! I wanted to share my family recipe incase you don’t already have a good one so you can go on to start a holiday tradition with your friends or family!

I made some last night and I tried a new take on the gingerbread man cutout this year and made adorable little Rudolphs! These are so fun and easy to make, especially with the little ones! :) I waited until they cooled completely so my icing wouldn’t melt, and flipped my gingerbread man upside down. Then I drew on antlers, ears, the mouth and eyes! I squeezed a dot of icing to adhere Rudolph’s red hot nose… I wanted to use red hots instead of red icing so his nose would be bright and shiny!  :) (yes, I am 21 years old) Ha ha! You can use black icing dye for the eyes but I didn’t have any so I used mini chocolate chips instead and they worked great!

How adorable are these?!

Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

What you’ll need:

2/3 cup Crisco

1 cup Sugar

2 cups Flour

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

1 Egg

2 tbls Milk

1 tsp Vanilla

First, cream together crisco and sugar. Sift together all of your other dry ingredients in a separate bowl to add later. Add your egg, milk and vanilla to your crisco-sugar mixture. Then add the dry ingredient mixture. Chill in the refrigerator before you roll them out to cut. Then get creative!

Bake at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes.

 

Tweet me photos of your sugar cookies :)

Happy Baking!

xo – Chelsea @chelsrose

Cupcakes To Dye For

A few weeks ago, I made these pretty (and yummy) “tie-dye” cupcakes and everyone was asking how I made them so I baked them again for a tutorial; and I never have a problem with making cupcakes for no reason :)

I came across the idea online and realized how easy these adorable cupcakes are to make! They are perfect for turning heads at a party and you can even customize the colors to match your party theme, team colors or sorority colors!

One: Mix up a white cake batter as directed on the box.

Two: Separate the batter into equal parts, one for each color you plan on using. I wanted to use 5 colors so now I have 5 batters.

Three: Dye your batters! I used Neon colors I found at Walmart and I think they turned out so fun!

Now I have all my colored batters

Four: This is the fun part! You can start spooning in your batters any way you choose. This part takes awhile longer than making normal cupcakes but it’s worth it :)

Continue on making gorgeous cupcakes until you have this

Five: Bake according to boxed directions and when they come out they’ll look like this

Now you know the rest… top with any frosting and take them to your friends to show off your baking skills! :)

Happy Baking!
XO -Chelsea