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

Wine Bottle Tiki Torches

You’ll have nothing to “wine” about after seeing these one-of-a-kind Wine Bottle Tiki Torches! This is a unique gift idea that’s a guaranteed hit… like the kind that makes guests say, “Where did you get that?!”

I made these last week for my Sister-in-Law’s birthday and it was a huge hit!

I found this link on (you guessed it), Pintrest :) and the original tutorial, as well as the photo above, came from Gerardot & Co., a strategy and design firm. Be sure to check them out!

This project is a MUST for anyone who enjoys entertaining friends on the back patio/porch. It’s so easy, and relatively cheap especially for the finished product you get!

Now don’t be deceived by the hardware… I am the LAST person you would find hanging out in a Home Depot, and I found all the materials very easily (with the help of the Home Depot guys of course!)

Here is your supply list. This is for 1 torch so if you want to make more, just multiply by however many you’re making:

1. An empty wine bottle. Make sure it is glass, and the neck is 1 inch in diameter.

2. Teflon Tape

3. Top Plate Connector (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod)

4. 1″ Split Ring Hanger (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod)

5. 1/2″ x 3/8″ Copper Coupling

6. 1/2″ Copper Cap

7. 2 Hex Nuts (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod)

8. Two #10 x 1” Zinc Plated Wood Screws

9. Replacement Tiki Wick

10. 3/8”-16 Zinc Plated Threaded Rod (Gerardot & Co. said he bought a 3 ft rod and cut it down, so that’s what I did too. Mine were being mounted to a deck railing so I had to measure the overhang and I cut it to fit that.)

11. Tiki Fuel

So here’s how I managed to do this:

First, I wanted to get the labels off my wine bottles so I soaked them in hot soapy water.

I was giving these as gifts so I couldn’t exactly start with mounting… So I just put them together as much as I could and the rest would have to be taken care of by my brother (or the giftee)

I started by wrapping the larger end of the couplings in teflon tape.

Basically just keep wrapping until it will fit snuggly into the top of the bottle without falling down into it. After it has enough tape wrapped around it, you can thread the wick through so it sticks out about 1/4 inch.

And here’s a photo of why you have the copper cap… Just to have as a top while the torches aren’t being used.

The next thing I did was put the hardware together. If I can do it, you can do it!

Here’s a guide to Hardware For Dummies :p

After you have most of your hardware put together, place the neck of your bottle into the split ring. Hold up the other half of the split ring, and tighten the screws. (A craftsman’s tip was to tighten each screw a little at a time to avoid one side being tighter than the other.)

If you’re giving these as a gift, that’s the most you can do. You wouldn’t want to fill the bottles with torch fuel and put them in a gift bag :O haha!
I just put them in a bag as is and brought the torch fuel to give them after they opened the torches.

So if you’re still with me, you’re done! It wasn’t that bad right?

Oh and if you’re making these for yourself and mounting them, I will send you to Gerardot & Co. because they have good tips on mounting.

Thanks for tolerating my girl-talk about hardware haha :)

Let me know what kind of reactions you get from giftees or guests when they see these one-of-a-kind, made-with-love tiki torches!

XO – Chelsea – @chelsrose

PS. Christmas is just around the corner AND I will be an Auntie TWICE within 4 months next year so be ready! I’ll be slingin’ CreativeLittleBird posts like there’s no tomorrow! ;)

Safety Note: This project is intended for outdoor use only. Never leave torches unattended and use the same caution and common sense you would with any open flame. Each user should assume responsibility for deciding appropriate uses, storage or shipping of items. Chelsea Williams disclaims any liability for damage or injury which may result in the final product of the above instructions.

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