Friday, May 27, 2011


Its officially crazy weather season. May always brings crazy thunderstorms and tornadoes, which in turn usually brings some power outages. Luckily, the power was still fine at my house when LaMona called me and said she was bored in her dark hot apartment, so she came over for a night of baking! She has been asking me for awhile if I could help her learn how to bake, and it seemed like the perfect night to watch a movie and bake some cupcakes! We flipped through some cookbooks and came across a simple recipe for a Mimosa cupcake that involved a Betty Crocker cake mix as the base! After a run to Kroger to pick up some cheap champagne (we are still broke "college students" after all...) we got started on a baking lesson! The recipe was really simple, it just included the cake mix, orange juice and zest, champagne, egg whites, and oil.
After LaMona got the hang of the mixer, I showed her the trick of using an ice cream scoop to get consistent sized cupcakes!

Then these lightly orange scented cupcakes were ready to be baked!
After just 15 minutes at 350 degrees, they came out perfectly airy! You cant really taste the champagne in them, but it allowed for light fluffy cake for sure!

Then we got started on the butter cream with more orange juice and champagne.
The butter cream was alright, but not too flavorful, so we got some extra orange zest and coated it in orange colored sugar to sprinkle on top for color and more flavor!
Then I set up an assembly line and showed LaMona how to pipe frosting! (Which let's be honest is the most fun! It's like you are five again and get to play with your food!)
She was a pro right away! I just piped a few to show her the technique and she took off from there!

They turned out great! I wish the flavors would have been a little stronger, but the sugared orange zest helped out! Stay safe in this crazy weather!

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