Vanilla Malibu Cupcakes

For one of my childhood best friends birthday I decided to do a little experimenting with a Malibu cupcake recipe that I found on By Stephanie Lynn.
It didn't taste that much like Malibu, but they were amazing and so moist!
Ingredients:
Cupcakes:
Duncan Hines Classic White Cake Mix


3 Large Eggs


1 1/3 Cups of Water


2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil


1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract


1 Teaspoon of Malibu Rum
Icing:


1 1/4 cups of softened butter


8 cups of Confectioners/Icing Sugar 


1/4 Cup of Milk


1/4 Cup of Malibu Rum


1 Teaspoon of Vanilla

Directions:
Preheat the oven to the suggested temperature on the cake mix.

Mix the cake mix as directed on the package, when combined; add in the vanilla and rum.

Bake as directed.

Icing: Mix the softened butter and vanilla with an electric mixer on low for one minute. Add in the Malibu and vanilla.

Gradually add in the icing sugar until the mixture is a creamy consistency.

Very delicious cupcakes! 

Happy Birthday Erin!

Print the recipe card here.

Ps. If you're wondering how I made the heart topper, I cut out two hearts the same size and glued them back to back on a skewer. Then I covered the heart with mod podge, and covered it in glitter. I stood it up to dry over night, and then placed it in the cupcake.

DIY: Letter Art

I got this idea off of Pinterest (as usual), and it's really cute and inexpensive!
You need wood letters, mod podge, a glue stick, scissors or X-Acto knife and access to a laser printer (such as at a print shop).
I found some cute patterns on google and pinterest, and took them into my school print services to get them printed on a laser colour printer.

I bought the letters at the dollar store, they came in a box and already spelled love.

I used the glue stick to apply a thin layer of glue to the letters and then placed them on the back of the patterned print out and smoothed them out, and let them dry.
I wanted the sides to be left the painted wood colour, so i cut around the letter with an X-Acto knife.
Next, I painted over the pattern with mod podge to give it a glossy and protective finish.
I let them dry, and then I hung them up with the 3M Command Strips.

Cheesecake Pops

One of my good friend and co-worker's birthday was on Friday, and all week she was telling me I should make her cheesecake - so I decided to do even better and try making cheesecake pops.
I saved a few for myself and they are so amazing!

There are a few ways to do this, buy a premade cheesecake or bake one yourself.
I used this 3-step cheesecake recipe here.
You also need candy melts and lollypop sticks - you can buy these at craft and baking stores such as Michaels, or places like Bulk Barn.
Then, once it was cooked and chilled I rolled little balls, and put them in my mould for size reference (which you don't need to do).

Then I put them in the freezer to harden a little.

After about 15-20 minutes I removed the cheesecake balls from the freezer.
I melted chocolate chips, and dipped the lollypop sticks into the chocolate and then pushed them really far into the cheesecake balls (so they don't fall off and are really in there).
I put the cheesecake pops back into the freezer for a few hours.
Finally, I melted white candy melts in the microwave, and added about a teaspoon of oil, to make the candy melts a little more liquid. Then I dipped the cheesecake pops into the chococlate and turned them to get off any excess cany melt. Because the pops were so cold from the freezer that after holding them up for about a minute, the chocolate was almost hard and I could place them on the parchment paper without it leaving a mark on the pops.
Next I melted chocolate chips and put them into a piping bag, and did a little zig-zag on the top of a few.
I put the pops back in the freezer for 15 minutes, and then I put the bags on them and tied a ribbon around the bottom. After this, I stored them in the fridge.
So yummy!
Very easy, must-try treat!
Happy Birthday Brianne!

Made Of Starlight

If you know me, you will know I am a really big Taylor Swift fan and something amazing happened in August.
I received a direct message from the official Taylor Swift Fragrance Team saying that I am a top fan and they were going to send me a fan pack!
I honestly have no idea how this happened but seriously an exciting moment.

Last week the fan pack was delivered and it was amazing!
I love the perfume, Taylor by Taylor Swift so much!

Here are some pictures of what I got!








Everyone should check out Taylor by Taylor Swift!

Also, a big thanks to the Taylor Swift Fragrance team and of course Taylor Swift!

If you aren't already following me on twitter, follow @emslittle

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

A few weeks ago I was watching The Marilyn Denis Show, and came across this Red Velvet Crinkle Cookie recipe - made with a box cake mix!

These cookies are easy and taste delicious!

Ingredients:
red velvet cake mix
2 tbsp flour
2 eggs
½ c. canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 c. white chocolate chips
¾ c. icing sugar or granulated sugar (to roll cookies in)



 Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Mix the cake mix and flour with a mixer.

Add the eggs, oil and vanilla. 

Mix together until smooth and then add the white chocolate chips.

Roll into one-inch dough balls, and roll in the sugar.

Place the dough balls on a non-stick baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, and cool.
Print the recipe card here, and enjoy!