Stuffed Strawberries Adapted from Allrecipes
- Large container of strawberries, washed and dried with stems removed
- 1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- About 1 cup of powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Squeeze of lemon juice
I found a recipe similar to this on Allrecipes.com but I didn't like all of the ingredients so I kind of adapted it to my tastes. You can just taste the filling as you go along until it tastes good to you. Combine all ingredients (except strawberries) in a mixing bowl and beat until you get a good consistency for piping. You may need to add more or less sugar depending on the consistency and taste you want.
Next, cut a deep X in the strawberries almost to the tip. Fill a pastry bag (or a ziploc bag with the tip cut off) and a star tip with the cream cheese mixture. Pipe into strawberries slowly and carefully shape them back into their original shape. Chill until ready to serve.
Salted Caramel Cupcakes
I found this recipe on one of my favorite blogs, JoysHope. (www.joyshope.com) These cupcakes are so good, just looking at the picture is making me want to go whip up a batch right now. The hardest part of the whole thing was finding the squeeze bottle pictured below.
Okay the recipe. I love that this recipe is kind of cheating. You can use a boxed cake mix and it will still be really good! Just be sure to make your own icing because it really is easy and tastes so much better than canned. If you don't believe me, try it once and I think you'll be hooked!
One box German Chocolate Cake mix and the ingredients to make it
Caramel Ice Cream topping
3 or 4 Heath Bars
Vanilla Buttercream Icing (recipe below)
Make the cake mix according the the directions on the box. While cupcakes are baking, you can crush the Heath Bars. Just use a hammer and smash them right in the packages. Fun! Then transfer to a bowl. Next, make the salted caramel. Pour the caramel into a glass Pyrex measuring cup and add 1/2 tsp of sea salt for every 8 oz of caramel. Warm in the microwave for one minute. Remove and stir. Try not to lick the spoon after you stir. It's hot. Trust me, I know. Transfer caramel to your squeeze bottle.
As soon as you remove the cupcakes, squeeze some salted caramel into the cupcake. This step really makes the cupcakes good so don't skimp on the caramel! After they are cool frost with vanilla buttercream (recipe below) and roll in crushed Heath Bars and drizzle with remaining caramel.
1 stick of butter softened
1 pound of powdered sugar
1 tsp of vanilla
3 Tbs. milk
Beat butter until soft and creamy in bowl. Add vanilla and slowly add powdered sugar until smooth. Slowly add milk until it is the consistency you want. You may not need all of the milk, check consistency after every TBS to make sure it's not too runny! I always turn my mixer on fairly high at the end and just let it beat for a minute or two to whip the frosting and get some air in there so it's nice and fluffy.
Okay there you have it! Recipes to jazz up any party. Now you need to find an excuse to have a party so that you can make these SOON. (Like days or hours soon...not weeks!) Hope you enjoy!