Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pink!

My post is all pink today! Starting with the PINK cupcakes I made yesterday:They are "Double Chocolate Malt Cupcakes with Cherry Vanilla Frosting" OMG! Malt and cherry--I couldn't resist! I will post the recipe below if you want to give them a go.

Next: Pink popcorn!

This was a concoction the kids and I made for our Oscar party--it's popcorn mixed with cut-up Twizzlers. "Redhots" and pink sugar. This mixture is pretty brilliant because the popcorn/Twizzler combo is one of my favorite food combos ever (that is my standard order at the movie theater) so why not just cut to the chase and mix the two up? It's the perfect balance of sweet and salty--and the Redhots add a little zing.

And I know you've all been waiting for my PINK hair!

I've shielded my face since this pic was taken early in the morning pre-makeup (and still basically half-asleep) but you can clearly see my eyeball ring. I'll have to get a better pic up--but the pink is kind of underneath and it looks really cool. I love my new hair!

And finally, PINK Pickle:

I''m throwing that in just because!


Now here's that recipe:

Double Chocolate Malt Cupcakes with Cherry-Vanilla Buttercream

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup sugar

1 teas. baking soda

1 teas. baking powder

1/2 teas. salt

2/3 cup milk

2/3 cup malted milk powder (like Carnation)

1/2 teas. espresso powder

2/3 cup canola oil

2 large eggs

2/3 cup sour cream

1 teas. vanilla extract

1/2 mini chocolate chips

Frosting:

4 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
3 sticks (yikes!) unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2/3 cup tart cherry preserves

Malt balls and/or cherries for garnish

1. Oven to 350. Line 2 12-cup cupcake pans w/ paper liners

2. Cupcakes: Whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and powder, salt.

3. Beat milk, malt powder and espresso powder--medium speed. Add oil and eggs--blend.

4. Add flour mixture--beat until smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla--beat. Stir in chocolate chips.

5. Fill muffin cups a little more than halfway. Bake 15-17 minutes. Cool completely.

Frosting:

Beat sugar and butter until well-blended. Add vanilla, cream--beat 2 minutes. Beat in cherry preserves.

When cupcakes are cool--frost and garnish.

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31 comments:

Ronda's Rants said...

The food looks yummy!
And you hair is really pink this time...you can carry it off...I bet it suits your coloring! The eyeball ring still freaks me out!
I won't be trying the cupcakes because I could never resist having less than 6 of them!

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

Loving. The. Hair.

Shannon said...

Now I really want a cupcake for breakfast.

Your hair looks very cool!

SuZ said...

I so love your hair!!!

I had pink hair once and I loved it. I miss it so. :(

Kristin said...

Yummy! Why all the pink? Did I miss something? Must have.

Mrs Parks said...

Pink Pickle:)

Love'n the pink!

Linda S said...

why pink is my favorite..on anything. love the hair.

Sandi said...

I love your hair!

Jennifer said...

Malt in cupcakes? Who would have thought! Sounds so good. :)

Cute hair, btw!

CaraBee said...

Those cupcakes sound AWESOME! And the hair looks so cool! I wish I had the guts to do something like that. Sadly, I can't even talk myself into highlights.

Rebecca Jo said...

I completely love your hair!!! But your ring still freaks me out!!!! :-) Pink Pickle is always adorable too!!!

And licorce with popcorn... interesting....

Missy said...

Wow, what a great theme! Pink is one of my fav colors. Love the pic of Pickle and love your hair

Ellie said...

WOW!! That looks great!! I will try that recipe! Love the pink hair by the way!!

Buddha's Place said...

I get the left overs right? I think your hair looks coooeel.

kathy said...

OMGoodness, Double Chocolate Malt Cupcakes with Cherry Vanilla Frosting! These must have smelled wonderful! My boys would have loved your popcorn mix - what a fun momma you are!

Kori said...

Those cupcakes look wonderful! Seriously wonderful. But the popcorn mix just doesn't really do a lot for me, gotta say, ha ha.

Angie said...

Your hair looks great! I love the color pink, your popcorn is a great idea and the cupcakes look good too, I will try the recipe out soon. Again great new do!

Susie said...

Love the pink!!

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

The cupcakes remind me of Pinkalicious! I LOVE pink!!

Auds at Barking Mad said...

I am craving cupcakes now, in the worst way! And how fortunate that our power just came back on. Hmmmm, I wonder what the hubby would say to Pink cupcakes for dinner? *lol*

You guys always look like you have so much fun! And despite the myriad stuff you all have going on amidst buying and selling houses and the associated stress, you ALWAYS remain so positive. I think that's awesome!

Butterfly Kisses said...

PIckles cheeks sure are pink. Love her rosie cheeks. And love the popcorn twizzlers combo!

Shannon said...

mmmm...cupcakes!! And ditto to your Oscar post!

Jen said...

I am so loving all the pink!

quitecontrary1977 said...

You are so fun!! I want to move into your house and eat pink food!

noble pig said...

Those cupcakes sounds crazy good...love the cherry frosting!

justjuli said...

I love the pink theme! And the pink hair. :) I still have 1.5 containers of Manic-Panic pink hair dye from when I used to do mine that way.
(Before I had to regularly visit Dr's offices for work...)

And the cupcakes look yummy!

Sera said...

A woman after my own heart! An entire post about PINK! Those cupcakes look SO good, and I think I'll need to make some for my hubby because he loves cherry flavored stuff. Pickle is SO cute, and so is your hair! You're so brave. I was always mortified of my hair turning green if I ever got it colored.

Jenni Jiggety said...

You and Pickle are pretty in pink!

Jaime said...

Oh Jennifer, your pink hair is so beautiful!!

Jessica said...

Love your hair! And I'm going to HAVE to try those cupcakes!

Jen B. said...

LOVE all the pink!