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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

on September 20, 2017

Get into the fall spirit with these delicious and decadent Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes! Sure to be a crowd pleaser for all the pumpkin spice lovers!

Get into the fall spirit with these delicious and decadent Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting! - Do It Your Freaking Self - fall | easy | diy | homemade | with a mix

Okay, so fall is here and I am fully embracing my basic-ness. We just got through a heatwave in LA – which I am not proud to say I complained the entire time – and the weather has been dropping to mid-70’s most days. Now, I’m not going to say this is perfect weather for boots and sweaters but I am hauling them out… because it never hurts to be prepared.

Speaking of hauling out the fall clothes, I kinda got rid of a lot of mine when I tried to be a minimalist earlier this spring. I say try because Kon Mari never mentions being a blogger and/or babysitter and actually needing an over abundance of craft supplies. I got as far as getting rid of clothes and a few old craft supplies. If you’re a blogger or mom or teacher, you totally understand that you’re just going to end up buying more craft supplies so it’s this really vicious cycle.

Get into the fall spirit with these delicious and decadent Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting! - Do It Your Freaking Self - fall | easy | diy | homemade | with a mixAnyway! Back to when I tried to Kon Mari last spring. I basically got rid of all of my pants, boots that I hadn’t worn in a while, some sweaters, and generally all things fall. Now that it’s time to pull those things out? I’m down to a Star Wars sweater and my Union Suit collection. It’s rough guys. I know I should look at this as an opportunity to go shopping, but when you’re a plus size lady on a budget options are limited. If you’ve got suggestions PLEASE leave them in the comments! Have you ever gotten rid of things then realized it was probably not a good idea?

Get into the fall spirit with these delicious and decadent Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting! - Do It Your Freaking Self - fall | easy | diy | homemade | with a mix

Needless to day, I needed a cupcake when I realized how much adulting I had to do, and what better way to kick off the season than some Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes! This recipe is one of my favorites to pull out during the season and is always a crowd pleaser at work parties!

Get into the fall spirit with these delicious and decadent Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting! - Do It Your Freaking Self - fall | easy | diy | homemade | with a mix

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A Pinterest Perfect Tea Party Cake

on August 29, 2017

Create a simple yet impressive naked cake for the pinterest perfect tea party! Learn how to make a delicious tea party cake with this step by step tutorial.

Create a simple yet impressive naked cake for the pinterest perfect tea party! Learn how to make a delicious tea party cake with this step by step tutorial.

Shout out to anyone who is a nanny/full time babysitter. This post is for you…. kinda. A few years ago I left the world of social media and content management to work with kids. It was a total world shift for me and while I’ve been doing some side projects in the digital space I haven’t really looked back. There are days when I’m not sure how my bills will get paid and I long for the days of a regular paycheck, or when one of my kiddos is on their third tantrum of the day because sugar is not a food group but overall, I really enjoy it. There is something magical about it. And if I’m being real here, I think kids are easier than dealing with adults sometimes. Kids’ only ulterior motive is to get out of bedtime or to get an extra cookie. Adults? So much more drama.

MAKE IT: STRAWBERRY CHAMPAGNE CUPCAKES

So 3 years ago, I left the world of “real people jobs” and started nannying and this week, my first little is turning 4! I’m a little teary eyed thinking about it. Okay, so my main goal as kiddos get older is that I end up being the cool Aunt. You know what I’m talking about. The one that they can go to for things they may not be able to tell mom or dad about. The one that is still single and enjoying life and they basically stalk my instagram feed (it’s a thing, I promise). Since I’m not related to the kiddos it’s a bit strange but I absolutely love getting to see them grow up.

Tea party cookies

So for P’s party her mom is basically amazing and asked me to make the cake for her birthday party. Of course I said yes! The theme was a Royal Tea Party and for real you guys, it was GORGEOUS! I didn’t take a bunch of photos because I’m a dolt and was too busy waving a bubble wand but… I can tell you how I made the Tea Party Cake!!!

A Pinterest Perfect Tea Party Cake

Create a simple yet impressive naked cake for the pinterest perfect tea party! Learn how to make a delicious tea party cake with this step by step tutorial.

Additional Supplies:
6 inch round cake pan
Kitchen Scale
Non Stick cooking spray
Cooling Rack
Serrated knife or cake leveler
Piping bags
Wilton Size 1A icing tip

** Note: The cake is topped with delicious meringue cookies! I got the recipe from ShugarySweets and they turned out beautifully. I recommend making these at least a day in advance (they take a really long time to cook) on a day that has very low humidity.

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Create a simple yet impressive naked cake for the pinterest perfect tea party! Learn how to make a delicious tea party cake with this step by step tutorial.

A Pinterest Perfect Tea Party Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 Box White cake mix
  • 2 tbls almond extract
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • Simple syrup
  • For Frosting:
  • 1 Cup unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 package strawberry Jello
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp whole milk or heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray 6 inch cake round with non-stick cooking spray
  2. On a kitchen scale, weigh the empty mixing bowl. Record this number for later
  3. Mix all ingredients for cake in mixing bowl and weigh. Subtract the bowl weight from this and divide that number by 4 (for four layers) - I could tell you just to evenly distribute the mix, but who keeps 4 6 inch cake rounds on hand!?!
  4. Weigh the cake round zero out your scale. Slowly pour batter in to the cake round until you get to the desired weight (mine was 196g)
  5. Bang your pan on the counter a few times to release any excess bubbles.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Repeat for all four layers.
  7. For best decorating, freeze each layer for 1 hour before leveling and an additional hour afterwards for maximum moisture retention.
  8. Level each layer using a cake leveler or serrated knife.
  9. For frosting:
  10. Cream butter and shortening together until smooth.
  11. Add in salt
  12. Slowly add in powdered sugar and mix until fully blended
  13. Add and mix milk until smooth
  14. Add a few tbsp strawberry jello for flavoring until you get to your desired pink color
  15. Let chill for 20 minutes
  16. Assemble the Cake
  17. On a cake round place a few tablespoons of frosting to act as your glue.
  18. Place first layer of cake on the bottom. Leveled side up.
  19. Drizzle with simple syrup.
  20. Using a piping bag and size 1A Wilton icing tip, pipe around top surface of the cake layer. Fill in the middle in a circular pattern.
  21. Place the second layer leveled size up. Repeat frosting process.
  22. Repeat until all 4 layers are assembled and use an offset spatula to smooth out the frosting on top. This should use all of the frosting you just made.
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Easy Slutty Brownies Recipe

on July 7, 2017

Treat yo’self to layers of delicious chocolate chip cookie, oreos and brownie batter! Indulge in some rich chocolate goodness with easy slutty brownies.

Treat yo'self to layers of delicious chocolate chip cookie, oreos and brownie batter! Indulge in some rich chocolate goodness with easy slutty brownies

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A few years ago when I worked in an office I was the defacto cupcake baker. Basically I bake when I’m stressed and that job stressed me out so I would bake cupcakes on the weekends and would feed my stress cupcakes to all of my coworkers – hello run on sentence! Mostly because I did not want to stress eat them. See where I’m going with this? Okay maybe not.

So one Wednesday there was this declicious pan of amazing gooeyness on the break room table that I had not stress baked. Come to find out, they were called Slutty Brownies and I wondered why I hadn’t thought of them before. Let me tell you… I was in chocolate heaven! Like more than that kid in Matlida that stole a piece of cake. Slutty brownies are an original invention from The Londoner, popularized by What’s Gabby Cooking, and made easy and a bit twisty by me.

Treat yo'self to layers of delicious chocolate chip cookie, oreos and brownie batter! Indulge in some rich chocolate goodness with easy slutty brownies.

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Make your own Custom Colored Sanding Sugar Sprinkles or Edible Glitter

on June 17, 2017

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

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Let’s talk sanding sugar sprinkles. You guys.. it’s like glitter for cupcakes. I’m serious! Unfortunately having a variety of Colored Sanding Sugar Sprinkles can get kinda expensive and really frustrating when you can’t find the color you need for a particular party theme or inspiration. Sound familiar? Thought so.

Did you know you can make your own custom colored sugar sprinkles? Yep. You can make it in just about any color you like in 20 seconds flat. And then you can use this really cool tool to make all kinds of custom designs!

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

Okay so this is going to both blow your mind and save you a ton of cheddar… you ready?

Cost: $1-5 makes a ton!
Time: under 1 minute
Fun level: 10!

DIY Custom Sanding Sugar Sprinkles

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

Supplies:
Granulated Sugar
Gel food coloring in choice color
Ziplock bags
Wax or Parchment Paper and a baking sheet (optional)

4 things! I’m sure you can do it! The coolest thing with making your own colors is that you can do it with just about any gel coloring. I used the neon Wilton Food colors because I happened to have them on hand but really, the sky is the limit.

How to make Custom Sanding Sugar Sprinkles

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

Place 1/4 c Granulated sugar (or more.. I just eyeballed how much I would need) and a few drops of food coloring into a ziplock bag. Seal it shut ( I like the ones that slide shut to avoid mess) and shake and squish. Really go for it. You want to make sure all of the food coloring is incorporated and there are no lumps. If you accidentally put too much food coloring in there just add a pinch or two of corn starch and that should soak up the moisture or you can always add more sugar!

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

Spread out on a wax paper lined baking sheet to let it dry out for a bit longer – 20 minutes-ish.

Transfer into an air tight container. If you want to use something to sprinkle it on I’ve also found that spice jars are both cheap and pretty awesome. Heck, I’m pretty sure I’ve got my own personal rainbow them in the cabinet right now… lemme check.

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

If you want to make metallic sanding sugars, you’ll need one more ingredient and that is Lustre Dust. For gold, combine the lustre dust with the granulated sugar and a few drops of yellow food coloring. For silver use silver lustre dust and a few drops of alcohol – I usually go with vodka since I have it on hand or you can use metallic food paint.

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

Go forth and make your custom colored sugar sprinkles!

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Boozy Tropical Cake Push Pops

on June 10, 2017

Kick off your summer luau by making these fun boozy tropical cake push pops! A sweet addition to your flamingo, pineapple, hawaiian party!

Kick off your summer luau by making these fun boozy tropical cake push pops! A sweet addition to your flamingo, pineapple, hawaiian party! Flamingo pineapple party | Luau food | treat pops | Cake pops | pink and yellow

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Summer is in the air and that brings about two of my favorite things… flamingos and pineapples. Put them together and you’ve got one classy luau or some mayhem. Either way it’s gonna be colorful and pretty. These boozy tropical cake push pops (or tube cakes) use a basic cake mix, crushed pineapple, watermelon vodka and buttercream icing to give you a flavor mix that will transport you back to the island (but not like LOST okay?).

Boozy Tropical Cake Push Pops

Kick off your summer luau by making these fun boozy tropical cake push pops! A sweet addition to your flamingo, pineapple, hawaiian party! Flamingo pineapple party | Luau food | treat pops | Cake pops | pink and yellow

Cost: $20 – but you’ll use the treat pops again so it’s kind of an investment
Time: 2-3 hours
Fun level: 9
Makes about 15 pops

Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 C crushed pineapple
1/4 C pineapple vodka
2 eggs
1/2 c oil

Buttercream Frosting:
1/2 C Butter (at room temp)
1/2 C Butter Shortening
1/4 C Watermelon Vodka
4 C Powdered Sugar
Pink food coloring

Supplies:
Push pop containers
Jellyroll pan
Parchment Paper
Piping bags or ziploc bags

Kick off your summer luau by making these fun boozy tropical cake push pops! A sweet addition to your flamingo, pineapple, hawaiian party! Flamingo pineapple party | Luau food | treat pops | Cake pops | pink and yellow

1. Make the cake: Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Make the cake mix and bake according to directions on the box or until you put a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean. Take the cake out and let it cool.

2. Mix the buttercream. Cream the butter and shortening together. Add the vodka. Once everything is mixed, slowly add the powdered sugar until you get to the desired consistency. Spoon into a piping bag.

3. Assemble the cake pops: With the plunger in the bottom of the treat pop container, use the rim as a cutter and push the end cake to the bottom of the container.

Quick tip: use a second plunger to push the cake down into the tube.

Pipe the icing in a thick layer on top of the cake, then layer again with cake. Add a final layer of buttercream to the top and garnish with sprinkles if you like and place the lid on top.

If you’re planning a summer luau or brunch for you lady friends or if you just like to play on pinterest all day, don’t forget to PIN for later!

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Two Hearts Jammie Dodgers Recipe

on April 5, 2017

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

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Sometimes a Jammie Dodger is just a cookie… but sometimes its a TARDIS self destruct button. Usually though, its just a cookie and a ploy to make Daleks believe its a self destruct button. Yep. Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey stuff. Shout out to all of my Doctor Who, Torchwood, Adventures of Sarah Jane, and Class fans. This Jammie Dodgers recipe is for you!

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

Okay, so flash back a few years. I had just met my dear friend Natalie (who makes awesome jewelry! Check it out) and she was having her 30th birthday party. I had NO CLUE what I was walking into but I ended up finding my tribe… or one of them. You see, Natalie and all of her friends were Doctor Who fans and well, so did I and that was the start to a beautiful geeky friendship. Isn’t it kind of amazing how you find your people when you’re least expecting to?

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

If you’re unfamiliar with Doctor Who… well that could take a while to explain so I’m just going to direct you to Amazon Prime where you can stream it all to your hearts content. Start with BLINK then go back. Trust me on this one.

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

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Boozy Shamrock Shake FreakShake

on February 22, 2017

In the mood for an adult version of the shamrock shake? This recipe is for you! Go a step further and stack up a freakshake with all your favorite treats!

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Shamrock Shakes are back and I am one happy camper. Okay, maybe thats a lie… but I’m close! One of the many joys of being an adult is the addition of alcohol to otherwise normal foods. Like Cupcakes or coffee. Because YUM! So of course I had to present you with the wonders that is the boozy shamrock shake! Even better…. I made it into a freakshake!

This project is intended for makers ages 21+. If you are under the age of 21, please omit the alcohol.

I’m sure a lot of you are asking what exactly is a freakshake? Well… its kind of like a milkshake that’s been turned up to 11 or maybe 111. You know… somewhere in between. It’s where you take whatever drink you like and load it with all the tastiness of foods that compliment it. And let me tell you, it is a total feast for the eyes and the stomache. Just make sure to share with a friend because you’ll both be in a sugar coma after eating one.

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Boozy Shamrock Shake Freakshake

Supplies Needed
Shamrock Shake:
Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla vodka
Creme de Menthe or Mint simple syrup
Milk
Blender

Freakshake:
Chocolate Pocky
Donuts
Brownies
Rainbow sprinkles
Lucky Charms or just the marshmallows!
Whipped cream
Any other toppings you want to put on!

Time: 15 Minutes
Cost: $15-20 – makes a lot
Adult meter: 5 – it’s like adult meets inner child?
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How to Make Oreo Peppermint Bark

on November 3, 2016

Is it officially okay to order peppermint everything? Because it is seriously beginning to be my favorite time of the year! Now, of course, I absolutely do NOT start Christmas prep until after Thanksgiving… because I actually really like Thanksgiving.. BUT I adore peppermint. And this is the time of year that it all comes out of hiding. I totally stock up. Anyone else a flavor hoarder?

Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t offer you some tasty peppermint treats right? So here is some fun Oreo Peppermint Bark to help get yourself into the holiday spirit (even if it is 85 degrees out right now!) Planning on giving some edible gifts for the holidays this year? Try some fun and easy bark recipes!

Time: 20 Min + chill time
Cost: $10
Festive level: 9

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Dark Chocolate Orange Cranberry Bark

on October 20, 2016

This might seem like sacrilege and try not to fall out of your seats when I say this but….I think I may be pumpkin spiced out. Whew. That felt good to get off my chest.

But seriously though you guys, I love fall and all that it brings. I love sweater weather and pumpkin spice and pumpkins and all that stuff but I think I hit pumpkin spice overload what with the latte’s and cheerios among other things. So… what is a girl to do?

Super into chocolate this season? Click here for more chocolate bark recipes!

Set your tastebuds alight with this spiced dark chocolate orange cranberry bark! Great for holiday parties, desserts, and gifts. | Dark Chocolate | Holiday Desserts | Orange Zest | Dried Fruit | Edible Gifts | Easy Bark | Do It Your Freaking Self

I turned to all things rich and tangy and whipped up some dark chocolate orange cranberry bark to satisfy my sugar and my spice cravings and you know what? It hit the spot! This bark is makes a perfect addition to any party, as a holiday gift or just because. With hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, this bark is sure to bring a smile to anyone looking to dig into the more tangy flavors this holiday season!

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Willy Wonka Inspired Edible Shot Glasses

on September 9, 2016

One of my favorite scenes from the original Willy Wonka was when Gene Wilder was singing “Pure Imagination” and he sat down to take a drink (and a bite) out of a daffodil tea cup. That movie was a huge part of my childhood and introduced me to the world of one of my favorite authors Roald Dahl. As an adult, different parts of it come back up and the film (and book) have taken on new meaning.

We are the music makers. We are the dreamers of dreams.

Willy Wonka inspired Chocolate Edible Shot Glasses. Candy cups for a world of pure imagination

I remember when I was old enough to realize that a person in a film is actually an actor and not really that particular character. It kinda blew my mind. Then as I got older, my dad started pulling out Mel Brooks films and I learned about the man that ran the candy factory. That he was also Young Friedrich Frankenstein and the Waco Kid. He was Leo Bloom and the mock turtle. He was Gene Wilder.

I hate getting all sentimental over celebrity deaths and I’m not the person that is going to sit in front of my TV or stereo and cry because we lost one of the greats, but I do believe that it is important to recognize contributions to art and society. So thank you mister Wilder. These edible shot glasses are for you.

Willy Wonka Inspired Chocolate Edible Shot Glasses

 

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