A little something people need to know about me is that I was afraid of the kitchen for a very long time. I didn’t grow up helping my mom in the kitchen. I actually avoided it like the plague. I normally got out of it, too because I would be outside playing basketball with my dad. That’s right, I was the tomboy of the neighborhood. I became more confident in cooking meals once I married my husband. He’s not a critic so it made cooking enjoyable. He was also a decent teacher before we moved into our house because he didn’t mind if I made a mess, which is not the case anymore since we have a nice kitchen now. I was actually told once to not get water spots in the sink. Ha! Since having Riley, I’ve taken more of an interest in baking. I made all of the desserts for her 2nd birthday, which you can see here. I made two different treats for Valentine’s Day. The first, are these adorable sugar cookies with royal icing. I totally cheat and use Pillsbury sugar cookie mix from a box. I throw the dough in the freezer for about 30 minutes so that it is hard enough to roll and use cookie cutters on it.
The royal icing recipe I use is:
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons meringue powder
- 6 tablespoons water
I pipe an outline for the colors and then fill in by thinning the icing out with a little water and then spreading it with a toothpick. You need to make sure that the icing is dry before adding the next color.
Riley and I brought some of the cookies to her instructor at the Little Gym, which you can read all about here. I packaged them with a Forget Me Knot plant that I picked up from Target in the dollar section. I placed the plant and the cookies on top of pink chocolate candies. Riley managed to eat about eight before going to the gym at 8:30 in the morning!
The bucket was given to me last year for Valentine’s Day. Super cute, right?
I covered everything with our Thumb Print Valentintes, which you can read about how to do here.
She only sat there for me because I promised she could have one more chocolate. She’s a negotiator at two!
The last treats I made are for Riley’s day care and grandma’s house. I adore making cupcakes! For my younger sister’s bridal shower I wanted to make an interesting centerpiece, so I got the idea of making cupcake bouquets. I wanted the cupcakes to look like roses so I conned my mom into taking a cake decorating class at Michaels with me. The class was great. I have applied what I learned many times. I wish I had pictures of the cupcake bouquets. I’ll have to try to recreate them one day. I use cake mix from a box for my cupcakes, but I make Wilton’s frosting recipe.
The frosting recipe is:
- 2-3 cups of confectioners sugar
- 1 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 tablesppon meringue powder
- 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract (almond is better)
- 2 tablespoons of water
I use a pastry bag and Wilton’s 1M tip to frost the cupcakes.
I added pink and red sugar dust to give the cupcakes a more Valentine’s Day feel.
One tidbit I left out is that just as I was about to place the icing into the pastry bag, I got a bit on my hand and licked it off. It tasted so bad I had to spit it out! I quickly realized that my unmarked tupperware bins did me in. I used flour, instead of the confectioners sugar! Thank goodness I’m a messy cook. I would have frosted all of the cupcakes and not even had known. Could you imagine?!