Lemon Drop Cupcakes

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When asked what is your favorite cupcake or cake flavor, Lemon Drop is by far the number 1 top seller and most talked about Mama Bird creation! It is a delicious vanilla cake spiked with fresh lemon juice and lemon zest, filled with an amazing lemon curd and topped with a lemon cream cheese frosting! Are you drooling yet? I am!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Reindeer Cookies

It’s beginning to smell like Christmas! The fresh tree mixed with the smells of yummy sweet treats baking in the oven make for a amazing aroma!

Cookies are not my favorite thing to bake, however with this dump recipe that you can really switch it around to fit whatever you have in your pantry which makes for an interesting and a little different cookie each time! Have fun, the possibilities are endless!!

This recipe makes a ton, is perfect for a cookie swap and is easy enough fir the kids to do it!!

Reindeer Cookies
3 eggs
1 1/4 c brown sugar
1 c sugar
1/2 tsp salt

2 t baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 jar Nutella  (you can use peanut butter, almond butter)
1 stick butter, softened

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 c m&m’s (holiday mix)
1/2 c golden raisins
1/2 c craisins

*basically 2 cups of whatever you like. I have used dried apricots, apples, butterscotch chips, anything you like!!

4 c oatmeal (quick cooking)

Preheat oven to 350. In a very large bowl combine eggs & sugars then add each ingredient and mix.  Slowly add the oatmeal, it will get REALLY thick!! I suggest using a mini ice cream scoop to keep the cookies all the same size!  Bake 8-10 mins. Yummy!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

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Happy Birthday S! {Skateboard Cake}

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S is turning 9 and he loved the Orange Cream Cake I made for his Mom so much that he requested it as his Birthday cake!!
I baked the cake in a 9×13 cake pan and then carved the skateboard shape.  For the wheels I used chocolate covered doughnuts.
Here is a pic of his skateboard and the inspiration for the cake.
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Carrot Apple Cupcakes

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I looked through tons of recipes and combined bits and pieces from several different recipes  and came up with an AMAZING cupcake!! I am making these for my favorite women in the World! My very dearest girlfriends in the whole world who I have had the pleasure of knowing for 22 years!!! WOW. We live in many different places and take the time as often as we can to reconnect and recharge and share in our joys. Tomorrow night we gather to celebrate a new career and a new baby! Congrats to Mer and Rae!! I am so happy for you both!!!

Carrot Apple Cupcakes

3 cups flour

2 cups sugar

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup vegetable oil

4 large eggs

1 cup milk with 2 tsp lemon juice (let sit 10 mins)

2 cups grated carrots

2 cups grated granny smith apples

1 T grated orange zest

Bake at 350 for 17-20mins. Cool and Frost.

 Frosting

8 oz fresh mild goat cheese (high quality)

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1/2 stick butter, softened

2 T fresh orange juice

1 T orange zest

4 cups powdered sugar

 

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Strawberry Cake & Cupcakes

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I was asked to make a cake for a dear family friend who is turning 65! I thought since strawberries are so abundant this would be a great time to whip up a new creation! I started with a very simple vanilla batter and then folded in the macerated strawberries and egg whites. Then I made a strawberry lemon curd to put between the two layers and finished it off with a strawberry cream cheese frosting! um, um GOOD!!!

Strawberry Cake

2 3/4 cup flour

2 cups sugar

2 tsp baking powder

2 sticks butter

3/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

3 egg whites

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1/3 cup macerated strawberries, (pic above, blitz in food processor, add 1 Tb lemon juice and allow to sit 5-10 mins)

Place flour, sugar & baking powder in mixer, blend on low to mix. Add 2 sticks butter (1 Tb at a time). Add vanilla to milk and add a some milk then an egg & rotate. Fold in berries and egg whites, one at a time. Place in 2 9in cake pans or lined cupcake pan and bake cakes apx 25 mins and cupcakes 18 min at 350. Cool completely prior to frosting.

 

Strawberry Lemon Curd Filling

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2 cups whole frozen strawberries (I froze fresh ones)

6  Tb  sugar, divided

1/4  cup  fresh lemon juice

1/4  cup  all-purpose flour

Bring strawberries, 4 Tb sugar, and lemon juice to a boil in saucepan, and cook 5 minutes.Whisk together remaining 2Tb sugar and flour in a saucepan. Whisk in strawberry mixture; cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until thickened and bubbling around edges. Pour into a glass bowl, cover surface with plastic wrap; chill at least 2 hours.

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*Cooks Tip: When adding filling, put a ring of the frosting around the outer edge of cake and then put filling in the center so it will not ooze out the side and mess up your frosting!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8oz block cream cheese

1/2  stick butter, softened

1 cup fresh strawberries, blitzed in food processor

2 tsp vanilla

4- 6 cups powered sugar

Mix cream cheese, butter & vanilla and 1/2 strawberry mixture, slowly add powdered sugar (1/2 cup at a time) add more strawberries as needed to provide the right texture for frosting.

 

I had a little batter left over so I made the boys some cupcakes and made them a mini version!

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Hope you enjoy!!

 

What’s your favorite summer time cake?

 

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