Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

Beer Jello Shots

Ingredients
1 cup of beer
2 packets of knox gelatin
1 cup of water
6 packets of splenda (or you can use 1/2 cup of sugar)
icing or cool whip topping
lime garnish
….add the gelatin to cold beer and let sit to thicken….heat 1 cup of water to a boil then remove from heat…..add gelatin/beer mix to hot water and mix with a whisk…..add splenda and mix again…..pour into your cups and refrigerate (i let it sit over night)…..once solid….top with frosting or cool whip topping and garnish with a lime slice….very simple!

Taco Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package of Old El Paso taco seasoning mix
  • 36 wonton wrappers
  • 1 (16 ounce) can Old El Paso refried beans
  • 36 tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • optional toppings: sour cream, diced tomatoes, cilantro, onion

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray 18 muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. Brown beef in a skillet and drain the fat. Add the taco seasoning mix and water called for on the package and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Place one wonton wrapper in the bottom of each muffin cup. Layer about 1 Tbsp of refried beans on top of each wonton. Crush one tortilla chip on top of the beans. Top with 1 Tbsp of taco meat and 1 Tbsp of shredded cheese. Repeat the layers again with a wonton wrapper, refried beans, tortilla chips, taco meat, and cheese.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Remove cupcakes from tin and top with your favorite taco toppings (i.e. sour cream, diced tomatoes, onion, or cilantro)

 

Margarita Cupcakes

 

You can go a little or a lot with these. Go for full mock Margarita, or spike them all the way!

Vanilla Cupcake Mix and Buttercream frosting work well. Take some green food dye on a tooth pick and mix gently for only a hint of color. Drizzle with sugar for a frothy effect. Use real limes or get some lime candy:

For spiking: Add a tablespoon of Tequila and a table spoon of lime juice to both  or brush cupcakes when they’re done with Tequila

 

 

Valentine’s Day Cupcake Decorating Cheat Sheet

Cupcakes are a lot of fun to decorate. Here’s a Valentine’s Day Cupcake Decorating Cheat Sheet to help you choose your perfect cupcake! Never fear, with time and and a little love, a determined cook can make anything!

The great thing about all these recipes is they can be easily made with a standard box of cake mix. Chocolate works for most of these but feel free to experiment!

Peanut Butter M&M

Effortless and cute!  Get some Peanut Butter frosting and Valentine’s M&M’s. Frost and sprinkle on top!

Candy XOXO

It gets a little harder now! Vanilla frosting works best to help the design stand out. Get some small red candies and gently place them in the wet frosting in X’s and O’s.  Just make sure the frosting hardens with candies already in so they stick!

Frosting Swirl

Simple. We promise! Just put two colors of frosting, unmixed, in a frosting tube and frost! DIYers can use a Ziploc bag, and cut off the tip. Squeeze gently, the key here is to keep the frosting as unmixed as possible.

Heart Shaped

These are easier then they look! You just need the secret ingredient!

^ Here’s the trick!^  Fill cupcake cups and cake mix and put them in the pan, then get a marble and place it between the cup and the metal pan creating an indent.

Powdered Sugar Hearts

Okay, your getting a little creative here. Here’s the key to this effect, cut a heart shape out of wax paper or card stock.  Use both the heart cut out and the remaining sheet to cover the cupcakes and sift the powdered sugar over top to make your heart topping. Do an even number of each and place them in an alternating pattern for effect.

Strawberry Puree Inside

There’s some skill level in this one. Use strawberry jam and a cupcake filler, Target and Bed, Bath, and Beyond will usually have one available. When you’re done frost as normal!

Cut Out Hearts

Your really going for it now! Cut the tops off chocolate cupcakes, added a layer of pink frosting, punched a heart shape using a cookie cutter, then replaced the top onto the cupcake.

Roses and Ribbons

Wow Master Chef! I’m impressed! Frost you cupcakes with white frosting to help the roses stand out. Use fondant to make the roses, color it, rolled it flat and then cut into uneven strips 3/4 inch strips. Then, start at one end and roll them up. Tie a ribbon around for extra effect.

We are the ultimate romantics at Rise and Shine and we enjoy helping love to blossom in any way. You’ll have to find that special someone on your own, but with our event planning and location scouting services, you’re sure to fall in love!

 

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