Baking Sunflower Cupcakes!

Last week, I spent a few hours with friends in my kitchen baking and decorating cupcakes. I had expressed how much I missed making pretty cupcakes for school bake sales when I was in high school and we all wanted to bake again! Now that I’m in college, there are way less opportunities to host bake sales on campus…

Here is a video of how we made them and more:

These are also how our pictures turned out:

Sarah’s

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Kathy’s

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Nina’s

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Mine

Sunflower Cupcake

72 Hours in Chicago (First Time!)

Hey guys! Last month I had the opportunity to visit Chicago for a few days. Most of these pictures were taken on the same day of exploring. I uploaded a short travel vlog;

Of course, I had to go to Millenium Park first to see THE BEAN!
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We walked from Millenium Park to Navy Pier to meet up with the guys in our group and along the way, we came across these views!

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There’s way to many pictures and things we saw throughout the city so I just chose a set of photos from the same general area.

Last but not least, you cannot go to Chicago without trying deep dish pizza. We chose Giordano’s!

Pro tip: DO NOT order appetizers before getting your own personal pan pizza. When they say deep dish, it’s thicc af. I could barely get through half of mine after having mozzarella sticks and other cheese-related samplers.

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Kracie Poppin Cookin

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Earlier this week, my sister made gummy zoo animals using a Kracie Popin Cookin kit. I filmed the process and made a small clip:

I bought it from Tomodachi at the Mall of America (Bloomington, MN) as a souvenir. My sister has been watching these little videos for a few years already but we never saw them available in stores! They can be found online via Amazon (prime shipping!) or cheaper but it would take up to a month to be delivered versus two days.

Do you know if there’s any U.S. versions available? I wish I had these candy kits while I was growing up!

Zayn Recovery Decorated Cupcakes

So…Zayn Malik has officially left One Direction… it still hasn’t hit me yet because I don’t believe it… but when it hits I’ll need a way to distract myself and you should too! Eat your hearts out after making these cupcakes!2015/03/img_6656.jpgThings you’ll need:
•One Direction playlist + speakers
•cupcake mix (any recipe/cake box)
•eggs (# on box)
•oil (on box)
•water (on box)
•cupcake pan(s)
•cupcake liners
•frosting (white colored or colors of your choice)
•food coloring for colors of your choice
•bowl and frosting spreader for mixing the food coloring into frosting
•Wilton cake decorating Tip no. 22 (star-tip)
•Plastic piping bag
•tissues for your tears

Steps:
•follow all instructions on the box to make and bake the cupcakes
•take cupcakes out of their pans as soon as you can after they are out of the oven (without burning yourself)
•take the frosting and divide it in half and mix in the food coloring to achieve your desired colors2015/03/img_6648.jpg
•alternate between scoops of one color and the next of frosting into the piping bag until you have enough for the cupcakes, it should look somewhat like this before you twist the bag up: 2015/03/img_6652.jpg•hold the piping bag over where you want to place the stars at 90° angles and pipe until you’ve reached a size of star pouf you want and lift and repeat until your cupcakes are covered!
•and now you’re done!2015/03/img_6692.jpg
^the best you can do for today: unite with the rest of the fandom, pour over magazines and things with Zayn, and eat your pretty cupcakes!

April Fool’s Day Cupcakes (steps)

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My school’s National Honor Society is having an April Fools Day themed bake sale and I baked cupcakes!!!

What I Used
•Pillsbury Moist Supreme Classic Yellow Cake Box Mix & everything else it required to make the batter
•Betty Crocker Whipped Milk Chocolate Frosting
•Wilton frosting tip 22 (star tip)
•Plastic frosting baggie
•Cupcake baking liners
•2 gummy worms for every cupcake

Steps
1. Bake the cupcakes following the instructions on the box & let them cool
2. Put the frosting tip and then the frosting into the plastic baggie
3. Frost from the center and circle around until you’ve covered the cupcake’s top (repeat this for all cupcakes lol)
4. Add 2 gummy worms to each cupcake 🙂