{Sweet Treat Tuesday} Lemon Drop Cupcakes

It’s Tuesday and time for something sweet. We are still enjoying the final days of summer around here, and craving something light and refreshing.  Lemonade always hits the spot… but we’re hungry. My Lemon Drop cupcakes are in order here!

Yum! Look so good, don’t they?

Oven 350 degrees F : Bake 18 minutes.(depending on your oven)

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3  cup milk
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1 recipe Lemon Frosting
  • 1/2 cup lemon drop candies, finely crushed

l. Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line twenty 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a 2 cup glass measuring cup combine the 2/3 cup milk and set aside.

2.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In  a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and lemon peel; beat until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.

3. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about  three-fourths full. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter in cups. Bake for 18 minutes or until tops spring bakc when lightly touched. Cool cupcakes in  muffins cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove and cool.

4.Up to 1 hour before serving, generously spread or pipe Lemon Frosting onto cupcakes. I crush lemon candies and sprinkle on the top.

LEMON FROSTING: Allow 1/3 cup butter to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large mixing bowl beat butter, 1/3 cup shortening, and 1 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Slowly add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Gradually beat in 2 cups additional powdered sugar. Beat in 1 to 2 tablespoons milk, 1 teaspoon at a time until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Makes about 2 1/2 cups frosting.

I garnished with a lemon drop candy. (So cute!)

I’d love to hear what you think.

{Sweet Inspirations} 50+ favorite bloggers, one cause

This is the first of many  “Sweet Inspirations” posts. Every week I’d like to feature  a story that hopefully will inspire, enlighten and give us that overall warm, fuzzy feeling. If you have  a story or know of someone doing something good, send us an email at PartyPatisserie@gmail.com.

Our inspiration this week is the “50+ Top Blogs All Time Favorite Recipes” cookbook. I first heard about the project on How Does She?  According to How Does She, several bloggers were inspired after learning about the devastation in Japan several months ago. They and other bloggers came together, and each contributed their favorite recipe to the book.

Chickabug designed the book, and Paper Coterie published it. Both donated all of their time and materials.

100 percent of the proceeds from this fantastic cookbook are going to the American Red Cross, who will use the money to help the the many people who have been affected by the recent natural disasters around the world.

I’ve already ordered mine! Bravo to all those involved in this fantastic project.

Here’s a link if you would like to buy a copy.

{Photo Shoot} Lemonade Stand

Can we just squeeze in one more Lemonade Stand before the end of summer?

Our pink and yellow cupcakes were the  inspiration for our stand. We chose to alternate the colors of the batter with the liners. I was really happy with the way they turned out.

They look so yummy!

Since we made both pink and yellow lemonade we chose to use two different cups to serve them in.

The pinwheel straws make it a lot more fun to drink from don’t you think?

Popcorn was served in cardstock cones that we made and the sandbucket was the perfect serving piece.

 Frosting  Shots are a fun, new idea. To make these, we dipped the rims of tiny ice cream cones in chocolate and topped them with a dollop of buttercream frosting. We topped them off with sprinkles and a gumball.

I mean really, isn’t frosting everyone’s favorite part ?

Gumballs are always a big hit.

Pink and yellow happen to be one of my favorite color combinations,

therefore inspiring my Housewares Lemonade collection.

The collection includes these cotton, pillows and pink and yellow polka dot gift bags. The pillows are so sweet with citrus shades of lemon, key lime and bubble gum tulle  poms. Stay tuned for an upcoming post featuring these shades and more!

The pink and yellow polka dot gift bags with their oversize drawstring bows are great for party gift bags, bridal party gifts or containing your favorite items.

Would a little teddy bear look adorable cuddled in one?

You can purchase the pillows and the polka dot party bags in our Party Patisserie Shop here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Baby Banner

Since I’m on this Shabby Chic kick and a friend recently had a baby, I decided to make a banner for her since they are so popular now. I had quite a bit of burlap fabric laying around. On any given day you will find tons of fabrics in my workroom (another passion). I love how the rugged texture of the burlap contrasts with the softness of the beautiful blue satin ribbons that adorn each side of the banner. So, off I go cutting out triangles and lots of them. Before I knew it I had about forty cut. I was on a roll. I thought I’d show you the baby banner now and wait to show you what I’ve done with the rest of the triangles later. Since I love polka dots, I thought they’d be a perfect addition here.

Antique Faire

A few weeks ago I was at the Randolph Street Antique Fair in Chicago.

It’s in a great neighborhood and draws quite a bit of people. Nate Berkus, the fabulous designer from the Nate Berkus Show (and may I add so cute!) says that this faire is one of the best. It certainly had many treasures. This day I was drawn to the gorgeous Shabby Chic booth which was stacked with so many beautiful things. (I’ll have one of everything please). I spotted this white iron stand with candles adorning it.

Well, forget the candles, and add the cupcakes, I thought. Voila, I have myself a new way to display my cupcakes.

She also had these tiny little glass glasses. Wow, there will be so many uses for these.

 I’ll probably use them for mini sundaes …

… or displaying toppings for ice cream or cookies …

 … or maybe in my workroom for my small supplies.

Gee, I might have to go back and get more. I love the hunt for special pieces that seem to make everything  just a little “sweeter.” What would you use them for?