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Monday, November 28, 2011

Red Velvet Candy Cane Cupcakes

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 
Did everyone have a great Thanksgiving holiday with family and/or friends? Was it total chaos or a quiet family gathering? I guess it depends on how many kids there are and if you have a crazy relative that  just never knows when to shut-up or how to behave.

My family celebrated on Sunday the 20th. It was a fun time with family Wii games...

Yep! That's Mr. Quart and his Sister, battling
it out on the Wii.

... And a pre-made dinner cooked and delivered via Costco!
Please don't laugh. 
It was the easiest Thanksgiving dinner I have ever had!
Easy cook and clean up.
Time with my family.
Plenty of leftovers.
And, not totally exhausted at 6:30am when my alarm clock went off on Monday morning.
I did make fresh rolls from Bakingdom and the Pumpkin Pudding Pies with real whipped cream topping.  So, please, give me some credit ;)

On Thanksgiving Day, Mr. Quart was working and my Little Cup was with Grandma and I had the house to myself. It was peace and quiet and leftover pie! I watched 2 movies and a few more episodes of Mad Men while putting together scrapbooks of my daughter's 5th birthday (only 10 months later) and a our first trip to Disney World! That's two things to check off my "to do" list. 

When everyone was back home and together for the weekend, I wanted to get into the Christmas spirit!
 I love candy canes - so what better treat than Candy Cane Frosting?
But this isn't regular 'ol butter cream, this is the Whipped Cream frosting that I made! 
I took ten mini candy canes and crushed them in a baggie with the back of a spoon.
Then I sifted the "dust" from the chunks with a wire colander.
I made the frosting, and folded in the candy cane "dust" just until mixed. Sorry, but I really didn't measure how much I added. If I had to guess I'd say I had about 2 tablespoons of candy cane to 2 cups of frosting.

I topped off some Red Velvet Cupcakes with the frosting using a Wilton 1M tip to pipe on swirls. Be careful with the tip and the candy. There were still some larger dust pieces that did clog the tip and make some marks on the cupcakes. 
Then I topped them off with the left over candy cane chunks. After an hour or so, I did notice the white frosting starting to tint pink. It didn't get bad, but it is something to be aware of. 

I love, love, loved them! I would recommend this Candy Cane frosting to go with chocolate or vanilla cake. And the Red Velvet was just perfect for the holiday! 

Enjoy the Sweetness of the Season!

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