Game Day Cupcakes

Superbowl Sunday is a week away and even though neither of the teams I was rooting for made it (Seahawks…sigh) I’m still looking forward to tuning in and enjoying a good game and some good food. How many of you plan to serve beer at your Superbowl party? Well after having such success with the Mini Champagne Cupcakes for NYE, I thought of an alternative way to serve beer at your Superbowl celebration…in the form of a cupcake. This probably doesn’t sound very appetizing to those of you who dislike beer but if you had one of these cupcakes in front of you perhaps you’d be intrigued enough to try it. I actually really enjoyed the cupcake myself and this is coming from a girl who doesn’t drink beer. My hubby however, that’s a different story. Like most men he loves beer which is where I got the inspiration to make the cupcake in the first place.

So since this cupcake is inspired by my hubby, it’s only right to make them using one of his favorite brands of beer (Blue Moon) along with a twist of orange since Blue Moon tastes best that way. The combination results in a sweet cake with hints of hops and caramel, brightened up by the notes of orange in the frosting and pulled together by the dark chocolate garnish. Touchdown!!

The recipe is also soy and dairy free (with the exception of the white chocolate laces on the football garnish.)

Game Day Cupcakes

Game Day Cupcakes

Ingredients/Supplies

12 cupcake liners
12 cupcake wrappers in your choice of color (a posh way to dress up a basic cupcake)
Muffin tin

1 1/2 Cup All purpose flour

1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup coconut spread, vegan butter (or regular butter)

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 egg whites

1 cup of your favorite beer

Orange zest from 1 orange (optional)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350

Place liners in your  muffin tin pan.

Zest entire orange and reserving half for frosting.

Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Beat coconut spread and both sugars in a mixing bowl until fluffy.

Add vanilla and orange zest and beat in egg whites.

Mix in dry mixture and beer in thirds alternating each time.

Teaspoon batter into liners and bake for roughly 12 to 15 minutes until a toothpick comes put clean.

Allow cupcakes to fully cool.

Cupcake recipe adapted from: 20 Something Cupcakes

Vegan Buttercream Frosting

1 Cup Vegan Butter softened (I use Earth Balance brand. You can use regular butter if you choose.)

2 3/4 cups powdered sugar

Remaining orange zest

2 tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice

Festive sprinkles.

Instructions
In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, mix together vegan butter and sugar on low-speed until fully incorporated (approximately 3 minutes.)

Add in orange zest and orange juice and mix until blended.

Place in ziplock or pastry bag.

Use right away or keep chilled in fridge until ready to frost cupcakes.

Once cupcakes are frosted decorate each with festive sprinkles and a cute football garnish (recipe follows.)

Lastly, add the cupcake wrappers.

Dark Chocolate Football Garnish

Ingredients/Supplies

1 bar of soy and dairy free dark chocolate

1 cube of bakers white chocolate (for laces)

2 sandwich sized ziplock bags

parchment paper.

Instructions

Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Place dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals or place over a a double boiler until fully melted.

Allow five minutes to cool and spoon into ziplock bag.

Snip corner of bag and pipe 3 inch ovals (footballs) onto parchment paper.

Fill ovals by drizzling chocolate in a back-and forth motion to complete the design as seen below, making sure that the interior chocolate drizzle connects to the outer edges of the footballs.

Place in fridge to cool for 30 minutes.

When chocolate ovals are completely chilled, melt white chocolate in the same fashion as mentioned above.

Spoon melted chocolate into 2nd ziplock and snip the end of the bag.

Add a half-inch vertical line of white chocolate to the center of the footballs followed by 3 horizontal lines across the vertical line to create the laces.

Place back in the fridge until completely chilled.

Garnish the tops of your game day cupcakes.

keep chilled until ready to serve.

Game Day Cupcakes

My favorite part of making these game day delights was prepping the football garnishes and of course dressing each cupcake up with pretty wrapping. The wrappers not only add a posh factor and nice finishing touch, but they tend to hide the fact that I’m not the greatest at piping frosting onto cupcakes (working on that.) The color blue you ask? Well I chose it with the Seahawks in mind but perhaps that worked against me? Either way, please don’t expect me to root for the 49ers…that would just be wrong.

Ravens all day!

Looking for more Superbowl party ideas? Click here for inspiration.

Remember to check back soon for more from posh.

xo

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Vegan No Bakes

Did you know that today is National Peanut butter day? Well I don’t often celebrate food observed holidays but this time I couldn’t help myself. I happen to love peanut butter so I’m taking full advantage of the holiday by making some No Bakes. A super quick and easy recipe with no baking required. Plus vegan and delicious.

vegan no bakes

Vegan No Bakes

Ingredients/Supplies:

The addition of the coconut products adds a delicious peanut/coconutty flavor

2 Cups Sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup coconut spread

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pinch of salt

1/2 cup chunky all natural peanut butter

3 cups quick cooking oats.

parchment paper.

Directions

Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, cocoa, coconut milk and coconut spread. Bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Allow to boil for about 1 minute, then remove from heat.

Stir in salt, vanilla, peanut butter and oats and mix until blended.

Drop teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheet.

Chill in fridge for 60 minutes.

If you’re in a festive mood cut the no bakes into shapes like I did above.

Enjoy with a glass of coconut milk.

vegan no bakes

I kind of like the idea of National food holidays. Now that I’m aware that January 24th is observed for peanut butter I’m on the hunt for more excuses to make delicious and posh treats that I love.

Check back soon for more.

xo

Heartspiration

A little dedication to the upcoming arrival of Valentine’s Day and an ode to all things hearts.

Red, vibrant, sparkly and inspired by love with a little explanation below.

Heartspiration.

heartspiration

Red and gray are so inviting. Fell in love with the Love Letter Decor. I truly “heart” iPhones. My macaron obsession lives on. Swooning over the rose gold ring. Must make smooches cookies. Sequins + shoes = ♥. Giggling at the anti-valentine lollies…I think we all know someone who would appreciate these.

♥  ♥

Click below for links to all these lovely products.

Sources: 1. Valentine Invite. 2. LOVE Decor. 3. iPhone cover 4. Heart Macaron Recipe 5. Rose Gold Ring 6. Kiss Cookie Cutter. 7. Heart shoe clips 8. Anti-Valentine Lollies.

And before I go I have to mention that I’m still heart-broken by Seattle’s loss to Atlanta a few weeks ago. Stings! I don’t want to get off topic too much so I’ll stop there, but I did make some football inspired cupcakes for Super-bowl next week-end which will be up on the blog soon. They are both soy and dairy free so I get to enjoy them myself. That always makes me happy!

Check back soon.

 xo

‘Float’ Away with Me

Water is my beverage of choice and I don’t stray from it much, but occasionally I like to have a glass of DRY Soda. Have you ever tried it? I found it in the organic section of grocery store several months back and immediately fell in love. And what’s not to love? It’s all natural with only 4 ingredients, has no artificial colors, is low in carbs and sugar and tastes good too. Seriously, it’s about time they came up with an alternative like this. Since I happen to be a bit of a health nut I get excited when I discover new products such as this soda. A little off topic but in case you were wondering I’ve been a vegetarian since 12 years old. I do not eat pork or beef products but I do eat seafood and limited poultry. Combine that with my youngest daughter’s soy and dairy sensitivities and there is not much left for me to enjoy (kidding). It’s all about getting creative with recipes. This is why you see some vegan posts on my blog. Everything else I share here is made in very small quantities and if they happen to have soy or dairy products in them I just rely on my hubby to taste test for me.

Anyway, back to the DRY Soda. It comes in many flavors (lemongrass, lavender, cucumber, vanilla, rhubarb (and more) and I like them all. After trying the rhubarb I thought it would be fun to make a healthier version of an ice-cream float with it. The simplistic bottle in burgundy got me thinking of Valentine’s Day so I made this float inspired by the holiday, complete with festive sprinkles.

DRY soda valentine's floats

How cute would these be displayed on a dessert table for Valentine’s Day!? I know the weather is still a bit chilly (at least where I live,) so bundle up to enjoy these, perhaps fireside? As I was sipping on one the other day it brought me back to my childhood, so if you have children they will love them too!

‘Float’ Away with Me

Heart’s Day Floats

Since I’m currently dairy free I used coconut milk ice-cream to make the floats but I’m sure dairy ice-cream works just as well.

Ingredients/Supplies

(Makes 4 servings)

2 12 oz bottles DRY Rhubarb Soda

1 pint of Coconut Milk or regular dairy Ice-cream

Lemon wedge

Festive Sprinkles

4 Paper straws

4 stemless champagne flutes or plastic for the kiddies

Instructions

Pour festive sprinkles into a shallow dish.

Rim four stemless champagne flutes with slice of lemon. Dip the rimmed flutes in the dish of sprinkles and set aside to dry.

Teaspoon ice-cream into champagne flute and fill about half full.

Simply pour DRY Soda over ice-cream until the billowy cloud of heavenly goodness forms.

Finish them off with adorable striped paper straws and they are ready to enjoy!

rhubarb soda valentine's float

‘float’ away with me!!

DRY soda valentine's floats

pour. sip. repeat.

posh little tip: use these floats for any fun celebration you have in mind. Simply change the color of the sprinkles and paper straws to match the theme of your choice.

I’ll have more fun ideas and inspiration for Valentine’s Day as well as a sweet Superbowl game day recipe coming soon so be sure to check back in.

xo

This recipe was seen first on Posh Little Designs

Super Bowl Soiree

You probably wouldn’t expect that someone like me who obsesses over all things adorable and chic would love football but I do. For years now I’ve been watching it with my hubby on Sundays…and Mondays, Thursdays and (sometimes Saturdays.) In fact what I look forward to the most during NFL season are our lazy Sundays, which consist of football, pajamas, a little brunch, more football and some pinterest…perfection!

Our favorite team is the Seahawks (reppin’ where we live) and this year I hand it to the rookie. Russel Wilson has been magic! He is truly something special. Incredibly talented and dynamic. I personally nominate him as rookie of the year! And if things keep going the way that they have, I can see them making it all the way to the Super Bowl. I’m putting it out there now…Seahawks for the Super Bowl.

Speaking of the Super Bowl, I’m pretty sure we’ll be a attending a friends party this year, but if you plan on throwing one of your own, you’ll appreciate this inspiration for a chic Super Bowl Soiree that’s masculine with some feminine touches.

I took a less literal approach for this board. The color scheme is inspired by the ref’s uniforms, black and white. The football confetti (there is a god) and tassel garland that’s reminiscent of cheerleader pom poms are a must. What to serve? How about your favorite appetizers, or if you’re short on time try a potluck. And if you aren’t a baker, consider dressing up store-bought cupcakes with some fitting football wrappers. For refreshments, choose simple bottled drinks in a tub filled with ice and put out fun party straws for sipping. Foil wrapped chocolates would make the perfect party favor. Lastly, add in some game day invitations (an Etsy find) and free printables from the fabulous HWTM and you have a Super Bowl XLVII Soiree on your hands.

super bowl inspiration

Source: I. Football Chocolates II. Football Confetti III. Tub of Beer IV. Free Printables V. B&W Paper Straws. VI.Game Day Invitations VII. Tassel Garland VIII. Football Cupcake Wrappers.

Btw…I have never been a fan of beer, but my husband is. Check back soon for a unique treat inspired by football that combines beer and something sweet. Here’s a hint…I made a similar goodie for New Years.

p.s. Did any of you join a Fantasy Football league this season? This was my first year in an 8 person league and things got a little out of hand. How does one manage to get anything done whilst in a FF league!? No joke. I ended up doing entirely too much research and got a little carried away checking scores and points but apparently this paid off for my hubby because he came in 1st place winning the grand prize by just 6 points. I have to take credit for the ‘W’ because if it wasn’t for me telling him to bench Matt Ryan and put in Russell Wilson in his place (who was surprisingly still on the waiver wire) he would have come in 2nd. So with his winnings he’ll be buying me something special. I see a new handbag in my future 🙂

I came in 5th place…not bad for my first year playing!

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xo