Monday, December 28, 2009

Have tools, will travel

Christmas presents from my awesome future-in-laws:

My "toolbox" filled with my decorating paraphernalia (half of which Jake's parents got me last year for Christmas):

Artsy shot of most of my decorating tips:

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

For Christmas dinner, I wanted to do something festive and tasty. So let's see, chocolate is pretty tasty and candy canes are pretty festive. Sounds like a win-win combination to me. I had a recipe stashed away for chocolate peppermint cupcakes already, but I wasn't sure how crushed candy canes would turn out in the cake batter. I also wasn't keen on the idea of using cream cheese in the frosting (as my recipe called for). I wanted to keep my flavors clean and distinctly chocolate and peppermint.

Devils food cake, whipped peppermint ganache (complete with ground up candy canes), "candy cane twist" peppermint buttercream, and topped with crushed candy canes.

Now if only there was a scratch-and-sniff option...

Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing - enough said. I was finally able to master making the frosting look like roses, but I bet you if I tried to do it again, it'd be a big FAIL.