Cocktail to Cupcake

This post is a yummy one. What a great way for me to take two things I love Cocktails and Cupcakes to create something delicious. Wayfair has challenged a few bloggers to create a cupcake inspired by our favorite cocktails. Woohooo, adult snacking for the win!

My cupcake is inspired by one of my favorite drinks the White Russian. Here's the basic recipe for a White Russian: Vodka + Coffee liqueur + Cream served or ice. I love this cocktail! This is a grown up drink for sure. It looks cool and goes down smooth.  It's the perfect cocktail to translate into a cupcake.

My White Russian cupcake is also simple to make. I used a basic vanilla cake and vanilla frosting recipe:

Cupcake
2 c. cake flour
1 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick of unsalted butter
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
1 c. whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Frosting
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whipping cream
3 - 4 tablespoons Coffee Liqueur. (Add alcohol to taste.) I used Kaluha coffee liqueur.
3 - 4 tablespoons Vodka. (Add alcohol to taste.) I used Pinnacle Vodka.

I love to bake and I have some basic recipes I like to use. The recipes I used for this post came from my collection of recipes. I recommend using a recipe that is simple to follow. There are good ones in recipe books and of course online.

Boxed and Pre-made
I realize everyone can't bake or don't have the time to channel their inner Martha [Stewart]. No worries, boxed cake is also good. I add pudding to boxed cakes to make it even better. You can also buy cupcakes pre-made without icing. Go to your favorite bakery and buy a dozen of freshly baked cupcakes, then ice them yourself! If you use pre-made frosting, place it into your mixer, add the alcohol to your frosting, then whip it with your mixer. Done and good to go!

I had lots of fun making and sharing these cupcakes. My friends have are really happy that I'm adding liquor to my cupcakes. I made two batches with all smiles from the peeps! 




Build A Fort

The crisp cool weather is here my friends! I can't stand being cold so I grab my soft socks, flannel PJs, a scarf, and of course a warm beverage to keep me warm and toasty. But to make things fun, I teamed up with the creative folks from Wayfair to create a cool way to entertain during these chilly fall and winter months. Let's build a Fort City!

Forts are great! Everyone wants one and everyone adult wish they lived in one all the time! (Oh, well maybe that's just me.) During the weekends, I think chilling out in a Adult fort could be relaxing.

Stock up on snacks, board games, drinks, a new book and refresh your Netflix! The thing that's most important here is to relax and kick back.

Don't forget to make room for a friend! A Fort is not as fun unless you have someone to share it with. Pets count as snuggle buddies. They tend to keep things warm when you need to leave your fort short a time. 

I totally love my Fort! I made my it using my two slippers chairs, euro pillows, throw pillows and various fabrics. I added some string lights, a DIY lamp I handmade, my favorite letter D mug and some faux grass.  (I keep killing my house plants) To make things even more cozy, I have my super soft Lush throw tucked in to complete the look.

It's been a blast working on this fort. I have actually considered keeping it up for the winter. This season consider making a fort for a special weekend. Pick up a new throw, gather some pillows and start building your masterpiece! 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Frehiwot

Today is a wonderful day. My super awesome scarf I designed named Frehiwot is now for sale at

FashionABLE

! It's handwoven in Ethiopia. with 100% Ethiopian cotton.  It's available in 3 color ways Lemon Yellow, Watermelon and Seafoam. This scarf was the runner-up in the fashionABLE + Alt design contest last year. I feel like I won first place so I'm claiming it, haha! The

Frehiwot scarf

retails for $48. I am a huge fan of social businesses that empower others.

FashionABLE

is doing just that. Take a look their mission statement to understand why this is such a great way to celebrate people and design.

photos via FashionABLE

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