Christmas Cupcake Toppers

Christmas Tree Cupcake Toppers-4139I like color and these Christmas cupcake toppers bring it.  Sure red and green are nice, but throw in a bit of aqua, hot pink, bright orange and lemon and suddenly Christmas is merry and bright.  These little Christmas tree cupcake toppers were a fun way for me to bring in some color and a bit of quirk to my Christmas gatherings this year.  They were a blast to make and I hope you enjoy these free cupcake toppers as much as I do.

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The cupcakes were made using:

Granny Betty’s Old Fashioned Red Velvet Recipe
Granny’s ‘Greasy’ Frosting for Red Velvet Cake.

This recipe made twenty cupcakes and the frosting went on like a dream.  To make them look frosty I finished them with a sprinkling of white sparkling sugar.

Merry Christmas!

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Red Velvet Cake Icing

This red velvet cake icing is the old fashioned icing that Granny Betty uses on her red velvet cake.  She always called it Greasy Icing because it was made using Crisco.  While I prefer a cream cheese frosting,  this year I’m using Granny’s recipe.  So here ya go:

Granny’s  Greasy Frosting for Red Velvet Cake

Ingredients:
double boiler
1 t salt
1 c milk
1/4 c flour
1 c Crisco
1 c sugar
2 t vanilla

Directions:
Place the flour and salt in the bottom of your double boiler.   Slowly stir in your milk as it cooks as if you were making a rue.  Continue to stir until the mixture thickens.  Granny says to be careful not to make lumps.  Set aside to cool in the fridge where it will continue to thicken.  Cream together the Crisco and sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy and the sugar is not grainy.  Add the vanilla and mix.  Add the thickening and beat well.

This icing is very spreadable.  I have not tried to use it in a decorators bag, but you can make beautiful swirls and patterns with your spatula or knife.  I always thought it looked like snow.

Old Fashioned Red Velvet Cake

This  red velvet cake recipe  is the very one that Granny Betty used to make my birthday cake every year.  A few days ago I called her to get the recipe. When she took it out of the box she laughed at all the splatters of red food coloring that dotted the page.   Twice I had to wait as she struggled to read some parts because the folds in the paper had worn away the ink.  Long ago, a distant cousin, George Albert Laws, had come with his wife to visit for a spell and parked their camper in the driveway below the porch.  George Albert’s wife brought a red velvet cake with her.   Of course Granny asked for the recipe.

Granny Betty’s Old Fashioned Red Velvet Cake

Ingredient List:
1/2 c Crisco
1 1/2 c  sugar
1 t salt
2 0z red food coloring (That’s two bottles if you use the little ones!)
1 c buttermilk
2 c flour
2 T cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 t baking soda (Granny says ‘sody’)
1 T vinegar

Directions:
Cream the sugar and Crisco with an electric mixer.  Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each.  Sift together the flour, salt and cocoa powder.  Sift these three times.  Add the flour mixture to the creamed sugar alternately with the milk.  Add vanilla.  Beat well.  Dissolve the soda and vinegar in a cup.  As it foams, gently fold it into the batter.  Bake in two 9 inch greased and floured pans.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

 

Granny Betty always iced her red velvet cake with Greasy Icing.  It is very pretty and creamy white against the red cake but I prefer a cream cheese frosting.

A Chalkboard Effect To Say Thanks…

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…for dropping by.  I’m glad you found me but I’m not quite ready yet.

I did take a break from all the writing and organizing and building to play tonight.  I made this fun Photoshop chalkboard effect illustration using Foolish Fire’s ‘How To Fake A Chalkboard Effect In Photoshop’ tutorial.  I’m not a Photoshop gal so it was fun to get out of my comfort zone and do something new.  After looking at the way mine turned out and comparing it to the photos in the tutorial I decided that a rougher pencil sketch would probably work better than a neater, more even one.  I’ll try that next time and you can tell me if it works better.

Until then, feel free to look around but mind the mess – I’m busy stocking the Now & Again Paper Etsy store.  Drop back by in a few days after housekeeping has paid a visit and I’m sure things will be a bit tidier.  There will be some housewarming gifts, too.