Houseplant Cupcakes

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:02 am on Friday, March 7, 2014

These cupcakes have houseplants on them! I think they are pretty original and awesome looking. And there’s a tutorial to show you how to make them.

Make Your Own Cupcake Bouquet

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:48 am on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Just in time for Mother’s Day, here’s how to make your own cupcake bouquet.

Mac and Cheese Cups

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:06 am on Thursday, January 31, 2013


Last year I suggested making Cheesy Mushroom Pull Apart Bread for the Super Bowl. This year, I say go with the Mac and Cheese Cups.

The idea is simple, but brilliant. Make your macaroni and cheese–I have a good recipe–and scoop into muffin tins. Then just cook at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. You end up with little “cupcakes” of macaroni and cheese that are bound to be a hit.

Piping Bag Tips

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:09 am on Tuesday, August 7, 2012

(Left to Right) Large round tip, Open star (Wilton 1M), Closed star (Wilton 2D), French tip

I recently had an occasion to use a piping bag for the first time. I went to my local kitchen supply store to buy the tip I needed and was confused by all the shapes and sizes. Too bad I didn’t see this post on how to frost a cupcake. It has a handy breakdown of the different patterns the tips make.

I like the Large Round Tip the best. What about you?

Happy 4th of July!

Filed under: News — Savvy Housekeeper at 11:10 am on Wednesday, July 4, 2012

[Paris Hotel Boutique]

Have a great Independence Day 2012!

Lace Stenciled Cupcakes

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:05 am on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Here’s a simple idea with big pay off: use lace to stencil a design on your cupcakes. Sweet Verbena baked red velvet cupcakes and instead of frosting them, she laid a piece of lace on each cupcake, sifted powdered sugar over the top, and removed the lace, leaving behind a lovely design:

Looks great. And I always like tips that help me make an impressive-looking dessert without a lot of labor.

5 Easter Desserts

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:09 am on Thursday, April 5, 2012

At the beginning of the week, I thought I would make a strawberry dessert for Easter, but then I ate a strawberry shortcake and now I have moved on.

So, what should I make?

Here are 5 Easter Desserts I’m considering:

Cheesecake Filled Chocolate Easter Eggs. The “yolk” is a passion fruit sauce.

Raspberry-Lemon Easter Cake. Decorated with sugar cookies!

Little Lemon Souffles. Made right in the lemon rind.

Easter Nest Torte Recipe. “A luscious cake layer nestles rich, creamy mousse, and festive chocolate “twigs.”

Carrot Cake Cupcakes. And don’t forget the Cream Cheese Frosting.

Twitter Links For The Week Of March 11th

Filed under: News — Savvy Housekeeper at 12:54 pm on Friday, March 16, 2012

Throughout the week, I occasionally throw some links up on Twitter that look appealing. Here are the links from this week, all in one place:

Pirate-ship-shaped pie!

Get More From your Day, By Counting the Seconds

A foie gras doughnut? “… round, hot and crisp, dusted with ground peanuts. One end leaks jam –- “forest berry” from the cult jelly-man Robert Lambert in the Bay Area … — and the other a loose, mild foie gras mousse.”

Shamrock Macarons with Baileys Chocolate Ganache

Minimalist Staircase

Which pie should I make for Pi day? (I settled on a chicken pot pie.)

Top Tasting Tomato Varieties

St. Patrick’s Day Round-Up

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:09 am on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday! I will not be celebrating much this year, although I still want to make corned beef. Here’s a round-up of past St. Patrick’s Day posts:

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Irish Spring Cocktail. A St. Patrick’s Day cocktail I made up using gin, mint, lime, and celery juice. Yes! It was delicious.

Turn Corned Beef Into Pastrami. Last year, I discovered that all it takes to turn corned beef into really nice pastrami is a smoker. I plan to do this again this year.

How To Make An Irish Coffee. A classic Irish drink of whiskey and coffee, perfect for the rainy March weather.

Dublin Coddle. One year I didn’t feel like corned beef, so I made this Irish stew instead, which uses sausage, carrots, potatoes, and beer.

savvyhousekeeping st patrick's day round-up

Corned Beef Pizza. Turns out, corned beef makes an excellent homemade pizza topping.

Three Green Cocktails. If your cocktail isn’t green, does someone get to pinch you?

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Carbomb Cupcakes. Guinness chocolate cupcakes with a ganache filling and Baileys frosting. Yum.

Harry Potter Cupcakes

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:21 am on Thursday, July 14, 2011

[Courtesy Sara Bakes Cakes]

It seems to be a thing to make Harry Potter cupcakes right now, just in time for the release of the last movie in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.” Here’s three Harry-Potter-themed cupcakes that caught my eye:

Cauldron Cakes from The Pastry Affair. They are devil’s food cupcakes with marshmallow filling and a chocolate glaze. The recipe even goes over how to make the handle.

Butterbeer Cupcakes by Sweet Tooth. In searching around for my post on real buttered beer, I came upon these cupcakes. Inspired by butterbeer in the Harry Potter books, it’s a butter/vanilla cake with a butterscotch ganache filling that has been topped with buttercream frosting and drizzled with more butterscotch ganache. That would give you a sugar buzz, all right.

Finally, Wizard Hat Cupcakes from Gordon Gossip. If the above two recipes are too complicated, here’s a simpler Harry Potter cupcake. Make your normal cupcakes–in this case chocolate–and ice them. Then turn some sugar cones upside down on top for the wizard hats. Add some candy sprinkles, pipe a lightning bolt onto the cones, and you’re done.

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