Jumbo Strawberry Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

This cupcake is perfect for your summer parties and is sure to be a hit with all your guests. I invented this cupcake for Scoopalicious‘ Cupcake Ice Cream Contest and I ended up serving it at my 4th of July celebration.

Cupcakes with Strawberry Ice Cream

The Cones are made of Cupcake!!!!

Everyone loved it!

Okay, so here’s how I made it:

I modified a Strawberry Shortcake Recipe that I found on Food & Wine.com

Ingredients:
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk, at room temperature

Plus Strawberries and your favorite Strawberry Ice Cream!

You will also need an Ice Cream Cone mold. I bought mine on Amazon.com

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Coat the cupcake mold with an olive oil spray like Pam.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the cornstarch, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the sugar with the eggs and vanilla extract at medium-high speed until smooth and thickened slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the butter and oil and beat until incorporated, scraping the bottom and side of the bowl. Add the dry ingredients and milk in 3 alternating batches, beating well between additions.
  4. Cut up 5 strawberries and using a mortar and pestle mash them up. Fold them into the cupcake mix.
  5. Carefully pour the batter into the greased muffin tin, filling them about two-thirds full.
  6. Bake the cupcakes in the center of the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until springy and a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool slightly in the muffin tin, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. After they’ve cooled add ice cream on top and cut some more strawberries as garnish.

Serve up right away and enjoy!

I’m All Backed Up

Hey Knitters,

Sorry about the two week hiatus! I’ve been really backed up with work and life and stuff.

The past two weeks have just been non stop. Of course, the news never stops and we’ve had two huge decisions come out of the Supreme Court. Then, I’ve started training to become a pundit on PolicyMic.com (check out my articles here) and writing 2 articles a week for them has eaten up all my extra time on the weekdays. I also attended a wedding last weekend in Massachusetts. Shopping and packing had me up until the wee hours of the night.

Today I have a few hours before I have to run out to a 4th of July celebration so I’m showing my neglected blog some love!

Luckily, it takes me nearly 2 hours to get to and from work via the Long Island Rail Road so I’ve been able to get some knitting done! If I didn’t have that alone time with no internet access I doubt I would have even picked up my needles. I’ve finished my orange tea cup cozy and started on a blue one.

Orange and Blue Cup Cozies

The cable on this is really beautiful. By alternating cabling in the front and in the back and on the left and right side of the piece, this cable looks almost like a braid winding it’s way around your tea cup. If you haven’t already read my original post check out more info about the pattern here.

Cup Cozy Cable

The design of this pattern is pretty great too! Natalyia used an i-cord to make the button loop so that you can fasten it to any cup. I haven’t sewed the button on yet but I have these great wood buttons I brought last year that will go nicely with the color.

Cup Cozy Icord

I’m about a quarter way finished with the blue cozy and green will be next!

Orange and Blue Cup Cozies 2

Expect some more fun posts from me this weekend–I’ll be posting like mad. I have lots of great things to show & tell including a fun cupcake recipe; a post about free patterns & half off pattern books; and some pattern book reviews!

As we say in the TV business–stay tuned!

WIP: All Work No Progress

Happy Saturday Knitters,

Last weekend I was so amped up to make some more tea cup cozies. As the post title suggests, I have made no progress since last weekend. I posted about the project, knitted 7 rows and have not been able to pick up the needles since!

Slow progress

Slow progress

I had such a busy week between work and running errands to prepare for this weekend. Lots of events happen at this time of year for me so I was all over the place buying and wrapping gifts, writing out cards and mailing them out. Today is my Nephew’s birthday, tomorrow of course is Father’s Day and Monday is Chris and my anniversary! Busy, busy week for me!

AJ

Happy Birthday AJ!

I won’t say yet what I got for Chris and my Dad because they both read this blog but since my nephew AJ is only 2 years old, and doesn’t read, I can say that I got him a lego set. I went to get it at the Lego Store in Rockefeller Center and I just had to take a picture of the amazing lego sculpture they built of the plaza and 30 Rock. If you are going to be in the area check it out…it’s amazing!

Lego Sculpture of 30 Rock

Lego Sculpture of 30 Rock

On the plus side I was able to get my hair cut. Now I’m headed for a picnic in the park and I’m taking my needles so that I can do some more knitting in public for world wide KIP day…which is tomorrow by the way. So I hope you all get out there and celebrate!