I made some strawberry cupcakes with two types of homemade icing,
STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES(W's request)
1 pkg white cake mix
1 (3 oz) pkg strawberry jello
1 cup fresh strawberries, mashed or finely chopped
1 cup vegetable oil (I always use canola)
½ cup whole milk
4 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray pans with non-stick spray. Place the cake mix, jello, strawberries, oil, milk and eggs in a large bowl. Mix 3 minutes, stopping to scrap down sides of bowl a couple times. Divide the batter evenly among layer pans or pour into 9x13 inch pan. For 9x13 pan bake 28 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (Cook layers according to directions on box of cake mix.) Remove cake and cool completely.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese
½ cup butter, room temp
3½ cup confectioners' sugar
¾ cup fresh strawberries, mashed or chopped fine
For Cream Cheese Frosting: Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth. Sift sugar and add one cup full at a time to cream mixture. Add strawberries and incorporate completely. Pour over cake and smooth out covering entire cake layer.
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream
In a large bowl, with a hand or stand mixer, cream together sugar and butter on low speed. Mix until well blended. Increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for desired spreading/piping consistency.
Scoop into a piping bag and pipe decoratively onto cupcakes, or spread onto cupcakes as desired.
and got dressed in my themed shirt for a movie night at the Falks!
We even said "The blessing", just like in the movie! VIDEO
and we curled up on the brand new sectional to watch Dan's edited version of National Lampoon Christmas Vacation!
After the movie, we played spoons, then decided to change the rules a bit...
(Either I was too busy watching Dan and Eric or I'm too self-absorbed)
Once, I was full-on singing "Gotta know when to hold them" (which beside "nailing it" I wrongfully attributed to Willie Nelson) and the worst part, the guys were PROS!
They claim they had the same signal the whole time, but they kept throwing us off by randomly picking cards and doing weird signals (putting a leg on the table, raising their hand) to trick us!
After being slaughtered a bunch of times, we threw in the towel.....and got beat at Euchre instead!