Cupcakes #4

11 May

I remember when the 4 Ingredients ‘fad’ began for me. My Aunty gave me a very uninspiring green covered cook book two Christmases ago and told me this book was a Number 1 seller. Always keen to try new recipes, I picked out some ‘kid friendly’ ones and began my journey of cooking using 4 (sometimes 5) ingredients. Some of these recipes have become part of the weekly dinner rotation in my house and I rarely pick up the book these days.

Last week I saw “4 Ingredients for Kids” so I immediately purchased the book, rushed home & began baking. I made peanut butter cookies,  mars bar slice & clever cupcakes all in an hour and all very successfully. I would love to show you pictures of all three, but unfortunately they were eaten too quickly by my ‘taste testers’!

Here is the recipe for the Clever Cupcakes, which, according to many who ate them, are the ‘heaven of cupcake’.

Clever Cupcakes:

3/4 cup self-raising flour

250 ml condensed milk

1 egg

1/3 cup softened butter

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Sift flour into a bowl and add remaining ingredients. Beat for 2 mins until pale, light and fluffy. Line a cupcake pan with patty papers. Evenly scoop mixture across and bake until light and golden brown (20 mins)

The book also has a section on Handy Home Hints for Kids and Party Games. Wanting to find out more about the 4 ingredients series I went onto their website and discovered they have a 4 ingredients iApp. For $2.99 you can have access to many recipes and only pay an extra $2.99 for a 4 Ingredients recipe book (instead of $15 in store). I love this app and since downloading it have turned to it whenever I have a ‘what’s for dinner’ crisis.

Mother’s Day is on this Sunday 13th May and there are plenty of great offers out there, not just for Mum, but for the whole family. Here are three that I have found:

If you visit Luna Park, Melbourne, on Sunday between 11am-6pm, Mum’s will receive a free Unlimited Ride Pass with any child’s ticket purchase. On top of this the first 100 Mum’s to take up this offer will receive a free Ferrero Rocher gift box. For all the details go here.

7 Eleven are giving away free Kit Kat chocolate bars. All you have to do is go here and ‘like’ their page. They will instantly email you a voucher or MMS one to your phone.

If the weather is not so great on Sunday and you need an activity for the whole family go here and buy tickets for AMF Ten Pin bowling at $7.95 per game.

A fantastic one-stop online shop for all things party is Complete Party Boxes. As the name suggests they sell themed children’s party packages at very reasonable prices. They also sell all party accessories: candles, invitations, meal boxes, decorations etc. by some very refined party makers such as Paper Eskimo, Alannah Rose and The Cupcake Wrapper. If you are looking for something different, I highly suggest you check out their meal boxes. A great idea for serving food without the fuss. Here are some examples: the Pirate meal box and the Princess Carriage meal box.


GIVEAWAY!!

I am very excited about this latest giveaway…I have a copy of the recipe book “4 Ingredients for Kids” to give to one lucky person. All you need to do is tell me what 4 ingredients you could not live without. ‘The panel of judges’ will choose their favourite entry as the winner (note: panel of judges may be my two children). As they say you have to be ‘in it to win it’ so leave your favourite four ingredients in the comment section below. Competition ends Thursday 24th May, winner announced 25th May.

So that’s it for this Cupcake. I would like to remind you that all products mentioned here were because I like them and not because they offer me freebies or pay me (although one or both of these would be nice!)

Jo

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Cupcakes #3

29 Apr

Hi again!

This week I found myself doing the grocery shopping child free and so I was able to roam the aisles without trying to break a land speed record! Always looking for inspiration, I was in the dessert aisle and saw that Aeroplane Jelly was on sale for 89 cents a packet. Jelly is a childhood favourite and one I often forget about. Like most people, I probably had a packet or two in the pantry but as it needs to be prepared hours in advance, I find it too late.

So I purchased a few different flavours: Bubblegum; Blue Heaven; Create-a-Jelly, and; the new Wobble.

I first used five packets to create my Bubblegum Jelly Castle.

Admittedly I had to make this twice. The first time, I broke the rules of releasing jelly from the mould, and forgot to soak the mould in warm water to release the sides. Much to my children’s delight, I tried again, and not only was it a success, but we had dessert covered for the whole week.

I then tried the new ‘Wobble’ jelly. It is prepared with hot water and milk. The taste was delicious and reminded me of the ‘Snack pacs’ I used to eat as a child in the ’80’s. I found a beautiful rose mould for $5.95 in Wheel & Barrow and made this Strawberry Jelly Rose.

I then used some cupcake packets I had sitting in the pantry to make these Jelly Cupcakes.

I used Blue Heaven flavour and the new Create-a-Jelly where you can add ANY drink you like to the Jelly – the possibilities are endless!

Browsing the Aeroplane Jelly website on a quest to find more flavours I discovered this great Party Checklist as well as many recipes to make for kids parties using jelly.

If your 8-year-old child is anything like mine then the latest craze for party themes is the Angry Birds. With the latest release of Angry Birds Space, the momentum continues.

I found this great step-by-step guide to making Angry Birds cupcakes on this blog Life Without Pink. They really look amazing and I will be trying them myself shortly.

I also discovered my friend’s Mum, Jane, made this spectacular Angry Birds cake for her 4 year old. Everything on this cake was edible (except the base!).

As an Angry Birds Follower on Twitter I came across this amazing picture of a pizza:

Looking for pyjama’s at Peter Alexander, I ended up walking away with a super cute love heart frypan for one ($4.95). My daughter had a friend here for a sleepover so I made them loveheart pikelets with strawberry jam for afternoon tea. You can find the recipe on my Food Page here.

 

As always, I would like to point out I am not paid by any company to endorse products and only ever review or recommend products I have used myself.

Next week I am hoping to share with you some easy gluten-free recipes and some places to find unique party products. Until then, please check out the other pages of my website if you haven’t already and feel free to leave any comments or suggestions – maybe even a recipe you’ve found and would like me to try!

Jo

Old Fashioned Pikelets

25 Apr

Pikelets are a yummy treat I remember my Mum making for afternoon tea. They are so easy to make and kids love them. You could make them for breakfast/brunch after a sleepover party or as a main feature for an afternoon tea party. I found a small pan in the shape of a love heart to make these love heart pikelets.

Ingredients:

1 cup (150g) self-raising flour

1 & 1/2 tbsp caster sugar

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

Directions:

Sift flour and sugar together. In a separate bowl combine egg & milk and whisk. Add egg mixture to flour mixture & whisk until smooth. Melt a little butter/margarine and coat pan. Cook on a med-low heat.

Best served warm.

Chocolate Oreo Sticks

22 Apr

Oreo’s come from the United States and were around for years before they reached the supermarkets of Australia. We now have all flavours available and are not expensive to buy. The original recipe came from the Oreo website, but I have adapted it so it’s suitable for Australian ingredients.

 

Ingredients:

175g white chocolate melts

1 packet Oreo cookies (any flavour)

100s and 1000s

12 lollipop sticks or icy pole sticks

Directions:

Lay baking paper out on a flat tray. Place one lollipop stick through the centre of the cookie and freeze for 10 mins.

Place half the chocolate in a bowl and melt stirring every 30 seconds. Cover six cookies with chocolate & then dip in 100s and 1000s and refrigerate. Repeat with the remaining six cookies (if you try to do all 12 at once, the chocolate will harden & will be impossible to work with).

Refrigerate for an hour.

You can place a cellophane bag over each lollipop and tie a ribbon around it which is ideal if you want to give them away at the end of your party.

Cookies are best eaten at room temperature.

Cupcakes #2

20 Apr

Well, it that time of the week again where I share with you all my weekly discoveries for parties. I had a really busy week this week which reminded me of two things when preparing for a party: 1. baking for a party often takes up a lot of time that many people don’t have; and 2. baking from scratch, although often tastier can be really expensive, and use up a lot of the budget, which means less time for other party necessities.

So this week’s challenge was to find yummy cakes and sweets that were quick to make and low on cost.

The White Wings “Choc on Choc” cake was quick & very easy to make. This week it was on special for $4. Apart from the packet mix itself, I only needed to add 1 egg and water. I really like this cake because, unlike other moist packet cakes, there was no oil or butter added. The cake comes with cake mix and icing mix. It took less than 5 minutes to mix and I baked it for 45mins. I sprinkled a Flake chocolate bar on top and served it up to my 8 year old son and his mate on a play date after school. They said it was delicious and washed it down with some “Incredible Hulk”  drinks (lime cordial & sparkling mineral water).

Whilst doing my weekly grocery shopping I came across a Coles supermarket brand of mini cupcakes. Priced at $3.99, I couldn’t resist giving it a go.

 Today I decided to bake the Mini Chocolate Drop Cupcakes. The packet comes with the cake mix, icing mix, 12 cupcake wrappers and choc rainbow drops. I needed to add milk, butter and an egg. This recipe was super easy and I didn’t even need to use the electric beaters (so it cut down on washing up!). The cupcakes took 15 mins to bake and the icing took less than a minute to make. I was really happy that there was a lot of icing for each cupcake as often I find packet mixes skimp on this. The packet made 12 cupcakes, and the taste testers (my two children) thought they were super yummy, particularly the chocolate rainbow drops.

 

Another quick, easy & cheap party dessert to make are the Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cups. There are only three ingredients used in this recipe and the result looks spectacular and is super delicious. They may be more suited to an older birthday party but my 10 year old daughter thinks they are the bomb. You can find the recipe on this site by clicking here.

I have done a lot of ‘window shopping’ this week and have found some fantastic party accessories. The first one looks like a lot of fun to add to any boy’s (or girl’s) party table. It’s called “Captain Ketchup” and is a funl way to serve sauce, in the form of a space gun. It is $11.99 at House.

Another great discovery was the Robert Gordon party range. I purchased the Le Petite Cupcake stand (pack of 6 for 4.95) and the Little Circus Cupcake Flags (pack of 24 for 4.95). I have a great local store called Lavish that sell delightful party accessories including the full range of Robert Gordon.

Do you remember scratch and sniff stickers? I bought these adorable scratch and sniff ice cream flavour stickers (also from Lavish at $1.95 per pack). Strawberry, Vanilla and Choc Mint are three of my favourite ice cream flavours from childhood and bring back lovely memories every time I smell them.

GIVEAWAY!!!

As a special treat I am giving away three packets this week! Simply tell me your favourite ice cream flavour and the first person who matches my daughter’s favourite ice cream flavour wins! Leave your entry in the comments section on my Facebook page which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/mybdayparty.

So that’s a wrap for this week. As always, I would like to point out I am not paid by any company to endorse products and only ever review or recommend products I have used myself. Until next time, I encourage you to look around the website, buy the ebook and enjoy collecting lots of ideas for your next party.

Jo

Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cups

20 Apr

 

 

These rich, tasty mousse cups are ideal for an older child’s birthday party…or even an adult of any age! So simple and yet so memorable.

Ingredients:

1oog dark chocolate

3 x Nestle Diet Chocolate Mousse Tubs

1/4  Cherry Ripe Chocolate Bar

1/4 Flake Chocolate Bar

12 mini cupcake wrappers

Directions:

Break chocolate into bowl and microwave until melted (stir every 30 seconds). Pour one teaspoon of melted chocolate into each cupcake wrapper until the inside is completely covered. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Meanwhile empty mousse tubs into bowl and stir through chopped Cherry Ripe until mousse is smooth.

Scoop mousse mixture into chocolate cups. Carefully peel back cupcake wrapper (note:if wrapper is sticking, it means the chocolate is melting and you will need to refrigerate). Sprinkle flake pieces on top.

Serve immediately.

“Cupcakes” #1

13 Apr

Hi and welcome to my very first edition of My Birthday Party’s newsletter entitled Cupcakes.

Each Friday I will share everything I have discovered during my week on all things party.

This week has seen one of the biggest chocolate parties of all -Easter. I don’t know about you, but this year I ‘downscaled’ my children’s Easter booty and gave them an Easter bag from the ‘Easter Mummy’ as I discovered they no longer believe in that scariest of scary’s – the evil Easter Bunny. Speaking of which, here is a link to some evil-looking Easter Bunnies and their unsuspecting victims… “Funny Easter Pictures: Kids v The Easter Bunny”.

Here is a preview of one of the weirdest, scariest, Easter bunnies I’ve seen:

Oreo is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year and have published some yummy-kid-friendly-sugar-high-birthday-party-only food (phew, what a mouthful!). Here is one recipe that I am going to be trying in the coming weeks: it’s called Oreo Party on a Stick and you can find the recipe here.

One of my all-time favourite stationary stores, kikki-k, has a fabulous offer leading up to Mother’s Day. Just spend $50 in store and receive a $20 gift voucher free! They have a lovely new range called ‘Organisk’ as well as a ‘Breakfast In Bed Kit’ for Mother’s Day for $14.95. I know how much my daughter enjoys making me brekky in bed on this day so I am going to find a ‘secret agent’ to slip her the pack without me knowing! Head to kikki-k to take up the $20 voucher here and check out the Breakfast In Bet Kit here.

A new feature of My Birthday Party is the ‘Happy Birthday’ Page. If you would like to feature a loved one’s birthday with a special greeting and photo, you can now do it on this very website! All you have to do is email a photo, their birthdate to mybirthdayparty@hotmail.com.au and I will feature their photo (and age if you wish) as the front page of this website on their birthday.

If you are looking for some great cupcake decorating ideas, then I highly recommend you head over to Cupcake City on Facebook and ‘like’ their page. They have fantastic range of cupcake stands, wrappers and decorations for you to buy. However, the real bonus is once you’ve ‘liked’ their page you can download a copy of cupcake icing recipes for free!  “The Only 7 Cupcake Icing Recipes You’ll Ever Need” & Cupcake City can be found be clicking here.

Here is a picture from their Princess Themed Party range available for $9.95 (set of 12).

FINALLY… as a celebration of the first “Cupcakes” newsletter, I am giving away 20 copies of my ebook: “My Birthday Party: Awesome Children’s Birthday Parties” absolutely free! If you would like a copy of this comprehensive guide which includes step-by-step instructions on over 15 themed children’s parties, then simply follow me on Facebook! The first 20 likes will receive a copy. Already like the Facebook page? Anyone who refers a friend will also receive a copy (max. 20 copies in total).  To find my Facebook page then simply click here.

So that’s a wrap up of all things party for this first “Cupcakes” newsletter. As always, I will point out that I am not paid to endorse products and only ever recommend things I have tried myself. I appreciate your feedback, so feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.

Until next time,

Jo

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