May the Cupcakes Be With You

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is almost here! Being the Star Wars nut that I am, last year when The Force Awakens came out I decided to make the internet famous Princess Leia Cupcakes.

Hold on to your buns– they were fantastic. I’ll warn you, the strands of icing hair was a wee bit time consuming, but as you can see totally worth the cuteness.

Princess Leia Cupcake’s Step-by-Step Transformation:

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I did take the extra step of making my own cupcakes from scratch. Box cupcakes are easy-it’s true. From scratch cupcakes are easy too and they taste SO much better. The quality of the cupcake is richer. Yes, you might have to measure a little more, but just break out the baking soda and do it.

I used Real Simple’s basic yellow cupcake recipe.

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If you need a little extra girl power on your plate this holiday season or are throwing a Star Wars party, go for the cupcakes! Come December 16th, I know I’ll be baking up a batch.

 

Pancakes Are My Soulmate

To say I love pancakes is the food understatement of the century. Pancakes are my soulmate.

My workplace has one of those 1950’s style cafeterias and every Thursday morning they serve pancakes. When the layoff vultures were circling this year, my first instincts were:

1) Holy crap.

2) Email the cafeteria for their pancake recipe.

They could take my job, but they couldn’t take my pancake joy. Thankfully, the layoff vultures flew away and I got to continue my Pancake Thursdays in the Crown Room cafeteria.

Out of gratitude, I started taking pancake portraits of all of Thursday breakfasts and posting them to Facebook. Just because a pancake has personality doesn’t mean I’m not going to eat it’s sweet, sweet face.

I am a Crown Room pancake expert. I can tell, by taste, when there’s someone different working the griddle. Yeah, it’s intense. I’ve decided the key ingredients to the fabulousness of these pancakes are: Gold N’Sweet pan spray and, of course, the buttermilk.

Behold– for prosperity’s sake–The Hallmark Cards Crown Room Pancake Recipe:

Ingredients:

Canola Oil 2.72 Ounce

Milk Low Fat Buttermilk .5 Gal 1 Pound + 8 3/8 Ounce

Eggs Easy 2/20# 4.32 Ounce

Flour All Purpose Bulk 13.76 Ounce

Baking Powder .8 Ounce

Sugar Gran Bulk 1.28 Ounce

Salt .32 Ounce

Baking Soda .16 Ounce

Directions:

  1. COMBINE ALL LIQUIDS IN MIXING BOWL: OIL, BUTTERMILK, AND EGGS.
  2. MIX TOGETHER DRY INGREDIENTS: FLOUR, BAKING POWDER, SALT, SUGAR AND SODA. 3. ADD DRY INGREDIENTS TO LIQUID. MIX UNTIL JUST MOIST.
  3. USING A LEVEL 8 OZ DIPPER MAKE ROUND PANCAKES–4 OZ COOKED WT.
  4. SPRAY PREHEATED HOT GRIDDLE WITH GOLD ‘N SWEET PAN SPRAY. FRY UNTIL GOLDEN BROWN ON BOTH SIDES.

Pancake On, People.