Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Cinnamon Buttercream
Remember last week when I said I don’t really invent recipes? Well, this is as close as it gets to me inventing a recipe. I’ve been a frosting snob my entire life, and I can’t bear the thought of using canned frosting. I have several frosting recipes in my arsenal that work for just about every frosting application. So this time, I tweaked my vanilla buttercream recipe just a bit and turned it into a fall-friendly cinnamon buttercream frosting. 

Cinnamon Buttercream 1
I had the kids out shopping a few weeks ago, and we walked past a bakery. It didn’t take much begging on their part to go inside and get a treat. Reality: I was the one begging to go in. Somehow I ended up with a pumpkin whoopee pie jammed in my mouth. It was great. The best part was the cinnamon buttercream frosting. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I came home and made my own. I know that pumpkin recipes and cream cheese frosting are made for each other, but I’m a diehard Team Buttercream girl. 

Cake

You can snag a printable recipe down below. It’s super easy, and makes a big batch, so you don’t have to freak out if anyone needs a taste while you’re frosting the cake. Let’s talk about bundt cakes for a minute. I know you’re supposed to frost them while they’re still warm; but mine end up soaking in a bunch of the frosting, which leaves it looking sad and lonely. Nobody wants a lonely bundt cake hanging out in their kitchen, right? So I just give a healthy portion of frosting a little twirl in the microwave (45-60 seconds), until it’s nice and soft. Then it drizzles easily over the cake; and when it cools and hardens it still looks great. No more whimpy, see-through frosting for my bundt cakes. 

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
Simple buttercream bursting with cinnamon flavor.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (room temperature)
  2. 1/4 cup + 1 tsp milk
  3. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  4. 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  5. 7 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Cream butter on medium speed until even consistency (1-2 minutes). Scrape between.
  2. Add milk, vanilla, and half of powdered sugar. Mix on medium speed for 3 minutes. Scrape bowl.
  3. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix on medium for 3 minutes. Scrape bowl
  4. Mix on medium for 30-60 seconds.
Notes
  1. For same-day use: store in airtight container at room temperature.
  2. For later: store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before using.
  3. For the best flavor, use Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla and Saigon Cinnamon.
Christina Williams http://christinawilliamsblog.com/
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Vampire Donuts

Hey guys! I’m so glad it’s Monday! I know that’s not a common sentiment, but last week was a real butt-kicker. I’ve really been waiting for a chance to start over. I hope this week is a bit kinder to us than the last. I’m thankful, however, that none of the disasters that happened last week were unfixable. So that’s the bright side. And donuts. They’re the answer to all of life’s little problems.
Vampire Donut

Since it’s Halloween this week, I’ve dressed my donuts up for the occasion. These little guys are perfect for a sweet surprise. Take these guys to your neighborhood party and they’re sure to be a hit. Or take a batch to your favorite teacher; because after a full week of dealing with a herd of pumped-up Halloweenies, heaven knows they could use a donut or two. Whenever you choose to incorporate these creatures into your Halloween sugar fest, they’re bound to be a hit. Just stick in a pair of plastic fangs (preferably unused. Because you know, germs. Ick.) And slap on some candy eyeballs. Done! Bonus points for making the sprinkles look like a beard. Awesome. 

Vampire Donuts
I tested the idea with my 3rd grader’s lunch last week. Instead of a donut, I did it with a bagel. Try as I might, I just couldn’t justify sending a donut main course to school. Weird. But I made him a little vampire bagel. Third grade is tricky, because I’m constantly walking a fine line between cool and embarrassing. But the risk paid off. He ran to the car after school and said, “Mom! My lunch was so cool today. And my friends thought it was awesome. But next time don’t use raisins for eyes. Gross.” I can totally deal with constructive criticism; at least it wasn’t embarrassing. I really don’t blame him for not appreciating the raisin eyes. I probably crossed the line there. I get it.

Anyway, my main point here is that it’s totally worth the ten seconds it takes to deck out your donuts for Halloween. So get to it! 

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Monster Birthday Party

Monster Party Table

This week’s Friday Favorite post is a throwback to the monster birthday party I threw for Charlotte’s third birthday. I knew this would probably the last year of a non-princess-themed birthday party for a while (I was right), so I went with a monster theme as a nod to her Halloween birthday. We played some monster games, did an art project and had monster-themed snacks. Of all the parties I’ve thrown, this had to be the easiest. Scary easy. 

Monster Juice Boxes

I made juice box monsters as part of our snack. If you want to make some of your own, check out the tutorial post I did recently. The best part about these guys is that you can prep them really far in advance since they don’t need to be refrigerated. Just fix ’em up and forget about ’em until party time.

Monster Cupcakes
We ate monster cupcakes, which I decorated with a star piping tips as “fur” and some simple rolled fondant for the eyes, horns and fangs. I made them all the same, two horns and one eye, but alternated the color of fur an horns. That way I didn’t have to referee fights over who got the one with the bow, or the one with the spikes. After all the cupcakes were licked clean, we moved on to party games.

Beanbag Toss
For our activity, we played a monster beanbag toss game. I designed a vinyl banner for the game, and sent it to my commercial press for production. The best part of using vinyl is that I didn’t have to worry about fraying. I cut the hole, and that’s it–no sewing or glueing, or fussing about. The stand, however, was a bit of a circus. I made it out of PVC pipe, and I should have watched some YouTube tutorials on cutting PVC, because it wasn’t my finest moment. I’ve since moved out of state, so hopefully my neighbors will eventually forget all the clanging and swearing that took place in my garage that night. The frame comes apart easily, and the vinyl rolls up for storage. I’ve taken this game to many school parties because it’s so easy to transport and take down. I made the bean bags out of dollar store knit gloves and a bag of navy beans.

Monster Art
Our next activity was a monster art project. I just passed out the paper and some markers and let them scribble away. Then I helped them draw on some arms and legs while they glued on the eyeballs.

Favor Bags

Monsters

The kids went wild over the Monster Adoption Center, which was inspired by one I’d pinned years ago. I did this in addition to a simple party favor bag. Favor bags were just small colorful paper bags with a giant eyeball glued on. I made the monsters out of socks from the dollar section at Michaels, and they ended up costing about 25¢ each. Next week, I’ve got a tutorial planed, along with a way you can make a bunch of these little monsters for a really good cause. So don’t miss it.  

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A Collection of Arrows

Arrow RecipeI’ve had these new recipe cards sitting around for ages waiting for their debut in my shop. I’m thrilled to finally unveil them to the world. Or at the very least, to get them off my desk and crossed off my to-do list. I designed these cards as a little break from the typical geometric, graphic prints on my other cards. I like a simple one-color design for recipe cards, and for this one, I chose a deep, inky navy blue.

Arrow Recipe B1 The recipe I’ve written here is an old family recipe. My grandma used to make chocolate revel bars for many family gatherings. It’s been at least 10 years since I’ve tried to make them, and my latest attempt was a big, fat failure. I’ll keep working on the recipe and share it with you once I’ve perfected it. Until then, you can buy the cards in my shop.

Arrowns-01
I’ve seen so many cute arrow products lately, that I pulled together a few of my favorites to help celebrate the latest addition to my Etsy shop. Now that I see all these cheery, colorful arrows, I think I might need to add some more arrow designs to my collection. If you need more arrows in your life, here’s a shopping guide for the items I’ve got above: 

  1. Gold Earrings
  2. Orange Arrow Sheets
  3. Arrow Print
  4. Mint Arrow Pillow
  5. Archery Garland
  6. Feather & Arrow Glasses
  7. Arrow Needlepoint Pattern
  8. Gold Arrow Necklace
  9. Green Arrow Kids’ Shirt
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