Peach Cupcakes

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Summer is coming to an end, what a better way to end summer than with some Peach Cupcakes!

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You will need:

For cupcakes-

– White box cake mix

-eggs, water and oil per box directions

-1/4 cup peach preserves

-2 peaches, peeled and chopped

-cupcake liners or cups from our August box

For frosting-

-red and yellow food coloring

-1 cup butter, softened

-1 packet Taylor & Colledge Vanilla Bean paste from August box (or about 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

-5 tablespoons peach preserves

-3 cups confectioners sugar

-peach slices, or jam for garnish

Mix cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes, fold in peach preserves and fresh peaches.  Fill cups or a muffin tin with liners 2/3 of the way full.  Using the cups from our box?  Just place on a cookie sheet and bake right in them!  Bake according to box, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool completely.  For frosting, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed until combined.  Add 1 drop of yellow food coloring, and 1 drop of red and mix.  Continue to add food coloring one drop at a time until desired color is achieved.  Add frosting to a piping bag and frost cupcakes.  Garnish with fresh peach slices.  You can even create a cavity in frosting and fill with remaining peach preserves! 

Don’t forget if you need more cups, you can purchase in our store or in our Etsy shop!

We hope you enjoy the rest of your Summer!  Happy Baking!

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Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

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Who doesn’t love fresh whipped cream?  It is so easy to make!  I loved the Taylor & Colledge Vanilla Bean Paste from our August box and thought it would be perfect in whipped cream!   Add this fresh whipped cream to your favorite fresh fruit, ice cream and more!  You can even layer in push pops for a fun treat, try with fruit or mini cupcakes!

You will need:

~ 1 cup heavy whipping cream

~ 1 heaping tablespoon confectioners sugar (add more if you prefer)

~ 1 packet Taylor and Colledge Vanilla Bean Paste (you can also use a little extract if you do not have paste)

Directions:

In a bowl, beat whipping cream with an electric mixer (or a stand mixer) on high until soft peaks form.

  Add in sugar and vanilla bean paste, beat until fully mixed.  Look at how pretty all those little black vanilla specks are!  Store in refrigerator.

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~Happy Baking!

Want more ideas on what to make with your Vanilla Bean Paste?  Visit Taylor & Colledge here

S’Mores Push Pops

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I love push pops!  They are so fun and there are so many things you can do with them.  We all know S’Mores can be pretty messy so I thought why not try them in a push pop?  They were delicious!  My boys helped make them, and they didn’t last more than a day!

You will need:

-Push Pop Tubes – included in our July box

-graham crackers- about 1/2 a package

-chocolate pudding – we used Hershey’s

-Marshmallow Creme- we used the whole 7 oz. jar!

-3 tablespoons butter

-bite sized chocolate for garnishing

Optional:

– foam or some type of stand to set push pops in

-Piping bags and tip

Directions:

Make pudding according to package directions and set aside.  We did not refrigerate since that will be done later.

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  In a plastic bag, or food processor crush graham cracker.  Melt butter and mix with graham cracker till crumbly.

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Assemble push pops, and put in stand so you can start filling them.  Start out with a layer of graham cracker and butter mixture.

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Press down with a spoon so it will create a crust.  Fill two piping bags, one with pudding and the other with marshmallow creme.  Pipe a layer of marshmallow creme, then a layer of pudding.

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Repeat with graham crackers, marshmallow creme and pudding till filled.  Garnish with chocolate bar.  Let set in refrigerator for about an hour for pudding to set.  Enjoy!!!

Keala with a Recipe for a Sweet Life made push pops but used brownies and her marshmallow frosting– yum!  Make sure to visit her blog here for her recipes!

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The possibilities are endless!  You can even use mini cupcakes!  Save your push pops for more recipes.  They can also be filled with candy for a fun party favor, or fill with confetti for your next celebration!!!!  If you need more push pops, they can be purchased here!

~Happy Baking!

Patriotic Frozen Yogurt Cups

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Summer sure if flying by!  4th of July is one of my favorite holidays.  If your schedule is like mine, there is not much time in between the kids, work and all the other things that make life so fun.

Try making these super easy frozen yogurt cups this 4th of July.  The kids will love to help and eat, and you don’t have to feel bad since they are good for you too!

You will need:

  • Your favorite granola
  • Your favorite yogurt – I used Greek strawberry, blueberry and raspberry
  • Mini cups from our June box
  • Fresh sliced strawberries, blueberry, raspberries or any fruit you desire

 

Directions:

Place your cups on a cookie sheet.  Fill the bottom of each cup with granola, about 1/4 of an inch.

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Stir yogurt in a small bowl until completely mixed.  Fill each cup 1/2 – 2/3 full.  Garnish with fresh fruit of choice.

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Place in freezer for at least 3-4 hours.  Keep frozen until ready to serve.  Just peel paper cup away and enjoy!

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All of us here at My Bakers Box wish you and your families a Happy 4th of July!!

~Happy Baking!

May Flower Sugar Cookies

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April showers bring May flowers!  It’s May 7th, but today has been a gloomy, rainy day.  Hoping all this rain will bring us some beautiful flowers!  I made cookies today, and it couldn’t have been a more perfect day for it!   All used with items from our April box!  I started out with our Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe that was included in our April box.  You can click here for it.  These are perfect for Mother’s Day!IMG_4631

Once the cookies have cooled, it’s time to decorate!!! 

You’ll need:

-umbrella and flower cutters from your April box

-ladybug and bumblebee edible sugars from your April box

-sugar pearls from your April box

buttercream icing tube from your April box

fondant from your April box

The buttercream tube should fit a regular piping tip inside the lid for easier decorating!  Roll fondant out with roller to desired thickness.  If the fondant is a little hard, just remove from wrapper and pop it in the microwave for about 10 seconds.  Knead fondant and roll out!  Once fondant is rolled, cut out shape.  Using a bit of buttercream for glue, add shape to top of cookie.  Use pearls and edible sugars to decorate.  Use your buttercream as your “glue” for sugars as needed.  It was a fun activity for the kids too!  We hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day!

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~Happy Baking!

Lemon Loaf

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This lemon bread is perfect for a light dessert or for Easter morning! You will need: 2 eggs 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1/8 teaspoon lemon oil (from our March box) 1 1⁄2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 3⁄4 teaspoon … Continue reading