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Enjoy a classic Christmas with a red velvet Yule Log cake!

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Thursday

Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcakes

*Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcakes*



Batter: 

1 Box Cake Mix (or your fave recipe) 
1 C Strawberries
Zest of 1 whole lime
2 tbsp. lime juice
1/4 C UV Cherry Vodka

Prepare your favorite cake mix recipe or follow the directions as stated on the box, making sure to leave out 1/4 C of water (or milk). Replace that liquid with 1/4 C Cherry Vodka and set aside. Using a blender (or fork) crush the strawberries until they are in a liquid form, don't worry, chunks are fine. Add the crushed strawberries, zest of 1 whole lime, lime juice, and the cherry vodka to your cake batter. Stir until all of the ingredients are incorporated, remember not to over-mix. 
Bake your cupcakes at 350 degrees for 17 minutes. 



Frosting:

1/2 C Unsalted Butter (room temp.)
2 C Powdered Sugar
1 tbsp. Lime Zest
1/2 C Strawberries
1/4 C Tequila Rose's Strawberry Cream Vodka
1 pinch of salt.

In a mixer using a whisk attachment, whip the butter for approximately two minutes or until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar. When the sugar is fully incorporated, whip for three minutes on med-high speed. Slice the strawberries and add to the frosting along with the lime zest and strawberry vodka. During the whipping process, the strawberries should reduce in size and turn the buttercream into pale pink color. And a small pinch of salt and whisk for four more minutes until light and fluffy. 
Oh snap you've got strawberry daiquiri buttercream.

Once your cupcakes come out of the oven, allow them to rest for a couple of minutes before removing from the pan. Remove from the pan and leave them to cool for at least 30 minutes before frosting. 

Using tip #822 (optional) frost your cupcakes and top with fresh lime zest and a slice of strawberry. 
Sit in the shade and enjoy your delicious strawberry daiquiri cupcakes with a smile.

*This is an original updated recipe. To watch the original Strawberry Daiquiri video, click below*

New YouTube Update!

Hey Cakenista's! It's been a while but yes, things are still being sprinkled and sugar fairy-dusted over here in the cake boutique. 

I wanted to stop in and give you guys a quick update on what's been going on. The past couple of months have been up, down and all around. Some good, some not so good but, as I always say the sugar fairy is always on my side and we make the best of things! 
So, where shall I start...the YouTube channel was hacked....Yup. HACKED. Unbelievable right!? And because YouTube is owned by Google that means that everything involving Google pretty much got erased/deleted then brought back to life once I regained control. Not only that, but my Instagram got deleted and my fan page was also hacked. Why? you ask...well I have no idea. However, I have made a new account on IG. For the past few weeks I've been left with a nice sticky mess to clean-up and it's been taking me a while to get everything back to normal. The hacker changed my fan page URL but you can still search Marisha's Couture Cakes on facebook. What was the URL changed to you ask? Click here to see for yourself and have a chuckle.

The YouTube channel "Marisha's Couture Cakes" has been experiencing some technical difficulties due to the initial deletion of the channel. Such as the videos not being available to the United States -.- At the moment, these are issues that myself nor YouTube can seem to fix. But luckily I was able to start a completely new channel and keep my MCC name. I know a lot of you used some of the tutorials posted on the original channel as personal guideline tutorials for your own creations, so not to worry, each video has been re-posted onto the new channel and is now live. It will be like nothing ever happened.

For now I need all of the couture cake lovers to Subscribe to the new channel on YouTube. Re-add the videos back to your playlists, like them, comment and share. Some of you already have and I thank you so so much for doing so. Also "like" the Facebook fan page for updates, pictures and fun food facts. Love you all!

New YouTube Channel - Youtube.com/MarishasCoutureCakes
Instagram- @Marishas_Couture
Twitter- @MarishasCouture
Pinterest- Pinterest.com/Marishascouturecakes
Facebook search: Marisha's Couture Cakes






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Tuesday

My Spring Party

Hey cake loves!!

In the last post I talked about some Spring party ideas in preparations for my mom's birthday celebration. Well, I've got pictures to share as promised!!

We all had so much fun. Just a small group of us as usual, but everything was amazing. So let's get into it.

I had been looking everywhere for these cute pom pom decorations but couldn't find the color scheme  that I was looking for. Not to mention, for the price of one pom pom, I could make five! After reading a few Amazon reviews for name brand pom poms, it was apparent that everyone felt as if they were a waste of money and could have easily been made at home. Us Cakenista's are a crafty bunch, so I went to the gift section of the dollar store and picked out a few packs of tissue paper in yellow, white, blue and pink. I also picked up some pink streamers. All you need to create these poms are a pair of scissors, some fishing line (yes I had two fishing rods in my closet) and some tissue paper. I did make a video on how I made these which is posted on the new Marisha's Couture YouTube channel and below. More info to come of that shortly.




I tweaked the menu a little bit because we ended up having the party a week early so I was a bit short of time. I needed to make foods that were both quick to make and could be cooked long and slow while I did other things.

I finished the cake the morning of the party and managed to film it. I'm not sure how good the video will be, I haven't actually started the editing process yet. But here's a little secret. I'm going to be releasing a Lemon Strawberry Sponge Cake video soon. In the video, the cake is finished off with a little buttercream, fresh strawberries and fresh flowers. As soon as I finished filming, I scraped the toppings off and turned that lemon strawberry cake into the bottom tier of my mom's birthday cake, which as you can see is a completely different design. #CakeMagic


Menu:

Jumbo Cocktail Shrimp
Crab Cakes (Not measured: egg, breadcrumbs, mayo, hot sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, old bay)
Short Ribs w/ Peppers and Onions (made a rub with brown sugar and spices, and slow cooked the meat for 7 hours )
Teriyaki Wings (soy sauce, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, brown sugar. slow cooked 2 hours)
Sauteed Asparagus (with plenty of pepper and garlic)
Mac N Cheese (sharp cheddar and colby added to warm seasoned buttermilk. combined w/ mac and baked).

Then of course, the classic, cake and ice cream


I pulled out the karaoke machine as promised and we had a lot of fun taking turns singing happy birthday and just being silly. Everyone starting going through old family photos and as the day died down I was able to cut the cake and disperse it into take out containers for everyone to take home.

The best part of it all, watching my family enjoy themselves and seeing the smile on my mommy's face. #MommasGirl

*Couture in a Cupcake*

Monday

Cinderella Cinderella

Cinderella Dress Cupcakes

The Cinderella movie has been released and as excited as I am about it, I still haven't had the time to see it. Regardless, it looks so good and has inspired me in a delicious way. I have been wanting to do a Princess dress cupcake for some time. So much so that I told myself that the next fairy tale movie that comes out, I'm on it.

It was extremely last minute. I'm talking even 20 minutes before shooting the video, I had no idea what I was going to be doing. I decided to re-create Cinderella's classic blue dress using a simple pleated skirt method I had used on a wedding cake. I was honestly shocked at how beautiful the cupcake was! It sat in my kitchen for a week until I had it in me to throw it away. Any-who without further ado.... 

CINDERELLA DRESS CUPCAKE

You'll Need: 
Fondant: Use a royal blue gel dye to create a light blue and royal blue
Frosting
Cupcakes
Spatula/Knife
Fondant Rolling Pin
Water or Edible Glue
Heart Cookie Cutter


1. Prepare your cooled cupcake by piping out a mound of frosting, then smoothing the sides to create a mountain shape. Make sure that the frosting is thick enough to stand and support the fondant.


2. Roll out the darker shade of blue fondant and cut out a heart shape with a cookie cutter. Set the heart aside to harden, preferably on a rolling pin to create a curve.

3. Roll out a small piece of light blue fondant to cut out the sleeves. Set these aside to harden as well.

3. Again, roll out the darker shade of blue and cut into triangular shapes. These will be placed on the cupcake thin side up and thick side down. Place the first piece on the cupcake as shown below. For the second piece, roll the sides slightly inward and place on the cupcake making sure to overlap the first piece. Continue this method until the cupcake is covered.


4. With clean scissors trim to even out the dress. Using a small knife or spatula (preferably an X-acto knife) carefully and slowly cut a small slit at the top of the cupcake large enough to fit the base of the heart.

5. Optional: Dip a dry paint brush into silver shimmer luster dust and brush onto the heart to give the dress a magical sheen.

6. Thinly roll out the light blue fondant and cut two long, thin rectangles. Gently crease the rectangles long ways to and drape on the sides of the dress, meeting both ends in the center. Use water to glue them down.

7. Once the heart has hardened, carefully secure it into the slit made on top of the cupcake.


8. Lastly, roll out a small piece of light blue fondant, and roll from one end to the other to create a rose. Place this in the center to hide the seam. Then, with a dab of water, attach the sleeves to the dress.

 

With the touch of a magic wand you've got a beautiful Cinderella Cupcake Dress.
I hope you guys try this out. Click below to watch the tutorial.


Cinderella's Dress Cupcake Tutorial

*Couture in a Cupcake*

Sunday

Ultimate Spring Party Ideas

Last weekend we were hit with 10 inches of snow. I can't lie, I'm a winter baby and it's a gorgeous scene. But, I'm seriously looking forward to that Spring weather. My mom's birthday is April 13th and I'm going all out for a cute little birthday shindig. I've been searching deep in the web aka Pinterest to find the perfect Spring party ideas and I know I'm not the only one, so let's swap ideas!

Mom's Ultimate Spring Party Plan

So far, we're headed in a room filled with fresh flowers, pastel colors and delicious aromas direction. One thing at a time....let's start with food.

Menu

I decided to make all of her favorite foods. Things that she loves but doesn't get as often as she'd like. In a nutshell this means seafood, dainty tea time sandwiches, hearty salads and citrus drinks. So, here's the menu thus far.

Soup: Lobster Bisque The cozy temperatures of the Spring will get everyone in the mood for some hearty lobster soup. It's quick, easy and tastes amazing.

Sandwich: Cucumber Tea Sandwich. My mom loves cucumber sandwiches. This cool and light favorite is a perfect way to bring in the Spring-Time. Recipe

Salad: Baby Leaf Spinach Salad with the works. Mom hearts veggies. So I'm loading this with fresh diced tomato, purple onion, carrot julienne, pasta, smoked fish and a light balsamic vinaigrette.

Entree: Mini Crab Cakes. Panko Crusted Shrimp. Lemon Herb Wingettes. Roasted Potatoes, Sauteed Vegetables

Dessert: My mom has always dreamed of having a 5 layer 3 tiered cake....sounds a lot like a wedding cake. But hey, she loves cake. So, we decided on a Spring inspired 2 tier cake. One with chocolate cake and vanilla frosting and the other, yellow cake with lemon, raspberry, blueberry filling and vanilla frosting.
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 Decor

Fresh Spring Flowers, Pastel Colors, Pastel Color Pom Pom decorations. Just enough color and vibrancy to bring the room to life. I found some great ideas on Pinterest.


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Entertainment


Two things my mom, sister and I have always loved to do- sing and play games. Music has always been a big part of my family, so it's only natural that I bust out the new karaoke machine. I'll have it set up in the den with a couple of mics plugged in. I'll also set out a few board games. I have each and every single Monopoly game ever made but, the family fav is definitely Scrabble. 


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This May is the month that both my mom and I graduate!! Amazing right! My mom's worked so hard for the past 7 years, receiving her Bachelors and then 2 Masters Degree's. So this party might turn into a mash-up of a graduation and birthday party. Either way it's going to be about celebration of life and showing appreciation to my most favorite person in the world :D

*Couture in a Cupcake*

Saturday

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts



It's the official day of love and it's filling the air. 
The best way to let someone know that you love them beside's saying it, is showing it. A nice little "I love you" followed by chocolate covered strawberries along with a spa package. Now that's my kind of love. For my birthday (Jan 29th) my mom gave me an amazing homemade coupon book! Two trips to a nail salon, a trip to a casino of my choice, a deep sea fishing trip (yes I'm a "fisher-girl"), and a breakfast in bed. That coupon book has got to be one of the best and most thoughtful gifts that I've ever received. So, just in case you're Google searching some last minute gift ideas for your loved one, I've done this post for you.

Click here for last years Valentine's Day Post. Five Edible Treats that say I Love You


#1 Has got to be the homemade coupon book. 

This is your time to bring out your craftsy side. If you're in a rush: Fold a piece of paper in half long ways and twice going down to make 6 even squares. Write in your coupon gifts, cut the squares out, punch a whole in the upper left corner and tie a piece of ribbon through the whole into a bow. You can go simple and humorous like five hours of complete t.v control. Or extravagant like a shopping spree at their favorite store.
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#2 Dinner for Two

The classic dinner and a movie is always nice. I recommend trying a new place, just make sure that they have good reviews. Or, do the Chef thing and cook a nice meal at home. If you don't consider yourself to be a good cook, YouTube makes it all the easier. Your effort is enough to show you care :)

#3 Breakfast in Bed

Who doesn't love having delicious food brought to them first thing in the morning. A tray with a single rose and a light breakfast - This is something that would be great for the kids to do as a Mommy Valentine's Day gift. Of course supervised by someone else. If you missed breakfast, there's always lunch. 
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#4 A Groupon Coupon

One year for my sisters birthday, I procrastinated and waited for the perfect gift idea all the way up until her birthday party. Instead of panicking that I didn't have a gift, I hopped on my phone and onto my Groupon app. I purchased her a beautiful pair of earrings, then put my phone in a bag with the picture up. Yes, it was weird at first when she pulled my phone out of a bag, but when she saw the picture she was more excited for the earrings. That was definitely a funny moment and it worked.

#5 Netflix

I was going to make #5 the good 'ole "movie hop", but now-a-days movies and shows are so readily available and you don't even have to leave the house. Not just Netflix but Hulu, the Xfinity app and even Amazon all have countless movies at the ready. If you don't have an account, hop on YouTube for loads of free movies. So grab a blanket, pop some popcorn and get cozy.

#6 Arts & Crafts

This may not be a last minute option but it's great fun for later. Sign up for a pottery or painting class. Not only is it a lot of fun but you can get your hands dirty and possibly reenact the scene from one of my favorite movies, Ghost.


#7 Indoor Picnic

Where I'm located feels like 0 degrees outside (literally), so an outdoor picnic is out of the question. BUT, an indoor picnic can be just as nice. Order some take-out, I prefer Chinese or Chipotle. Pack up a couple plates and forks, a candle or two, napkins and a blanket. Find a nice clean space on the floor and set-up the ultimate indoor picnic either at their place or yours. Lovely :)

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I wish you all a day filled with love and chocolates!

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Sunday

Birthday Love and Plenty O' Pics

Hey Cake LOVERS!

It's officially my b-day weekend and I want to celebrate with a cake overload!!! I haven't quite gotten around to making my birthday cake yet. Yes... you read correctly, I'm making my own birthday cake. So this will hold me until I get around to it...possibly tomorrow. For now, let's feast with our eyes. Here are a few cakes that I just added to the couture Galleria.


Pound Cake Birthday Cake






Chocolate Eagles Cake


Gluten Free Vanilla Cake w/ Coconut Chocolate Ganache 



Yule Log Cake

Polo Shirt Cake

Mini Mouse theme Cake
*Couture in a Cupcake*

Friday

Gluten Free Vanilla Cake w/ Dairy Free Chocolate Ganache



Who doesn't love ending the perfect meal with a delicious slice of cake. But, in my family there can sometimes be a bump in the road when it comes to traditional desserts and gluten free is a must. 

The best thing about eating healthier is that little alterations can make a big difference. Most of us tend to think that in order to cut calories you have to cut out flavor and luckily this isn't always true. Being that it's a new year, most of us are on a search for a healthier lifestyle. I was inspired by Aloha's natural healthy recipes and wonderful approach at clean eating by using wholesome, rustic ingredients to prepare something spectacular to enjoy with friends and family. 




Some would argue that the best cake is a classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting. So, with that in mind I decided to make a cake that is just as beautiful on the inside, as it is on the outside. A gluten-free vanilla cake covered in chocolate ganache. Now chocolate ganache can be fattening when prepared with heavy cream so instead, we're using coconut milk! One can of coconut milk is only 9 grams of fat and we're using 3/4 of that. So not only is this cake gluten free but it's also low in fat and cholesterol. To take it a step further try making it dairy free and sugar free. This gf cake mocks the texture of a sponge cake and has a delicate flavor. My mom actually fell in love with this cake and had to ask me twice if it was gluten free, so it's definitely mother approved. Click below to view the video.




Gluten Free (GF) Vanilla Cake w/ Chocolate Ganache


Ingredients:

2 3/4 c. gluten free a.p flour
1 3/4 c. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. gf baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
8 tbsp. salted butter (room temp. cut in chunks) or a dairy free substitute 
1/2 c. vegetable oil
8 egg whites
1 1/4 c. skim milk (substitutions: almond, soy or rice milk)
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract (optional)

Chocolate Ganache:

3/4 of a 13.5 oz. can coconut milk
1 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt) to break up the clumps.

2. Add oil and butter. Beat with a mixer until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

3. Add the egg whites, mixing after each egg. Then, add milk and extracts. There's no such thing as over-mixing with gluten free because there's no gluten to over work.

4. Grease and flour two 9" pans or three 8" pans. Fill the pans 3/4 of the way with batter and bake for 20 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. When done, allow to cool completely.

5. Pour the 3/4 of the coconut milk into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Or, cook over a double boiler until it reaches a simmer.

6. Stir in the chocolate until all morsels are melted and ganache reaches a smooth buttery consistency. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hrs. or over night. When cooled the consistency should be thick enough to spread.

7. If desired, level the cakes and fill with a thin layer of ganache. I prefer to flip the top layer upside down for a flat top. Spread a small layer of ganache on the top of the cake to fill in any small crevasses.

8. Melt the ganache in the microwave for 30 seconds or just until pour-able. For an easy pour, place the prepared cake on a rack with a sheet tray underneath to cake any chocolate. Position the bowl over the center of the cake and carefully pour the ganache allowing it to spread evenly to the edge. If needed, using a spatula or knife, spread the ganache around of the sides of the cake.

9. Top with fresh berries, orange segments, white chocolate, chocolate shavings or nuts. You can wait for the chocolate ganache to set or you can dig right in. Enjoy!






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 Couture in a Gluten Free Vanilla Cake!