Happy Easter Everybody!! To celebrate, I made homemade strawberry mini cupcakes. They are so fresh and yummy, you have to try this recipe! Remember when I made the bunny brownies a few weeks ago (here)? Well, I did a few bunny cakes with my strawberry batter, too. Look how cute!
Cupcakes- Makes 24 big ones or 48 minis (or 3 trays of bunnies!)
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 cup fresh strawberries, diced
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and fill your cupcake tins with wrappers. I like to use white wrappers instead of the colored kind just so the focus is on the cupcakes itself. With colored wrappers, they tend to loose their cute decoration after being baked and you can’t really tell what was on them.
In a large bowl, sift your flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.
In your mixing bowl, beat your butter at medium speed for 1 minute. Next, add in your sugar and beat at medium speed for 3-5 minutes. It will be nice and fluffy when finished.
Add your eggs one at a time at a slow speed. Make sure each is incorporated before the next.
Prepare your liquid ingredients. Combine your milk and vanilla. Then grab your dry ingredients.
Now, time to add it to the butter, sugar, and eggs. Scoop 1/3 of the dry ingredients into your mixing bowl and mix slowly until incorporated. Now add in 1/2 of your wet ingredients and mix until incorporated. Continue with the rest in the same way- this way, you’ll start with dry and end with dry.
With a large spatula or spoon, gently fold in your strawberries.
Fill your cupcake liners 2/3 full of batter. If you have regular sized liners, use an ice cream scoop to make them all even. If you have the mini’s like I did, I just used a table spoon and that worked pretty well.
Bake mini’s for 18 minutes. Make sure you check them around 15- all ovens are a little different. For larger cupcakes, I would say 18-22 minutes would be good. If you’re unsure, stick a toothpick in the center of one and if it comes out without any wet batter, they’re finished! If it has batter, throw them back in for 3 minutes.
Let them cool in the tins for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, you can prepare your frosting!
This makes A LOT of icing so see if you can use the spare for something else- maybe instead of whip cream on strawberry shortcakes, you could add a dollop of strawberry frosting?? Yum.
16 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 sticks)
4 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup diced strawberries
This icing is easy and delicious. Just add all the ingredients above into a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed for 4 minutes. You might want to scrap down the sides a few times but by the end, you’ll have a nice and fluffy icing.
I usually put my icing into a piping bag with a 1/2 inch tip but you can also use a knife to spread on the cupcakes as well. Be sure to refrigerate your cakes since they have strawberries in them. When you’re ready to serve them, pull them out of the fridge for 15 minutes to take the chill off. Enjoy!!
Brooklyn is a B.A. town, folks. All the people dress cool, they have yummy small restaurants and the atmosphere is just mellow compared to Manhattan. I was so excited that my friend, LaBruce invited me to attend the Not Wedding in Brooklyn which in turned stemmed into our whole NY Girl’s Trip I talked about yesterday!
Over the summer, I got to experience the Not Wedding first hand by being her bridesmaid in Charleston. Since then, she’s taken this company by storm and has become their Marketing Director and travels across the country hosting Not Weddings in major cities… pretty cool, huh? I didn’t have to think twice when she asked if I wanted to come to the Brooklyn version as a guest.
The Brooklyn Not Wedding had the cutest couple- Lagina and Chris.
Photo By: Jessica Oh Photography
The venue was the Whythe Hotel which was an old warehouse converted into a hotel/event space.
Photo by: LaBruce Trammell
The event was spectacular. As usual, they have a wedding ceremony, dancing and drinks like a normal wedding. However, the vendors are what make it fantastic.
Caroline and I got dressed from our MET experience and of course, had to take a selfie. PS, the mirror in the Whythe hotel makes you lose 10 pounds easy.
For brides-to-be, this is the ultimate event to see what wedding designers can do. When you walk in, they have about 6-7 tables set up so you can see different designer styles. Each table is what a vendor set up so you can see what style they could do for your wedding. I really loved the table with the chandelier. Each place setting was a slab of wood to set your plate on.
I also loved the hanging table number, too.
One of the tables had runners with hand stitched constellations. I’m not going to lie, I might steal this idea for my house!
The brides are given glasses of champagne and told to walk around to look at the tables before the ceremony starts. Here they can find out who they want to track down after the wedding.
The ceremony starts and is usually always unique. The couple this time had a little french bull dog that attended the wedding. So precious. The flowers were gorgeous, too.
Food is served and was great however, the best part was the Ben & Jerry’s Bar… where I got every topping they offered. haha
A Photo Booth happened which is always hilarious. The first set we did, my head was cut off so I’ll just show you the one we were ready for. I mean, you always need a trial Photo Booth set!
One of the coolest things that I liked was the Haiku guys. Guests can come up to a quirky set of people, give them a topic and they write a haiku on the spot for you to take home. They put little notecards into a typewriter. It’s really cute so of course, I had to give them the topic of cheetahs.
The event was finished up by passing around the beautiful cake..
Meeting all of the cute vendors…
And getting these super cute goodie bags!
Want to find out if they are throwing a wedding near you? Click here for all of the Not Wedding details and make sure you go! Tickets are only $30.
What a great idea for a wedding event and all the people there are so inspiring!! Who’s ready to get married???
I am unpacking/reliving/recovering/and feeling inspired over my latest trip to New York. It’s amazing what a few days out of your little bubble can do to reenergize your spirit… especially in NYC. Go grab a coffee and relive it with me.
It all started on Thursday when I got a whole airplane row to myself. Not just me, the entire plane!! How does that happen? Anyway, it was a fab way to start off the trip. PS, our steward was a comedian and made the flight that much better! Is that what happens in Spirit? First time and I like it!
LaBruce had a Not Wedding she was throwing in Brooklyn so I let her do her thang and Caroline and I went to the MET.
I was really excited to go to the museum because I’ve been in art history classes for the past 2 semesters meaning… at this point in time, I’ll know more about classical art than I ever will. ha. We are even doing a project on one of the exhibits taking place in class so I was pumped to see it for myself.
After a day in the museum, we took a Subway back to Brooklyn. Just so you’re proud of me… I have absolutely NO directional skills. I’m not ashamed to admit it but take full responsibility to tell people so I DON’T get lost. Well, I had to meet Caroline at the museum so who got to the museum all by herself on the subway… ME! I was very proud of myself.. even if a boy walked me all the way to the subway station and told me the trains. I still did it. :)
Heading back after an afternoon of art, Caroline and I walked along Park Avenue, of course.
Just couldn’t resist taking my picture in front of the home I’ll live in later in life…
We had an hour to spare before the event so when we got back to Brooklyn, we popped into a cute cafe for a beer and an appetizer. Um, y’all. Did you know Brooklyn was infatuated with the south?? They love us. The restaurant we went in was called Chicken & Waffles and it served their beer in mason jars. I mean, come on.
I think the staff thought it was funny that southern girls actually came in so Caroline and I decided to make the hashtag of our trip #nycyall2014. It was hilarious and you can see all of our trip pics on Instagram with that!
My favorite part… the macaroni and cheese with Ritz Cracker crumbles. YUMMY.
This trip actually involved a much bigger emphasis on food than usual. When I’m in NY, I am a shop till I drop girl but I refrained this time and we enjoyed some cool restaurants while we were there this time.
[ The Not Wedding was a really cool event with neat people. I'll tell you more about that part of the trip tomorrow because I have a lot of fun pictures. ]
We stayed with LaBruce’s friend, Kristin in Brooklyn that night and it was so fun to actually ‘live’ in the city for a night. She was an excellent host and took us for bagels in the morning! Brooklyn is really awesome, gang. I have never been before and that is where the majority of the young people like us are moving. People are friendly and have more space to live- thumbs up for Brooklyn!
Friday was mostly getting into the city and shopping around 5th avenue. Our hotel gave us cupcakes when we arrived from Billy’s Bakery so that of course, sent us tweeting and instagraming! We ventured into Times Square and even though 5 million people are in your way, it’s still magical.
This made me really happy, too.
Shopping was fun but tiring. We took a break and sunk into a bench in Central Park. We then saw the biggest, hairiest NY rat imaginable. Needless to say, everyone else did too and scrambled to get the iPhones. You won’t see a photo of that on here, you’re welcome.
That night was a girly dinner at corsino, this little Italian place in the Meatpacking District we stumbled upon. It was FANTASTIC and a good price. The people were very nice and we just caught up on life while drinking large glasses of wine. Seriously, sometimes my favorite thing to do.
That night involved a night club, too. LaBruce and I are super fans of the Jane Hotel so we wanted to take Caroline there. When she walked in, she said “I feel like I just walked into an episode of Gossip Girl”. Yeah, the Jane is that cool. We sipped overpriced drinks in dim lighting trying to fit in which led to dancing on tables beside the DJ and a fireplace. Things happen. We had the time of our lives and of course, made the taxi driver slam on the breaks at the first pizza place we saw on the way home. I’m sorry. I’m not sorry.
Saturday was a bit of a late start. I threw on my inappropriate flip flops cause my feet hurt so bad from night shoes and we took the subway to Soho. We found the cutest mexican restaurant in a garage. Ok, not as sketchy as it sounds. It had a lot of hip people and we all had a crush on our waiter- lol.
Do I remember the name of it? Nope, but it had a bus where they served the food! haha
We even grabbed a little snack that afternoon at Laduree which was really awesome. I’ve never had a real french macaroon and it couldn’t have been tastier. I can’t wait for Paris. I probably won’t be proud of how many I eat there. haha
Saturday night was play night. This was funny on the way…
We saw Once and it was beautiful. It was the first time I went to a play without knowing the story line or what to expect. It was funny and heartfelt. Everyone on the stage was a musician and played during the whole performance. The settings never changed and the transitions between scenes were so cool. We even got to go on stage and have a drink with the actors! Go see it if you’re in NY. That was one of our favorite things to do.
On our last day, we hung out in Chelsea. We packed up our bag, Caroline’s taking two packers…
Caroline found this amazing brunch spot called the Tipsy Parson which had a southern flare.
I think it’s funny that my first time trying Chicken & Waffles was in New York but it was to die for. The kind they served came with jalapeño honey. Just fabulous.
The Highline was extremely cool. It’s a long walk with grass and trees on top of the city. Wanna know the funny thing? We ran into our sorority sister, Lauren! So of course, we made her join us.
We headed to the Standard Hotel Beer Garden which kind of reminded me of college. It was packed with lots of cool people. One of my best guy friends, Alex, from Myrtle Beach also met us!
Our last stop was the Chelsea Market and when I walked out, I saw this. Just another reminder of going back to work Monday. haha
A short cab ride to LaGuardia and a hug from my friends and I was back to Myrtle Beach just like that. I can’t tell you how much I realized I needed to just get away from the hustle and bustle of a job and school for a few days. Even though it wasn’t relaxing, it left me inspired and ready for new challenges. So thankful to have such wonderful girlfriends like LaBruce and Caroline. We shared laughter, friendship, food and swollen feet. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend!
Stay tuned tomorrow to see how the Not Wedding Brooklyn went.
Hi Friends! I’m leaving on a plane tomorrow to go to this fabulous town..
With these friends…
Going to one of these…
hailing one of these….
def doing this…
and hopefully seeing this…
Beyond excited for a New York trip with some of my favorite girls! I’ll take lots of photos and post to instagram while I’m away! Follow me and I’ll see ya on the flip side!!