Thursday, June 9, 2011

Little Monkey Cupcakes

We had these cupcakes for my son's 1st birthday party.  They were a hit with the kids.  I wanted to make them with banana cake, but I didn't have any ripe bananas, so... next time I guess. (I'm planning the banana cake for a future post)

Frost the cupcakes with chocolate frosting.  Then cut just the top fourth off of a vanilla wafer for the mouth. I found a sawing motion with a serrated knife worked better than trying to chop the wafer. Insert mini vanilla wafers for the ears.  Cut mini marshmallows in half for the eyes and use black decorating gel for the mouth and dots of the eyes.  

I got the general idea for these cupcakes off of this website, but the fun part is getting creative and making your own adaptations!  Have fun! 

Brenda's Whole Wheat Bread

                             Recipe from my sister-in-law Brenda 
*makes 3 loaves

3 1/2 c hot water (115 degrees)
1 egg
2 tsp salt
1/4 c canola oil
1/2 c honey*
1 Tbsp instant yeast

Place all ingredients in mixer with 4 c whole wheat flour (hard white wheat is best).  Set timer for 5 minutes and add up to about 6 c more flour or until the sides of the mixer wipe clean.  The amount of flour will depend on humidity, type of flour you use etc, so go more off the appearance of your dough than the actual amount of flour called for in recipe.  May I again recommend this website for excellent tutorials on working with yeast and making yeast breads.

Let dough rise to double and punch down.  Divide dough into thirds and shape into loaves.  Place into greased bread pans and cover loosely with plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray.  Let dough rise again.  Bake for 32 minutes at 350 degrees.  Internal temperature of loaves should be 180 degrees.  

*Brenda said you could substitute 1/2 c of agave, pure maple syrup, brown sugar, or molasses for the honey if you wish.