I had a BLAST this past weekend at the Mixed Conference
! OH MY
!! I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
I really, really, want to tell you… just not right now.
I was lucky to have gotten a spot to decorate cake with Duff on an 8 to 1 basis. It was a bit overwhelming and I think everyone was a bit awe struck and didn’t want to look like a goofball and ask for autographs and photographs… so… there wasn’t much of that going on 🙁
We walked into the room and it was FILLED with Duff Decorating stuff
by Gartner Studios! And I mean FILLED
There was fondant, icing, sprays, pens, rollers, cutters, decorations, and two air brush machines. Everyone was expecting a “lesson” on decorating cakes, but Duff was just like, “Here’s the supplies, go for it!”
The great thing is that everyone’s cake was different.
One thing I did learn, is that it’s hard to decorate a cake in one hour if you don’t have a plan!
Here I am with Duff and there is Heather
getting some help from him.
It was an awesome 60 minutes spent with him!
The weekend left me completely exhausted and I really wanted something simple and easy to whip up for ya…. Welcome, Fun-da-Middles!
I’ve dressed up a few of these before. Last Christmas, I made some Candy Cane Fun-da-Middles
for ya. This year, I’m going with Cinnamon!
I found the pretty paper liners at Ross. I love looking for off the wall things at Ross and at TJ Max. Does anyone else get great candies and sprinkles there as well??
Also, just the simple addition of Cinnamon, good quality, Saigon Cinnamon (the kind they use at Cinnabon) to your cream center is the perfect way to add a fun twist to the vanilla cupcakes.
Nothing says Cinnamon like RED! And if you are planning to make red frosting, you need to make it the day before and use good quality red gel or powder food coloring. The red color will develop overnight and look better the next day. Just let it set at room temperature to soften and then beat in the cinnamon flavor before icing your cupcakes.
Or, if you are lazy, buy pre-made Red Frosting. Like This from the Duff Goldman line.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
- 1 Box Betty Crocker Fun-da-Middles Cupcakes in Vanilla + Ingredients on box
- 1 tsp of Saigon Cinnamon
- 1 recipe of Buttercream Frosting
- 2 tsp Cinnamon Extract
- Red Hot Candies for garnish (optional)
Make Cupcake batter according to directions on box.
Kneed bad of cream filling and empty into a small bowl. Add Cinnamon and stir until combined. Place filling into a baggie and snip off a corner.
Add 1 tablespoon of the cupcakes batter to a prepared pan. Squeeze a dollop of cream filling into the CENTER of the batter. Cover cream with another tablespoon of batter and bake as directed.
Allow Cupcakes to cool.
Prepare buttercream frosting. If making red buttercream, make it the night before to allow the red to really develop. Or, buy a pre-colored package of red frosting. Add in Cinnamon Extract stir until smooth.
Fit a pipping bag with a Wilton 1M tip and fill bag half way with frosting. Pipe on and decorate with red hot candies.