Every Christmas we tend to be bombarded with invitations to holiday parties. The parties are a lovely way to see friends, have great food, and celebrate the season. This year the first holiday party I attended was the first week of December, and from there I had one to go to pretty much every weekend through the New Year (including one I hosted).
The last official Christmas party was actually 2 & 1/2 weeks AFTER Christmas! My mom hosted, and she likes to call it her “Wrap up the Holidays Party”. For this year’s party she asked me to make cupcakes since she’s always telling her friends about my creations. She figured this was the perfect time for them to actually try them! There was a crazy amount of food at the party though, so most people ended up taking their cupcakes to go.
My mom loves chocolate, so of course the cupcake needed to be chocolate based.. I decided on a cocoa apple cupcake with a cream cheese frosting. The cake features chocolate chips and shredded Fuji apples. I made a similar cupcake for Thanksgiving a few years ago, but that one had a sour cream frosting. The chocolate and the apple make the cupcake quite sweet, but the frosting only has one cup of sugar which makes for a nice not too sweet topper.
I stuck to fully edible decor for this one. Red and green Christmas tree sprinkles, and a chocolate dipped apple slice!
Unfortunately, there was a little too much wine consumed at the party by yours truly, and I didn’t get to snag a nice picture of the cupcakes at the party. But, my mom was kind enough to send me a pic of the leftovers the next morning!
Three days left until Easter, and I’ve finally come up with a plan for Sunday’s cupcakes! I usually come up with an idea pretty quickly, but for this coming holiday I had a few specific requests to fill (more on that later!), so I was a little delayed.
In the meantime, here’s a quick look at last year’s cupcakes. These were made for an Easter brunch hosted by my sister Melinda and my friend/her roomie Courtney at their apartment. The cupcakes were great, but paled in comparison to the great food those two whipped up! Still thinking about their cheese grits…
Anywho, to change things up a bit, I made Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. They were decorated with shredded wheat to resemble nests, candy-covered chocolate eggs, and festive Easter picks!