We had the Glee Party. And we loved every minute of it. The morning began with a little message from a report at CNN.com. They were doing a story on Glee and found my blog and wanted to interview me for their story. WHAT?! I half-expected for her next statement to be that she had a brother who was a prince in a foreign country who needed my social security number to get me my fortune. But, that never happened, and the story was run later that day. Check it out. I’m super excited to be included in this article! Thanks, CNN!
The cupcakes came from the same recipe I used for this Vanilla Bean cake. Ok, I can not lie. They came from Trader Joes box mix. BUT, if I had more time, I would have used the Vanilla Bean Cake recipe. It’s moist, delicious, and homemade. And not hard.
And then you add a bit of this Rose extract. I bought this at Sur la Table, and it’s wonderful. These cupcakes really do indeed taste like how fresh roses smell. And here’s a bonus: it says to use it in baking, or you can add it to a bath with a bunch of rose petals. Heavenly? I think so.
I cheated again and used Betty Crocker Dark chocolate icing and then sprinkled a bit of sanding sugar. Because, when you are entertaining, you work, you have school, etc. then sometimes it’s just about putting it together in a timely manner and entertaining well. And entertaining we did. In addition to the cupcakes we had a spread of appetizers, Dulce de Leche Coffee (post soon), and a little wine tasting competition!
Each person brought a bottle of wine that is $5 or less. We covered the labels with a sticky note with a number on each one, and everyone tasted their hearts out! During commercial breaks, everyone voted. The first place winners (there was tie) got a free pint of ice cream of their choice from Bonnie the Baker herself. The second place winner got another prize that will be revealed in another post.
Don’t you love entertaining? And don’t you love Glee?