"Betty Crocker's Light Golden Cake"
and then decided not to use the convection setting on the oven because it was already hot in the kitchen.
So THEN we salvaged as much as we could... :)
Tossed the dark bottoms to Libby-the-Poodle...
And crushed the remaining cupcakes into crumbs.
I had Casey make butter icing:
1 cup soft butter
4 cups confectioners (powdered sugar)
3 teaspoons almond or vanilla (she used almond, I love this girl!!!)
1/4 cup milk
Mix butter and sugar on low, add milk and flavoring, whip on high for at least five minutes.
Add frosting to crushed/crumbled cake in bowl, just enough to be able to shape the cake/frosting mix into balls.
Now came the fun part:
We took three bowls and divided up the crumbled mix.
I added 1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam to one
I added 1/3 cup caramel sauce to the other.
I added 1/3 cup white chocolate chips to the third bowl of mix.
We formed each bowl into fifty-cent size balls, about an inch in diameter. But the size doesn't really matter, because now you're going to dip 'em.
We melted white chocolate chips in one bowl over hot water...
And dark chocolate Ghirardelli over the other pan of hot water.
And then we rolled those bad boys in various chocolates to see which would be crowd-pleasing faves.
OH MY STARS!!!!
Casey and I made so many people happy yesterday.
It was MANIC how happy they were!!!
These are raspberry/vanilla filled:
These are caramel cake filled:
And these are white cake/frosting/white chips filled:
We turned our lemons into lemonade. We turned bad cupcakes into SERIOUS good eats!!!
We saw the glass as half full.
You get it!!!!
And then there's this, which is pretty exciting and I have to share it:
This is the cover for my first independent book release,
Try, Try Again....
I LOVE IT!!!
I'M HAPPY DANCING IN UPSTATE!!!
I LOVE THIS STORY... And some folks worried a "reunion" story wouldn't sell...
But guess what's HOT right now???
I love reunion stories. I love second chances... New beginnings.... old love, rediscovered...
I'm so excited. I could barely type this, because I'm that excited... to have this wonderful book set in New York City take a place on my kindle shelf next to all my beautiful Love Inspired books...
To have two more Kirkwood Lake books coming out this year.... SMILE!!!!
To have a beautiful Christmas historical coming out with Summerside Press in October.... SMILE!!!
And two independently published Ruthy-books about to hit the shelves....
COLOR ME HAPPY!!!!!!
And then there's this:
And then this:
Reasons to smile at Ruthy's?????
Too many to count, LOL!