Orange Creamsicle Cupcakcakes

I found this amazing recipe and thought id share it with you guys 

ingredients:

Cake:
1 package white cake mix
1 (4 serving size) package cheesecake instant pudding mix
1 (3 oz.) package orange flavored Jello
1 1/4 cups orange juice
4 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-4 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
orange food coloring

directions:

For the cake: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 cupcake tins with paper liners. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until well mixed. Pour batter into liners, filling each 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Cool in pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the frosting: In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, orange extract and vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth and creamy. Add the cream in small increments, until the frosting in the consistency you want. To get swirled frosting, tint half of the frosting orange in a separate bowl. With your pipig bag tiled on its side, fill one side of the bag with the orange frosting, then tilt the bag the other way and fill the other side with the white frosting. It doesn’t have to be perfect – it should still swirl once you start piping.

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Mini Ham and Cheese Frittatas

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I love easy breakfasts, I’m a huge fan of the prepackaged breakfast sandwiches by Smart Ones but I’m really trying to avoid eating as much chemicals as possible which those things are loaded with. I’m not a big fan of cereal either so I decided to look for a recipe for frittatas that I could freeze myself and reheat in the mornings for a healthy and easy breakfast choice. I found this recipe awhile back in cooking light and I finally tested it out!!!

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup chopped reduced-fat ham (about 2 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add ham; sauté 3 minutes. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add ham mixture, stirring with a whisk. Spoon mixture into 24 miniature muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until set.

While this recipe is not chemical free, the cooking spray I’m sure is not healthy for you at all but it’s definitely healthier than the prepackaged stuff. This recipe is very easy to make and has alot of flavor. I tweaked the recipe a tad because I didn’t have all the exact ingredients so instead of cheddar cheese i used leftover mexican 3 cheese blend from one of my taco nights. I didn’t have dried thyme so i used dried Italian Seasoning that has some of it in it along with oregano and basil. The recipe does not need salt because of the ham so do NOT add it! Unless you do a veggie version which I’m thinking of doing next time, maybe a curried mushroom and kale frittata? sounds yummy to me. These are perfectly bite sized and are really really good. The hard part is not eating them all in one sitting! Hope you guys enjoy this recipe

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Pink Lemonade Frosting

Ingredients:
* 1 8oz package cream cheese
* 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
* 3 cups sifted powdered sugar
* 3 tbs thawed pink lemonade concentrate
* 1 tsp lemon zest

Step 1:
Place the cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low until light and fluffy.

Step 2:
Stop the mixer and add sugar, pink lemonade concentrate, and lemon zest. Blend with the mixer on low speed until sugar is Incorporated, this takes about one minute.

Increase speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy the whole way through.

I used this yummy recipe on cupcakes today using lemon supreme Betty Crocker cake mix. But i added 4tbsp of country time pink lemonade drink mix to the batter and they were delicious!!!!