Shark Week: Sharknado Cupcakes!

Every year, The Discovery Channel has Shark Week. This is a week long event which features shark-based programming, real and fictional! I can’t type that without having the theme song from Jaws go through my head. So this recipe “Sharknado Cupcakes,” is dedicated to all the readers who LOVE Shark Week!!

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“Shark Tail” Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

1/2 C unsalted butter, room temp
2 egg whites
2 eggs
2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 baking soda
3/4 C buttermilk
1 1/2 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Cupcake Directions: 

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Line the cupcake tins with paper liners.
-Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl.
-Beat butter on high for 30 seconds.
-Add sugar and  vanilla extract to the butter …. beating until well combined.
-Add egg whites, and then eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
-Alternate adding the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter  mixture, beating on low speed until everything is mixed together.
-Add 1/3 C  flour mixture to the wet mixture followed by adding   1/3  C of the buttermilk; add 1/3 C flour mixture again then add 1/3 C  buttermilk mix on low speed, add 1/3 C of flour and add the rest of 1/3 C of buttermilk mix in low speed until  thoroughly blended.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted cupcake comes out clean.
-Allow to cool in the cupcake tin for 10 minutes.
-Remove the cupcakes from the cupcake tin and completely cool on a wire rack.

Frosting:

Frosting Ingredients:

1 C soft unsalted butter
4 + C powder sugar
4 TBSP heavy whipping cream
Blue  gel food coloring

Frosting Directions: 

-Cream the butter and powder sugar until it looks light and creamy.
-If it doesn’t cream add  several drops of the heavy whipping cream.
-Test to see if the frosting can form and hold a stiff peak.
-If not add more powder sugar 1/2 C at a time.
-Test to make sure that the frosting can make and hold a stiff peak.
-Divide the frosting into half….. 1st bowl remains white….2nd bowl, add several drops of blue gel food coloring… stir to mix well.
-Scoop the white frosting into a pastry bag with a large frosting tip….Scoop the blue frosting into the same pastry bag….. twist the open end of the pastry bag to push the frosting to the tip. You may want to test this out to make sure that the frosting comes out with both the blue and white frosting at the same time.
-Frost the cupcakes by starting at the outer edge of the cupcake in a circle until you reach the center of the cupcake.

 

If you want to go the extra mile and add a “shark dorsal fin”:

Royal Icing:

Icing Ingredients: 

2 egg whites
1 C powder sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Grey or silver  gel food coloring

Icing Directions: 

-Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring)
-If icing is  not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar.
– Spoon the icing into a bowl.
-Add several drops of the grey/silver gel food coloring in the large bowl of icing … stir well to mix the color.

Shark Tail:

Locate a picture of a Sharks dorsal fin on Google… print the picture in color. Tape this picture with small numerous images of it on it to a cookie sheet.
-Tape wax paper (covering the copies of  the sharks tail ) to the cookie sheet . Follow the color and features as printed on the paper.
-Using a small pastry bag fill with the Grey royal icing and a #2 tip.  Start by outlining the image first…. Fill in the image with the royal icing…
-Allow to dry for 5-10 hours.
-Ensure that the sharks dorsal fin is dry, gently touch one of them with your finger if it allows you to push in on the icing allow it to dry more. If  the sharks dorsal fin is dry then it will have a hard feeling not allowing you to push in on it.
-Cut the wax paper holding the completed shark dorsal fin into squares surrounding the completed design.
-If the image is dry peel them off the wax paper and place on the center of the  frosted cupcake.

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HOT Deal!! LEGO 20 New Minifigures Figures Only $5.12 Shipped!

Those who have little ones who are enthralled with LEGOS (cough cough), check out this deal!!!! 20 New Minifigures figures for only $5.12 shipped! Not a bad deal, not a bad deal at all! 

  • 20 Community Figures Set
  • compatible with all major Building Blocks brands
  • Figures can be connected on standing or sitting position
  • Made of top quality, great for preschools & kindergarten
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Walgreens Top Deals 7/5 – 7/11

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Buy 1 participating Bausch + Lomb product, Get 5000 Points (=$5.00)

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Nice! Foil or Glad; Mix & Match

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Xtra Liquid Laundry Detergent, 30 lds – $1.49

Limit 4; With In Ad Coupon

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Spend $20 or More on participating P&G products, Get 5000 Points (=$5.00)

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Head & Shoulders Shampoo or Conditioner, 12.8 – 14.2 oz – $5.00

2/$10 (or $5.49 Each)

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Walgreens: Xtra Laundry Detergent $0.99

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Xtra Liquid Laundry Detergent, 30 lds – $1.49

Limit 4; With In Ad Coupon

  • $1.00/1 Xtra Liquid Detergent, Nice ‘n Fluffy Fabric Softeners, or SureShot Laundry Detergent Paks – 5-10-15 SS ; Includes Liquid, 144 oz or Larger or (2) Liquid Detergents, 75 oz or Smaller; (2) softener or (2) Sureshots (exp. 07/10/15)
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Staples Weekly Top Deals: $0.01 Paper + Free Deal!!!

staples-easy-button-logo-2-550x550Back to school supply deals have already started and guess who started posting those deals a few weeks ago? See the list that of deals that start today here (I post the full list of deals on the Friday before the deals go live, so you can make your shopping list).  Make sure to watch this page for the best Back To School deals and steals. Here is a free deal and a deal that is listed as $3 in the ad, but by using a coupon, you get the same deal for only $0.01:

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If you have items that need to be shredded use this coupon for Staples. The coupon is for FREE shredding up to 5 pounds! The coupon is valid till 12/31/15!!

 

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Staples Multipurpose Paper, 8 1/2″ x 11″, Ream: $7.79

Use: $2.99 Staples Printable Coupon

Get $4.79 Easy Rebate

$7.79-$2.99 Staples Coupon-$4.79 Easy Rebate

Final Cost: 0.01!! 

 

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