Frugal Foodie Mama: Co-Hosting the Fabulous Mom's Test Meal Monday Party Election Style!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Co-Hosting the Fabulous Mom's Test Meal Monday Party Election Style!

It's that time again y'all.  We've made it to another Monday.  I'm so glad y'all are back joining me for another week of Mom's Test Meal Mondays!!

Since tomorrow is Election Day, we are going to celebrate America this week!  With everything this country & the Northeast has been through this past week, I think taking a few minutes to remember what we love most about this great land is a pretty good thing!  So lets bring out our favorite red, white & blue dishes and have us a party!!

My friend & co-host Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama has brought an amazing dessert that I know y'all are going to love!!


Hello all! I am Carrie and I blog over at Frugal Foodie Mama about my life as a stay-at-home mom to a baby and a teenager, my family's journey to become a little more eco-responsible everyday, and how I still manage to stay a foodie on our one income budget.  Please stop on over and say hi! 

Tomorrow is a big day in this country.  Remember to get out there and vote because the only wasted vote is the vote that is never cast, my friends.  

In honor of the upcoming Election Day, I am sharing my recipe with you all for my Red, White, & Berry Cupcakes.  Now you could make this real fun and make half the batch with red raspberries and half the batch with blueberries, or you could just leave them bipartisan.  ;)

So what will you need to make these?
1 box of white cake mix
1 cup of raspberries
1 cup of blueberries (or blackberries)
2-3 tbsp of sugar
Your favorite white frosting recipe (or you can make it even easier & used canned frosting)

Mix the cake mix according to the directions on the box.  I reduced the water by 1/4 cup since I knew the berries would be adding moisture to the batter.  
Next, mix your berries together in a small bowl with 2-3 tbsp of sugar.  You can use either fresh or frozen berries.  I actually used frozen raspberries and fresh blueberries since it is what I had on hand. 

Mix the berries into the cake batter and then using a small measuring cup, fill your cupcake liners in a muffin tin about 2/3 full each with batter.  Bake according to the directions on the box for cupcakes.

Once baked, let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.  Whip up your favorite vanilla or buttercream frosting (just make sure it is white!). I figured that since I used the cake mix shortcut for the cupcakes that I would at least make a frosting from scratch. ;)  I used a cupcake frosting recipe from the blog, Natasha's Kitchen.  Click here for the recipe.  I divided the frosting into 3 bowls, using food coloring to dye one bowl blue, one red, and left the third one white.  

I admit it- I don't use fancy pastry bags for my icing.  I use a plain old gallon sized food storage bag with a bottom corner snipped off and then just slip my icing tip into the snipped off corner.  I literally just spooned each color icing into the bag side by side, but if you would like to the colors to stay more separate you could put each color into quart sized storage bags with snipped corners, and then set those bags down inside the larger gallon sized bag.  I kind of like the tie-dyed effect I got by just letting the colors mix and mingle. ;)

Just frost your cupcakes and then decorate however you see fit (Or not all, if you prefer. The frosting is pretty enough!).  You may have a hard time finding the star shaped marshmallows this time of year.  I originally first made these cupcakes for the 4th of July.  But I am sure it would not be too difficult to find some American flag toothpicks to adorn them.  ;)

Red, White, & Berry Cupcakes!

Happy Election Day 2012!


So now let's party!

Remember this week's theme is Patriotic Recipes.
The party is open to any and all of your favorite recipes, but only recipes that fit the theme will be featured at the end of the week. :)

Just the reminders:
  • Myself & Carrie would love to have you as new friends!! Please take a minute to follow us both via GFC, Twitter, FB, or any other social media you prefer
  • You are welcome to link up any recipe you like but only recipes that are consistent with the week's theme will be featured at the end of the week.
  • Please feel free to grab the button in the sidebar or add a direct link back to the week's party that you are linking up to
  • And finally, go make some new friends ~ spend a few minutes checking out some other recipes that you might want to try out yourself & comment! Everyone loves comments!!
  • Please note that by linking up you are giving permission to use the photos along with a link back to your post in the Mom's Test Meal Mondays Features post & on Mom's Test Kitchen's Social Media Networks

And remember, if anyone is interested in being a co-host for Mom's Test Meal Mondays, please email me at momstestkitchen (at) yahoo (dot) com! I'd love to have you!