Margarita Macarons

Margarita Macarons | Sprinkles for Breakfast

Happy Cinco De Mayo! I think it is so great that there is a day dedicated to celebrating Mexican heritage and culture, because obviously that is important. But let's be real - I am way more excited about the nachos. I will use any excuse I can find to stuff my face with nachos. So you better believe I am taking full advantage of today's celebration. But as much as I love nachos, I decided to use another Mexican classic as inspiration for today's recipe - the Margarita. These Margarita Macarons are the perfect combination of sweet and savory - a classic macaron shell filled with a tequila lime buttercream and topped off with a little corse salt to really give you that margarita flavor. There is definitely not enough tequila in this recipe to get you drunk - but I highly suggest eating them with a real Margarita (and a plate of nachos) on the side. And if you want to learn more about macarons, or get a more in depth description on how to fill them, check out our classic Vanilla Macaron post. Other than that, I hope everyone has a great day filled all the Mexican food you can possibly eat. 

Margarita Macarons | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

Margarita Macarons 

Macaron Shells 

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 
  • 1 cup + 2 tbs almond flour 
  • 3 eggs whites 
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • Green food coloring
  • Salt 

Tequila Lime Filling

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 
  • 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice 
  • 1-2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon tequila
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
Margarita Macarons | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

Directions 

for the shells: 

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
  2. Prepare a pipping bag with a round tip with about a  1/4" opening (wilton tips #9, #10 and #11 should work) and a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  3. In a medium bowl, sift almond flour and powdered sugar together. Set aside. 
  4. In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat egg whites on high speed until they form soft peaks. 
  5. Lower the mixer's speed to medium and add sugar. 
  6. Put mixer back on the highest speed and beat until stiff peaks are formed.
  7. With the mixer still on high speed, add food coloring a few drops at a time until you get desired color. 
  8. Take bowl off of mixer and add almond flour/sugar mixture. 
  9. Using a rubber spatula, aggressively fold in dry ingredients until the batter starts to loosen and becomes a little runny. To test if the batter is ready, lift a small amount of batter from the bowl and drop it back into the batter. If it does nothing, keep mixing. If it slowly melts back into the batter after 20-30 seconds, it is ready. 
  10. Put batter (about 1/3 of the mixture) into prepared pipping bag and cover the rest of the batter with saran wrap.  
  11. Pipe 1 1/2" circles on prepared baking sheet and firmly tap the bottom of the tray so the batter flattens out.
  12. Add a sprinkle of coarse salt on top of each macaron. 
  13. Repeat the process with remaining batter.
  14. Let macarons rest for 30 - 45 minutes, or until they form a skin. 
  15. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until they are set. 
  16. Let cool before peeling them off parchment paper. 

for the filling: 

  1. In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, cream butter on high speed until light and smooth (about 5 minutes). 
  2. Reduce the speed to low and add powdered sugar. Mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Add lime juice, zest, tequila and salt and mix on high speed until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes).  
Margarita Macarons | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

Assembly 

  1. Peel macarons off parchment paper and pair them according to size. 
  2. Fill a piping bag fitted with a round tip (wilton tip #6 or #7 should work) with buttercream and pipe a dollop on one half of a pair of cookies. 
  3. Sandwich cookies together. 
Margarita Macarons | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

Wags and Walks Gala Cake

I recently came across a quote on pinterest that said "The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog." Some people may think this is just a funny saying, but for me, it is real life. People suck sometimes. They lie, they steal, they cheat, and sometimes they are just plain mean. But dogs are a different story. Dogs will love you no matter what. They don't care what you are wearing, or how much money you make - all they care about it that you love them (and feed them regularly). So I think it is really rude when people abuse or neglect their dogs. I just don't understand how you could do something like that to such a lovable creature. That's why I was so happy when Wags and Walks in Los Angeles asked me to make a cake for their annual Gala. Wags and Walks is a wonderful organization that rescues neglected dogs and helps them find their forever homes. You should check them out, and if you are in the market for a dog definitely give them a call. I have a friend who recently adopted her dog through this organization, and I think she would tell you it was one of the best decisions of her life.

The cake we made for the gala is a two tiered Vanilla Vanilla cake with fondant paw prints and a fondant puppy cake topper! Happy Friday everyone! 

Wags and Walks Dog Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Wags and Walks Dog Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Wags and Walks Dog Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Wags and Walks Dog Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Wags and Walks Dog Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

Confetti Oreos

Confetti Oreos | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

I like Oreos. I would even go as far as to say they should be a staple in any American Household. They are great in packed lunches, go well with milk or peanut butter, and can be used in numerous sweet and delicious recipes. (See Buzzfeed's  22 Mouthwatering ways to Eat An Oreo for reference).  Overall, Oreos are great. They are milk's favorite cookie for a reason. But, if I am being honest, which I always like to be honest with you guys, I think the Golden Oreo is better than the original. I know they were only introduced in 2004 (so they are still kind of new), but unlike some of Oreo's other flavors (cough Banana Split cough) they have stuck around - and that is because they are GOOD. I know saying something is better than the original is serious business - but I am confident with my decision and I am sticking with it. I like Golden Oreos better. 

Confetti Oreos | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

In other news, I have been doing some market research lately (pinterest), and I have discovered that sprinkles make everything better. They just make everything cuter and feel more festive. And they just make me happy (as you probably could have guessed from my blog named). So I decided to take some Golden Oreos and give them a little Sprinkles for Breakfast makeover. This recipe is super easy, and does not require any kind of skill (or oven). Basically, they are the perfect accent to any party because you can customize your colors any way you want - and they are adorable! And I guess, if you want, you can use regular Oreos too - but I stand by what I said, and I really think you should give the Golden Oreo a try. 

Confetti Oreos | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

Confetti Oreos 

  • 1/4 pound melting chocolate (we used pink and blue
  • 20 Golden Oreos 
  • Sprinkles 

Directions 

  1. Place wax or parchment paper on a flat work surface.
  2. Put melting chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate in 30 second increments, stirring after each heating, until it is melted.
  3. Dip each cookie halfway into the chocolate, coating the back and front evenly.
  4. Lightly tap the cookie on the rim of the bowl to get off any excess chocolate.
  5. Place cookie on paper and add sprinkles.
  6. Repeat this process with the rest of the cookies and let them cool on the paper until the chocolate is completely hardened. 
Confetti Oreos | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Confetti Oreos | Sprinkles for Breakfast

Birthday Crumble Cake

It's Friday, and thanks to Rebecca Black, it will forever be my favorite day of the week. She's all like, "It's Friday, Friday. Gotta get down on Fridayyy" and I am sitting here like, you know what Rebecca Black? You are right. It is Friday, and I am gonna get down. But before I do that, I am going to share this cake with you guys. This is such a simple way to decorate a cake, and it is so cute (and delicious). All we did was take our basic Vanilla Vanilla Cake and added some Birthday Cake Crumble. We used an offset spatula to create the rustic look with the buttercream, and then piled the crumble on the top and on the base of the cake. Super easy and super festive! Now I am off to go listen to this song a few more times and try to figure out what I am going to do tonight. Have a good weekend everyone! 

Birthday Crumble Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Birthday Crumble Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Birthday Crumble Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Birthday Crumble Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Birthday Crumble Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Birthday Crumble Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Birthday Crumble Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

Doughnuts in the District

Washington DC is an awesome city. I know I am a little bias because I lived there for four years while going to school, but I just think it is such a cool place. Even if you are not into politics (which I am not) there is something there for everyone. Basically, Washington DC will always have a place in my heart - so I was stoked when I found out there was a DC shop on our National Doughnut Tour.

DC Doughnuts | Sprinkles for Breakfast

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is in the heart of downtown DC. It is small, and a little cramped, but the stuff coming out of this shop is so good, the customers don't seem to mind. Their Creme Brûlée Doughnut won the Washington Posts's Doughnut Wars Competition, and the shop itself has been featured on the Food Network as one of the best places in the country to get doughnuts. Not too bad for a two year old shop. Lauten and I showed up 5 minutes before opening on a chilly Sunday morning, and there were already people waiting outside. Obviously, we were in the right place. Astro only has four everyday doughnut flavors, while the rest are based on seasonal ingredients or just whatever the chef is feeling that month. We obviously got them all. Check out the rest of the pictures and the full review on sfbdoughnuttour.com. Unfortunately we were too early for the fried chicken, but it is always nice to have something to look forward to for the next time I am in DC. 

Animal Cracker Cake

Tomorrow is a very important holiday, and although not many people know about it, I think it should be addressed. Tomorrow is National Animal Cracker Day! What a great day, right? Aren't you happy I warned you? So now, you have plenty of time to go out and prepare for tomorrow's festivities (aka eating lots of animal crackers.)

This is a very exciting holiday at my house, because animal crackers happen to be my roommates favorite food. I know this might sound a little strange considering she is a an adult (at least legally), but everyone has their thing. And animal crackers are her thing. She also happens to be turning 25 in a couple of weeks. So, I thought, in honor of this wonderful holiday, her upcoming birthday, and the fact that animal crackers are awesome - I would make an animal cracker cake to celebrate. And everyone knows the best animal crackers are the pink and white Circus Animal Crackers. I am not saying that just because they have sprinkles on them - they are really really good and super addicting. So, here is the cake. I hope you like it, and that everyone has a wonderful and safe weekend ( I know things can get a little crazy with these big holidays!) 

Animal Cracker Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Animal Cracker Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Animal Cracker Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Animal Cracker Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Animal Cracker Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Animal Cracker Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Animal Cracker Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Animal Cracker Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Animal Cracker Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

All About Eggs

Eggs are pretty important in the world of baking. They bind ingredients together, they help leaven soufflés and cakes, and they can be used for a glaze on breads or pastry doughs. Ultimately, they are what give baked goods their form, structure, color and flavor. But eggs have gotten a bad rep over the last few years. People have said the yolks should be avoided because they were too high in fat and cholesterol, and others said you should skip the whole egg all together. And now with the vegan craze upon us, people are finding new ways around using eggs. They now sell an egg replacer product, and  encourage people to use flaxseed egg (a combination of flaxseed meal and water) in their baking recipes. And yes, for vegans and people who cannot eat eggs, these are great alternatives. But, in my mind, they will never be as good as the old fashioned egg. I will always believe that real eggs are the way to go. 

All About Eggs | Sprinkles for Breakfast

So now that you know how much I like eggs, and how essential they are when it comes to baking, I decided to give you guys some information about them. 

Here are the facts. 

  1. One egg weighs 50 grams. One egg white weighs 30 grams. One egg yolk weighs 17 grams. 
  2. The egg whites contains the protein and the egg yolks contain fat.
  3. When a specific egg size is not given in a recipe, use large eggs. 
  4. One can tell if an egg is good or not by putting it in a bowl of water + 1/8 tsp of salt. If the egg sinks, it is good, and if it floats or stands on one edge, it is bad. 
  5. For best baking results, beat the eggs in a separate bowl before adding them to the other ingredients. 
  6. Eggs separate best when cold. 
  7. Eggs whip best at room temperature. 
  8. Cold eggs can be brought to room temperature, by putting the whole egg in a bowl of warm water for 3 minutes.  
  9. When whipping egg whites, make sure there is no trace of egg yolk and you are using a clean stainless steel bowl with a wire whisk.  
  10. For the best whipping results, start the mixer on a low speed and gradually work your way up to the highest speed.
All About Eggs | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

Cake and Fashion Collaboration

While I do love clothes, these days I mostly stick to the leggings and t-shirt look. When I am in the kitchen, it is just the easiest and most efficient - and why would I want to risk ruining nice clothes while I am baking? It's just kind of silly for me to wear anything else. So, I always admire the people who can rock awesome outfits all the time (Taylor Swift). But, it is even cooler when I know them. In January, a long time family friend of mine started a fashion blog called Me and Mr. Jones. And it is awesome! But before we go any further, I just wanted to show you how long I have known Haley. 

Haley and Me

 

Adorable, right? Shout out to our moms for absolutely nailing the 90's denim fad!! 

Anyway, we are now both grown up and blogging. So we thought it would be a cool idea if we did a little collaboration. I decided to make a cake inspired by one of her outfits. There were so many cool options, but in the end I decided on her "I Heart You" look. I am just obsessed with the tulle skirt! I had no idea you could wear a skirt like that and actually make it look sophisticated and cool. When I imagine tulle skirts, I see ballerinas and fairies. But I guess that is why she is the fashion blogger and I am in the kitchen making cakes! Anyway, I hope you guys like the collaboration and make sure you check out her site here! Have a good weekend!  

Fashion Love Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Fashion Love Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Fashion Love Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Fashion Love Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Fashion Love Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Fashion Love Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 
Fashion Love Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast