DIY: Cupcake Stand To-Go

Contributed by Maegan Romanello of Maegs Bakes Cakes

Not too long ago, I was asked to supply cupcakes for a special family member’s 80th birthday party. I love family birthdays, it gives me an excuse to create a fun cupcake display for the birthday boy or girl.

This time I decided to go with a Nascar themed display. The first thing I did was start searching for pop up displays. I needed one that could withstand a 5 hour drive and hold 60 cupcakes. Of course…they were all way over priced!

A few years back my cousin showed me a trick she uses to create her multi tiered fruit displays for family parties. Her secret, USPS boxes…they are free and can be found at any local post office. I went and picked up 3 medium flat rate boxes and got to work. Directions and pictures below…

Total Cost: $4

Supplies you’ll need to create your Cupcake Stand To-Go:

3 medium flat rate USPS boxes (Free, can be found at any local post office)

Tape (I used clear masking tape)

Paint (I used acrylic paint from Michaels, $2.50 with my 40% off coupon)

Paint brush (any kind)
Scissors

Box #1 – Base

Box #2 – Top Tier

Box #3 – Middle and Bottom Tier

Step #1 – Place Box #1 flat down for your base

Step 1

Step #2 – Build Box #2 and place ¾ of the way back on Box #1, place a small piece of tape, enough to hold the box down.

Step 2

Step #3 – While laying flat, measure Box #3 8 inches, the bottom half will be 4 inches; these are Tiers 2 & 3. Cut the box where you measured to make two half boxes.

Step 3

Step #4 – Build the half boxes to make Tiers 2 & 3.

Step 4

Step #5 – Place the 8 inch Tier in front of the tallest Tier and tape enough to hold it in place.
Step 5

Step #6 – Place the 4 inch Tier in front of the tallest Tier and tape enough to hold it in place.

Step 6

Step #7 – Paint the stand (I painted 4 coats to be sure the tape was covered) and you’re ready to create your display!

Step 7

Seems pretty inexpensive and easy, right? Try it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Contributed by Bree of Bree’s Kitchen

Soft, fluffy, red velvet whoopie pies with a smooth, sweet cream cheese frosting. The moment I took my first bite of the soft, pillowy cake like whoopies. I fell in love… I am serious, I literally fell in love. Once you sandwich the fluffy, moist scarlet red beauties with that smooth sweet cream cheese you’ll be in heaven.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor Bree. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest™.

Cupcakes, you’ve had your time to shine, but I’m sorry to say we’ve moved on. Cakes are far easier to eat when the frosting is wedged in between, not on the top….AND whoopie pies exemplify the perfect ratio between cake and frosting, so that’s a plus!!

If I haven’t sold you yet perhaps reading how easy they are to make will. Preheat your oven to 160°C (325°F). Add the butter, sugar and vanilla to a large bowl and beat until creamed and pale. Add in both eggs and continue to beat well until fluffy. Add the flour, cocoa, butter milk and food colouring and continue to beat on a low speed until just combined. I am lucky enough to own a whoopie pan so if you have one of those they will come in handy BUT a normal baking tray with some baking paper will do fine (It will be a little bit more fiddly.) If you have a whoopie tray simply grease it and place a tablespoon of the batter inside.  Bake these gorgeous red whoopies for 8-10 minutes or until puffed and cooked through.
***Please allow to fully cool before frosting***

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor Bree. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest™.

While the whoopie pies are cooling its time to start the frosting. The cream cheese frosting is pretty straight forward. Beat the vanilla and softened butter until creamed. Add in your cream cheese and icing sugar and continue to beat until smooth, creamy and combined. Spread the frosting on half of the whoopies and sandwhich them with the other half. Dust with icing sugar for decoration if you wish!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor Bree. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest™.

They are fluffy, a little chocolatey, a little vanillary, a deep beautiful red and filled with sweet and smooth cream cheese frosting. Truly dreamy, Truly amazing! ENJOY!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor Bree. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest™.

Browned Butter Toffee Marshmallow Treats

Contributed by JC of Recipes From The Birdcage

If there was one flavor that makes me weak in the knees, it is browned butter and toffee.

Wait. That’s two flavors. Anyways, I’m a sucker for Heath bars and my favorite texture is anything toothsome and chewy. Al dente pasta, macaroni and cheese, and……Marshmallow Treats. Yum!

I was at Target in the checkout lane, waiting patiently to be rung up. Like a bald eagle spotting a salmon jumping in mid-air, upstream in a river, I spotted a clearance sign. (It’s a hunting skill I’ve honed over many, many shopping trips.) That clearance sign was attached to a Heath bar. So, of course, I grabbed five. There are four members in my family, but they don’t need to know about the extra one, right?

On my way home, I decided to make Marshmallow Squares…with crushed Heath bar….AAAAND browned butter. While not completely reinventing the wheel, the addition of a little vanilla, a hefty dose of crushed Heath bars, and browned butter takes the childhood standard Marshmallow Square and gussies it up a bit.

Browned Butter Toffee  Marshmallow Treats recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor JC. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest.

In a large pot, you’ll brown four tablespoons of unsalted butter. Don’t go far, such a small amount browns very quickly. As soon as little brown flecks appear and butter smells “nutty”, you’ll need to act FAST. Mix in your ‘Mallows and 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract. When I said you need to act fast, I meant it. This explains the shoddy camera work below. Once your marshmallows are melted, pour in your rice crisp cereal and give it a good stir. Once completely coated, stir in your crushed Heath bars.

Browned Butter Toffee  Marshmallow Treats recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor JC. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest.

You’ll be setting up your treats in a parchment paper lined pan. I like to clip the edges in place with clothespins or chip clips. Press mixture firmly and evenly into pan.

Browned Butter Toffee  Marshmallow Treats recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor JC. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest.

Sprinkle reserved crushed toffee bits onto top and press in. Let cool completely. Cut bars into squares using a chef’s knife that has been sprayed with cooking spray. This helps avoid sticking.

Browned Butter Toffee  Marshmallow Treats recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor JC. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest.

Pretty simple, right? Try it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Sweet Fest™ - Browned Butter Toffee Marshmallow Recipe

 

Chocolate & Nut Scrolls

Contributed by Nicole Neverman of PicNic

These chocolate and nut scrolls were one of my first recipes. These scrolls are really straightforward to make, but they take a bit of time, as with all recipes involving yeast. However, they are absolutely worth the wait, I promise! 🙂

Chocolate & Nut Scolls recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor Nicole Neverman. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest.

I’ve made these scrolls countless times, to take along to lunches, friends’ houses and work. I always get such fantastic feedback. Everyone loves them!

Chocolate & Nut Scolls recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor Nicole Neverman. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest.

Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below. We love the feedback!

Chocolate & Nut Scrolls Recipe

Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookie Cups

Contributed by Elizah Tashjian of The Wholesome Foodie

Show me someone who doesn’t love Girl Scout cookies, and I will show you a liar.

Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookie Cups recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor Elizah Tashjian. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest.

Girl Scout cookies are my ultimate weakness. I was so weak this year, that I did something I never do…bought 2 boxes! Pretty bad for someone who is gluten sensitive!

Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookie Cups recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor Elizah Tashjian. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest.

I wanted to make something similar to my favorite Samoas®/Caramel deLites® that are not only delicious but healthy. These delicious treats are what I came up with!

Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookie Cups recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor Elizah Tashjian. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest.

These no-bake cups are so easy to make and will win over anyone. Enjoy..and make sure you share! 😉

Recipe - Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookie Cups

Chocolate Maple Meringue Tart

Contributed by PJ of Chocolatasm

A while ago I was bored and had a hunt through the pantry and came up with this frighteningly good chocolate maple tart!

Chocolate Maple Meringue Tart recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor PJ Kearins. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest.

It was an ad lib and kind of awkward, but I’ve tidied it up for your enjoyment.

Hopefully, it will appease the “recipe-stalkers” too! 😀

Chocolate Maple Meringue Tart recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor PJ Kearins. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest.

Try it, and let us know how delicious it turned out in the comments below.

Chocolate Maple Meringue Tart Recipe PNG

DIY: Sweet Treat Recipe Cards

Contributed by Hostess Jess a Sweet Fest Exclusive SLU

I’m an avid sweet lover, but a novice when it comes to baking.

So, while taking notes from my fellow Sweet Lovers University contributors, I was inspired to whip up some cute recipe cards!

Simply print on cardstock paper and trim to size.

It’s an easy DIY for even the craft-challenged, and I think they’re rather sweet…pun totally intended! 😉

Sweet Treat Recipe Cards (Printer Friendly)

Sweet Fest Recipe Card