Seams and Sprinkles

A sweet and fashionable life, one post at a time.

5 Life-Changing Ways to Use Dollar Store Goodies for Cupcake Toppers

Dollar stores are usually pretty conveniently located and can provide a variety of affordable options for cooking, baking, or crafting. I have recently made a simple wreath from dollar store craft supplies, as well as added some flair to gift baskets for the holidays with items that range from awesome novels to wine glasses to finalize the whole kit and caboodle for those vino lovers out there. I know decorating cupcakes can be a bit challenging, so today I am sharing my favorite life-changing ways to use dollar store goodies to make fabulous cupcakes without the cost or baking expertise! The best part is that these are also kid-friendly if you have a mini baking assistant interested in lending a hand. Are you ready for this cheap adventure?


First, since it is Easter time, let's start with the Peeps! They come in packs so they are great to use when you have a large batch of cupcakes you want to look extra cute for all your favorite "peeps"! You could use the bunnies or the chicks and a variety of new flavors if your guests of honor don't care so much for the original flavor. As a side note, try not to prepare these too far in advance otherwise your Peeps may start to harden a bit. Aren't they so adorable?


Next, I am showing two different size gumballs here. The extra-large pastel colors and smaller red ones that look like a sweet little cherry on top. You could even drizzle some chocolate sauce over the top of the frosting and with rainbow sprinkles before adding the red mini gumball to make it look like a hot fudge sundae...how precious!


Speaking of rainbow sprinkles, the dollar store has great, bright-colored rainbow sprinkles that are simple as a topper for cupcakes, but look fun and adorable just the same! Nothing screams "birthday" to me more than rainbow sprinkles! Don't you agree? These sprinkles are also great for making Funfetti cookies, which are a birthday celebration staple of mine.


Are you more of a candy person? How about Ring Pops? These are especially great for a wedding or bridal celebration for your favorite bride to be! If you like it, you gotta put a ring on it! Kids will also really enjoy them because they get two sweet snacks in one.


Finally, any type of colorful sucker adds a great pop of color and can be used in a variety of settings or themed parties. From unicorn celebrations to a party under the circus tent, these rainbow suckers will surely catch everyone's eye and add to the magic of your event. Because these suckers have all these bright colors, they will also look great mixed and matched with other desserts or cupcakes in your party display!


So fear not, as shown here, you can make fantastic desserts without all the hassle of baking supplies or the cost of them either! Head down to the candy aisle at your nearest dollar store and see what charming goodies you might be able to find to use on your next baking adventure. Be sure to leave a note in the comments section below and tell me what candies or treats are your favorite cupcake toppers to use when you make cupcakes.

Have a hoppy Easter everyone!

March Inspired Fashion: The Emerald Green Dress

I know Kermit told us growing up that it is not so easy being green, and unfortunately I was not there to help him with his green style to make it a little easier! March is a great month promoting lots of luck and magic all around and the beauty of spring starting to pop its head up to say “hello”. I really enjoy the color green being so predominant during this month as well, because it further signifies all the growth happening through the month around us. How amazing is that?!


I felt truly inspired by this emerald green dress I stumbled upon at Target in the clearance section. It has so many amazing details from the fit to the cutout sleeves. I think it really makes any eye color pop and radiate true warmth! I especially love how easily it can be changed up style-wise depending on how you accessorize it…I get so excited just imagining all the possibilities to keep this staple piece refreshed throughout the year for different occasions by doing just that.

For this look, I paired the gorgeous emerald green dress from Target with my favorite pair of black t-strap vintage heels and a vintage bucket purse from Liz Claiborne. I also threw in some faux pearls to finish off the vintage-inspired look. A huge thank you to Mandy Castillo Photography for working with me during her last visit to Sacramento to capture these photos for me!


I hope this spring-forward fashion helps get you inspired to throw in some new spring colors to your wardrobe and get you out and about for some fun on the town. Don’t forget to take a quick moment and let me know how you would style this fabulous emerald green dress in the comments below. Who knows, that could be exactly what I do the next time I wear it ;)!


St. Paddy's Chocolate Cake Shake

Back in October, we headed to a dear friend's wedding in Arizona. Not only was it a lovely time and a great opportunity to catch up, we also got to head to one of my favorite childhood restaurants...Portillo's! If you have never checked them out, you have to see if there is a location near you or if there is one near your next vacation spot. One of my favorite things on the menu there is the chocolate cake shake. It might sound strange, but trust me it is heavenly!


I thought it would be fun to make an Irish inspired cake shake to celebrate St. Paddy's Day right by infusing in some Guinness beer. So, are you ready for this flavor and unique textural experience? This recipe will be done in a jiffy, so feel free to make it when your favorite lucky charm stops by to have some fun with you for St. Patrick's Day. Grab your blender, a few mugs, and all the yummy fixings to have your pot o' gold at the end of the flavor rainbow!


St. Paddy's Chocolate Cake Shake

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup Guinness stout beer
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Ingredients for the shake:

  • 4-5 scoops of chocolate ice cream, add more or less for the desired shake texture
  • 1/2 cup Guinness stout beer
  • Toppings such as whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate syrup and Lucky Charms marshmallows (my personal favorite)

Photography by: Yadish Ramos Photography

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and salt together.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the beer, butter, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and beat them until they are completely incorporated and no lumps are present.
  4. Stir in the 1/4 cup chocolate chips with a spatula.
  5. Split the batter evenly into two microwavable 8-ounce mugs.
  6. Place the both of the mugs into the microwave and heat on high for about 1 minute and 45 seconds. Due to varying times, check the cakes at about 1 minute, 25 seconds and adjust as you need for your microwave settings. 
  7. Set the mug chocolate cakes aside to cool while you prepare the shake.
  8. Using a blender, combine the ice cream and Guinness beer until smooth and the carbonation has settled a bit.
  9. Add in chunks of the chocolate cake to the shake mix and lightly pulse the shake in the blender to break up the cake into the shake mixture slightly. Set aside.
  10. Swirl chocolate syrup all over the inside of a frosted cup, as desired.
  11. Slowly pour chocolate cake shake mixture into the prepared frosted cup.
  12. Finally, top with whipped cream and other holiday toppings of your choosing! I added more mini chocolate chips, lucky charms marshmallows and colored sprinkles on top.

Note: Recipe originally developed for Blissfully Domestic 
Easy peasy, right? If you are drooling now, hurry up and go make a shake for yourself! I hope you have a wonderful and magical St. Patrick's Day. Be sure to leave your favorite tradition for this holiday in the comments below.