Fireball Cupcakes

Fireball Cupcake

Like Fireball whiskey? Atomic Fireball candy? Dungeons and Dragons? Mario? An excuse to make cupcakes? Then these are for you.

Warning: They’re potent. They’re boozy and they’ve got a spicy cinnamon kick. You’re gonna love them.

Fireball Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • Ingredients needs for box spice cake mix, minus the water (mine needed 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 3 eggs)
  • 1 cup + 1 TBS Fireball (or another spicy cinnamon flavored whiskey)
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • dash salt
  • red and yellow food coloring (optional)
  • cinnamon candies (optional)

Directions:

Prepare the spice cake mix as is directed on the back of the box, but instead of water, use Fireball. (My cake mix called for 1 cup of water, so I put in 1 cup of Fireball instead.) Fill cupcake tins about 2/3 of the way with the batter, and bake as directed on the back of the box.

Remove cupcakes from the oven once a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer cupcakes to wire racks.

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. Mix the butter in a mixer until fully smooth, then slowly add the powdered sugar in, one cup at a time, until it is all mixed. Add a TBS of Fireball, and the vanilla and salt. Mix for about 5 minutes or until the frosting has a beautiful, whipped consistency.

Fireball Cupcake Frosting
Want to make the fire frosting you see above? Divide the frosting up in 3 bowls. Set aside one. In one bowl, place yellow food coloring, and in the other, red food coloring. (I use AmeriColor gel food coloring.) Mix the frostings with the food coloring until the color you’d like is reached. Place each color side by side in a pastry bag. (It’s ok if they end up getting a bit mixed up, it makes a more realistic fire color!) Pipe onto the cooled cupcakes and top with a cinnamon candy. Enjoy!

 

Gritty Mario Reboot: The Four Players

“The Four Players” have been around since November, but I just got around to watching them this week. I was expecting some fun little videos showing grittier sides of the four player characters in Super Mario Bros., but I was blown away at the quality. There’s great acting, singing, and special effects (that even include puppetry!) I really enjoyed watching these interpretations. If you’ve got an extra 15 minutes or so, check these out:

Friday Favorites: October 18

Friday Faves 10-18

This week has me prepping my Halloween post shoot, prepping for GeekGirlCon, and prepping for various other parties/events happening in the next few weeks. With my birthday, my friends’ birthdays, Halloween, and more, the 2nd half of October is always an adventure! Here are the things I’ve been loving this past week:

Favorite Con: GeekGirlCon
GeekGirlCon is this weekend! I’ll be writing up a full post later on where I’ll be and when, but regardless, I’m thrilled to spend a weekend with tons of lovely geeky women (and geeky women supporters). Tickets are sold out online, but a limited supply will be available at the door. Will I see you there?

Favorite Charitable Event: Extra Life
Extra Life is coming up on November 2nd and I still have to make a list of the video game-inspired food I’ll be making! I’ll be making all of the meals during the 25 hour time frame, and they all will be video game themed. Cheer me on by making a pledge, all the money goes to the Seattle Children’s Hospital! Let me know in the comments what video game food you’d like to see me make.

Favorite Game: Full Screen Mario
When I need a quick break and a dose of nostalgia, I turn to Full Screen Mario. It’s got all of the levels you know and love plus a level generator for some new fun! Try it out now.

Favorite Party Supplies: Oriental Trading
I just received a new shipment from Oriental Trading this week with supplies for four different projects I’m currently working on. I love ordering from them because they have so many cool things, their prices are great, and it gets here fairly fast. I can’t wait to play with all of my new goodies! Start shopping.

What are you loving this week?

Friday Favorites: September 6

Friday Faves Sept 6

Summer is over! Con season is over! (Ok, that’s a lie. I know of three more cons coming up in the next month or two.) Job Hunters production is over! (Also a lie. We’ve got a few tiny shoots left over this next month or so.) Time to sit around and relax and bask in all of my free time now that Fall is here! (HA! Why do I even try?)

Things may still be busy, but I think I’m at that point of the year where most summer things are starting to calm down and I can start being consistent with Geeky Hostess goodness again. I’ve got some really fun posts, parties, recipes and more in the works, so stay tuned! Here are my favorites from this past week:

Favorite Jewelry: Royal Star Necklace
I picked up this star necklace from the Sanshee booth at PAX, and I absolutely love it. It looks more expensive than it is, and I wear it on days where I need a bit of invincibility. You can find it online here.

Favorite Web Series: Shut Up and Sit Down
Board game reviews and instructions as they should have always been done: By an enthusiasitc British guy in costume. These are super well done. Watch them all here.

Favorite Song: Ylvis’ The Fox
Make no mistake: This is a goofy video made by a group that is essentially a Norwegian Lonely Island. No one making this thought it would be a serious video. That doesn’t make me love it any less. The tune is catchy and I caught myself singing along the second time I watched it. Enjoy.

Favorite Alcoholic Beverage: Three Olives’ Loopy Vodka
Sometimes, you just want your vodka to taste like Fruit Loops. Yes, that time is often when you’ve just turned 21 and you can handle ridiculously sweet things, but if you’re still a fan of fun-flavored vodkas, you’ve gotta try this one. I have no clue how they made it taste like Fruit Loops or why it’s so good, but they did and it is. Find out more here.

What are some of your favorite new discoveries from this past week?

24 Hours of Cooking: Yoshi Egg Scramble

This past weekend, I spent 24 hours cooking video game-themed food while my friends and I played video games for Extra Life. The first dish I made, at 9am that morning, was a Yoshi Egg Scramble with applewood bacon and apples on the side. It was healthy, delicious, and gave us all the energy to keep going!

Yoshi Egg Scramble

Ingredients (to feed 5):

  • 4 pieces of applewood bacon
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 6 mushrooms
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2 TBS milk or water (optional)
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Additional bacon and/or apples for the side

Directions:

Begin by cooking the bacon. I prefer to use the microwave (it leaves the stovetop available for the other items). To make bacon in the microwave, place some paper towels on a plate and lay the bacon strips over the paper towels. Cover with a paper towel and microwave for 4 minutes. Remove the bacon and let cool with a new paper towel on top to soak up a bit more grease.

While the bacon is cooling, start heating a pan on the stove with a bit of olive oil in it.

Chop the cleaned mushrooms up into small pieces, place in pan.

Chop the cooled bacon into small pieces, set aside.

Crack the eggs into a bowl and add 1/2 TBS of milk or water to the eggs. Whisk until the eggs are blended.

Add the shredded mozzarella to the bowl of whisked eggs, mix. Put the mixture into the pan.

Add the bacon pieces to the mixture in the pan. Add salt and pepper to taste.

As the egg mixture solidifies, move it around the pan and “scramble” it up. The eggs are done when they are no longer runny.

Serve with apple slices or additional pieces of bacon. Enjoy!

 

Loot Crate

You remember that feeling on Christmas, or your birthday, or that non-denominational day that you were showered with surprise gifts? In front of you was a mystery box–you have a feeling you’ll like what’s inside, and you get this great feeling of anticipation as you start to open it. That is the feeling you get each month with Loot Crate.

Loot Crate is a monthly subscription box that sends you 6-8 “handpicked epic products” that any geek would love. At $13.37 (plus $5 shipping), it’s a decent price for the items you’re getting, not to mention the sense of surprise and wonder you get with every box. Past items have included nerdy candy, energy-infused everything (including turkey jerky!), geeky cologne (my husband now smells like Thor), and discounts on cool art. It’s pretty much like a convention in a box, minus the sore feet.

Plus, if you’re lucky, the box will include items that will turn you into a sexy, mustachioed, 8-bit, Mario-inspired beast.

In an entirely unrelated note, I learned today that fake mustaches and lip gloss don’t mix.

Get signed up for Loot Crate at LootCrate.com.

8-Bit Cutting Board

Looking for a great quality wood cutting board, but don’t want it to look like everyone else’s? Prairie Oak Studios can help you out. Their boards include 8-bit renditions of Mario and Nyan cat, or just simply beautiful designs. They feature this quote on their site: “Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” -William Morris. With these cutting boards, you’ll get a great product that will also make you smile every time you use it. Can’t beat that!

Cutting boards: $59-110 at Etsy.com.

Geeky Glitter Shoes

A huge thank you to Lisa for showing me these amazing shoes, handmade by Etsy seller Aisha Voya. The shoes are adorable, glittery flats that can be worn with jeans or dressed up for a night out on the town. With designs from Mario, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Star Wars, My Little Pony and more, there’s something for every geeky lady.

Shoes range from $60-80 and are custom made in your size. Visit Etsy shop aishavoya to see everything available!