Happy Easter!

Man oh man, do my teeth and stomach currently dislike me. They’re so over sugar-laden snacks that just NEED to be sampled. (Market research, right?) Even with the reprieve of my recently-shared Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes, they’re feeling quite disapproving.

Luckily, after this weekend, the Hallmark holidays take a breather for a minute. So I, and the rest of the five-year-old population of Portland, just HAD to indulge in all of the sweets I possibly could for Easter.

Pre-Easter, I was lucky enough to visit Tra’Renee Chambers and the team at Afternoon Live. So I brainstormed. I phoned a friend. I played the 50-50 game. And I asked the audience. The audience (thanks, Lori and Debbie!) was immensely helpful. With their recommendations, Easter Surprise Cupcakes were formulated. Inspired by the (sometimes polarizing) Peep, this dessert is so light and airy, you might feel like you’re floating away. Full video and recipe shared here.

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday, and that you’re looking forward to an amazing week ahead.

Xo,
Jenna

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m a fan of all Hallmark-inspired holidays. They never shy away from the two things that this site focuses on.

But I’m a particularly huge fan of Valentine’s Day. One could even call it the patron holiday of bubs and sprinks. A day when I can rock my pink and red and white. A day when I can justify a perma-sugar coma. A day when everyone should share the love as much as they possibly can!

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In honor of our [brand] new patron holiday, we’re rebooting an old favorite, with a brand new audience. I was hosted by Afternoon Live this week, and I doctored up a batch ofย Spicy Red Velvet. This was actually the very first recipe I ever made for bubbles+sprinkles. I would like to think today’s turned out a heck of a lot better than 2013’s ๐Ÿ™‚ As always, huge thanks to Tre and the show for having me. It was a total blast. You can check out the video and recipe, here.ย 

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Looking for help with your future sugary treat needs? Feel free to reach out to hello@bubblesandsprinkles.com or take advantage of the form at the top of the page. Remember that all orders this month will benefit Planned Parenthood. I would like to continue contributing profits from this site to charities who could really use it. Have an idea for a group that would really appreciate it? Let me know!

Hope that everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Xo,
Jenna

Cinnamon Cupcakes for a PDX Snow “storm”

You may notice some aptly used quotes in the title of this post. These are in place because, if you’re not a Portland native or current citizen, the snow that we’ve seen the past couple of weeks may be laughable. It sure is to my relatives that live in the Midwest. The only retort I can possibly share, is that their fair cities are far better equipped for snow and ice, than Portland will ever be. Because of this, Portland has shut down four out of the past fourteen days. Because of this, regular commutes home took folks more than five hours. Because of this, I got creative with my cupcakes this week.

My street shut down, rightfully so, as several cars crashed trying to navigate out. The pavements remained unplowed and unsalted, so even the four block commute to the local grocery store was not traversable. I understand how dramatic this all sounds, believe me. So I cleaned the kitchen, (and the bathroom and the bedroom and the living room), and realized I had all of the ingredients necessary for Cinnamon Cupcakes! Now, I’m not sure if this is due to the fact that I had little else to captivate my attention, but I’m going to go ahead and put these in my top five. They are SO that word that rhymes with noist and starts with an m (won’t say it, won’t type it), they are fluffy, and they are festive. I will answer no questions about how many I ate.

Recipe (makes 12)

Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup baking flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • ย 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon

Frosting:

  • 16 oz confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar mix
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

Preheat the oven to 350 and dig out your most holiday-centric liners. Mix cupcake ingredients, sans cinnamon. Fill liners and divide cinnamon into equal dustings for each cupcake. Bake for 16 minutes. These will rise and dome, beautifully.

While cupcakes cool, combine frosting ingredients and beat until smooth. I’ve been having adventures in frosting lately. These finally met my mark for look and texture, although they did a number on my forearm muscles. Frost cupcakes and decorate however you please. Enjoy!

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Hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday week!

Xo,
Jenna

bubbles+sprinkles Visits Afternoon Live

Weeee! What a fun week. On Thursday, I was lucky enough to share the fun of bubbles+sprinkles with the team of Afternoon Live on KATU, Channel 2.

I don’t think anyone could ever accuse me of stage fright — there was a pretty extended period of childhood where I really thought I was going to be the next Nicole Kidman — but that didn’t stop a couple of butterflies the night prior. What if the frosting wasn’t thick enough? What if my piping bag exploded while on the air? (Yes, this was live folks) What if I’ve been living in a more self-centered bubble than I anticipated and only I like my cupcakes?ย 

Luckily, these fears were totally assuaged by the calming presence of the host and crew. I had SUCH a blast sharing my recipe for Peppermint Fudge, and hope to return again soon.

You can check out the recipe, as well as the full video- HERE!

Hope everyone has a splendiferous week and that Portland DOES see snow!

Xo,
Jenna

Straight-Up Strawberry and a Minx Named Chloe

Happy Valentine’s Day! This is the third time around the sun for bubbles&sprinkles and this is one holiday that’s guaranteed to inspire me to bake a batch. I’m of the opinion that “relationship” is a subjective term and that everyone has someone or something to celebrate today. My sister told me yesterday that she hates Valentines Day because it’s an excuse to get fat and kiss the people you love. Ummm…those are two wonderful things!

I have already decreed 2016’s cupcake buzzword- simplicity. So no white-chocolate-strawberry-cinnamon-rose-petal-infused cupcakes here today. We’re going Straight-Up Strawberry. Poor strawberry gets caught in the middle of all the desserts. People loathe her because she’s too sweet, or she’s au natural in a batch of organic muffins. I tried to toe the line of compromise for these cupcakes. No fake strawberry flavor, only the real deal, but pink food coloring did earn a role. They’re light and flavorful and a little tart and pretty and pink!

Recipe (makes 12)

Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup pureed strawberries
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp pink food coloring

Frosting:

  • 16 oz confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • strawberries for garnish
  • red sprinkles for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake tin with festive cupcake liners. Combine cupcake ingredients and beat until smooth. Fill liners and bake for 15 minutes. Combine frosting ingredients and beat until smooth and frothy. Frost cooled cupcakes and garnish. Do yourself a favor and share these…you’ll earn copious karma points.

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I spied Chloe a few weeks back at Fred Meyer. She was minding her own business, kind of the queen of the castle, atop a Valentine’s Day promotional display. Her label was tied with a neat, black bow, zero context as to her flavor profile. I just had to take her home.

Well she truly is a saucy minx, no bones about it. She’s tart and tangy, but extremely drinkable. I can’t think of anything that she wouldn’t pair well with. She’s actually a little bit more tart than the cupcakes are, which worked out well. She also doesn’t break the bank at around $12 a bottle. My kinda lady.

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Hope everyone has a wonderful love day and a wonderful week!

Cheers,
Jenna