Wisconsin is lovely in January! Ok, not really. It’s actually miserably cold, grey and dreary. But Wisconsinites must look at the bright side of Wisconsin winters or the abominable snow man will get us.
What is the bright side of a Wisconsin winter? Having an excuse to cook a comforting meal and enjoy a relaxing night on the couch under the blankets. Here are some ideas for foods to enjoy while you hibernate until March… or maybe April.
In honor of Father’s Day I’ve rounded up some fun cupcake ideas for all different types of dads. These cupcakes are much more memorable and infinitely tastier than the usual tie gift.
Golf Cupcakes from Simple Girl
Dad will enjoy these adorable cakes before he hits the links. You can even write him a special note on the flags.
Fishing Cupcakes from Tidy Mom blog
Give your dad a tasty snack for his next fishing trip. These super cute cupcakes are topped with blue icing and a fish fruit snack on a fishing poll made out of a tooth pick and some thread.
Lawn Mower Cupcakes from Disney Family Fun
I know a few dads who actually enjoy mowing the lawn, so if this applies to your dad, these are the cupcakes for him. The mower is made out of chocolate candies and black licorice, and the grass is coconut with green food coloring. These cute cupcakes are fun, easy to decorate and guaranteed to make dad smile.
Brats on the Grill Brownies from Edible Antics
I made these creative cupcakes for dads who love to grill. These tiny bratwursts are actually Hot Tamale candies on a brownie grill. I suppose you could use cupcake batter instead of brownies. I would just fill the cupcake tins with a little less batter than usual so the cakes don’t rise over the edge. This will give you a flatter surface to put the decorations on.
For more Father’s Day gift ideas and Wisconsin food, visit my Pinterest boards.
I accidentally discovered the secret to chewy brownies when I made “bratwurst on the grill” brownies, an idea from Taste of Home Magazine.
My coworker Marilyn pointed out to me that she loves chewy brownies, and mine were chewy all the way around. You’ve probably heard of those “As Seen on TV”, all-corners brownie pans. If you are a chewy brownie lover, I’m here to tell you, don’t buy the over-priced pan! There is a cheaper and easier way to make chewy brownies and you probably have the key piece of equipment in your kitchen right now: the muffin tin. By putting my brownie batter in a muffin tin, I made chewy brownies without even meaning too. Not to mention the grill decorations make this the perfect dessert for your next brat cookout. To make your own, just follow these simple steps:
- Take some brownie batter (from a box or from scratch- it’s up to you) and fill greased muffin cups most of the way and bake as instructed on the box/in the recipe.
- After the brownies have baked and cooled, top each brownie with red or orange sugar sprinkles (these are the glowing coals).
- Use black icing to make lines for the grill grate. I used the little tubes of gel you find in the baking section of the grocery store.
- Top each grill with three Hot Tamale candies.
- Make grill marks on your Hot Tamale bratwurst. I found that using the icing straight out of the tube made the line too thick. Instead, squirt out a bit of icing on to a plate and run a toothpick through it, then run the toothpick over the candy three times to make the grill marks.
For a winter brownie decoration, visit my Snowy Wisconsin Brownies post.
What brownie do you prefer? The edge, the middle, or the corner?