Monday, March 7, 2011

Lemon Pie Cupcakes , Hurricanes + More Mardi Gras Fun !

Here's another little treat that I served at my Mardi Gras party. These easy little jewels are a favorite at my house and are sure to be at yours. They taste just like a scrumptious lemon pie, but are rolled into a tasty cupcake and can be decorated for Mardi Gras or any other holiday by simply changing the colors of the sprinkles. I topped them off with my luscious cream cheese frosting. Cest bon, cher!

Lemon Pie Cupcakes
1 box yellow or lemon cake mix
2 large eggs
1/2 cup water
1 can lemon pie filling

In large bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, water, and pie filling. Mix with electric mixer until well blended. Spoon into festive paper muffin cups, and bake in a 325 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and frost. Fab!

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8 ounce pkg. cream cheese, softened)
1 tbs.milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners sugar

In large bowl, mix the cream cheese, milk, vanilla, and confectioners sugar, until smooth. Add a little more milk, if needed. Spread on cooled cupcakes and top with sprinkles. Enjoy!

 For my King Cake Recipe, click here.

Next, I'd like to share with you, a recipe for a New Orleans Hurricane. Some say this is the drink of choice for Mardi Gras, but just make sure that you have a designated driver, BEFORE you have one. Guaranteed to make you happy! Cheers, cher!

 New Orleans Hurricane

1 1/2 ounces light rum
1  1/2 ounces dark rum
1 oz. orange juice
1 oz. lime juice
1/4 cup passion fruit juice
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. grenadine
Ice cubes
Orange slices and cherries for garnish

Combine all ingredients, except grenadine and ice, in a cocktail shaker, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in the grenadine and ice, and shake. Fill a hurricane glass, half full of ice and strain drink into glass. Garnish with an orange slice and marachino cherry. (photo courtesy of Google)

More Mardi Gras Fun

We had an absolute blast, over the weekend and the best is yet to come!  Since today is Lundi Gras and tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, the party is really going to get rolling, tonight! Here are a few pics of Le Festival de Mardi Gras at Cajun Field, in Lafayette. Great live Cajun music, food, and of course, dancing, through Mardi Gras night. Plus, a carnival and amusement park for the kids. And Wayne Toups will be taking the stage tonight at 10 pm!  See ya'll there!

Le Festival de Mardi Gras de Lafayette

We saw Nik-L Beer, a hot rock and roll band, and they were really rev-ing up the crowd.

Some friends had a tent and were cooking up a storm. BBQ'd chicken and ribs.

There were also long lines at the food and drink booths.

Walking along the parade route. Lots of walking!

And here's a little clip that I took of the Nik-L-Beer Band, rockin' the crowd.
Lots more to come, so stay tuned!

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Mardi Gras! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Joanne said...

Those cupcakes looks so easy to make, my kind of recipe. I'm definitely copying and saving that one!

Enjoy your week, Marguerite. It sounds like you've got lots of good times in store :)

Rae said...

Thanks for the cupcake recipe. Nice pictures and video. Looks like lots of fun.

Eddie Bluelights said...

At first I thought there was a real hurricane bit that New Orleans Hurricane just 'blows me away' LOL. Really must try that!! Looking at the ingredients quickly I thought I saw 'granade' but it is 'grenadine' so it wouldn't have quite blown my head off!! LOL Love the rum base in it - a fav of mine.
Loved the atmosphere of the floats - but hey, where is the limo with you in it?
Have a great time ~ Eddie

Learn, Laugh, Cook said...

Wow those lemon pie cupcakes and the hurricane drink look A-MAZING! Even my husband was leaning over my shoulder drooling at the computer screen! :-P

Thanks for sharing! I will be trying them soon.


Velva said...

Your house is going to be rocking....I am already envious of your food spread. Delicious!!!!!

Happy Mardi Gras to you and your family. No doubt you are going to enjoy the festivities and the food.


Dee said...

I've got to try those cupcakes!! I used to love going to the festival! Looks like y'all had a blast!


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Marguerite said...

Joanne- Thanks, so glad you like them! They are so easy to make and are divine! Enjoy! Thanks, we had a blast!

Rae- You're welcome! Thanks, so glad you enjoyed them! Mardi Gras is always so much fun! Recuperating, today! lol

Eddie- Merci beaucoup, cher! Glad you like the Hurricane. It is a yummy, rummy drink, but be careful, too many could make you feel like your head was blown off! lol The limo is resting! lol Cheers!

Mandy- Thanks, cher, you're so welcome! So glad you like them and want to try them. They are fab! And thanks so much for trying my Red Beans and Rice!

Velva- Thanks so much for your nice comment and for stopping by!! It was all good and a lot of fun!

Dee- Merci, cher! Warning: They are addictive! lol We did have a blast and I wish that you could have been here! Maybe next year?

Martha (MM) said...

So much great stuff! You scared me for a second when I read hurricane in the title, I was ready to run turn on the weather channel, LOL!

nanny said...

I love lemon.....I'll bet those cupcakes are wonderful.

Be Safe, Are you getting plenty of rain? Gosh we got a flood yesterday!

Cloudia said...

Bon Temps, my Dear!!!!!!

Aloha from Honolulu

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Magic of Spice said...

Those cupcakes are delightful and your King Cake is of course a delight. Must get my hands one of these "New Orleans Hurricane" drinks...You are the Queen of Cajun delights!

rosaria said...

Marguerite, I'm right there, heart and soul, devouring all that good food, dancing the night away.

Pooch Purple Reign said...

what a party!! i remember having a pretty rough day after a night of hurricanes....
sure had fun though. thx for the recipe
~laura xx

Drick said...

beautiful hurricanes, although I gave them up for Lent....HA HA HA.... but not cupcakes, yum,,,,

Marguerite said...

Ron- Hi and welcome to Cajun country! So glad you stopped by! Thanks so much for following, it's great to have you here!

Eddie- You are such a hoot! LOL

Martha- Thanks, lol, fortunately, we only have those from June to October! Thanks for stopping by!

nanny- If you love lemon, then you will love these! They really are fab and so easy to make! We had a little bit of drizzle in the morning, but it stayed dry for the rest of the day! Amazing!

Cloudia- Merci beaucoup, cher! It was all a blast! Thanks for coming by!

Spice- Thanks so much for your sweet comment! You should make yourself a hurricane, right now! Cheers!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Marguerite,
I have had so much fun coming to Mardi Gras with you this year. Your food, music and the fun loving folks. I have really enjoyed it. Your cupcakes are a delight as all of your food is. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

Nancy said...

I would love to be walking the parade route with you Marguerite! Thanks for the cupcake recipe - they look scrumptious.

kitchen flavours said...

The cupcakes sounds so lemony yum! The Mardi Gras really sounds very fun! You know, I have not heard of Mardi Gras before I started blogging! Great to see that everyone is having so much fun, wish I was there!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

looks like a fantastic Mardi Gras, those Hurricanes look awesome, so do the cupcakes. Fun, food and drinks, prefect celebration!


Those cupcakes look awesome! I love lemon anything. In fact, tomorrow, I am making my lemon pie to take to my daughter, who just had a baby a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I should switch to cupcakes.

A Kitchen Witch said...

Making the Lemon Pie Cupcakes for the Hubby's birthday. The batter tastes sooo good, I have to stay away from the bowl so that I'll have enough to bake! ; )

Kathryn said...

Like! Like! Like! These look and sounds so delicious. Please share your recipe with our readers by linking up at Muffin Monday! They will love it! Thanks!

Kim McCallie said...

It all looks so good and fun. Thanks for sharing the lemon pie cupcakes on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.