The Pretty Life Girls

Thursday, March 26, 2015

PLG Cooks: Carrot Cake + Pineapple Cupcakes

Guys. I have THE cupcake recipe for your upcoming spring/Easter/life celebrations. I could die over these things, they are beyond words but since words are the only way to communicate the deliciousness to you on this blog I shall try to construct a sentence or two that will do them justice. 

These are some of the most moist and flavorful cupcakes I have ever had and the frosting is out of this WORLD. I made these for a get-together I had just a couple of weeks ago and my guests were beside themselves. They are outrageous and lovely with the most delicious flavors of spring. You NEED these in your life. Ohhhh, just thinking about them makes my tongue tingle.  Here's how you make them: 

Carrot Cake and Pineapple Cupcakes 
with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting 
(makes almost 3 dozen cupcakes)

For the Cupcakes:
4 cups peeled and finely grated carrots
3 large eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, well drained
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

For the Frosting:
8oz cream cheese, softened
1  cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
4-6 cups powdered sugar
2-4 tablespoons milk depending on desired consistency
1/4 cup chopped pecans (for topping if desired)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 standard muffin tins with paper liners and set aside. In a bowl, whisk together grated carrots, eggs, sugar, oil, buttermilk, vanilla extract, and pineapple.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

3. Add the dry ingredients all at once to the wet ingredients and stir to thoroughly combine.

4. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until testers inserted into centers come out clean, 20 to 23 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks, 10 minutes. Turn out cupcakes onto wire racks, and let cool completely. Unfrosted cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen for up to 2 months in airtight containers.
Make sure cupcakes are completely cool before frosting.

5. To make the frosting, in the bowl of a electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat the cream cheese until soft and pliable.  Add the softened butter and beat on low until well combined.  Add the powdered sugar, pineapple, vanilla, and a dash of milk.  Beat on medium low until mixture is combined.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.  Add more milk to reach your desired consistency.

6. Generously spread frosting on each cooled cupcake. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Cupcakes are best served within three days.

(Adapted from Joy the Baker)

Happy baking, loves! And happy Spring!
ox. Liz

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PLG Giveaway: Beverly Swimwear!!!

Today we have a giveaway for one lucky reader to win the swimsuit of their choice from the amazing Beverly Swimwear! You will not believe these swimsuits - the patterns, styles, and quality are amazing. Each suit is handmade, and they are all just so good! 

To enter, all you need to do is follow these steps on Instagram:
  1. Follow our new Pretty Life Girls account
  2. Follow Beverly Swimwear
  3. Like the giveaway post
  4. Tag 2 friends in the Instagram comments
Giveaway will run through Monday, and the winner will be announced Tuesday on the Instagram post. Good luck!

xo, Liz and Sam

Monday, March 23, 2015

Leather Leggings Days

The last few days everyone in my house has been sick. Hacking coughs, snot fountain noses, lots of tears. So, at the first sign of the sickness subsiding and the noses drying I did what any self-respecting mother would do: I put on my faux-leather leggings and red heels and ran from the house like an escaped convict fleeing prison (except the running was more of a peppy shuffle given the heels and all). Sick kids are so sad but GUYS they need all this attention that I would sometimes like to be giving to a molten-chocolate cake, in a restaurant, with grown-ups who don't sneeze on you while your mouth is open. But only sometimes. Faux leather leggings and fancy restaurants aren't for everyday, just like babies won't be babies forever, and colds only last for a little while. 


In relation, I do think there are places that deliver molten-chocolate cake so that could be an everyday thing which means either way, things will be fine whether it's a leggings or snot day, so what I'm saying is I thought this post was going to be about the leggings and/or enjoying life's up/downs but it's really about cake. Welcome to the PLG. 

Happy Monday! 
ox. Liz 

Top: c/o SheInside (on sale now for only $17.50!)
Leggings: c/o SheInside
Shoes: Sheikh Shoes