Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Another Gringa Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered our latest giveaway!  I had fun reading all of your comments and retweets :)

And now...drum roll please...

Hmmm...and who might lucky #2 be?

It's Cathy's Crazy Life!  Congratulations, Cathy!  Shoot me an email at cooking4gringas (at) gmail (dot) com and we'll get that CSN Stores gift certificate sent your way.  Thanks again, y'all!  Stay tuned for future contests!

Monday, July 5, 2010

As American as...Cupcakes?

Y'all ate up my last batch of cupcakes so I decided to share some more!  I made these for some friends yesterday just before watching certain film starring Will Smith and some aliens.  No, not Men in Black...that other one.  What's it called?  Oh yes, Independence Day! 

The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays.  Playing by the pool, fireflies, watermelon...it just feels like summertime.  This recipe truly captures the pure, innocent joy of summertime.  It's fun and simple.  Also, it happens to be reduced fat/reduced sugar!  Be sure to bookmark this one for your barbecue next year...it's a big hit!

Liberty Cakes
Source: Inspired by fellow Foodbuzz Featured Publisher, Omnomicon


1 box white cake mix
12 oz Sprite Zero (sorry...I live in Atlanta)
LOTS of gel food coloring
8 oz Fat Free whipped topping


Preheat oven according to cake mix package directions.  Line cupcake pan.

Mix together white cake mix and Sprite Zero according to package directions.
Looks like cappuccino froth!

Pour one third of the batter into a small bowl.  Pour another one third into another small bowl.  Add blue food coloring to one bowl and red food coloring to the other.  I like to add three drops, stir, and repeat until I find the desired color.
The prettiest dirty dishes ever

Place one heaping tablespoon of blue batter into each cupcake liner.  Then place one heaping tablespoon of uncolored batter directly on top of the blue, as though forming concentric circles.  Then top each cupcake liner with one heaping tablespoon of red batter.  Repeat until you're out of liners (I made 2 dozen with this much batter).  Don't worry if your cupcakes look a little lower than usual...this stuff rises a lot!

Bake according to box directions.  Let cool completely.  Once cool, top with whipped topping and a blueberry.  Serve with sparklers and patriotism.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Reminder: Another Gringa Giveaway!

Don't forget!  You have until Monday, July 5th, to enter our latest giveaway to win a $40 gift certificate to CSN Stores!

Two Ways to Enter:

  1. Simply comment on this post!
  2. Follow cooking4gringas on Twitter and retweet the following: RT I entered to win a gift card from CSN Stores and @cooking4gringas!!! http://tinyurl.com/2g29qc9 Then, comment on this post to let us know it was you!
You can comment or retweet or both!  Please only one entry per email address per day; otherwise feel free to enter as many times as you'd like!  The Giveaway will end Monday, July 5th at Midnight (Eastern Time) so be sure to check back every day to enter for your chance to win this fabulous gift certificate! The lucky winner will be announced Tuesday, July 6th.

Hope y'all have a happy 4th of July weekend!