Happy New Year! I hope you all have a wonderful celebration ringing in 2016! To celebrate the big night, I am showing you to make a Chocolate Explosion Cake! It’s also a great way to use up all of your chocolates that you received during Christmas.
I think this year will be a great year for a NYE celebration! Paul and I had so many wonderful things happen to us in regards to YouTube in 2014 that we are super excited about what 2015 will be bringing us! We finished off a six month YouTube program in February with our third trip to YouTube Space LA, in the summer we took a two week working vacation to Vancouver Island and caught up with family and friends and filmed a fun video on the beach. October brought us to Toronto to take part in Buffer Festival, and that was a great experience to see how Canada’s YouTube branch does things. We celebrated 500K subscribers in the fall and hosted a giveaway that shut our blog down!! Lesson learned- we’ll have it ready for the 1M giveaway that we will be hitting sometime in early 2015. I can’t wait for that milestone! If you’re reading this, let me know in the comments what you think would be a gigantic way to celebrate it! We are very grateful for everything that has happened to us, and are so excited to plan 2015.
On to the cake for our New Years Eve celebration:
I purchased all of these New Year’s eve decorations at WalMart. Before Christmas had even happened, the stores were filled with NYE decorations and were pushing us onto the next celebration they could sell us stuff for. The candles and sparkles are available all year round, and I found those in the birthday section. The glitter ribbon I found in the crafting section, and it would be my guess that it is also available year round.
The fireworks are really easy to make and don’t require any templates. They are easy to freehand. The key to the fireworks is to make the centre the brightest, and to add the small dots and dashes around the outer rim. I practiced them a number of ways, and I found that those were the key to making it look most realistic.
Are you ready to PAR-TAY? These cupcakes are! They are covered in streamers, confetti and a ball drop for countdown . . . I don’t think I could have crammed more “party” onto them if I had tried.
I’ve never been to Times Square on New Years Eve, and I don’t think I’ll ever try (way too many people) despite my love for NYC, but watching the ball drop is pretty much the biggest iconic symbol of this holiday. New Years eve is one of those holidays that I have a love-hate relationship with . . well, it’s pretty much a hate/hate relationship. There is always the pressure to do something whether it is to find a party, to hold a party, to pay money for a party (ya, right!), or hide at home with the lights off and the door locked (me? never!). The overwhelming urge to be in bed by 9:30 that night usually kicks in and I’m barely able to stay awake for the 12:00 countdown. I hope you have a better attitude that I do when it comes to NYE . . and I hope you have better plans than we do! If you do, make sure you brag about them in the comment section as I’d love to hear about them and live vicariously. I think if we lived in a bigger city, we might have more to do, but that is not the case right, now so I’ll be on the couch.
What is the best sound of the holidays? The pop of the champagne cork of course! Champagne has always been a traditional addition to New Years Eve celebrations in my family home growing up, and of course continues to be one now!
I am definitely not a champagne connoisseur, as you may be able to tell with my use of Yellow Tail Sparkling Wine in the video . . . why would I waste good champagne on something that is baked?!?! For cooking/baking purposes this brand is great . . . relatively cheap (not as cheap as Baby Duck!), has a definite champagne taste that stays throughout the baking process, and it doesn’t taste too bad when you drink the rest of the bottle when you’re done baking these cupcakes . . . using the bottle or a flute to finish it off works either way