Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
So if you can't tell these are a pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese frosting and little marzipan pumpkins just hanging out on top looking all cute. As far as the cupcake goes these were very easy to prepare. They came out very moist with a fluffy crumb. I have made this cream cheese frosting before. I still love it. It is really so yummy you must try it. You can find it here.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
1 t. pure vanilla extract
1. Place the butter, cocoa powder, and chocolate syrup in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed until just combined, 30 seconds. Stop the machine and add the sugar, milk, and vanilla. Blend with the mixer on low speed until the sugar is incorporated, 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, 1 minute more.
Makes 3 1/2 cups
I hope everyone is doing well. We are full force heading into the colder part of fall. It is supposed to snow up in the mountains tomorrow. As much as I hate winter, that kind of excited me. I do love to see snow up there from a distance.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
So here is my honest opinion after the fact. Just in case you were planning on baking any of these. For now on I will have a rating system so I feel like I'm giving you my opinion on a few aspects and not just on my first impression. It will go as follows:
First Impression- This will be as said above, right out of the oven, freshly frosted.
Cake- Overall rating of the level of difficulty of preparation for the cake, the texture, and taste.
Frosting- Overall rating of the level of difficulty of preparation and taste
Aaron's rating- My husband feels like his opinion is very important and he will be giving his rating.
Keepability- This will be the next day's overall rating of cake and frosting.
The reason for this post was because of the Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. I really did give you my honest first impression. I did have about 8 left over and I decided to give them to the secretaries at the school I teach at. They were grateful. Later on in the day, I went in and one of them told me, "they were good, but they were a little dry". Hmmmm. Okay. I'm not too offended, because she was right. They were a little dry.
The second reason, was because of the last cupcakes. My husband didn't like my pictures, he said the chocolate mousse looked like refried beans. Again, hmmmmm, okay. And again, he was right. I guess they do. The first impression on these also were really great. They were yummy. Because the frosing was made from heavy whipping cream, I felt like they needed to go in the fridge. These, also ended up being too dry the next day. *Sigh* Good thing I'm patient. To all my recipients of my experiments, I'm sorry if they are too dry, or if they look like they are topped with refried beans. I'm learning. That is my disclaimer. :)
September 15th is the due date for my monthly entry for the club, stay tuned!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I've seen these cute little cupcake wrappers a lot recently. Although they are adorable, they really weren't functional. It was kinda hard to get the cupcake out without making a mess of it.
They did turn out pretty.
And really tasty.
I honestly wasn't so sure about these at first. I always like to try the cupcake before frosting (b.f.) to taste the cake as is and was not very excited about it. After I piped the frosting on (a.f.) and cut one for pictures I was very happy with the frosting/cake mix. It was pleasant and tasty. It got me thinking about frosting. We have all had that frosting on a store bought cupcake that was over the top sweet. You know the one where everyone scrapes it off and leaves it on the side of their plate. Since becoming a baker, I am much more observant of my cakes and cupcakes. I usually watch my recipients from the corner of my eye to see if the frosting gets tossed aside. I always feel a touch bad when it does. Almost like I failed in giving the person an enjoyable experience. Any dessert should be an amazing experience and really isn't worth your or my time when it's mediocre. You know?
So I was curious, do you like the frosting on your cake/cupcake or are you a scraper? If you are a scraper, is it because you just have never had a good quality, amazing made frosting? You tell me. I would love to hear.
Just a quick thanks to all the comments from my last post. They totally made my day. :) Hopefully you will pass my link around. The lucky recipients of these are a few different people. The computer guy at my work deserves some kudos, along with my neighbor, and a friend. Again, if you live around me I would love to share! Just let me know!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
After the caramel is spooned in, I sprinkled a little sea salt on. I was excited for this because I love how sweet and salty mix.
Whala! The finished cupcake! They are so beautiful.
This cupcake stand was my sweet grandmother's. I lost her this summer. She would be so happy to see such lovely treats on it.
Don't you just want to take a bite of this! I know you do.
And here is the caramel filled center. Yummy goodness surrounded by cake, my idea of a little heaven.
Stay tuned! More yummy cuppies to come! If you are from my area, I would love to share my creations with you. Seriously, let me know if you're interested and I will let you know next time I'm baking.