Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cupcakes, etc.

Okay.. So I am terrible at keeping up with my blog! Time to catch up a bit once again. Here is just a few projects I have been working on....

I was asked to bake a cupcake tower for my friend's wedding! What an exciting job!! We made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with a buttercream frosting. We used chocolate buttercream and burgundy color paste to make the dark roses. The white roses on top of the cake are molded out of white plastic chocolate. Yumm!

These are some Reeses peanut butter cupcakes. Reeses cup on the bottom, chocolate cake, and peanut butter frosting! So so good!

After making my Reeses cupcakes I had some extra chocolate batter so I threw in some sprinkles and made chocolate "funfetti" cupcakes with a vanilla buttercream.

I promise I will try harder to take pictures of my work and post more regularly! So many cupcakes, so little time!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cupcake Catch Up

So I have been baking.. But not blogging! Here are just a couple projects I have been working on....
Naked black bottom cupcakes- Devils food cake and cheesecake, no need for frosting..... Very tasty!!!

For my birthday I made two types of cupcakes- one was blue velvet with a vanilla candy coating and a star of brown sugar cream cheese frosting on top...

And the other was a wacky chocolate cake (my dad's favorite) with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and a swirl of caramel. Aren't they beautiful??

For mother's day I made a carrot cake with pineapple and coconut, brown sugar cream cheese frosting, and dried up some pineapple slices to make pretty flowers for on top.

Next project---- a wedding in just a couple weeks!!! Wish me luck!!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Springtime cupcakes

First, let me remind you, I am not good at decorating my cupcakes. And I know it. I do not have an artistic bone in my body and am not very creative. That's why I rely on my friend Brenda for all that! But I saw the cutest picture of a cupcake with a nest and little eggs on it. It looked easy enough! So I gave it a try.....FAIL. But they taste great!!!!! I baked up some burnt sugar candy bar cupcakes with peanut butter icing. Mmmmmm.... I put some chunks of Snickers bar in half of them and they taste just like a candy bar! Defiitely made up for how silly they look...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dora birthday cupcakes

This past weekend I got to help my friend, Bethany, bake the cupcakes for her daughters Dora themed 3rd birthday party. I had so much fun spending the evening with my friend, and we created the cutest and tastiest cupcakes for her little girl!



We used a giant cupcake pan to make Madison's cake. TOP HALF WAS PINK VELVET AND BOTTOM WAS CHOCOLATE OREO. Turned out awesome!!:

Thanks SO much to Bethany for letting me play in your kitchen and letting me be a part of Madison's beautiful birthday party! (And for taking so many great pictures of them for me to use here on my blog!!)


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Elvis cupcakes

Our fabulous neighbors across the culdesac gave their basketball hoop to our boys the other day. What better way to thank them than with cupcakes?! I had some Hershey's kisses in the fridge so I used them up in this fun Elvis cupcake. Elvis's favorite sandwich was peanut butter and banana with chocolate. So I made a banana cupcake with a Hershey kiss core and peanut butter frosting.
My neighbor said it was the best cupcake he had ever had! Awww that made my day!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ladybug Cupcakes!

I got to make the cupcakes for my friend's daughter's 2nd birthday party! My crafty friend, Brenda, was in charge of the decorating.. And they turned out adorable!
We made cookies & cream with oreo sunflowers on top and the others are vanilla bean with a raspberry swirl. Yummy! We had to get creative to make the dome-shaped ladybug cake.. Used one of my small stainless steel mixing bowls to bake it in and it worked out perfectly! Hope you loved them, Melayia!
Next week.... Dora themed birthday party! Keep giving me work, guys.. I have lots of recipes I want to practice with!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Toffee cupcakes

I am always finding recipes that I want to try but I can't have that many cupcakes just sitting around my house.... Not good for my waistline and not good for my boys's energy level! Please give me work, let me practice! I just baked the cupcakes for my sister's baby shower, I am baking cupcakes for a birthday party in a couple weeks, and baking a cupcake tower for my soon to be sister in law's wedding this summer! I am constantly looking for an excuse to bake so friends for dinner provides a perfect opportunity. Last night I baked a toffee cupcake with a salted caramel buttercream. Oh so good! I loved the cupcake but the frosting was too buttery for my taste. Next time, I will make a little more caramel and use a little less butter.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

mini cupcakes

Wow, what a slacker.. I have been baking but not blogging! Time to catch up...
A couple weeks back my coworker had a birthday so I baked her some mini cupcakes.
These were my first attempt at adding another flavor in the core of the cupcake.
I made a simple white cupcake, used a straw to make a hole in the middle and filled the core with Starbucks caramel sauce..yummmmm. 

Topped them with white chocolate cream cheese frosting.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Redemption Cupcakes

So about a week ago we had some friends over for our monthly get together and I, of course, prepared cupcakes. They were......bad. Really bad. I am still pretty fresh to baking to I guess that is to be expected. But I still felt it necessary to make it up to them with a new batch of cupcakes. I baked up some cookies and cream cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting.... Totally redeemed myself!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Cupcakes for breakfast!

Maple french toast and bacon cupcakes...... Yum!!
This is the recipe I used:


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 3.9-ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon (5 strips)

For the Frosting:

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 strips bacon, cooked and chopped (optional)


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place paper liners in a 12-cup muffin tin. Prepare the cupcakes: Combine the flours, pudding mix, baking powder, potato starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl with a whisk.

In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugars with a mixer on low speed until combined, 6 to 8 minutes. Gradually mix in the vanilla and egg whites. Scrape down the sides of the bowl; continue mixing until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the maple syrup and half-and-half, mixing after each addition and ending with flour. Mix until the ingredients are just combined; do not overmix. Fold in the bacon.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about three-quarters of the way. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, prepare the frosting: Beat the cream cheese and butter with a mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add the confectioners' sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon; beat until combined. Spread on the cooled cupcakes; top with chopped bacon, if desired.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Anatomy of a cupcake

I love this!

Garrett's cupcakes

My boys LOVE to bake with me. Although sometimes it seems like more of a hassle than a help to let them participate, I don't want to kick them out of the kitchen. So I pre-measure out all the ingredients and let them pour them into the mixer. Then as long presentation is not important, they can also squeeze the frosting bag and cover them with a fun topping. Garrett made some double gooey chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and topped them with crushed Andes mints.....Good job, Garrett!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cupcakes are fun!

My sister found me a fun recipe for these awesome rainbow cupcakes... They are white cake with different colors of food color gel to make them FUN! I topped them with vanilla bean buttercream. Yumm!

I chose 5 colors: Purple, yellow, blue, red(ish?), and green

Dropping in the different layers of color...

Ready for the oven!

Cooling off, waiting for the frosting...

Vanilla bean buttercream frosting

Aren't they awesome???