Posts Tagged ‘Baking’

Science + Cookies = Awesome

These cookies are fabulous!!!

Vote for my Cupcakes!!

I have entered my peach, cinnamon, and mascarpone cupcakes into a contest!  I would love to win all of their lovely prizes so if you would take a minute to head to this site and vote for my cupcake “Let Them Eat Cake I would very much appreciate it.

These cupcakes are cinnamon cupcakes with fresh, cinnamon dusted peach slices placed gently in the batter before baking.  They are topped off with a silky mascarpone buttercream icing.

I hope you’ll vote for me!!

Vote for Let Them Eat Cake!

UPDATE:  Well, I didn’t win the contest but I did alright for my first online baking competition. 🙂  I came in 28th out of 58 entries so I’m happy. 🙂  Thanks to those who voted!

Wilton Roses & Fresh Squeezed Lemons

I just finished the first Wilton cake decorating course at the local Michael’s craft store.  I must say that I enjoyed it and learned quite a bit.  I know my husband and coworkers were more than happy to enjoy the fruits of my labour.  I made 3 cakes over the last 3 weeks including a simple vanilla cake with fresh strawberries for the first week and a rich chocolate cinnamon cake for the second week.  My final course was last night and I decided fresh squeezed lemons for my cake and creamy yellow roses were the way to go…

The Cordon Bleu…

If anyone is feeling very generous I would LOVE to take the Patisserie Diploma at the Cordon Bleu.

I would only need $21,100 for the program as well as enough money to live off of while I take the course.  Just think of all the wonderful desserts you would be getting as a reward for your kindness!!

Drool over these tasty treats and imagine all the incredible things I could do with some training!!

Yum.

Head over to Let Us Eat Cake if you’d like to see the mini cupcakes I made this week!

Yummy!

mmmmmmini cupcakes!

Today I purchased 2 mini cupcake pans and some adorable striped baking cups!

I’m hoping to have a mini cupcake baking session this week in anticipation of a visit from my first cupcake customer.  Her wedding is in October and she’ll be coming by to taste test chocolate and vanilla cupcakes (aren’t you jealous?).  Hopefully these will be more than satisfactory!

* Photos not to scale… obviously. 😀

** Both products by Wilton.

Mmmmm… cake.

I am on the hunt for the perfect vanilla cake!

I made one this week and both the texture and the flavour were quite good. I did however find that the layers had no height to them and although the cake is rich and I don’t need a large slice I found the appearance was not what I would want it to be. I think a cake should be magestic and for that I need a bit more height.

I used a cream cheese icing which was good but was almost too rich and the recipe came out runnier than I would have liked and I had no extra ingredients to thicken it up with.

My biggest problem this time around was transport. I had iced the cake on a plate and had intended to wrap it in plastic wrap and bring it to work. Unfortunately we were completely out and the largest container I had was too small for the plate. Have you ever tried to move a completely decorated cake with a spatula? Messy. So although the cake was yummy it wasn’t the prettiest thing in town. No complaints were heard from my coworkers… of course their mouths were full! I will definitely be purchasing some of those cake boards for future cake experimentation.

Do any of you have a wonderful vanilla cake recipe you would like to share? I always bake from scratch with very basic of ingredients and I prefer to avoid recipes with oil or shortening. Feel free to add your recipe suggestions/links to my comments!

Chocolate & Cinnamon

 

If you worked here you’d be eating chocolate cinnamon cupcakes!

But you probably don’t work here so you’re out of luck.

The cupcakes I made this weekend were a success. I used a simple chocolate cupcake recipe by Chockylit and added 2 teaspoons of cinnamon after reducing the cocoa by the same amount. It gave the cupcakes a light cinnamon flavour to complement the dark chocolate and the aroma was wonderful. I might add more cinnamon next time for a spicier cupcake.

The frosting was a basic chocolate ganache (another recipe from Chockylit!). I was a little worried at first as it was very runny and there was nothing to indicate how long it would take to thicken. I am not a patient person and it was already late at night so I decided to refrigerate it and deal with it later. The next day it was completely hard which I had expected. After melting it down I left it on the counter to firm up naturally and it worked out perfectly! The 70% dark chocolate made the frosting a great match for the sweeter cupcake.

As a garnish I mixed up some white sugar and cinnamon. The sugar added that little extra sparkle. I would recommend adding this right before serving. I sprinkled the mix on to the cupcakes the previous night and the combination of a very moist frosting and a water soluble topping such as sugar created a few droplets of syrup.

My coworkers have been happily munching on cupcakes since breakfast!

I also made these cupcakes for a birthday party at a local bar/restaurant and used red sugar crystals on top. I placed a red cinnamon candy in the icing since the birthday girl is a very big fan of cinnamon candies. Another friend managed to snap a photo but the sugar had already started to melt. Bar = high temps = melty.

cinnamon cupcake

 

I have silicone implants!

Okay, I lied… but I do have silicone cupcake wrappers!I recently located some lovely red silicone cupcake wrappers. They are reusable, oven safe, and look fabulous on the chocolate cinnamon cupcakes I made!


 

 

I also purchased a cupcake caddy. Now I can take 24 yummy cupcakes wherever I go!

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a busy girl so if you want cupcakes you better invite me to your parties soon!

The Bestest Cupcakes Ever

The cupcakes I made this week were fantastic! Light and fluffy and moist. I must give credit to Cupcake Bakeshop by Chockylit which is where I originally found this wonderful recipe. If you are ever in need of a unique and delicious cupcake recipe you should definitely check there first!

The cupcakes were for my friend Ellen’s baby shower. Her favourite colours are orange, green and yellow so the icing was pale yellow and I used orange and green sprinkles.

Here is a photo of the yummy vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing.