Wednesday, August 31, 2011

And the business cards...



Again, many thanks to Lani for designing my logo and business cards. You are an amazing artist! They will be here from Moo.com on Monday.

Refreshing lime...



The first day of school is tomorrow! My little baby will be in 5th grade. Yeah, he's not a baby. The PTSA threw a back to school lunch for the staff and it was Mexican themed. These are one of my favorite cupcakes, great texture and refreshing lime flavor. I hope they loved them!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

And the new logo is.........



Thanks Lani for creating the artwork and business card logo!

S'mores in a cupcake...


These will be on the menu at an upcoming function at Ocean Shores or something similar. Not sure about this frosting still, it is good, but will it last? Not sure yet. The graham flour and honey in these make them delicious on their own with the chocolate ganache or marshmallow frosting.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Krissy!



These are for my cousin Kristin. She turns 17 next week and I got to make her cupcakes. They turned out great. Pink and pink and pink. Just what she wanted. Love you Krissy!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Goofing off with vanilla and finally have THE recipe.



So maybe four test recipes isn't goofing off, more like serious business! These are light, but a little dense, moist, velvety white cupcakes. I love it. It's exactly what I was looking for. The decor is a surprise for the birthday girl so these are topped with a delicious chocolate buttercream and a bit of chocolate drizzle.

THE White Cake. I shortened up the cooking time for cupcakes to about 18 - 20 minutes. Check them at 15 and go from there. If you forget to bring your milk, eggs and vanilla to room temp, just put measuring cup in a sink of hot water until it's cool to the touch.

Ingredients

• 2 1/4 cups cake flour, plus more for dusting pans
• 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature
• 6 large egg whites, at room temperature
• 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1 3/4 cups sugar
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon table salt
• 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened but still cool
Instructions
• 1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray three 8-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray, dust with flour, and tap pans to remove excess flour. Mix milk, egg whites, and vanilla together in 2-cup measuring cup.
• 2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in bowl of electric mixer at low speed. Add butter and beat at low speed until mixture resembles moist crumbs, with no powdery streaks remaining.
• 3. Add all but 1/2 cup of milk mixture to crumbs and beat at medium speed (or high speed if using handheld mixer) for 1 1/2 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup of milk mixture and beat 30 seconds more. Stop mixer and scrape sides of bowl. Return mixer to medium (or high) speed and beat 20 seconds longer.
• 4. Divide batter evenly between three prepared cake pans and using rubber spatula, spread into even layer. OR OR OR Put them in 24 cupcake liners. Arrange pans at least 3 inches from the oven walls and 3 inches apart. (If oven is small, place pans on upper middle and lower middle racks in staggered fashion to allow for air circulation.) Bake until thin skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 21 to 25 minutes.
• 5. Rest cakes in pans 3 minutes, then loosen from sides of pans with a knife. Invert onto large plate, reinvert onto wire racks. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Vanilla cake recipe testing.


My cousins birthday is this Saturday. She requested vanilla cake with hot pink vanilla frosting. I tried two cakes today. One with buttermilk and one with sour cream. My 10 year old is trying them and we'll see which one he likes best. I'll give them both a try too. The hot pink frosting and decor for her cupcakes will be a surprise. I decorated these with peanut butter buttercream and a little salted caramel drizzle left over from the weekend.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cupcakes for poker by Lani & Jana




Poker tonight. Lani made a Banana cupcake with a salted caramel filling, caramel buttercream and I've got a chocolate stout cupcake with chocolate ganache and some colored sprinkles.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A pie for Mikey and those you've lost....don't wait another minute to love.



Jennie Perillo, a blogger, recently lost her husband Mikey to a completely unexpected heart attack. She made this pie for him. This is my second in a week. The first was for him. She said if you want to do something, make this pie and eat it with someone you love. I'm posting the second one because the person I should be sharing this with was taken unexpectedly 6 years ago last week. We never got to say goodbye. If you love someone, tell them, go right now, don't wait one more second. You should not waste anytime wondering and you shouldn't make them wait for your love. Wear your heart on your sleeve, tell them right this instant.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Birthday baking...



Happy Birthday Shanah and Skylar! While Skylar requested a Star Wars cake, Shanah wanted a pie. Knowing that everyone wouldn't want Blackberry Pie (who I have no idea),I also made a Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with a malted milk chocolate frosting.

Both desserts were loved. The malted milk buttercream frosting wasn't too sweet, medium consistency and melts in your mouth. The cake was moist and went perfect with the frosting. Garnished with a few chocolate crunch balls I picked up in Las Vegas at Max Brenner's restaurant.

The Blackberry Pie was most sought after. Fresh blackberries, lemon, lemon zest, brown sugar and a classic pie crust with a touch of sugar for sweetness. It bubbled over which made it even more mouth watering. Guests couldn't wait to dig in.

The party was great. Thanks for the fun!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Brown Butter Banana Muffins



These are so easy and delicious. All you need is bananas, agave or honey, egg, butter and self-rising flour or all-purpose with the correct amount of baking powder. I added pecans also. I've made the before and I'll make them every time the bananas are not consumed in a timely fashion.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Homemade butter....



I made homemade butter this morning. The wonderfully delicious idea came from Not Without Salt . I also watched the YouTube video they posted. Best science lesson ever. I recommend trying this at home again and again. So versatile and tasty. Add fresh fruit, honey, herbs whatever you want to make the type of butter you desire.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

More of Lyla's Birthday...





The birthday girl's mom sent me some photos of Lyla's birthday treats! Angie is a much better photograher than I am. Happy Birthday Lyla! Perfect day for a party.

Happy Birthday Lyla!



These cakes are for Lyla. She's turning 2. Sunflowers and Daisy's. I'll get pictures of the daisy cupcakes and post those as well. Not bad for hand piped flowers. Chocolate cake and chocolate frosting. Vanilla buttercream,chocolate frosting and jimmies for the middles.

Lyla immediately attacked the boxes when I arrived. Good thing she's off to get balloons. She wants that cake!