Sunday, May 24, 2009

Margarita cupcakes

Cake recipe here. Frosting recipe here. I didn't use the alcohol in them though, simply because I didn't have any at the house (I don't drink much anymore).


Lime buttercream frosting before I added the food coloring ... I love that you can see the little flecks of zest!


I used a coarse sugar to simulate the look of salt.



I also made the s'mores ones. I couldn't think of two cupcakes more suitable for a picnic than s'mores and margaritas!


The chocolate pieces on top of the s'mores cupcakes are little bitty baking pieces I found recently! I had been chopping up the fun size bars of Hershey's, but these are SO much easier! I also found them in Peppermint Patty and Reese's kinds too! They are the perfect size for the top of a mini cupcake.


I got a little bit of video too, lol.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Three ingredient peanut butter cookies

Yes, you read it correctly - only three ingredients (and they're not cupcakes, LOL)!

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg

Mix, scoop, flatten, bake at 350F for 8 minutes (until the bottoms are just barely brown).

3-ingredient peanut butter cookies

3-ingredient peanut butter cookies

3-ingredient peanut butter cookies

Saturday, May 9, 2009

a walk in the park

These are just a few shots from my walk in Frontier Park the other night. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.






Sunday, May 3, 2009

I couldn't stray from cupcakes for long!

dulce de leche filled chocolate cupcakes

That is my latest creation - a devil's food cupcake filled with Dulce de Leche and topped with a Dulce de Leche swiss meringue buttercream.

Dave's comment on the buttercream was "I could brush my teeth with that." I'm guessing that's a compliment (but I really wouldn't recommend brushing your teeth with frosting!).

I got the cake recipe from Chockylit's now defunct blog (but she still has her recipes posted there) and it will now be my go-to recipe for chocolate cake. The only thing I did differently was I used a dark cocoa powder rather than a regular one because that's what I had on hand.

For the frosting recipe I used the same base I use when I make the salted caramel cupcakes, just substituting Dulce de Leche for the salted caramel.

The filling is homemade, recipe to follow - it's SUPER easy!

Preheat the oven to 425° F.

Pour one can (14 ounces) of sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk) into a glass pie plate or shallow baking dish. Stir in a few flecks of sea or kosher salt.

Set the pie plate within a larger pan, such as a roasting pan, and add hot water until it reaches halfway up the side of the pie plate.

Cover the pie plate snugly with aluminum foil and bake for 1 to 1¼ hours. (Check a few times during baking and add more water to the roasting pan as necessary).

Once the Dulce de Leche is nicely browned and caramelized, remove from the oven and let cool. Once cool, whisk until smooth.

Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Warm gently in a warm water bath or microwave oven before using.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

cookie dough pops


I took a break from cupcakes for one day?

Yes, I'm feeling just fine, thank you!

I found a recipe HERE and just had to try making them!

I picked up the chocolate coating at Romolo's, so they're extra good.

Pre-chocolate balls - with sticks!

pre-chocolate balls


cookie dough pops

The one that got away - it fell off the stick as I was dipping it.

the one that got away

These will definitely be made here again, most likely for a picnic or birthday!