Cookie dough and cupcakes are two things that I absolutely love eating. When I found this recipe, I knew it was going to be my next baking project. These cupcakes are awesome, but they aren’t what I would call a quick fix, they take a little time. Luckily you will have some cookie dough to hold you over while you are waiting for cupcakes to be completed. Throw in a movie and make these on the side and you won’t regret it… they were worth the effort.
[The sparkling snow after Nemo] [Enjoying some wine and candlelight during the storm] [Beautiful orchid decorating my office]
[Crumbs birthday cupcakes for one of my best friends!]
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays throughout the year. Naturally, at our feast, I’m in charge if bringing a few of the desserts. The first thing I made was these turkey-topper cupcakes. These weren’t that difficult to make, but they did take a decent amount of time. I followed these instructions for the toppers, with a few small changes (I used junior mints instead of whoppers, I added candy corn wings, etc) to give it a little extra. I can never resist anything chocolate and made with Reese’s! Hopefully they will survive the car ride and arrive at my parents in one piece.
Every year in October BaDing’s sister hosts an annual pumpkin picking and carving party. Carving pumpkins is hard work, and we need sustenance. This year, for a dessert I decided to make pumpkin themed cupcakes for us to enjoy while carving away. After making a ton of cupcakes, I dyed the frosting orange and piped it onto the cupcakes. I added some chocolate sprinkles for the stems and they were ready to go! The perfect addition to our gathering.
Any bakery that is good enough to have their own TV show is a place that I want to go to. Georgetown Cupcake has their own show on TLC and ever since the first time I saw the show, I have been dying for a taste. My time finally came on a recent trip down to DC, and the cupcakes didn’t disappoint. I realize it probably would have been easier for me just to go to the location in SoHo…. but it was all about the experience of going to the original bakery where they film their show! The wait to get in was over an hour, but luckily if you place your order before you get there, you don’t have to wait.
Please feed us cupcakes… Between the four of us we ordered the lava fudge, peanut butter fudge, chocolate & vanilla, vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, carrot cake, strawberry and the chocolate ganache.They are just as good as they look. They were all gone by the time we arrived back in New York.
The past month has been a complete whirlwind. I have gone from New York, to California, came back to New York [not to mention went straight from the red-eye to work], worked for a few days, and then headed to Orlando where I walked for 13 hours a day every day that I was there. Not that I’m complaining what-so-ever… I’m just exhausted! This past weekend my only goal was to relax.. and what better way to relax then to eat cupcakes on the couch? BaDing’s cousin came over who is a professional baker and owns her own business. After a lot of begging, I convinced her to make me her famous Corona Cupcakes. I can’t reveal the recipe, but man oh man… This cupcake is perfect. Beer & cupcakes are an amazing combo! Who knew!
I love whipping up some fondant to add some extra oomph to my cake creations. Fondant always intimidated me until I found out how easy it was to make. I like marshmallow fondant better than regular fondant because I think it tastes better.
I have always loved shark week [Jaws was my favorite movie as a child], but I was away for the majority of it this year and there were only a few day in between Cali and Florida for me to watch. I made these in one of the few days I was home and brought them over to my parents house for our shark week party [and by party I mean me and my dad and BaDing watching all the shark week episodes my dad recorded for me while I was away].
For these shark week cupcakes that were inspired by this post, I decided to make a tiny bit of homemade fondant to make these shark fins. All you do is take equal parts marshmallow and powdered sugar [I used one cup of each since I only needed a little] and a tiny bit of water. Take the marshmallows and dump them in a bowl. Add a tiny bit of water- I used 1/2 teaspoon. Microwave in 30 second intervals, removing the bowl each time to stir. Continue until it is all melted. Remove from the microwave and add the powdered sugar and mix. Once it’s gets really sticky and difficult, lay a little more powdered sugar on a clean surface. Put the fondant mix down and knead until it becomes smooth and loses its stickyness. If it’s too sticky add little bits of powdered sugar until you get the right consistency. If it’s too dry add a few drops of water.
Voila! Fondant. Add the food coloring of your choice and knead in until you get the perfect shade. I made classic vanilla cupcakes and blue frosting and cut the fondant into the dorsal fin shape. These were the perfect addition to our party. Add fondant to any of your cakes for a smooth looking finish, and it’s always fun to get creative with it. 🙂
Ever feel like baking for no reason? I love baking – which tends to be a problem. In a perfect world I would have one bite, and then get them out of my house so I will stop eating them…. But of course that never happens.(Who am I kidding, in a perfect world I could eat them all and lose weight.)
The other day I was sitting around and I just felt like putting something in the oven. A shockingly short time after I ended up with these little babies. These are the perfect little bite sized treats that you don’t have to feel guilty after eating. Mini vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!