Thursday, October 21, 2010

Red Velvet

I think the baking bug is contagious. My sister baked these and boy were they moist. I gotta steal her recipe one day. Sorry Sis.
Red velvet is loved by many. I really love the rich color. It reminds me so much of Christmas.
I am working really hard at my full time job lately so I have to find time to bake something new.  I usually bake something every week and I actually feel guilty for not baking. Is that wrong? Well, no need to worry because I have some great ideas that will coming out soon. At least I think they are great.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pastry tips

The new pastry tips
I ordered online some new large round pastry tips for cupcakes. I found that the ones in your local craft store were not large enough to give you the professional appearance so I was geeked when these arrived to my door.
The circumference is almost the size of a quarter if that helps give you some perspective of size. I encourage every cupcake decorater to give these a try. Size does matter... no pun intended. This tip was used in all of the photos below.

My sister's chocolate chocolate cupcake. I added the fondant flower because it so deserved one.

More chocolate for those chococlate lovers. I added cherries, oreos and a hersheys kiss.

This cupcake is actually flavored with cherry and cola flavoring. It is my take on a Cherry Coke.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Neopolitan Cupcake

One of my favorite flavors of ice cream is Neopolitan. So I was inspired to try to make my favorite ice cream into a cupcake. So into the lab we go. ( My sister calls my kitchen the lab and now I am starting to do it.) I made chocolate, strawberry and vanilla cupcake batter and I layered each flavor inside of each cupcake.
You can barely see the strawberry so I know for next time to put in more strawberry than chocolate. It still amazes me that the batters actually bakes in layers. My sister and I did a version of this with rainbow colors which turned out great. ( Unfortunately, I didn't have photos).
I am righted handed so it took a little skill to hold the fork in my left hand and the camera in the right.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sweet potato

I know most bakeries will sell a sweet potato cupcake but I have never been a fan of the idea. Even though it is one of my oldest son's favorite foods. I think he could eat sweet potatoes everyday. Personally, I have always been more of a cheesecake fan. I actually ate cheesecake everyday during my pregnancy with him. I think back to those days over 18 years ago and I wouldn't dare try that today. Sorry for the digression...what I really want to talk about is how delicious these cupcakes turned out. 

So back to the business at hand.

Saturday my youngest son and I went to the apple orchard and they were giving out samples guessed it....sweet potatoe pecan butter. I was surprised to find out how much I liked it. So when I got home I was dying to try it in a cupcake . This is my version of a sweet potatoe cupcake. It has lots of pecans and a cinnamin cream cheese frosting garnished with a carmel wafer which is so good you can't stop eating them.
These were such a huge hit with all my family, friends and co-workers. They were more than a hit..they were a home run for all my baseball fans out there.
I will post the recipe in a later post but I wanted you all to see the fruits of my labor.

By the way I am working on my photography. Do you think I could get a job as a food stylist? Maybe in my second life.

Neon pink

Welcome to my new blog. Today I was inspired to start photo journaling my new quest to create the ultimate cupcake. I will be baking new cupcake recipes every week. Since I am new to baking, this blog will contain all the things that I will learn and experience along the way. Really, Who doesn't like a good cupcake?
Let the journey begin.