Thursday, July 31, 2008

My favoritest cupcake ever and it's early demise

I'm stuck working from home. Usually this is a horrible situation. I love my tiny condo, but I hate being stuck in these 4 walls for any period over 24 hours especially when they're all spent in front of the computer. Ick! There are things in life that make such days tolerable. For one, my sister will be home in an hour and she's usually good for a few entertaining stories to break the monotony. And two, I have the last chocolate raspberry cupcake sitting in my fridge and quietly calling to me. Normally I don't eat what I bake outside of the casual taste test to make sure that whatever it is, it came out good, but when I need cheering up it's nice to know that for once something I made is actually for me. I only really made two or three of these little guys and they were made from the leftover batter from last night's Eleoink cake, so "Here, here!" for leftovers and their inevitable demise.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Chocolate Grasshopper

If you ever end up with a bottle of Creme de Menthe and you have no idea what to do with it, don't give it to me, I've got my own. I got it a few months back because it looked funky and I had "possibilities" floating through my head as I browsed the liquor aisle. It was only much later that I remembered that I don't really like mint all that much. I do however love the color combination. Cream, chocolate and green look awesome together and were therefore the inspiration for this chocolate mint cupcake. It came out pretty gosh darn good so here it is.

My very first Pink Eleoink

My friend's roommate loves pink elephants, so for her birthday, my friend ordered a chocolate chocolate chocolate with chocolate pink elephant cake. I wanted it to be smooth and pretty, so I surrendered and decided to use fondant (I like frosting more, but nothing gives a cake that smooth finish like fondant). There are no parts that are fondant alone and every extremity has cake underneath it...which is probably why his trunk is a bit short and also why I call him my Pink Eleoink. He came out delicious (my sister kept snatching away pieces of cake as I was carving it) and cute to boot. I might even start doing more experiments with fondant :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lemony Mist

Okay, so the title is a bit too fanciful, but I'm sleepy and I just finished making 60 pretty little lemon cupcakes for my friend's "camping event" which I won't be able to make it to due to waaay too many other family obligations. Since these are iced and not frosted, they will survive being out of the fridge for as long as they'll need to, which was the goal all along. Since the icing is so sweet, I made the cupcakes a little less so to balance out and they came out very moist and dense, so I'm happy and I hope that my friends like them too. As for me, I'm taking Sunday "off" and declaring a non-baking craft day, it's getting a bit too hot to bake. Hmm...I might go make some lemonade :)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Vacation and From Wedding to the Pitter Patter of Little Cupcakes

I'm sorry that it's been a while since the last post, but I finally took a much-needed vacation. I drove through Ireland in two weeks and I've come back with a sense of calm and ideas for future baking experiments (can you say chocolate stout cake? Mmmmm.)

One of my friends and co-workers has asked me to make cupcakes for her upcoming wedding, which also happens to be on my birthday. The colors of the wedding are pink and blue, just like for a baby shower, and although she denies any association between the two, the fact that she's also pregnant is making me think otherwise. She has decided on lemon-blueberry and chocolate-strawberry cupcakes with maybe a small cake of undecided flavor on top. I did a trial run this weekend and I'm glad I did. The cupcakes came out great, but the lemon-raspberry need a bit more of a lemon kick. I'm almost out of the organic lemon oil my dad found somewhere for me. A little bit goes a long way and it is a wonderful way to add a bit of lemon flavor without needing to modify the basic recipe too much. I must find some right away.