Monday, December 22, 2008

Peppermint Vanilla Cupcakes

I had a little ladies luncheon on Sunday and had the best time! I ate so much I'm still full! I made these very special peppermint vanilla cupcakes that are by far my best cupcake to date. THIS is going to be the base for my secret cupcake recipe that I've been developing. I'll let you know if it's successful with the other flavors.
This is what my table settings looked like for my luncheon.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Holiday Suckah!

All right all right... It's only fair to inform you all that I am on HOLIDAY HIATUS!! YES I can do that and NO I'm not just being lazy. I will be back soon and with tons and tons of fun. So until then.. EAT IT! (cupcakes that it)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Little Snack.

Miss me? I'll be back soon. Cupcake promise.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It's Day 50 Over At The Ultimate Shoe Challenge!!

Strut on over to The Ultimate Shoe Challenge to check out the 50th pair of shoes. The Presidential Candidate that you voted for would want you to.*

*The Ultimate Shoe Challenge is in no way affiliated with any of the Presidential Candidates.

Monday, November 3, 2008

BOO!!! Halloween Treats!

Here are a few of the Halloween treats I made this year. First up, roasted pumpkin seeds.
I got these seeds from this pumpkin.

Then I made puppy chow. I know you remember this stuff from when you were a kid. I cannot stop shoveling in this yummy Chex mixture sent from the Gods.
I found this recipe on the Chex website.
Now onto the good stuff... CUPCAKES!! I made chocolate cupcakes and pumpkin cupcakes. Here is an unfrosted chocolate cupcake.
Here are the chocolate cupcakes cooling whilst I make the yummy pumpkin cupcakes.Unfrosted pumpkin cupcake. Finally... the finished yummy spooky Halloween cupcakes!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mac N Cheese Cupcakes

Yet another amazing creation by my Mother. She also made these for the Halloween costume party, but they where so good they deserved there own post.

Mac N Cheese Cupcakes

1/2 pound cooked elbow macaroni
1 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan reggiano
2 tablespoons flour
4 oz. cheddar cheese shredded (or 1cup packed)
4 oz. american cheese slices chopped
1 large egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Pre-heat oven at 425 degrees.
Spray mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle parmesan reggiano on mini muffin pan and tap out excess. In a large pot melt butter and whisk in flour over medium heat, about 2 minutes. Whisk in milk and cook until it boils, about 5 minutes. Add cheeses and whisk until melted. Turn off heat and whisk in egg yolk and paprika. Fold in macaroni. Spoon mac n cheese into the mini muffin pan and pack in gently. Sprinkle remaining parmesan reggiano on top. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden and sizzling. Let cool for 5 minutes in the mini muffin pan to set. Lift out of mini muffin pan and serve!

My Mother Is Amazing

Last Saturday my family had a big Halloween costume party, and these are the incredible treats my Mother made.

Monster Cupcakes

Spider Cupcakes

Scaredy Cat Cupcakes

Graveyard Cupcakes

And last but not least... Candy Cookie Caterpillar

My Mother is so creative and the best ever!!!

Wedding Cupcakes Photos (Finally)

Here is the display at the wedding of my four different types of cupcakes. (The caterers put together the display.) Apple Pie, Ameretto, Torta Di Miele, and Pumpkin. They where a huge success!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hey Cupcake, I'm Mark Wahlberg.

UPDATE: Mark Wahlberg is awesome. Say hi to your Mother for me, alright?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wedding Cupcakes

I did a trial run of the Torta Di Miele cake and my Mother's pumpkin bars all in the form of cupcakes!! They both turned out amazing and I KNOW that Paul and Gene will love them on Saturday. Saturday is my first wedding cupcake gig and I can't wait!!
These are the Pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

...and these are the Torta Di Miele (Italian Honey Cake) cupcakes.
Everyone at work went nuts for these cupcakes!! They might be my favorite yet.

Friday, October 3, 2008

How On Earth Will I Get 36 Cupcakes To Work?

With the cupcake courier of course!I just got mine today and I am dying to try it out. (Any excuse to make cupcakes, I know.)
Mr. Skelly Bonestein can't wait for cupcakes brought to him in a neat sky blue cupcake courier.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Ultimate Shoe Challenge is up and running!!!

Finally, the old crap mac 2000 pooped out and I got a new one!! New computer is so awesome and sexy I want to put stilettos on it!! Go on over to The Ultimate Shoe Challenge cuz today is Day #25!!

Click here to go to The Ultimate Shoe Challenge.

Wedding Cupcakes

Here is what I made for my first official cupcake wedding gig meeting.
Here are the ameretto cookie cupcakes with almond buttercream frosting.
And these are the walnut spice cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. I made this recipe up as I went along and they turned out amazing!! Good thing I wrote down what I did.


Friday, September 26, 2008

Ami Grumi For My Tummy

Here are a few ami grumi I made for T-Bo.
I thought the bee was my favorite. Until I made the monkey.
Here is a Kitty too.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

THIS is good times.

Why do I identify so well with three 6 year old little boys who do the robot?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Computer FAIL

Hello cupcakers! (lame) Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that I haven't forgotten about you, my computer is broken and I haven't been able to post anything. I have some super fun stuff that I've been working on that I can't wait to post. So hopefully by next week I'll be able to show you all the awesome cupcakes I've made and crafts I've crocheted.

See yous guys later.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Popular. I Know About Pop-uuu-lar!!!

Check it! Oh wait.. you already did. That's why I have over 4000 hits!! What's wrong with you people? Have you nothing better to do then read my terrificly lame blog about cupcakes and the stupid fun things I do? You should be at home watching TV. Lots and lots of TV.

(Psst - TV is your friend.)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cupcake Swish!!

THIS is how you peak my basketball viewer interest.

SUCCESS!!! Spotted again!

I did it! I made it on to the website again!!! First with my lavender cupcakes and now with the lemon cream eclairs I made for last month's Daring Bakers Challenge!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Ida The Sweater Monster

Ida the Sweater Monster is ridiculously cute and so funny!! I found her at Cutesy but not Cutesy at Etsy.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

13.1 Miles. Are You Kidding Me?

I did it! I can't believe I really finished a half marathon! Here's the weird part... I really really enjoyed it and (dare I say it) might actually do it again! It was an amazing feeling crossing that finish line. So, in honor of this giant moment in my life I made CUPCAKES!!! Weeeeeee!!!!!!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Daring Bakers Challenge - Eclairs Mon Frair

August's Daring Bakers Challenge is eclairs!! I somehow managed to make these exquisite eclairs in two mornings before work.
First, let's thank this months Daring Bakers Challenge hosts Tony Tahhan and MeetaK from What's For Lunch, Honey? They have chosen Chocolate Eclairs by Pierre Hermé from a cookbook written by Dorie Greenspan "Chocolate Desserts By Pierre Hermé" On Thursday, I made the chocolate sauce and the chocolate glaze that is made from said sauce. (See all recipes at end of post)
Choppin' chocolate.
Here is the chocolate sauce (top pan) and the chocolate glaze (bottom pan) being born. All I had time for on Thursday was the sauce and glaze. So, on Friday I made the rest. Let's start with the pastry cream. I decided to go with a lemon pastry cream that I found on Food courtesy of Emeril Lagasse. BAM!!
This is my egg yolk mixture.

Here is my sugar cream mixture.
Then... Wonder Twins Unite!
Uh.. kind of. Ok, so don't panic. Emeril was kind enough to tell me that this would happen. Thank goodness too, I would have lost my chocolate sauce if I hadn't known that. Now I had to wait for this "mixture" to cool. Whilst I wait, here is a nutritious breakfast for me to enjoy.
Breakfast is over and out of boredom of waiting for the lemon pastry cream to cool, I noticed I had sweet messy baking hair.
Wait, what am I doing? I should stop fooling around and make the dough!
Mixing mixing mixing...
Baking baking baking...
Drooling drooling drooling...
Glazing glazing glazing!!!
I'm sure that pastry cream has cooled by now... let's mix it.

All done! This is what they looked like assembled. I give you the lemon cream eclair with chocolate glaze raspberries and chocolate sauce drizzled on top.

I gotta run for now (no pun). I'll post all the recipes later when I have more time! Happy Labor Day!!