Saturday, May 22, 2010

Blondies!


YUUUMMMMMMMMM! I was literally drooling at my desk when I saw this over at Bakerella. I went home and made them the first chance I had (which was a few days later). I kick myself for not taking pictures of my version, but my pictures would pale in comparison to Bakerella's.

I followed her recipe almost to the "t." The only thing I changed was the chocolate chips and omitted the peacans. Instead of a full package of milk chocolate chips, I used 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips + 2/3 cup 60% cocoa chocolate chips (Ghirardelli) + 2/3 cup peanut butter chips. Are you drooling yet?

There's one other place that I deviated, the bake time. I still had raw cookie dough in the middle of my pan after 30 minutes. I must have been hungry when I pulled them out of the oven, because I let them kind of cool, ate some of it, inspected it some, then put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes. I'll have to experiment with the bake time some more and report back.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Cupcake Camp - Boston


As described on their website, "CupcakeCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and eat cupcakes in an open environment." There are cupcake camps all over the world. I first heard about it through Abby, a local bride/renouned blogger/wedding coordinator/cupcake lover. I've been following her blog mostly for wedding inspiration, but she also blogs about other things as well. One day, she posted that Cupcake Camp was coming to Boston!

Cupcake Camp Boston was calling all bakers and cupcake afficiandos in the area. I immediately signed up and told them that I'd bring a couple dozen of my famous Oreo cupcakes. I was super excited. Bakeries from all over Boston and beyond were going to be at one place. I could finish the cupcake crawl we started last year! But alas, the day came and I never made it. It had been one long (and bad) week at work. I just didn't have the energy to make cupcakes. I could have gone empty handed, but I really didn't have the energy to make the trek into Somerville on a week night or standing in line (if I had brought cupcakes, I woulda have gotten to skip the line).

Oh well, there is always next time.

Banana Chiffon Cake FAIL

As a kid, I never really celebrated my brithday; it was just another day. But the one thing my parents did do every year was get me a Banana Bavarian Cake from Kienows (until they went out of business). This year I decided to bring back the tradition, by baking one for myself.

I'm not entirely sure where I went wrong, but the cake didn't come out light, airy, and fluffy like it's supposed to. I watched it rise in the oven really well, but then it deflated. Just imagine a failed souffle, that was my cake. There's something about the flavor of the cake that was off too, I just can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe the bananas weren't ripe enough. Maybe the batter was too thin. Maybe it's because I omitted the xanthum gum this time around. Maybe my baking soda and baking powder are inactive. Maybe it was the cake strips that I used, but those are supposed to help with heat distribution!

I must say, I did do a fantastic job leveling out the whipped cream frosting on the sides and top of the cake, but there is far too much frosting on the sides as you can see in the picture below. I need to be careful when using my extra large icing tool.


It's not the first time I've made the recipe, so I'm quite perplexed. I'll just have to try it again

Spring Bake Sale

For the bake sale this time around, I made both Oreo and Reese's cupcakes. The first day, it was just Oreo. Truth be told, I actually forgot about about the bake sale and threw a batch together at the very last minute.

Day two of the bake sale I made a larger batch of Oreo cupcakes and a small batch of Reese's. Not to toot my own horn, but my cupcakes are a hot commodity. Them suckers are usually one of the first items to sell out. I half joked (half serious) that the bake sale team should raise the prices on my cupcakes. Hey, it's all for charity, and there is a demand for them. They agreed!

The bake sale was successful (as usual) and raised $1000 over two days. I'm proud to say that I helped contribute almost 9% of the total.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Reese's Peanut Butter Cupcakes

This year's Easter cupcakes weren't quite as festive as last years. OK, there is absolutely nothing about them that remotely even hints Easter. But they sure were tasty and that's all that matters.

Introducing the Reese's:


Cake: Devil's Food
Filling: Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
Frosting: Peanut Butter buttercream (it's actually super super light and fluffy)
Garnish: Chocolate ganache drizzle.