Monday, June 28, 2010

Boston Cream Pie

I won't blame you if you stop reading right now. I completely forgot to take pictures of this creation before we ate it.

For Jake's birthday this year, I decided to make a Boston Cream Pie. He LOVES Boston Cream donuts from Dunkin's. I kicked it up a notch by adding orange zest to the pastry cream. I stole this idea from Sweets. We tried their Boston Cream Pie cupcake once and have not stopped raving about it. Seriously, if you are in Boston or Cambridge, go get yourself one.

A few learnings: Joy of Baking has a recipe for Boston Cream Pie. Use the recipe for the sponge cake, but skip the recipe for pastry cream. Instead, use Martha Stewart's vanilla cream recipe. Martha uses this recipe in her version of the Boston Cream Pie cupcakes.

For the chocolate glaze, I cheated (I was lazy!) and used canned forsting. Just heat it up in the microwave and pour over cake. Done!

Traveling Cupcakes

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to Folsom, CA to celebrate my friend's wedding. It was a great opportunity to see close friends that I hadn't seen in awhile too. Most of them drool over all the cupcake pictures that I post, but haven't had a chance to feast on them. I took the initiative and came up with a robust recipe that would travel well, not require refrigeration, and be allowed on a plane via hand carry. 

I actually called the airport security and asked if I needed to check frosting in my luggage or if I could just carry it on board. I was told that the only way that I could transport my cupcakes is if they were dry, aka, no frosting and no filling. BAH! As it turns out, everyone at the airport (ticket counter and security) told me that I could have with absolutly no issues! Lesson learned. Next time I won't pay $25 to check a ziplock bag of frosting. 

This batch of cupcakes traveled pretty far: from Massachusetts to California and then from California to Texas! I brought so many that we didn't eat them all. One of the guys took the left overs home to his wife. I heard she ate a few on the car ride home from the airport.

Vanilla and orange zest cake and orange-vanilla buttercream frosting (in the baggie).

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cupcake Chucks!

O.M.G. How freaken adorable are these?!?! Think I'm going to run to the mall during lunch to see if Journey's still has them.