Sunday, January 29, 2012

An apple a day......

Last weekend I went to my girlfriend Katie's house to bake.  We made a new cupcake together.  It was the first time we have baked together and it was a blast!  I normally do not like to bake with anyone, have my own routine.  It was easy to do with Katie.  I think being friends for so many years we know what to do and how each other work.  We made a Carmel Apple Cupcake. 
This is the first time we have grated an apple before.  We ended up using 3 Gala apples.
We knew by tasting the batter that the cupcake was going to be delicious!
We made the carmel from scratch.  I didn't realize how long and hard it is to make. 

Katie's dog, Brooklyn, loved baking day!!  While mixing the cream cheese frosting, the powdered sugar was going everywhere.  Brooklyn thought she would help come clean the floors for us :)
The cupcakes turned out so great!!  It was a apple cake, with carmel inside and a cream cheese frosting.  Katie drizzled carmel on the top for a great touch.

It was a great day baking with Katie, and I am looking forward to the next time we get to do it again :)
Hope you all have a great week!  Thanks for looking.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Cherry on Top!

I have become a DC Cupcakes fan lately. I bought their book.  I also watched the first season and fell in love <3  My mom's girlfriend lives out east and has had cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake.  She says they are amazing.  I was inspired after that to try a recipe.  I chose Banana Split Cupcake.  It was a good one.  There were so many different aromas in my kitchen tonight; from banana to cinnamon to chocolate.  What a great time baking. 
The cupcake is a banana cake base.  Then it has a chocolate ganache filling.  Put on a cream cheese frosting with toffee and more ganache.  And top it off with a cherry. 

The ganache was chocolate and heavy cream mixed.
I made a hole in the cupcake to put the ganache in

They look like little dishes of ice cream :)

I topped them off with some ganache, toffee, sprinkles and a cherry! 

They are very sweet.  Definitely have to have a glass of milk with it.  I am very happy with how they turned out!  My girlfriend KT and I are going to try another of their recipes this Sunday, a Carmel Apple Cupcake.  Hopefully that one turns out just as good as this one.
Hope you all have a great weekend and thanks for looking :)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Red and Green

I have been in a funk so I decided to bake to cheer myself up.  I found a new recipe for Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  It was just what I needed.  I feel better :)   The recipe turned out very well.  The cupcake was a rich red.  I put some Valentine sprinkles on it for fun.

Here is a shot of the red center :)

I had a birthday cake to make for my friend's niece this weekend.  She was turning 13!  She likes the zebra print and loves green so this is what we came up with.  It was yellow cake with buttercream frosting.  I was told to load up on the frosting in the center.  I am sure her and her girlfriends were bouncing off the walls from all the sugar :) 

I hope you all have a great week and thanks for looking!