Monday, April 25, 2011

Perfected Red Velvet

The last time I tried to make red velvet it failed horribly.  It bugged me so much I had to try again.  So, this weekend I came home from my fishing/camping trip and immediately decided to try a new red velvet recipe.  I am  happy to say these cupcakes were awesome!  They were moist and had alot of flavor just as I had hoped.  These have been tested by my experienced taste testers (my co-workers) and got awesome reviews!  So needless to say I am going to keep this red velvet recipe.  Thanks to all my hard working taste testers!

I will be making this red velvet recipe along with and vanilla and chocolate next weekend.  These cupcakes will be for sale at a discounted rate of $2 each.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross to help the people affected by the recent tornadoes.  So, come on by my house on Saturday April, 30 and get a cupcake to support a good cause.   Please email me at if you are coming by or need more information. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookie Time!

It's peanut butter cookie time...peanut butter cookie time.  Peanut butter cookie...peanut butter cookie and a baseball bat.  LOL!
Happy birthday my most wonderful hubby!  My loving hubby has been my best taster so, needless to say he is a little cupcaked out.  This year for his birthday he requested his favorite sweet tooth treat...Peanut Butter Cookies!  They are also perfect for packing on our camping trip this weekend, much easier then trying to pack cupcakes for a camping/fishing trip.
If your dream cookie is soft in the middle with just a bit of crunch on the edges and filled with that old timey peanut butter flavor then these are the cookies for you my friend.  My hubby and my brother-in-law absolutely LOVE these...Try them for yourself and tell me what you think!

Peanut Butter Cookies
makes 12-16 cookies

1 cup peanut butter ( I use Skippy Natural)
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla exact
2 Tablespoons sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix peanut butter, 3/4 cup sugar, egg and vanilla until all incorporated.  Take about 2 Tablespoons of cookie dough and make a ball and place on a nongreased cookie sheet.  Then pour the remaining sugar into a bowl.  Take a fork and dip in the sugar, then press on each cookie in a cross pattern.  Make sure to dip the fork back in the sugar bowl after each press on the cookie.  Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes.  After removing from oven let the cookies cool for 5 minutes before moving.  Enjoy the deliciousness! 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tornadic Red Velvet

 Alright, so there has been this awful batch of storms roaming across the country.  It came across here last night.  It only threw off 48 tornadoes cross North Carolina (only 48).  So the weather outside was frightening but I thought I could make my kitchen delighting!  LOL!  The key word in that sentence was thought.  I decided to try out my red velvet recipe. 

What you can't tell here is all the humidity in the air sunk my cupcakes and melted my frosting!  However, the cream cheese frosting was still absolutely delicious even in a melty mess!  I really didn't think the cake had much flavor at all.  So back to the drawing board on this recipe.  (I told ya'll this is my blog to getting my bakery...I am not afraid to share my failures!)  I will try a new red velvet recipe soon!  My prayers go out to all the people affected by this tornadic storm! 

Cupcakes coming soon:
Peanut Butter Cookies (will give out this recipe)
 Margarita Cupcakes (Cinco De Mayo)
Strawberry Bread

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Fast Cars and Freedom

So these cupcakes are for Landon's 5th birthday!  Happy Birthday Landon!!!!  Landon is a little boy who is  always moving 100 mph, so I'm told (hints the speed limit on these cupcakes)!  Landon I hope you love your cupcakes!

 I am excited to tell everyone about these cupcakes because this is the first time I have ever worked with regular fondant.  I have worked with a marshmallow fondant once before, but this was an awesome learning experience!  The roads are made of fondant with a simple butter cream to paint the lines.  The signs were also done in fondant. I know my hand writing is atrocious next time I will pipe the words. I can pipe better than I can write...God must have made me to be a baker! 

This is also the first time I had ever piped grass!  I know, I know, you are not supposed to let the cake underneath show!  However, since it was a chocolate cupcake I thought it made it look like dirt underneath. Plus, anyone who knows me understands that it is near impossible for me to follow rules all the time!  LOL

Unfortunately, I was too afraid to make the cars out of fondant (my 1st time and all) so the cars are micro machines.  Which by the way, apparently are not popular with kids today like when I was growing up.  We had to look everywhere for these.  Growing up you could find these at the gas station.  Okay, so now I am really showing my age.  Funny story: I even asked a girl at Michael's if she had micro machines, and she said "what are they?"  One of her co-workers had to chime in and state the now obvious fact that she "was too young to know about micro machines!"  Wow, you don't realize you are getting old until something like that comes and slaps you in the face! 

And of course, what five year old boy wouldn't want car crashes on his birthday cupcakes?  So because there were two dozen cupcakes we put a car wreck on each dozen!  One even has the fire truck coming to the rescue!  (I think these are so cool, plus his big brother is a volunteer fireman/race car driver!)

All in all, these cupcakes were extremely fun to make!  I also learned a lot by trial and error...but none the less, lessons were learned and shall never be forgotten!  LOL!!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Carrot Cupcakes

First of all, I am going to start out by saying...I'm sick so I am not really responsible for anything I write in the following blog!  Here we go short, sweet, and to the point today.

Friday, my hubby and I sent out an email asking his co-workers what kind of cupcakes they wanted my to test out.  There choices were carrot, red velvet or banana caramel.  Carrot won the contest by a long slide!  (I made the banana caramel anyway because I wanted too!)  This recipe is an old fashioned carrot cake you know the ones that only Grandma could make!  I wanted my carrot cake to have that old timey tradition and connotation!  Hopefully, I have achieved this.  I do hope that my hubby's co-workers will enjoy!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Relay for Life Cupcakes

Hurray!  Cupcakes for a Cause!  I am so excited that I have had the honor of baking cupcakes to help raise money for Relay for Life.  I made 4 dozen cupcakes and all the proceeds are going to Ava's Angels the Ayden Christian Church Relay Team.  So I decided to make 3 dozen I knew would sell, 2 dozen Mocha Frappuccino & 1 dozen Vanilla Almond.  However, I am excited to tell you that I tried a new recipe out tonight, it's a Banana cupcake with a salted Caramel cream cheese frosting...and all I can say is OH MY GOD!!!!!  They are super delicious!  I hope everyone at the Bazaar loves these cupcakes as much as I do!