Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chocolate Cupcakes With Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting!

Last week, we celebrated the birthday of a close family friend. Every year I ask her to tell me what she would like for her birthday dessert and this year she just said, CHOCOLATE! After asking a few more questions to establish preference of frosting, I knew it was time to incorporate Nutella somewhere into my standard chocolate cupcake.

The result was beautiful - the frosting is perfectly chocolatey but not sickly sweet, and the cake came out moist and rich.

Frosting recipe can be found here!




Strawberry Shortcake Parfaits!

I love making layered desserts that can be served in any type of glass whether it's a water glass, wine glass, or funky serving dish. They are easy to make, look beautiful, and taste great!

Strawberry shortcake parfaits are my go-to dessert because they are so simple. I'll buy a box of strawberries, heavy whipping cream, and a pound cake. After whipping the cream with some sugar and slicing the strawberries and cake, I begin the layering.

In this instance, I used graham crackers, pureed with butter and sugar as the dense base instead of sliced pound cake. Delicious!


Pancakes ... it's what's for breakfast!

I've been on a pancake kick lately. Since I've been home more, I've taken to making my squishy breakfast after he rides his bicycle on his mornings off.

First ... blueberry pancakes!


Next ... banana walnut buttermilk pancakes!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Six Month Hiatus!


I cannot believe it's been 6 months since I posted last! So many amazing things have happened over the past few months.

Most importantly ... I got engaged!


I also left my job in order to focus on school. I am halfway through my MBA program!


Now onto the baking. Here are some things I've baked over the past 6 months.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes:


Valentine's Day Red Velvet Cupcakes:



Arroz Con Leche (Rice Pudding):




Baby Chocolate Topped Cheesecakes:



Banana Pecan Muffins:


Vanilla Coconut Birthday Cupcakes:


Strawberries & Cream Cupcakes:



Classic Red Velvet Cupcakes with Sour Cream & Cream Cheese  Frosting:



Mini Vanilla Cheesecakes Topped with Fresh Whipped Cream & Raspberries:



Mini Lemon Vanilla Cupcakes Topped with Fresh Summer Berries:



Mini Chai Tea Latte Cupcakes:




And last but not least, the mini cupcake tower from our engagement party, courtesy of Batter Co (http://www.battercocupcake.com/):


Xoxo!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Holiday Baking!

Happy December! These are red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, topped with sprinkle-coated decorative marshmallows.



Baby Salted Caramel Cheesecakes!

This is possibly one of the best desserts I have ever made. Mini salted caramel cheesecake cupcakes .... you need to make them.

Baby cheesecakes are SO easy to make and they taste very fancy! They are also super versatile - you can add cocoa powder or food coloring to the actual cheesecake part to change up the flavor, and then top them with anything ranging from candy, fruit jelly, whipped cream, frosting, etc. 

Recipe: http://simplybakings.com/?p=965


Birthday Cupcakes!

I made these fun, beachy-themed Kahlua cupcakes for one of my good friends at work last month. The decorations were my favorite part!


Halloween Cupcakes!

Vanilla bean pumpkin cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pumpkin Ale Cupcakes!

Pumpkin ale cupcakes are a dream. A beer-enriched chocolatey batter and a pumpkin spice-flavored heady buttercream to tie all the flavors together.



Recipe courtesy of My Baking Addiction.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins!

Hearty and healthy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins! Recipe courtesy of Joy of Baking.





Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cupcakes!

Happy October! It is most definitely the season of pumpkin. To kick off the pumpkin baking, I started with basic pumpkin spiced cupcakes and cream cheese frosting - a classically delicious combination. Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart.




Sunday, September 8, 2013

Guiness Cupcakes with Bailey's Frosting!

These were made in honor of a special Irish-American friend's birthday - Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey's Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting! I adapted the recipe from Brown Eyed Baker, essentially just removing the whiskey ganache filling part. I topped the frosting with a dark chocolate espresso bean. Yum!





Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom!

Mom's birthday cupcake request this year was a bit odd - she requested chocolate cupcakes with Bailey's frosting. Nothing wrong with that combo (nice one Mom!), but it was a bit out of character for my fruit-loving, booze-shunning mamma. Regardless, the birthday girl had it her way!

Espresso Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink Bailey's Buttercream (rosette themed)!


Mac n' Chese Cupcakes!

For a co-worker without a sweet tooth (gasp!), I had so much fun playing around with a savory cupcake recipe. These mac and cheese 'cupcakes' were delicious and adorable - the baked breadcrumb topping really set them off!


Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes!

For a very special co-worker birthday, I made chocolate Kahlua cupcakes. The batter contained Kahlua and so did the cream cheesey buttercream, and both came out fabulous! I topped each one with a milk chocolate-covered pretzel for garnish. Yum! Why are boozy cupcakes the best?!


Mini Donut Cupcakes!

In a team as big as mine, it is always somebody's birthday at work, it seems. This time, I decided to make mini donut cupcakes - with a simple vanilla base, and coffee-flavored creme glaze, and topped with a perfectly miniature sized donut. These bring 'coffee & donuts' to a whole new level!





Sunday, September 1, 2013

Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey's Caramel Frosting!

I didn't even know that Bailey's came in caramel-flavor, but once I made this happy discovery (quite accidentally), I knew it needed to be incorporated in frosting, and soon. I decided to make a super chocolatey cake and top with a chocolate buttercream frosting with plenty of Bailey's caramel. Topped with a dark chocolate chip!


Dulce de Leche Cupcakes!

Dulce de leche cupcakes ... the occasion being yet another co-coworker's departure. I baked the dulce de leche into the cake to make it moist and fluffy, and topped the dulce de leche-infused buttercream with a little extra of the deliciously thick sauce. Needless to say, these were quite decadent!


Gender Reveal Party!

One of my good friends recently had a Gender Reveal party to find out the sex of her baby. It was a wonderful idea and so much fun. Since we (of course) did not know ahead of time, I made two sets of Vanilla Latte Cupcakes - customized with 'boy' or 'girl' accents.




And in case you're wondering....