Saturday, October 31, 2009

Cupcake Hero, Peanut Butter

The theme of this months Cupcake Hero is Peanut Butter. I, being of dysfunctional mind and body, don't think things like peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and banana, peanut butter cookie....NO, I think Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.....

Soooo, I decided to do my Reese's Peanut Butter Cup ganache on top of some chocolate cupcakes, of course I had to mix in some PB cups in the batter and sprinkle them on top too....actually put some snack size ones on the bottom of a few too, as you can see from the pic, tho I don't recommend that.....doesn't cook up nice...

I asked my you think it's too much PB cup, to which they replied (in unison, I kid you not)..."There's no such thing as too much Reese's PB cup". sigh. I love those kids.

I used my go to chocolate cupcake recipe, listed numerous times throughout this blog, with about 10 chopped up mini PB cups folded in at the end.

I've posted this recipe before too, but here it is again...

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Ganache Buttercream
24 oz chopped up mini PB cups
1 1/2 cups cream
2 sticks room temp unsalted butter
1 - 2 cups powdered sugar sifted.

Night before, or earlier in day, put chopped up candy in heatproof bowl. Heat cream to simmer, pour over candy. let sit for a few minutes, then stir until chocolate is incoroporated. You will have peanut butter lumps...that is a desirable trait! Put in fridge and let firm up (it won't get as thick as regular ganache)
Cream butter and 2 cups ganache in mixer until well blended, add 1 cup of sugar and blend well. If frosting is too soft, add some more sugar...remember it's sweet tho. careful not to overbeat or it will get grainy...but hey, it still tastes good tho.
This frosting is soft and silky....
If you don't want to add the butter and sugar, you can actually just whip up the ganache really careful not to overbeat! This stuff is good too...a bit grainier than the buttercream version, but delicious...I use this alot for fillings inside of cakes.
Check out Cupcake hero here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Daughter, The Baker.

My daughter, Taylor, chose "baker" for career pathways, and decided to make and decorate a cake for her project. She made a devils food cake with a halloween oreo filling and decorated with candy....the pumpkin she made from fondant.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Goodbye Earl Recipe

Brown-Sugar Pound Cupcakes ( adapted from Martha Stewart)
3 cups sifted AP flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
21/4 cups packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs, room temp
3/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Line muffin tin (recipe made 22 cupcakes for me). whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one a time, beating after each addition.Reduce speed to low. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk and ending with the dry. fill each cup approx 3/4 full, and bake for 25 minutes.

Carmalized Strawberry Jam
This is a recipe I found on
11/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups jam, raspberry, apricot, strawberry or peach are suggested (I used no sugar added strawberry)
Half of a vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
Place 1/4 cup of the sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over high heat, without stirring, until all the sugar turns caramel. Tilt pan to distribute caramel. Lower the heat and carefully whisk in the jam, the scraped vanilla bean and seeds, 1 tablespoon of water, a pinch of salt and the lemon juice. (The caramel will bubble violently.) Simmer, stirring, until the caramel dissolves into the jam. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. (This can be done a day in advance.)

I put a teaspoon of jam into each cupcake and swirled it into batter, but I think you could probably swirl it into batter before panning also.

When I piped on the cream cheese icing, I painted two sides of the bag with the jam before adding the frosting, and that made a nice swirl in the frosting for me!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Inside the Halloween Cake

Brought it to work and shared it with my co-workers!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Halloween Cake

For fun, and to enter a couple of blog contests, including the Star Tribune contest. The bottom tier is chocolate with Halloween oreo filling, covered in ganache the middle layer is vanilla with whipped milk chocolate ganache and covered in ganache and the witches hat is made out of rice krispy treats. Everything is covered in MMF and candy clay....lots of fun to make...especially the ssssssnakesssss. LOL!
The ghosts are made out of sugar cookies and topped with fondant.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Cake Slice Bakers Presents...Cinnamon-Pecan Coffee Cake

Yeah!!! My first posting for the Cake Slice Bakers......soooooo excited to be a part of the group. We are baking from Nancie McDermott's "Southern Cakes", and for our first project we chose this coffee cake....which is incredible on days 1, 2 and light and fluffy and cinnamonny (is that a word?).

The batter is super thick and hard to spread in a pan, so I ended up 1 1/2 x the cake recipe just to have more to lot's of cake....and omitted raisons (cuz they're just humilated grapes after all...).

I'm not sure if I'm supposed to post the recipe, so I won't....if you're interested check out the cookbook, check some of the other cake slice bakers blogs here or comment me....

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Iron Cupcake - Music...Goodbye Earl!

Those black-eyed peas, they tasted alright to me....Earl, why don't you lie down and sleep? Ain't it dark wrapped up in that tarp?

They sell tennesse ham and strawberry jam, and they don't lose any sleep at all....cuz Earl had to die!
Ha, first thing I thought of when it was announced the theme was music....."Goodbye Earl" by the Dixie Chicks.....the cupcakes are brown sugar poundcake with a carmelized strawberry jam topped with a cream cheese frosting with just a touch more of that strawberry jam.....No worries tho, no black eyed peas in these......LOL.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Revised Monkey LaLa

I was playing with the monkey lala a bit, decided to try and make the cake a vanilla based with the liquid being the lala, frosted with a baileys/kahlua ganache and topped with a dollop of the monkey lala buttercream. (It's the one with the chocolate sprinkles on top). It turned out okay...but I think I like the regular chocolate one better (seen with the monkey on it....BTW arent those cute? I made them out of candy clay).

I also made some strawberry mojito cupcakes today, was going to top them with strawberries...but ended up having to use all the strawberries.....

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Cupcake Hero, Pumpkin - Simple Pumpkin Cuppies with Cream Cheese Frosting

For this month's Cupcake Hero, I made a simple Pumpkin Cupcake recipe with a plain and simple Cream Cheese Frosting....It's truly one of my favorite combo's.
The ingredient was pumpkin, but we were to also "dress it up" Halloween-y, so I did the Wilton Eyeball - love the simplicity of it! The frosting is all Cream Cheese in various colors, but the pupils are the Wilton candy melts made into a black candy clay (I had used this for some of the Spongebobs, and some monkey faces that I'm still working on)....but, you can use black icing too.
Pumpkin Cupcakes
(Taste Of Home)
2 cups sugar (I used 1 cup white, and 1 cup light brown sugar)
3/4 cup oil
1 15 oz can pumpkin (not pie mix)
4 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I use a heaping tsp pumpkin pie spice)
Preheat oven to 350.
In smaller bowl, mix together dry ingredients. In large mixing bowl combine sugar, oil, pumpkin, and eggs and combine well. Mix in dry ingredients and beat until well mixed.Fill muffin cup up 2/3 full, bake 18-22 minutes. I got 24.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8 oz softened cream cheese
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
6 cups sifted powdered sugar
pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla
splash cream
Cream together cream cheese and butter, add sugar, vanilla and salt and beat until creamy. Check your consistency...if you want it thinner, add a splash of cream and beat well to combine.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Who Lives in a Pineapple Under the Sea?

For a coworker. It's a 6 inch 3 layer vanilla cake made to look like Spongebob's pineapple. I had some issues with the candy clay decorations, as they didn't harden like they normally do, and I was really shaky this morning and had a hard time piping the lines in the pineapple...but otherwise I think it turned out pretty cute.

The cupcakes are vanilla and chocolate with vanilla buttercream. My son kept asking what happened to Spongebob's legs? I just didn't have enough time to monkey around with arms and legs, thought it was fine without.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Monkey La La Cake

A hot mess if you ask me. All was going well until I let my ganache get too cool before I poured it. Oh well, tastes great.
It's a chocolate cake made with Baileys and Kahlua, filled and iced with a coconut, baileys and Kahlua buttercream and the ganache is semisweet with a hint of monkey la la also.