Wednesday, February 23, 2011

It's not what its cracked up to be!

Remember that old saying, life is never the way you thought it would turn out?

Well my cupcakes always turn out never the way I want them to. Sometimes I envision something so beautiful and perfect and yet, it never comes out to my specifications. Well that's life right? RIGHT.

Happy Belated Valentine's Day to everyone! Well in the spirit of this holiday (whether you like it, love it, or just don't care) I've made cupcakes again! :) Not my best work, but I am working on it.

This is a simple, buttery vanilla cupcake (recipe from Magnolia's Bakery) with a vanilla buttercream (in pink of course :) I've also added some strawberry filling (yes, with real strawberries!). Does that make it more fit for V-day? I suppose so. Enjoy.

You'll be much happier with the quality of your life, if you do something you love. I read this in a Yahoo! article and it's spot on. Don't you think?

Monday, February 7, 2011

I love chocolate!

Who doesn't? Although I hear that people who tend to favor vanilla (ice cream and such) tend to be the wildly exciting, super adventurous and spontaneous ones. Oh well...

Hello readers!

I absolutely love a sweet and savory chocolate cake. Nothing beats it. Sometimes I wish I could have a nice tall glass of chocolate milk with it---but not anymore! I hate being lactose intolerant. Anywho, I made these cupcakes to celebrate the new year (the year of the rabbit!) and brought them to work. Somehow work and cupcakes are a great mix. 

I got this recipe from this free-trial magazine, called "Cuisine at home". It just landed in my mailbox, just my luck! :) 

The recipe can be found at this following link:

Old-fashioned Chocolate Cake with the Glossy Chocolate Icing:

I love this type of frosting, smooth and rich, full of pure chocolately goodness! Sorry buttercream lovers this ain't for you. I also used some italian coffee roast from Starbucks (part of the coffee granules), which made it chocolate and coffee which is just pure love. I can't wait to try different kinds of blends!

For this cake I actually made cupcakes. I made about 20 cupcakes and the time frame is about cut in half to about 18-20 minutes in the oven.

Happy Baking!