Can you believe the semester is over already? I can’t! It seems like just yesterday I was tasked with creating this blog, and now here I am to see about the progress I have made. It has been an eye opening journey, that’s for sure! This blog has helped me fall back in love with baking after quite a long time away. I wasn’t sure if I still had any baking skills left, but I have learned that I still got it! Sure, not every recipe turned out perfect, in fact, my most popular post so far has been my Icing Disaster post.
As I look back on this semester I began by looking at how involved I was able to get my Twitter into this process as well. My account is a relatively quite one, but it has been nice to liven it up and give it some use. A lot of my classmates chose to use Facebook to promote their posts but I feel like Twitter has given me a larger outreach and I’ve really appreciated that. Learning the ins and outs of blogging has really been a very positive experience for me and I hope to continue with this blog past this assignment. Having writing experience will only benefit me in my future endeavors and it has help me feel way more comfortable expressing myself. I have grown to really love writing and this blog is certainly to thank.
I, also, looked at the stats that my blog has gotten through the semester I have been working on it. I saw that my most popular week was the week of November 16th. I had a total of 23 views! Like I mentioned before my most popular post was my Icing Disaster post. It got 13 view, and I think it was the most popular because it was very honest of me to have shown my mistakes and own up to the hilarity of it all. What was suprising to me when I was looking at all the data was that I had people who looked at my blog who lived in Australia, India, the UK, and even Sweden! I never thought my little blog would get people from all over the world looking at it!
In conclusion, this little blog has certainly grown on me and it is safe to say I will do my best to continue in the future. I can’t wait to tackle more cupcake recipes with you guys!
Okay, so I have to start off by saying you HAVE to try this recipe. I mean, seriously, you HAVE TO! I found this recipe on Pinterest, yet again. I had seen a ton of Oreo/cookies and cream cupcakes, non of which really screamed out to me until I found this one. It even boasts to be the best, and as far as I am concerned, it is.
First off, it already calls for boxed cake mix (which we all know I LOVE!), but it has you add pudding mix and sour cream which I never would have thought of. It definitely results in an insanely moist and tasty cake! The recipe is super easy to follow and I loved the touch of adding the crushed Oreos into the batter. It adds that little something extra when you take that first bite. I saw many eyes widen when they realized they were inside as well.
Can we talk about the frosting? I have seriously never had/made a frosting quite like this one and it safe to say I AM OBSESSED! It is light, fluffy, creamy, and everything you want in a frosting. It has cool whip in the recipe which is a major player in the whole light and fluffy result. I even went the extra mile to add the half of the Oreo and Oreo dust on top after I had piped the frosting on.
To say these were my own personal masterpieces is an understatement. They literally were gone in HOURS! A whole 24 I might add. My usual round of taste testers could NOT get enough of these and continued to sing the praises of this recipe. I’m sure I’m going to be required to make these quite often in the future. I have already had a couple of requests! I said it before, but I will say it again. MAKE THESE CUPCAKES! You will not be disappointed!
So remember week one where I said I would make a dedicated post to figuring out using a piping bag with the different tips on it? Well this is it, well kind of. I would love nothing more than to say I am now a piping master and have no idea what I was doing wrong back then. But I can’t. This week was a comedy of errors.
I decided to stick with simple cupcakes to focus on the icing on top. I went with yellow cake from a box, and made this chocolate icing recipe I found. (Which was insanely easy and delicious!) Since I had a starter cupcake icing tip set that had four tips and I didn’t have four piping bags, I thought I would just use ziplock baggies with the corners cut off and call it a day.
Now I’m not sure if it was my fault on the tips I cut off the bags or if it was just a bad idea in general. But when I went to use each one to start icing the cupcakes I could only get one cupcake covered before the bag popped and the tip exploded. I even tried to cut a smaller hole and switch the icing to a new bag, but that didn’t help at all. So after several failed attempts at trying out these tips, I cut my losses and just iced the cupcakes with a knife.
Maybe I will try again when I have the proper piping bags on hand but for now the piping gods have won. I know when to throw in the towel and this was one of those times. FULL RECIPE HERE
This week might be consider cheating, but I think I’m just thinking outside of the box. What am I talking about, you are probably wondering right now. I’m talking about having cupcakes for breakfast! I know, that’s crazy! But these aren’t exactly the type of the cupcakes that you naturally first think of when I say the word cupcake. They are made out of breakfast foods, like eggs, toast, cheese, and avocado. I found this great recipe on Pinterest (of course) and was completely surprised how quick and easy they were to whip up. This is one of those great recipes that you probably already have all the ingredients for sitting around.
Basically with a greased pan you combine all of the ingredients into each little cup of your cupcake pan. Using the bread almost as a cupcake liner. It did take a little finesse to get the bread in the cups the right way, but after the first couple I had a technique down and the rest of the pan went by pretty smoothly. One thing I would recommend would be to use an avocado on the smaller side. The one I used was on the larger side and when it came to adding the avocado to the egg filled bread cups, there wasn’t a ton of room for the large chunks I had diced. I also had a ton of avocado left over, which isn’t completely a bad thing, just something to look out for.
They turned out delicious and the great thing about them is that you can make a batch and keep them in the freezer for quick breakfast days or snacks. My roommates and I ended up breezing through them the way too quickly for that method but if you can exercise more restraint that we can, then these would last great! The whole process took maybe 20 minutes from start to finish and the only dishes that really need cleaning was the cupcake pan and the cutting board, another win in my book! The less dishes a recipe involves me to use then in turn clean up is always great. I see myself making this a staple dish in my life.
It’s October! So we all know what that means, pumpkin spice everything and Halloween themed treats. What kind of baker would I be if I didn’t at least attempt to make my own Halloween cupcakes? I hunted Pinterest for the perfect recipe to try, and found this one. Its a cake/brownie duo cupcake with the cake part being colored a vibrant orange to help with that Halloween spirit. I absolutely LOVE brownies (almost as much as I love cupcakes (; )so this was a no brainer for me to give this recipe a go!
Once again, I used box mix for both the cake and brownie batter. (Swapping the water for milk in both mixes.) As per the recipe instructs, I attempted to dye the color of the cake batter a bright orange as shown in their pictures. Now, I’m not sure if it was the bargain store brand of food coloring I got or the cake batter I used, but I was unable to recreate the bright orange color with my own batter. I followed my food color’s instructions on how to create orange but it was no where near as bright as I would have like it to be and took a lot of building up even to get the lighter orange shade that I ended up using. It didn’t effect the taste at all, but the end result just wasn’t as visually striking as the pictures that are with the recipe.
I did follow their recipe for what they claim is “The Best Buttercream Frosting” and it was pretty darn good in my opinion and the best part was it is INCREDIBLY easy to make. There is a lot of powered sugar involved so when I put all of the ingredients into my stand mixer the recipe suggested putting a dish towel over top of the bowl to prevent the sugar going everywhere, which was a live saver. No one wants a powered sugar snow storm all over their kitchen, and I am no exception to that! I did run out of icing for my last few cupcakes so I would almost suggest making a double recipe of the frosting for a full 24 cupcake recipe. I, also, used the Wilton 2D tip when icing these bad boys as they suggested, which I think turned out great. It’s a great tip for beginners like me to get that professional look.
The last thing I added was my own little touch of adding a candied pumpkin on top to really sell the Halloween vibe. It really brought the whole look together and I don’t these are gonna last long, both of my roommates have had quite a few and the cupcakes aren’t even a couple hours old! The combination of cake and brownie is something sent from heaven and I will probably be using this recipe again as it lends itself to being easily tailored to special events. Be sure to follow me on Snapchat, heyymissmolly, for a behind the scenes look at my progress in real time and you can always see what recipes have me drooling over on my Pinterest.
So since I’ve created this blog, I have started to follow lots of fellow baking blogs to gain inspiration and just to see what other people are whipping up out there. This week I’ve decided to review one of my favorites, SugarB Baking. Her name is Blaire and she has a wonderful blog about cupcakes and cakes that she makes mostly from scratch, which I really admire! Not only do her recipes look incredibly delicious, the recipes seem to be super simple to follow. She always adds a lot of progress shots to help you along if you’re a new baker, which is great. Her blog has kept me drooling for weeks!
The blog itself is relatively new, she started posting in August, (Which I definitely can relate to!) but all the recipes thus far show how skilled of a baker she truly is. Like I mentioned, she does her best to make all of her recipes from scratch using super simple ingredients that still produce a great result. She also is great at adding personal touches and letting her personality shine through which I really enjoy. It makes you feel like you could picture yourself in Blaire’s kitchen, baking with her, helping her create these wonderful recipes and laughing the whole time. While she mainly focuses on cupcakes, like I do, but she does have a few cake recipes that I am dying to test out for myself.
Her latest recipe is 100% on my “To Bake List”, they are chocolate pumpkin cupcakes with a pumpkin buttercream frosting, how perfect is that? She even topped them with a little candy pumpkin with really just sells the whole thing. I am having to hold myself back from running to the kitchen to whip them up right now. I’ll admit, I am on the pumpkin flavor train with everyone else at this time of year so, of course these are right up my alley. I highly recommend you check out Blaire’s blog to see all the wonderful recipes she posts. I’m so glad I found her blog and can tell I’m going to be baking quite of few of her recipes in the future!