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 I was browsing Pinterest as one does (psst, you can follow mine here), drooling over gorgeous cupcakes after gorgeous cupcakes until I was literally stopped in my tracks by this recipe. Red Velvet cupcakes with a cream cheese chocolate chip filling. More beautiful words have never been spoken, in my opinion. I was in love and determined to recreate these beauties. Surprisingly enough, I had almost all of the ingredients already which was a HUGE plus! (Especially for my college budget!) The recipe even calls for boxed cake mix, how easy is that?
After I gathered everything I needed, I began to make the cream cheese filling, which is where my 1st little hiccup happened. I realized I only have 1 mixing bowl and I needed 2 (1 for the filling and 1 for the cake batter). Where a normal person would just go to the store and buy another mixing bowl, I was determined to make this work without that. I tried using a normal cereal bowl and it wasn’t big enough, so after looking through my cabinets and come creative thinking on my part I busted out a medium sauce pan that I had, that everyone gets when they move to college in those “Starter Pan Sets.” I came to the brilliant realization that a sauce pan is just a bowl with a handle on it! Who knew, right?!
Once the filling was made and set aside in the fridge, I made the cake mix according to the instructions except, as the recipe suggested, I swapped out the water for milk. I have to say I’m pretty impressed with how moist they were. I will definitely be using that tip again! Once baked and cooled, I decided to try my hand a piping the icing on top. I have a set of tips that I have never touched, so I thought why not? I busted those out and figured it couldn’t be that hard, I mean I’ve watched enough Food Network to consider myself practically an expert. I am here to inform you, that I was wrong. The first one came out pretty well, but then I seemed to get worse the more I went along. I didn’t realize that was possible but it was. (As pictured below)
I did about half of them like this until I decided to cut my losses and just ice them the old school knife in jar way. I’ll devote more time to mastering this whole piping icing thing later, I’ve decided. The cupcakes tasted delicious and I have since made almost everyone I come in contact with try them as well. I’m going to start be known as the crazy cupcake lady, but I can’t help it, they taste so good! I’ve also been posting live time progress and updates on my Snapchat, heyymissmolly, so be sure to follow me on there! Here’s hoping all of the recipes I try go this well!
My name is Molly Armstrong , I’m 23 years old and attend Texas State University in the oh so lovely San Marcos, Texas. I originate from the one and only Houston, Texas by way of Akron, Ohio (you know, that small town Lebron James is from?). As my dad would put it, “We weren’t born here, but we got here as quickly as we could!” Speaking of family, I have two loving parents who just celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary and two sisters of which I am the middle child. It’s actually my family that has inspired the topic of this blog: baking.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been baking with my mom and sisters. Whether it be a simple cake for one of our birthdays throughout the year, or the plain over the top blow out we do yearly at Christmas time, baking has always been a part of my life. Even this past weekend on a trip home to visit, my mom was in the kitchen making cookies just for fun. Sugar is in my DNA at this point. So when I was tasked with creating a blog on a topic of my choice for my FDOM (Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media) class, baking came straight to my mind, more specifically cupcakes.
Everyone loves cupcakes right? Individual bite sized cakes covered in frosting, what’s not to love? You can find TONS of amazing cupcake recipes all over the internet these days! I’ve pinned some of my favorites on my Pinterest board, which is where I’ll be getting the majority of these recipes from. Now, I consider myself a somewhat competent amateur baker, but we’ll see, this very well may turn into me showing off my failures! Also, keep in mind that I am a college student, on a college budget, so I have none of the fancy equipment that some of these people probably used to create their amazing cupcakes. I’m going to have to make due with what I got and cross my fingers that it works out! So follow me on this adventure and we will see where it takes us!