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!
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.
Another great recipe from Pinterest this week, with a little bit of a twist on my part! I discovered this recipe and thought it sounded perfect! Chocolate AND peanut butter?! Yes, please! It’s one of my all time favorite flavor combinations, so I figured I had to give these bad boys a try! When looking over the recipe, I saw that they made their version from scratch and using lukewarm coffee as one of the main ingredients… Now there’s a couple of reasons I decided to stray from this, 1) I am not a huge fan of coffee so I didn’t have any on hand 2) Because of issue #1 I also was not in possession of a coffee maker and was not about to purchase one for 1 cupcake recipe. So I went with store bought cake mix (which in my opinion still turned out incredible!) but I did spurge on the homemade peanut butter frosting!
As I mentioned before I skipped the “from scratch” cake mix and went with a boxed mix, so I went ahead and made the box according to the instructions, except I switched the water for milk (that tip I discovered with the last recipe). Before scooping them into the tray I put a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup at the bottom of each cup so there would be a little hidden gem when you bite into them, the recipe says it’s optional but I highly recommend it! While those were in the oven, I went ahead and made the peanut butter frosting. Now this would not have been as easy as it was if it wasn’t for a friend who lent me her Kitchen-aid stand mixer after hearing about this cupcake endeavor I’ve taken on. Of course it was lent to me in exchange for cupcakes on command but I think that’s a fair deal.
After the cupcakes were cooled and the frosting was made I decided to yet again try my hand at piping the frosting on. I mean, I had made it from scratch after all… So I busted out another piping bag and this time I tried using a different tip (the one I used was a Wilton 2D that came in the starter set that I had). I do have to say I was majorly impressed at the difference just the decorating tip made in the ease of piping the frosting on, it was night and day experience to my last attempt. They look so much more professional and I have gotten comments about how beautiful they are. They have held up to the taste test from my usual groups of testers, which is always a win! Remember, I always snap live time progress on my Snapchat. My user name is heyymissmolly, so be sure to follow me so a behind the scenes look at these recipe attempts!