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!
‘Till next time!
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!
FULL RECIPE HERE
‘Till next time!
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.
FULL RECIPE HERE
‘Till next time!
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!
FOLLOW HER HERE: