Monday, October 24, 2011

Not enough sold :[

So I had the festival over the weekend...


Made 200 cupcakes, sold maybe 30. I also had cute mini cupcakes to hand out...
Apparently metal heads covered in fake blood don't like cupcakes as much as I do!
Most of my money was made off of a solitary drunk guy handing me five dollars at a time and taking the free cupcakes... After I told him he could take the ones for sale.

drunk guy: *hands me 5 bucks* "I'm gonna take three of the free ones, okay?"
me: "Uh, yeah they're free. You can actually take 5 of the big ones."
Drunk guy: "No no no no no I can only take these ones."
Me: "Sir, those are free, you don't have to pay."
Drunk guy: "Yes i do, these ones aren't free."
Me: *heavy sigh* "Sir.."
Drunk guy: *Stumbles away from table.*

He did this like, four times.. Not that I'm complaining... Although I wish he would have taken the big ones... So now I'm stuck with over 150 cupcakes, chillin on my table.

On the plus side, I had waaaaay too much fun, so much fun I could hardly handle it. 

Now, I am faced with the task of getting rid of said cupcakes...
I might freeze them, and eat them at a later date... Like when it's that time and ben and jerry's just isn't cutting it and the lifetime movie network and a box of tissues and I are having a date... I'll eat fifty chocolate cupcakes and continue crying.

That's totally healthy right?


So anyway...

I've decided to start branching out of cupcakes. Although they are adorable and scrumptious, I do want to become a pastry chef.. Not just a "cupcake girl"

So, I'm gonna start with basic.. Maybe try some cookies (which I have a horrible history with) and maybe some whoopie pies. I am also DETERMINED to make French Macarons. It's going to to happen. 

Also, Christmas is coming up... People should expect to be getting baked goods from me. Eat them, feed them to your dog, throw them away, I don't care, but i will force them upon you :]

And since Christmas is coming up...
I am DESPERATE for a stand mixer. I realize kitchen-aid is awfully expensive, but even a cheaper off brand will do! My hand mixer is just not working any more.. the motor is burning out and it's not beating anything right. 
Seriously.. I need a stand mixer more than I need air.
Is it bad to feel that deeply about a counter top appliance?
I think not.

Anyway, I would like to share with you, a recipe for a very decadent, very rich, very easy chocolate frosting...
This frosting will also be in my LMN movie viewing party. I will be eating it straight from the bowl, and sobbing to a movie about a woman who loses her husband and regains her own self assurance.

I adapted this recipe from one I found online, for the life of me, I can not remember where I found it. When I do, I'll post!


2 sticks softened butter
3 TBSP heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup chocolate syrup (I use the hershey's syrup in the can. You find it with the cocoa powder in the baking aisle at most grocery stores. I suppose bottled syrup would work fine too though)

Beat the butter, heavy cream, and vanilla until smooth.

Add powdered sugar, beat on med- low until just incorporated.

Add chocolate syrup, beat on high about 2 mins.

Easy peezy. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall is in the air!

I love fall.
Or at least the concept of fall. The leaves changing, the cooler weather, the fashion, the food!!
But to be realistic, I live in Ohio...
Oh the leaves change...

The weather goes from 90 to 40 over night, the fashion is a pair of torn up wal-mart sweats and a hoodie (for most people... seriously, go outside and look around.. you MIGHT see a pair of jeans..) I don't get to wear those cute heeled boots with the toe cut out... It snows here.. ALOT. And I don't want frostbite to catch hold of my piggies!

But the food... Now I can hate Ohio as much as the next guy, but this is my home, and my family is here. And good lord, can my family cook some food.

So I'm excited for thanksgiving.

But I'm still waiting on Halloween to get here.
I've decided on cupcakes for the festival that I'll be doing! And none of them are the choices I gave two weeks ago, haha. I've decided to do more basic flavors, something that everyone will eat.

So, the reason I blog today?
I've decided to give you a great recipe for a cupcake (or even eat it as a muffin). It's one of my favorites right now, and it's my own write up. If you try them, please let me know what you think!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes


1 1/2 Cup Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1 stick butter -- softened. (I use the plain old salted stuff)
3/4 Cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 Cup milk
1/2 Cup Pecans (chopped or chipped, whatever you prefer)
1 cup Pumpkin Puree. ( I use about 3/4 of a 15 oz can. You of course, can use fresh)

**NOTE:: I STRONGLY suggest to use the aluminum muffin tins for these. They have a tendency to stick to the paper ones a bit.


Preheat your oven at 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Set aside

On MEDIUM speed: Beat butter until creamy (about a minute) add vanilla.

Gradually add sugar to the butter and vanilla.
Beat until fluffy (about a minute and a half)

Beat in the eggs, One at a time.

Slowly add your dry mixture, alternating with milk, in four parts.

Soo: dry mix, milk, dry mix, milk, dry mix, milk, dry mix.

Beat about 2 mins

Once batter is smooth, FOLD IN in the pumpkin and pecans.

Spoon into muffin tins, 2/3 of the way full. (make sure NOT to over fill them! They will make your pans sticky!)

Bake about 18 mins or until golden brown and springs back when lightly touched. (Or the old fashioned clean toothpick way)

It is VERY IMPORTANT to FULLY cool these cupcakes if you plan on icing them. Let them cool 10-15 mins then pop in the fridge for about 2 hours.

You can find a great buttercream frosting Here. I added about 2 tsp cinnamon to this frosting.

Please let me know what you think if you try them!!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ohhh the joy of asking for your help!

So as you know, I'm a fan of making up my own recipes. I feel if I don't, I'm stealing ideas from other people-- Although I ALWAYS doctor up the recipe somehow to fit my tastes a bit more...
However, I have found quite a few recipes I'm in love with that I NEED to try!

I'm extremely excited for Halloween. It's been one of my favorite days since I was a kid, I mean.. Free candy and scary costumes and parties and candy and fog machines and candy and masks and candy! Who wouldn't love this holiday?!


I have a festival coming up, Halloween themed of course, where I know I'll be making AT LEAST 200 cupcakes... Stoked? Yes. Nervous? Definitely.
This will be the first time I'll have baked so many cupcakes for one event...
In my tiny kitchen (Literally the fridge door hits the counter on the opposite side of the kitchen when I open the door...)
With my tiny oven
and my limited amount of counter space
But thankfully I'll have some help from my best friend (if she's still willing) with decorating which would be good :]

Okay, but what I need from you...

Here's a list of the cupcakes I'm thinking of doing for the festival. I don't want to bake more than four types and 2 of the 4 are going to be basic white and chocolate flavors... Sooo... tell me which two of the list I should take with me to the festival!

-Caramel sour apple
A sour apple cupcake (spiked with a bit of sour apple pucker) with caramel frosting, topped with a caramel apple sucker
-Butterbeer (yes as in Harry Potter butterbeer)
A cream soda cake with butterscotch frosting and a little edible broomstick
-Cherry Coke
(Im aware this isn't very halloween-esque) A chocolate-cola cake with cherry-chunk icing and a chocolate cherry glaze
-Shards of glass 
A white cake with strawberry-cherry filling topped with a "shard of glass" (hard sugar candy) and cherry glaze

Let me know which of these two you think would be the best fit to take to a very diverse crowd of people. :] Thanks!!