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Friday, October 4, 2013

Lots of people looking for the Sweet Tooth Fairy Cupcake recipe!

I have had many visitors to my blog viewing the recipe I posted from the Sweet Tooth Fairy Bakery.  I received the recipe from the bakery owner in an article that featured her in a magazine.  I have made the recipe many times and I love how the batter is thick and the cupcakes always rise up to a perfect domed shape.  However, I feel that the recipe yields dry cupcakes and I have worked over the last few months to adapt the recipe to make it more moist....because the real cupcakes from STF are extremely moist.  Even though I tried many variations, nothing I tried seemed to yield the results that I wanted.  I decide to look for a different recipe and I found a great one....way better than the STF recipe!  This is what I had been looking for!  Chocolatey flavor, and very moist cupcakes.  I live at a high altitiude so I did some research and learned what to adjust in a recipe when cooking at higher elevations.  I followed the rercipe doubling all ingredients EXCEPT the baking power and soda.  Also, about 1 tablespoon less flour.  It worked great....my new stand-by homemade chocolate cupcake recipe!  
Here is the link:

http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/07/12/death-by-chocolate-cupcakes. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Triple Berry Trifle

I love making trifle.  There are so many flavor combinations.  I have made brownie trifle, peaches and cream trifle, raspberry trifle...but this one is my favorite because this is the one that reminds me of my childhood.   I started with one of my stand-by cake recipes....

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Hot-Milk-Cake


I layer the cooled cake in the bottom of my trifle bowl.  I then pour in a layer of set raspberry jello.  Next comes the fruit.  2 cups of blueberries and 2 cups of thinly sliced strawberries.  I poured cooked and cooled custard over the top and let it set for awhile in the fridge.  (I use Birds Custard powder found at my local grocery store....I double the powder and sugar when following the recipe on the carton).  Next I decorated with raspberries, but only because I didn't have any cream.  Normally I would add a layer of freshly whipped cream before the raspberries, but that's ok.  It's more healthy this way and I figure I can eat twice as much....

Friday, April 26, 2013

Freezer jam in frosting

I have been making lots of frostings with different kinds of freezer jam in them. I have found that strawberry freezer jam works the best, and makes the frosting easy to whip together and absolutely scrumpious...




Monday, April 1, 2013

My latest frosting....Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

I regret that I do not have a picture of the frosting I recently created.  It was so absolutely delicious and so simple.   If you don't have freezer jam...hurry and buy some strawberries and make some!  You can whip up a batch of jam in no time.  Freezer jam is super easy and you can put it in just about any container.  This frosting would just not taste the same with store-bought jam.  You have to try this frosting!

STRAWBERRY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

1 8 oz package of cream cheese - room temperature
1 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup homemade strawberry freezer jam

 Whip the cream cheese and butter until fluffy -about 3 minutes.  Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and mix well, about 2 more minutes.  Add jam and mix.  This tastes super fresh with a burst of strawberry flavor.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pirate Ship Cupcakes!

I just whipped up these pirate ship cupcakes for my son. I cut chocolate wafer cookies into the shape of a boat, then used lollipop sticks to attach a sail that I printed from my computer. It was super easy and the kids will love them!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Baby Shower cupcakes

I absolutely LOVE how these cupcakes turned out for my sister-in-law's baby shower. My friend and I got creative and decorated each cupcake individually.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Best Ever Silky Chocolate frosting

I believe I have mastered quite a few frosting recipes. One of my favorite frostings is this silky smooth chocolate frosting, adapted from a recipe by Martha Stewart. This frosting is so smooth and it is absolutely delicious. Plus you can make variations..for example, i recently made this frosting and mixed in 1 1/2 cups of ground up chocolate mint cookies. The result was heavenly...you need to try it!

Chocolate Silky Smooth frosting

2 11.5 oz bags chocolate chips (use can use milk chocolate or semi-sweet)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup hot water
4 1/2 sticks butter (room temp)
1 cup powdered sugar

Melt the chocolate chips and allow to cool completely. Add cocoa powder to hot water, and allow to cool. Meanwhile beat the butter with the paddle attachment until the butter is soft and creamy, about 5 minutes. Add powdered sugar and mix for another minute. Add cooled cocoa mixture and chocolate. Mix until smooth and use immediately.

Here is a picture of my mint chocolate cupcakes I made using this frosting with the mint cookie crumbs.