Sunday, March 27, 2011

White Chocolate Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream Frosting

I still haven't gotten the hang of taking pictures yet :/ I know my frosting is sloppy, I didn't feel like piping it on and I kind of like the way hand-frosted cupcakes look.

So, I had this strange urge to make cupcakes today, I'm not sure why. I normally never make cupcakes. I've also been wanting to make them with some kind of fruit, I guess because it's getting to be spring time. So although it was FREEZING tonight, like, 45 degrees (it's been in the 80s recently, gotta love the south!), I decided that I NEEDED to make these cupcakes. The cupcakes recipe is from here, but I made up the buttercream frosting :D It only makes enough to frost about 9-12 cupcakes, but I only had 6 blackberries left haha. It doesn't have a super intense blackberry taste, but you could add more and then just wait on adding the cream and see how it looks. Some of the cupcakes have a strawberry buttercream but I haven't perfected that yet so I'm only posting the recipe for the blackberry buttercream. Blackberry Buttercream

6-8 frozen blackberries, mostly defrosted ½ tsp vanilla A couple drops raspberry extract A couple drops lemon extract 2 cups powdered sugar ½ cup butter, room temperature 2 tbs cream

Smoosh the blackberries into a pulp (I don't have a food processer), set aside.

Beat together butter and one cup of powdered sugar, then beat in the second cup. Add the extracts, blackberry pulp, beat. Depending on the texture, add 1-2 tbs cream or milk.

Angel Food Cake

Ok so I have been incredibly slack about baking and blogging lately. I've been super busy and haven't felt with dealing with the mess after I bake, so I just haven't baked xD BUT! Last night I made angel food cake! :) I finally got a tube pan and made it, after wanting to for FOREVER. And it actually turned out really, really well! :) I have to charge my camera and then I will take some pictures. this is the recipe I used. The only thing I did differently was that I baked it only 40 minutes, but I used a convection oven so I would just go by how your oven is. This was SO much easier than I thought and really good. And my mom is doing weight watchers and she was exciting because it was low on WW points, so that's always a plus as well :D

Sunday, March 13, 2011

It's my birthdaaaaaay!

Alright sooo I've been majorly slack about blogging recently, but I have been baking. Unfortunatly, I've also been super slack about taking pictures of what I baked. BUT I'm going to take a picture of this cheesecake that was my birthday cake tomorrow (if it isn't all gone) haha.
But yeah, TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY! :D woooot! I'm 19. Craziness... last year of being a teenager and I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's weird, when you're growing up, 19 seems incredibly old, but then you get there and you're still a kid. Well, I am anyway.

So for my birthday party I made these cupcakes and they were fabulous. The icing really was the best icing ever. My best friend had like, 3 and she hates icing.

And for my birthday cake for today I made this oreo cheesecake and it was AMAZING. That was the first time I made a cheesecake, so it wasn't exactly esthetically pleasing, but it was SO delicious. Also it was a whole lot less scary to make than I thought.

So anyway. I shall post pictures asap. Hope everyone had an epic weekend!