Wednesday, January 4, 2012

How lame?!

So, I haven't exactly been great about taking pictures of stuff I have made lately...even though I got a new, bad-ass camera that takes friggin' awesome pictures!

However, I will upload a few because...well, I took them! Keep reading to see some pictures of Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cupcakes & Liquid Cheesecake with a crust crunch & raspberry puree.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I heart cake

I guess you could say my goal is to make everything, or a slight variation on everything in Milk - my new favorite pastry book by Christina Tosi. Have all of the recipes worked out well...ummm, not exactly. However, it is not because I don't know what I am doing, I SWEAR! Haven't figured out just what is going wrong yet. But, cakes tend to back over the pans...some of the cookies burn, but regardless, I am trying out all of these wacky recipes!

Here is the Banana Hazelnut Cake. Well, minus the hazelnuts and crap. I couldn't handle the 7 recipes in the 1 recipe the day I made this, so it was a bit simpler.

And here is a picture where you can see the crazy layers! I love it!!! I will probably never make a normal cake again.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The most organized mess.

I got a new book! I am SO excited! Along with everyone else who got this book & caused Amazon to be out of stock on 6 inch cake rings...who knew?! Christina Tosi is kind of like a celebrity & her book rocks. Check it out here.
I made the Birthday Cake (pictured above) with a little trouble, but it came together in the end. This truly is a glorified Funfetti from a box...just WAY better. Because these recipes in the book are like recipes with recipes inside of recipes...inside of recipes...I took the idea, with the cake recipe  & simplified it by using my own butter cream recipe. I'm not a production kitchen, much to many people's surprise! And I have to say, it turned out well.

This cake looks like a giant mess! But, then once you look closer, you realize it really is a neat, organized mess in a perfect 6 inch circle. Then, you get to thinking, how the hell do you do that?! Acetate stripes & 6 inch cake rings. It really isn't as tough as it may seem!

Anyhow, this was the first idea I made from this book & I cannot wait to make more awesome messes! Check out the book...seriously.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hummingbird Cake...I don't get the name...

I made this cake ( for my co-worker/friend's birthday. Oooops, she is on vacation all week! Ha.
It has been over a month since I last posted something, which means it has been a REALLY long time since I have made something worth posting about! Maybe I made a lot of ice cream, but they all look the same for the most part. This is why I was SO happy to make a frekain' cake!!!

I followed the recipe above to a 'T' and everyone at work LOVED it. Then I added some dehydrated pineapple chips, a white chocolate truffle dusted in gold & gold sprinkles to make it extra fancy! Cause that is how I roll, people. I was also pretty thrilled with my 'ruffled' frosting technique. I hadn't had the opportunity to try it before now. Love. Next time...I am going to add a gradient of color to the frosting. Cannot wait!

Anyhow...make this cake! I promise you will like it. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are just ugly cupcakes...

A slight banana kick? I think yes. Everything I have made recently has included bananas. Not sure why. But bananas are awesome. Possibly because of the high carb content...mmmmmm...

I wanted to make something that seemed breakfast-y for people at work. I mean, is it odd I am trying to constantly give people cupcakes, ice cream, cakes, cookies at like 9AM? Ehhh, whatever! Call it a cupcake and people think it is fancy, call it a muffin and people think it is breakfast!
Recipe? Click here. I added an oat crumble, too. And then sugar & butter. Why not?! Ugly can taste good.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

Cookies & Cream Frosting with a chocolate cake, studded with white chocolate chips. Really, this butter cream rocked. And was super easy.
I used my standard recipe (which is in previous posts), but used just over 1/2 of the butter called for. Then, I crushed Oreos, mixed them in and let it sit over night. This way the Oreos softened and I was able to get a smooth frosting that was nice and pipe-able. No chunks! Chunks are bad!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Peanut Butter Raspberry Cupcakes

My mini obsession shown again through baked goods. A mini on a mini.What is not to love here?!
This was a mini cupcake I made for a Locks of Love event - which is why they had to be pink (and the next post, there is blue). So, what is this? A peanut butter cake, soaked with raspberry sauce, topped with a raspberry butter cream & a mini reeses pb cup topped with the butter cream to make it look like a mini cupcake. Have I done this before? Ya, but different flavors. So, it is new kinda.