Category Archives: Baked Goods

St. Patty’s Day

Before I could appreciate alcohol, St. Patrick’s Day was just another day for me. But since I usually like to get into the spirit of things, in high school I would always wear at least a hint of green (just in case any of the boys went on a pinching spree). I never went out for this holiday, even when I could finally appreciate alcohol (before I transitioned from sweet mixed cocktails to beer and whiskey). Eventually, I felt how to grasp the enjoyment of drinking beer on my Dublin trip in 2010.  I started with cider then gradually transitioned to beer.  On my Dublin trip, we went on a tour of the Guinness brewery and I’m sorry to say that I am not a fan of dark beer.  HOWEVER, if you added dark beer to chocolate… now we’re talking. I came across this Irish Car Bomb cupcakes recipe, and despite not having ever tried a real Irish Car Bomb (Guinness, Jameson, & Baileys), I decided to prep myself for the 17th, and get into the Irish spirit.

The recipe is very simple and delicious.  In my opinion, the most difficult part of this process was finding a 40 of Guinness.  I thought it’d be a waste to spend 8 bucks on a 6 pack when I only needed a cup, especially since I don’t really enjoy drinking Guinness by itself. I went to two gas stations and one supermarket before finding the 40 at a liquor store (who knows why I didn’t go there first). The cake turned out moist and delicious, although most friends could have done without the Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting. I would definitely make these again, especially when I’m craving chocolate.  Maybe on the 17th, I’ll pregame with these cupcakes before heading out to my beloved pub for some whiskey on the rocks.

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day of hearts

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I found this red velvet crinkle cookies recipe on foodgawker and I thought it would be the perfect baked goods to make for everyone. It’s pretty easy too.  The hardest part for me was finding the red velvet cake mix, I went to at least 5 different markets before finding it.  

I have the Martha Stewart scoring board that can create envelopes and boxes which allowed me to create a 4 x 4 x 2 box, the heart cookies fits perfectly. I ran out of double sided tape, so to make sure the boxes don’t fall apart, I tied ribbons around each of them.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day, either spending it with a lover or a loved one. xoxo.

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NYE 2012 cupcakery

With NYE just around the corner, I hope everyone has already secured their plans. It might be too late to get tickets to just about anything in LA, but it’s never too late to throw something together last minute.  My friends and I are excited to be counting down the new year in Hollywood, but I know some of us had opted to throw something small for our little circle. (We were overruled.)

Bling bling seems to come out most during the end of the year so in honor of this glimmering holiday, I blinged out dessert flags to go on top of mini cupcakes.  This will work in any shape or size as long as the toothpick can hold it.

I picked up these prize winning cupcakes at My Delight Cup Cakery, a little shop in Upland.  Every time I  went to a new bakery, I used to order a few different flavors tosample and red velvet would always come out on top.  In recent times, I decided to save myself from consuming calories from mediocre flavors and instead I just stick to red velvet.  When I walked into My Delight, all I could see were the two signs that said ‘First place: Red Velvet and First place: Breakfast Cupcake’.  I rarely crave a sweet breakfast of pancakes, waffles, or french toast (despite my love of maple syrup), but this breakfast cupcake sounded interesting, mainly the bacon bits sprinkled on top. It was pretty delightful, but I’d still rather have it without the bacon.  The bacon added an odd texture to the experience. The buttermilk cupcake was soft and moist and the buttery maple frosting was the perfect amount of sweet.  It tasted like I had a perfect pancake.  I guess I should stop drooling now.

I have a few red velvet cupcakes left.  After my family gets through with it, if I have any leftovers, I might have to make a few BFF office deliveries tomorrow.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

HAPPY CHRISTMAS everyone! I hope everyone is having a nice Merry Christmas. I learned a new technique using very fine glitter and foam or any double sided adhesive.  Stay tuned, I will show you how to get this polka dotted effect.

For my secret santa exchange, I wanted to give everyone a little something but time and my wallet limited me from being extravagant. Luckily, most of the holiday materials at Michael’s were discounted. The Christmas cookie cutters were 40% off, being 99 cents each.  (Although, Sur La Table was selling it for the same price a month ago). I remember seeing these cookie cutter ornaments from Martha, and it seemed easy enough.

This is also a great way to use all the scraps you have left over from making your cards. Trace the wider side of the cookie cutter, then cut.  Tie a ribbon to the ornament.  Then apply a thin line of glue to the non-cut side of the cutter and press paper in place, let dry.  Pink Paislee really decked hers out.

This is the first gift tag I made this season.   If you have the Making Memory Slice machine and the Mistletoe design card you can get this exact tag shape, but any shape will do. You might not be able to tell in this photo, but I used foam tape on the tree and snowflake to give texture to the tag.

How to present baked goods:

Tin cans were available at Michael’s and they’re pretty cheap.  A 7-inch tin was about $5 bucks. Measure the length from the bottom until you hit the side handle.  It should be about 6-inch in length.  Since I only have 12×12 scrapbook paper, I cut two 12×6 rectangles and wrapped it continuously around the can. The side handles can be a bit of a hassel so I used ribbon to cover the rest of the can since it’s easier.  Then I traced the tin top and cut out the circle to finish the cap. This tree is also from the Mistletoe design card. I added rhinestones to ornament the tree.  Anything can be embellished with rhinestones,  I think the term is called ‘bedazzling’. After the tissue paper and the cookies, Voila! Fin.

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