Pokemon Cupcakes

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My knowledge of Pokemon is zero, like literally don’t even know what those characters are called! Thankfully you don’t need a knowledge of the game? show? to make some adorable cupcakes for someones birthday!

I made these for a birthday party, thankfully the mom provided me a picture of the characters or I would have totally been lost! Apparently they turned out well because her son was able to identify all of them and seemed pretty excited about them! Whew! I may never be able to tell you who these cute little guy are but I was super excited about how they turned out!

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Lemon Mini Cupcakes

lemon2So I have been really bad about posting lately, and I do apologize for that! All I can say in my defense is that sometimes life is hard and gets away from you! But I”m back now and hopefully can get posts out on time!

Let me tell you though that when life is hard its nice to have people around you who will go above and beyond to help you out! I made these adorable mini cupcakes for some great people in my life who have done just that in the last couple of weeks! Whether it was coming to my rescue when my car died in the middle of the street, looking at said car to try and fix it, dragging me around town, or dealing with my overwhelmed crying self these people were great and deserve a million cupcakes. However my kitchen space doesn’t allow for that so they had to settle for a few mini ones!

I love mini cupcakes they are the cutest little things and are so easy to just pop one(or four) in your mouth. And you all know my love for chocolate but I have to say a lemon cupcake in the middle of summer definitely wins in my book! If you top it with lemon frosting well that”s even better! lemon

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

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If you love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, than this is the cake for you! This cake was for a 30th Birthday and I was told “he likes chocolate and peanut butter” so that what I did! I made a chocolate cake and divided it in between two 8″ pans and then cut those layers in half because I wanted to give the cake a little more height. I also decided I wanted you to be able to see the chocolate cake, so you knew it was chocolate and peanut butter. This means you sacrifice frosting on  the outside of the cake and I am not really about that so I wanted to add extra frosting inside, so four layers of cakes gives you more layers to frost, win win. I made my basic buttercream frosting and then added creamy peanut butter to it. This is not some stroke of genius and didn’t take any skill obviously but the result was very tasty if you ask me! I added peanut butter frosting on top of the  cake layers and on each layer I added chopped up Reese’s and just did a barely covered frosting on the outside and the top of the cake. Next I made a chocolate ganache and drizzled it over the top of the cake, then piped more frosting on the top and added mini peanut butter cups on the top. I am not even that big of a peanut butter fan but it smelled so good by the time I got done it was hard not to take a piece!

Caramel Popcorn

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I know you are thinking I’m cheating again because this is not baking, but you would be wrong! Hehe! This was another recipe we did when my friend was in from Korea, since we were going to the drive in you have to have popcorn! So you pop just plain popcorn, no butter, not salt, (confession, I cannot pop popcorn on the stove burn it every time, its embarrassing, and I am greatly ridiculed by my sisters) and let it cool. Next you make the caramel sauce, you mix butter and brown sugar and corn syrup together over the stove. Add salt and pour over popcorn and stir together to coat. Now here comes the sneaky baking part, you lay it out on a sheet pan and bake stirring every fifteen minutes until it hardens up. So a little cheating on the baking but not too much! Caramel popcorn is so tasty and is highly recommended for your next drive in movie night!

Strawberry Pistachio Profiteroles!

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So these have a very fancy name but it’s basically are really really good cream puff! Some of my friends were getting together for dinner not long ago and asked if I would bring a dessert, of course I said would. With nothing in my mind I wanted to make, I flipped through my Baked from Scratch cookbook, I wanted to make everything, and landed on the page with this recipe. Have you ever seen a dessert and just thought I have to make that, it looks so good if I don’t I will regret it for the rest of my life (ok thats extreme, maybe). So the recipe first has you making a pastry creme and then adding chopped pistachios and rose water, well I’m not a huge fan of rose water and they didn’t have it at the store so I decided instead to add some chopped strawberries, cause they were going on top so why not in as well. Then you make the chouix  pastry and pipe them in golf ball sized circle (or guess like I did cause I don’t keep a golf ball handy lol), and bake them. Next you make a strawberry syrup out of fresh strawberries and add it to powdered surgar  with some milk(again supposed to be rose water but see previous reasoning) to make a glaze. You pipe the cream into the center of your pastry then dip in the glaze! These were so good, so pretty and now I don’t have to regret not skipping this recipe!

 

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Brownie Cookies

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This week was a fun week! One of my friends from Korea was back in town and we got to bake together again! Mina and I met while she was getting her masters and we started doing weekly baking sessions together, and it was always so much fun! Well she came back for a week and we scheduled a baking day together!
She wanted to make Brownie cookies so we could take them to the Drive-In that night. The cookies involved a lot of melted chocolate, sugar, eggs and flour. Super simple to make and so yummy to eat! Getting to hang out and bake together again was great and I can’t wait for her to come again so we can bake!!

Viennese Whirls!

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Who watches the Great British Baking Show? If you don’t you should! I love it, and every week the contestants are given a technical challenge, which basically means they have to follow a not complete recipe and make it as good as the professional judges do! As a baker I would like to think this wouldn’t be a problem for me, but I would be wrong. I will be honest and say I have tried a few and not always gotten stellar results. Well in honor of the show, this week I decided to make one of these said technical challenges. The Viennese Whirls! And to spoil the cliffhanger here, they turned out!

So for these little cookie (they would say biscuits) sandwiches, you first make a raspberry jelly. You combine raspberries and sugar and boil them together then let that set up. Then you make the biscuits as they say, which is powdered sugar, butter, cornstarch and flour. Pipe them into circles and bake them. They are very soft when they are done and are easily broken, I may have lost one or two due to clumsiness. Then you make the buttercream frosting, which is supposed to be just powdered sugar and butter but I added a little salt because I always do to buttercream. (Sorry Mary Berry!) Then you spread jam on a biscuit and pipe in buttercream and sandwich them together and enjoy. They were very yummy.

I don’t know if they would have one me Star Baker but I like to think they would have!