Friday, October 29, 2010

No Tricks here...just TREATS!

Ok, so Halloween isn't really my favorite holiday,
 but I had a lot of fun making these for some customers and I think they turned out super boo-licious!!
(Did I just say that??!! haha)

Not too scary, just cute!
 I love these sprinkles with the purple frosting!

Mini cuppies....cute, fun and virtually guilt free! *wink*

New Flavor ALERT!!
Rich Chocolate Cake with...are you ready for this??!!
Cinnamon Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting!!

 I know it sounds "busy" but I promise you...its soooooo soooo amazing!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!!! 

P.S....I just took my first dozen cupcakes to a local store/gas station.  One of those "Quick Stop" kinda stores that has lots of goodies to choose from!!! If all goes well, I hope to possibly REPLACE those pre-packaged muffins and cakes that have disgustingly longgg shelf lives! haha

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mini Cuppie Love!

Just a few snapshots of my minis!! 
Red Velvet

 And Lemon!

Halloween Cupcakes coming soon.......

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Peanut Butter Perfection!

This recipe is beyond perfect! The creamy peanut butter frosting is divine! My daughter said that she "wished that her toothpaste tasted like this!"  I don't know if I would take it THAT far, but I DO know that these fudgy chocolate cupcakes, topped with fluffy peanut butter frosting, a drizzle of chocolate and crushed Reece's is literally a party in your mouth!!

This one was without the extra drizzle of chocolate per my husbands request!
 Ohhh...and who can forget the little surprise in the middle!
Yes...more peanut butter via a miniature Reece's cup!! need a gallon of milk to wash this little puppy down!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

This is really what I was meant to do in life....

First big party was a great success!!! I worked hard to make a good first impression
(You only get one chance, right!!?!)
Below are some pictures of the cupcakes I made and will continue to be offering!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting and a Marzipan pumpkin on top!! Yessss people...I made these lil pumpkins by hand...and I'm pretty proud of them!

Look how cute it is...and teeny tiny!!
The whole family...

Incredibly decedent S'mores Cupcakes. (before frosting)
 Toasted marshmallow frosting...YUM!

Luscious Red Velvets!!  Always a hit!

Bright Tart Lemon cake with Lemon Cream Cheese frosting and topped with
homemade candied Lemon zest! How many times can I say LEMON in a sentence?! haha

These Tye-Dye cupcakes were a lot of fun to make...AND eat!!

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes filled with fudge or marshmallow fluff topped with frosting, a drizzle of chocolate, sprinkles and a cherry!!  These are always very popular!!

Here they all are..naked!! This was before the real love fest started!!
 ...and after the love....

Finally....on display for all to enjoy!!
I make these pedestle displays! Aren't they cute!

These were a blast to make and gave me great persepctive on the work that goes into this business!!!
I can say with 100% confidence that I found my heart song and I LOVE what I do!! recipes and posts coming this week!!  

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Homemade Candied Lemon Zest....

Yup...I'm crazy!!!
 Crazy for all things extra special!  Crazy for things that add that finishing touch!!

Taste the Rainbow!!

 How dang cute are these cupcakes?!!
I loveeee how they turned out!  Cant wait to frost these happy little guys!
And LOOK inside!!!!  AAhhh....these are sooo super cute and unique!

Mamma is proud!  =) 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Round Two...

So, I decided to give the Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes another shot and this time, switched up the frosting to Brown Sugar Cream Cheese!!! That frosting was slap-yo-gramma good and I am excited to make these this coming weekend for a big party!! (But slapping grandma!!!)

I decided to hand frost those little babys!!  I prefer the super clean "professional" piped look, but something about today told me to just whip and swirl it on those little cakes!!

I even got some of those handy plastic carriers that you see at the grocery store...but pleaseeee....these are SOOO much better than your local grocery stores interpretation of a cupcake....just sayin'

Monday, October 11, 2010

What a FEELING!!

My heart is melting!! 
 Today was my very FIRST cupcake delivery! I was sooo nervous and excited about this order that I couldn't sleep last night!  I spent all morning making sure everything was perfect and went on my happy litte way to the local elementary school!  I recieved word shortly after the delivery that the cupcakes were a raving success and that I would be gaining a ton of business from it!!  This made my heart drop in such an amazing way! I am, by nature, very self critical and even...UGH self doubting!  After today though, I have come to the conclusion that perfect STRANGERS have no reason to lie to me about the quality and taste of my cupcakes!! I feel confident moving forward and even though it is hard work (whew) I have new energy for what I am doing and I really can't wait to see what the future holds!!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pumpkin Spice and everything nice.

Rich, dense, moist pumpkin cake blended with the perfect amounts of spices paired with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting really brings you into the holiday spirit and makes this cupcake feel extra special!  
While the frosting tasted great, it came out pretty thin!! I dont know what, why or how it happened but I am making a second batch!! Needless to say, my daughter didnt mind whatsoever that the counter tops were covered in big blobs of excess goodness that slid off the (in her words) "pumpkin mountains"!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

French Apple Cobbler!

This is by far my favorite "go to" recipe when I have a only small quantity of apples.
A quick and easy family favorite.
 Serve warm and top with a little heavy cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
MMMmmmm smells so good! 
Things like this remind me of the up and coming holidays!
*Does this mean I can break out the Christmas music yet???!!!???*

Friday, October 1, 2010

Apple and Cherry Pie Pops!!

I love all things simple (well, thats not entirely true haha) so when I saw these fun little treats in the September issue of BHG Magazine, I thought I would call my favorite sister-in-law for a baking day.  Below are some pictures of our progress as well as the recipe/techniques we used!!

Step 1:
4 Granny Smith Apples!

The Cherry Pie filling was in a can!  How EASY is that??!!
(one can made about 20 pops)

Step 2:
Cut out your shapes!
We used store bought pie crust, rolled it out and used apple shaped cookie cutters for the Apple Pies and heart shaped cookie cutters for the Cherry Pie Pops. (HOW CUTE ARE WE!!)

Step 3:
Dice up your apples and put into a pot on the stove.  Add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground clove and some lemon juice!!

Let it come to a boil.
Next, mix a Tbsp of water with a Tbsp of Corn Starch and put into bubbling mixture.  Let it thicken for about 5 minutes and turn burner off.

Step 4:

Put stick onto cutout and place about a Tsp to a Tbsp of filling on pie crust.
(depending on the size of your cutouts)

Step 5:
Place a second cutout on top of the filling and make sure to seal all of the edges well!  Pay special attention around the stick.
Brush with egg wash and sprinkle cinnamon/sugar on top and place in the oven.

Step 6:

Finished Product!!!
They tasted even BETTER than they looked!!

Apple Pie Filling:

4 Granny Smith Apples (Makes about 20 pops)
1/2 Cup of Sugar
A few dashes of each, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Ground Clove
1 Tbsp of Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp of Corn Starch
1 Tbsp of Water

Peel and dice up apples, put into pot on stove and add sugar, spices and lemon.  Bring to a boil.  Mix corn starch and water in small dish and add to boiling mixture.  Let the mixture thicken for about 5 minutes-then turn off stove.

Bake at 375 for approx 10 to 12 minutes.

We had a really fun time making these together and
its a great project for the kids to help out with too!
Happy Baking!