7.24.2010

I *Heart* Ice Cream Cake
Actually, I have made three ice cream cakes this summer-each time in a different way and I am still figuring out the best way that is easy and yummiest. This little heart wasn't torture, it was it's larger version that I made for a friend's birthday at work that was a disaster and that's why you will see no pics of that one except for my somewhat decent top decorating. Haha.
Working on small heart shaped desserts are always more manageable.

Baking

Jamming
  
Ice creaming

Stacking

Glazing

I have no recipes for you on this one as I used box cake and bought ice cream. I know, shame on me-I have a life and cannot make everything from scratch all the time. I know, It's sad to me too.
I do, however, have one perfect recipe for the chocolate glaze.

Chocolate Glaze
1/4 cup butter, cut in 4 chunks
8 tbs bitter sweet chocolate chips
1 tbs light corn syrup

-Melt butter and chocolate in a bowl over a half cup simmering water.
-Once completely melted mix until smooth and take off the heat.
-Mix in corn syrup. Stir and let cool for 5 minutes.
-Poor over cake and chill.

THE END my darlings
I will leave you with a cute picture of Buddy and Amy.

7.21.2010

LUCIA HAS A BLOG!

I would like to welcome my sister to the blog world!
I am so proud of  her. I could go on and on about all the things she has accomplished but, I won't embarrass her. All I will say is that... I am very proud of her. She is a very talented photographer and writer who is very creative and innovative in everything she does. She just started this blog a couple months ago called, POWDERCAKES, and I love it already.

Below is a picture she took and is my current favorite.
 
I hope you have fun with it LuLu! *Muah*

7.20.2010

Fruity-Marshmallow 
Rice Krispie Treat Cupcakes

My sister and I made this fruit salad for a Fourth of July barbecue.

It's a traditional recipe from Sean's family and is called, Aunt Elsie's Fruit Salad. Along with this recipe, I have several others that are in a cute little family recipe booklet Sean has given me to hold onto. A few years ago his wonderful sister, Barbie, gave each family member one of these recipe booklets and I love having it. Whenever Sean wants me to make something he had when he was a kid, there's a chance I can make it for him with the exact recipe. :)
This time, I added 8 oz of whipped cream cheese with 1/4 cup powder sugar and vanilla bean paste. And I used mini fruit marshmallows instead of plain. I almost added chopped pecans because the recipe says to add nuts if so desired. BUT, As I excitedly mentioned *out loud* to my sister in the kitchen, "And.. we CAN EVEN add nuts into the mix!", Sean happened to hear and yelled out, "DO NOT put nuts in the salad, it's really gross with nuts!" So I took his advice. :) *Phew, that was a close one*
He's probably right, nuts in a creamy goey fruit salad isn't always that good and they get soggy sometimes.

Yes, the salad was REALLY, REALLY GOOD! I happen to love this salad every time.

ANYWAY, I had some left over marshmallows from the fruit salad and I wanted to do something with them before they melted and stuck together in the bag. So I made some rice krispie treats.

Recipe for 16 rice krispie treat cupcakes:
4 cups mini "fun mallows" fruit flavored marshmallows, plus a handful of extra for decorating.
4 cups rice krispie cereal
3 tbs butter
1 tsp vanilla

-Butter 16 cups in your mini cupcake pan w/o papers and set aside.
-In a medium to large size pot, melt butter on medium heat.
-Stir in vanilla.
-Stir in 3 cups marshmallows, contantly stiring until all marshmallows are melted.
-Stir in rice cereal and stir until cereal is coated evenly with goo.
-Take the pot off burner.

-Be careful beacause the stuff will be a bit hot, with a wooden spoon and as quickly as you can, spoon treats into the cupcake cups.
-Coat your fingers and hands with butter(butter spray is the easiest in a project like this) and lightly press the treats into the cups shaping a round top like a cupcake.
-Place in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.
-Take the treats out of the pan and place each one in a cupcake paper. Set aside.
-Make your frosting for the top. I used whipped cream.

Small batch of whipped cream frosting:
1/2 a pint whipping cream
1/4 cup powder sugar
2 tsp vanilla bean paste(or whatever vanilla you have)

-Whip the cream until you have stiff peaks.
-Mic in vanilla and sugar. Chill.
Finishing:
-Pipe a small amount of whipped cream on the krispie treat cupcakes and top them with a mini fruit marshmallow and sprinkles if you want.

THE END!

7.18.2010

A Violette QUESTION FOR YOU!
 When my friend, Amy, moved to New York City, she left me with 3/4 jar of this fancy french Confit*perserved* De Petale de Violettes *Violet Jelly*. The jelly has a sweet and unique floral taste that also has a slight zing. The taste is hard to describe, maybe.... think lavender(floral) but, lighter, sweeter and with a punch of citrus? I read online that it is eaten with toast, crepes and put in cakes and tarts etc...
I really want to make something FUN and new with this jelly!
WHAT DO YOU THINK I SHOULD MAKE?
I think I need another flavor to pair it with though.
WHAT FLAVOR DO YOU THINK COULD GO WELL WITH VIOLET?
I would do lemon, but that seems a bit boring?
What do you think of about mini blueberry and violet jelly upside-down cake?
Anyway, It's a beautiful day and I am off to the beach. Have a lovely Sunday!
THE END!
Next up: Mini Rice Krispie Treat Cupcakes

7.12.2010

The Winners!
So, I just got back from crazy vacation land! And I now have a ton of things to catch up on and to do like... tell you who the winners are. :)

OK! So, I wrote each name on little pieces of paper and drew them randomly. The first name I drew was first prize winner etc.. etc...
It was very anti-climactic, BUT, I am very excited to send my prizes off to the winners.
I thank you ALL for humoring me for my 3rd blogoversary giveaway. Your questions were really good, a little too good. Anyway....
THE WINNERS ARE! *dut da daaaaaaaa.....*

FIRST Prize goes to.... ANGELAAAAAA!

SECOND Prize goes to... GILIAAAAANNN!
THIRD Prize goes to...STEVIE GAAAAAYLE!
And
FOURTH Prize goes to...SUZAAAAANNE!

Dear Angela
Your Question: "Why are you so darn cute?"
*Angela, I think you are a star in my life and I am very grateful to have you. To answer your question, I would have to say... It is what it is. I'm cute. There are no ifs, ands,or buts about it. HAHAHA! Why are YOU so cute?

Dear Gillian 
Your Question: "How on earth do you bake all those yummy cupcakes and yet stay so slim and trim?"
*Gillian, I can't wait until I can have you on as a guest blogger to share the amazing healthy tricks you have? And to answer your question, I honestly never eat anything I make. LOL.

Dearest Stevie Gayle asked "Is there such a thing as a healthy red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting?"
*Thanks for stopping by Stevie Gayle! I would say YES to your question! But, it depends on what your idea of healthy is. I have a couple ideas in mind and will work on posting some recipes and thoughts on the this serious matter. Thanks for the great question. E-mail me with your mailing address so I can put a parcel in the mail for you! Yay!

Deary Suzanne asked "What is your all time favorite cupcake flavor?"
*What a lovely blog friend you have been. I love how everything you make feels so cozy and homey. Your question is really hard though! Dang! There are so many flavors I haven't tried and my tastes tend to change. I actually don't think I have had any that I would call my favorite. Weird? Hummm. Maybe the one I made called Amy's Strawberry Jam Cupcake, I liked the coco strawberry cream cheese frosting a lot. And I liked Stef's pickle cupcake with chocolate ice cream, that was actually really good. I have a ton that I want to try though like a lime margarita cupcake or a Guinness black bottom cupcake. Maybe I need to go out and do more cupcake tasting. E-mail me with your info so I can get your little package in the mail. :)

And here are some notes to those who didn't win. I couldn't just not answer your questions.

Dear Viola Sophia
*Crepes Suzette, Authentic French Style? First of all, I know who you are missy and I think you know how. I will look into this and post something to address the very authentic interest you have. Crepes are not my easy. I think you should be my guest here and show us. :)

Dear Bethany
*Thank you for being such a delightful blog friend I admire all that you do. Your question is so deep. WOW! No pressure. Um, I am actually afraid that I learned nothing over these three years and that would be so sad. But, no, I actually learned a lot of things from all the different and new recipes and ideas I have tried. The most valuable one and the one I still must keep reminding myself of is to give myself enough time. No project has ever been "Quick" and easy like I thought it would be in my head and it SOMETIMES leads to projects getting to be too big, too much, and with a stressful time crunch. I want to learn how to give myself more time to relax and really take my time cooking and baking.

Dear "Miss"
*I think black forest cupcakes are a brilliant idea and CAN be done. I will work on getting a recipe.

Dear "Elmirably" aka My mother.
*I have no obligation to answer your silly questions. Hahaha. Cookbook in my future? Maybe. We'll see. A no hot dog fourth of July meal. Yes! this can be done.

Dearest Jasmine
*You are so cute and have such a fun personality. I can't wait for you to do a guest vlog for me. :)
Pinnapples are available all year round but their peak season is March through June. My favorite variety is "Sugarloaf" but it may only be available in Hawaii? They are sooo yummy and less acidic. If you are able to go to the farmers market- I find it's a great way to know what's in season locally.

Dear Cptn. O-Man
*I will have to do some serious test-kitchen stuff and research to find a really good bouillabaisse. What a challenge, wanna help? :)

Dear Stef
*You know how much I love you because I practically stalk your blog and leave comments all the time. So thank you for coming over and visiting me when you have time. I think my favorite cupcake recipes are the simple yet elegant and gourmet ones. Or the really fun and different ones. I always like trying new things so I don't think I would ever have one all time favorite recipe. I make the chocolate soufle cupcake the most but, it's just because a lot of people like it so much.

Dear Amy Mac
I hope you are having fun traveling around this summer! I miss you! Buddy is as sweet as ever and I am sure would go Craaaaazzzy wild if you came to visit. I don't think I could pick just one place BUT,  If I could travel anywhere it would be France. And maybe it's how the movie Amelie paints such a beautiful rustic picture. I would go for the open fresh food markets in the streets and their more down to earth food. I am not so much interested in the stuffy snooty fancy restaurants of France. I want to eat in family homes, that sounds wonderful and rich to me.

Dearest Dawn
"How do you use that frosting squeezer thing?"
*Dawn, if I had a prize for an "honarable mention" you would win with flying colors! and of course you would win the....umm... CUPCAKE SPATULA. Your question is phrased so well and made me laugh so hard. I think a video demonstration would be most appropriate in the situation. Don't you? I'll keep you posted. ;)

So I guess that's all for now. Thanks to all of you again!
  THE END!

7.01.2010

GIVE AWAY for my Blogoversary!




 **Helloooow, click the play button and watch my little You Tube video**

I knooooooow, it's so Crazy! Riiiiight? It's been so much fun for me to have this blog.
First starting off with just an inspiration for baking cupcakes and then having my interests expand in o other things. This experience has profoundly changed my "foodie" life. I love sharing the things and recipes in life that excite me and I have made some great blog friends here that I am so grateful to have.

FOR A CHANCE TO WIN, here's what you do...
-Follow or subscribe to my blog if you are not a follower already
-Leave a comment no later than July 9th midnight PST with your e-mail and a question you want answered by me, preferably something relating to cooking or baking but, if you must ask why I am so cute, that can be answered too and you won't be disqualified. HAHAHA

WINNING:Four numbers will randomly be selected and if your comment number is drawn, I will contact you for your address information and send you your prize. I will also get around to posting the answers to the winners' questions.

Have a Wonderful July!