Monday, April 6, 2009

Many minis!

A good friend of mine asked me to make cupcakes for her soon to be sister in law's Bridal shower! And boy oh boy did I!
10 dozen minis! And mighty pretty minis if I do say so myself.
Here is the line up-
Carrot cake w/cream cheese frosting
Strawberry cake w/cream cheese frosting (double duty there!)
Chocolate w/chocolate ganache
Almond w/sweet cherry ganache
I heard they were a hit!

Cookies and Cream cake

This little cake was for her 'official' birthday night...I guess since I've baked since (and before) I had her, and let her taste little bits of frosting and cake she didn't got nuts like other kids might. This was a good cake though! It's a 'add to the box', but it's really good! Cookies and Cream cake: (from Taste of Home: The Baking Book) 1 package white cake mix 1-1/4 cup water 1/3 cup oil 3 eggs 1 cup crushed Oreos -combine first 4 ingredients...fold in crushed cookies Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes Cool! Frosting- 4 to 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1/2 cup shortening 1/4 cup milk 1 t vanilla extra crushed Oreos for garnish

It's a Birthday!

My little girl just turned one..and to celebrate..we had a couple parties!
Dip:
seriously...the easiest..yummiest dip ever-
1 block of cream cheese
3 green onions (scallions) chopped
1/2 cup (that's a guesstimate) crushed pineapple
blend blend blend...and just TRY to stop yourself from eating it. It's wonderful on buttery Ritz crackers!
We also had Carol Cups-
Take a muffin in and spray with Pam-put won ton wrappers in to make little 'cups' and bake at 350 for about 5 minutes or until they hold the cup form.
In the meantime cook, brown, and drain about a pound of sausage-cool
Add 8 oz of shredded Monterey Jack cheese, and enough Ranch dressing to make it moist-put that mix into your Wonton cups..and bake another 10 minutes (or until the tops of the cups start to brown and the cheese is all melty)
You can also add black olives to this if that's your thing..it's not mine...so I left them out.
Her cupcakes were a Barefoot Contessa tweak-
1 stick of butter-softened
1 cup of sugar
4 eggs
1 (16oz) can of Hershey's syrup
1 T vanilla
1 cup of flour
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time, at chocolate syrup and vanilla, add flour last..don't overmix!
Bake at 325 for about 30 minutes-or until just set.
I topped them with a chocolate frosting..and I'm sorry..but I don't know exacts.
Approx 1/4 cup shortening
same on milk
powdered sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
then I beat the tar out of it until it gets the 'whipped' consistency that I love.