Sunday, May 3, 2009

Cupcakes!

Yesterday was my birthday and as part of the celebration, I planned a cupcake decorating party. My girlfriends and I got together, chatted, caught up, decorated and ate lots of cupcakes and had lunch. I think this was a great way to get together with my friends who I don't see very often. Jessica has become a Hello Cupcakes fan and one of her fancy cupcakes can be seen in the pics below.

I baked the cupcakes myself. The chocolate cupcakes were a Cake Mix Doctor recipe. The vanilla cupcakes were from Martha Stewart Living, as was the vanilla frosting recipe. The chocolate frosting was from All Recipes.

The baking went well until I made the last batch of frosting. I melted the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl but the chocolate was so hot it cracked the glass. I felt the crack and it was smooth so I thought it should be safe to use the chocolate but I was too cool when mixed with everything else and came out speckled with tiny lumps of unsweetened chocolate. I took that as a sign and after a break, started over. I was 1/2 a square of unsweetended chocolate short for the recipe but threw in a little cocoa powder, it was still a lighter chocolate frosting than the recipe called for but tasty.

Photos and Recipes:

Vanilla Cupcakes & White Frosting (very good, recommend both recipes, baked from scratch but easy to do) http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/frosted-vanilla-cupcakes?autonomy_kw=halloween%20cupcakes&rsc=header_4

The Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (yummy, probably even better if you make it correctly)
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chocolate-Butter-Creme-Frosting/Detail.aspx

Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor
http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?grpId=3659174697238617&articleId=281474977372829




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1 comment:

  1. Happy Birthday! The cupcakes look adorable! (but not too adorable to not eat)

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