Friday, January 22, 2010

A week of cakes

It has taken me quite a while to get back in the swing of things around here. A few weeks of sitting around my mom's house, followed by a few weeks of catching up on all the work I didn't do (while sitting around the house) left me with not so much time or inclination to do any baking. It is truly remarkable how tiring a day of TV watching can be :) Now that school has started again I am back in the baking mode. And let me tell you, I really made up for the lack of sweets in this past week. 

On Sunday, I made some mini-peanut butter cupcakes for my boss Leslie's birthday. They were super delicious. On Monday, I made a miniature, chocolate cake with chocolate icing for my friend Victoria's birthday (unfortunately I forgot to take pictures). Then, I received a commission!!! Leslie's son is having his birthday party this weekend and she wanted a cake. The party is dinosaur themed so she gave me some little plastic dinosaurs to stick on top of cupcakes. I also had two layers of a mini (6 inch) chocolate cake so I decided to decorate this as well.

Her son, requested strawberry cupcakes so I found a great recipe (with really delicious cake batter...) and iced them with buttercream. The mini-cake is a chocolate-fudge cake with bittersweet filling and buttercream icing.

I'll share the strawberry cupcake recipe here.

Strawberry Cupcakes
from Recipe Girl

2 1/3 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 3/4 t. baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 stick butter
3/4 cup pureed frozen strawberries
4 egg whites
1/3 cup milk

-Line cupcake pans and preheat oven to 350.
-Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
-in a separate bowl, whip the butter and strawberry puree. 
-Add the flour mix to this 
- In a separate bowl whisk together the egg whites and milk. Add this in three parts to the batter.
-Pour into cupcake tins and bake for 18-20 minutes.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Our Very Own Conehead

Since returning to the warm weather of Charlottesville (well, warm compared to Omaha) last week I have been very productive working on schoolwork, cleaning out my dresser and organizing the closets. I have a huge pile of stuff sitting in my living room waiting to go to the Goodwill and later this week I am prepared to rent a steamcleaner to give the carpets a good scrub. Needless to say, I haven't baked at all. I have actually only cooked once (a really good spinach soup that was ruined when at the last minute, right before serving I added too much salt). I hope to remedy this in the upcoming days, however, because I received several new cookbooks for Christmas including a cake cookbook.

In the meantime, Joe S. Biden had a small operation last week (I'll use some discretion here for his own dignity) and its currently sporting a cone. While I feel bad laughing, it is perhaps the funniest thing I have witnessed in a long time. He tries to go through doorways and its like a case of bumper-dog. For the first day or so he just sat in the living room letting out this constant moan because he was so miserable. He seems to have adjusted now, but the cone will soon be coming off. I think we'll keep it around, though, just in case we need a good laugh someday.....