Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Two Words: Red Velvet

One of Irma's favorite recipes is Martha Stewart's Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe. With a smooth cream cheese frosting on top, you can't go wrong! Here's an easy but delicious recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes (thanks, Martha!!):
2 1/2 cups CAKE FLOUR (not self- rising), sifted --> You can find this in the Supermarket where all the other flour is. The one we have comes in a box.
2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon red GEL-paste food color (GEL, not liquid!! you don't want to water-down your batter)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

Directions: (pay attention to step 5, it's important that you do it just the way it says!)
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.
2.Whisk together cake flour, cocoa, and salt in a bowl.
3. IN A DIFFERENT BOWL, With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whisk together sugar and oil until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix in food color and vanilla.
4. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and whisking well after each. Stir together the baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl (it will foam); add mixture to the batter, and mix on medium speed 10 seconds.
5. Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes.
****Here is the recipe from Martha's Website:****
As for the cream cheese frosting, we just know this recipe... it isn't from a site, but you can probably find it somewhere as we didn't invent the recipe for cream cheese frosting. Here is what is always in our bowl:
1 stick of butter (soft, but not melted)
1 8-oz package of Cream Cheese (room temperature, if it isn't then nuke it for a couple seconds. You don't want it hot though)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Put the cream cheese in the bowl and beat it for 1 minute. Add the butter in 1-tbsp size pieces and mix completely. Add the vanilla and mix. Add the sugar, 1 cup at a time and mix until it's smooth. If it's not smooth enough, add more powdered sugar little by little until it is.

These aren't that hard to make but are always delicious! Oh, and if you don't have buttermilk, you can mix 1 tbsp of white vinegar OR lemon juice plus enough milk to make one cup and leave it out for 10 minutes. That will make a fair substitute, though the real thing is always best (but who keeps buttermilk around all the time anyways??) Hope you like them!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Cupcakes for Delaney

These cupcakes were made in March 2010 for a very special cause. Emilie babysits for a family who lost their baby girl, Delaney, in December of 2009. She was only 7 weeks, but was able to save a life because her parents donated her organs. In her memory, Delaney's family decided they would walk in a March of Dimes walk under the team name "Delaney's Dreamers" to keep her name and story going. The team raised a record-breaking over $50,000, making them the #1 team in the country!! But where do cupcakes fit into this? Emilie, Christina, and Irma were all going to walk, and so they baked and sold cupcakes to friends and family and raised a good amount of money to contribute. We weren't able to get the best pictures of the cupcakes, but they tasted delicious and were for a good cause, too!

The flavors were Chocolate and French Vanilla, and the frosting was a velvety marshmallow fluff frosting. We'll try to post recipes soon!

To learn more about Delaney, check out her facebook page here:

Monday, July 12, 2010

Cupcake Flashback!

Although this blog is new, our love for cupcakes certainly is not! These are cupcakes we made for a cousin's baby shower back in January. The theme was farm animals, so we made some pig, cow, duck, and lamb themed cupcakes, complete with a fish pond and of course, the baby. The flavors were chocolate and vanilla with buttercream frosting, and we used an assortment of snackfoods and candies to decorate, including m&ms, marshmallows, goldfish, fruit roll-ups, toasted coconut (for the ducks), and, yes, even a piece of spaghetti.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

First Post: World Cup(cakes) !!!

In honor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finale being tomorrow, we decided to bake a special batch of World Cup-themed cupcakes! We decorated some with the flags of Spain and Holland, and on others we covered with green-colored coconut as grass and experimented in making "cake balls" to be the new design of the FIFA soccer ball. The cake balls were a mixture of cake and frosting balled up in a white chocolate shell, with vanilla frosting on top for decoration.
We made one cupcake featuring Paul, the "oracle octopus" that has predicted the outcome of many games in this year's Cup, never having being wrong yet. Last but not least, we made an extra special ¡GOL! cake featuring the green coconut grass, and another cake ball inside a white chocolate soccer goal.
Flavors of cake/ frosting: homemade funfetti cake, vanilla frosting