And they’re off…

June 9, 2010

Well, here goes nothing, first official blog. I will throw out a disclaimer, I am by no means a professional writer nor even a good one. I am a very amateur photographer, so my cupcakes wont have that wonderful “I need to reach into the screen and grab you because they look so good” photos as seen in many other blogs.
Alright now that all that’s out of the way…I made some very interesting cupcakes last weekend for a baby shower. First and foremost, it was a Noah’s Ark themed shower (which I didn’t know until the Tuesday prior) after the initial OMG, I went to Michael’s and purchased some already made fondant. I then petitioned my mom for help and Thursday night we set about making 55 jungle animals to top the cupcakes with. I must say, Utube is a wonderful thing, you can really learn a lot! A friend found a template for some animals on a very cute site called “Chica and Jo”, they saved my bacon. Seeing as my mother and I have never worked with fondant, it was quite entertaining, thank you Utube. We finished up about 5 hours later, yes 5. Some animals came out cuter than others but overall I was happy with them. Especially since fondant is not your friend if you don’t treat it right (like leave it uncovered).
On to more exciting things…the cupcakes flavors were as follows:
Chocolate cake with white chocolate cream cheese filling topped with vanilla butter cream frosting.
Chocolate cake: Box cake devils food, add in 4 eggs, amount of oil listed, 1 cup of buttermilk. If the recipe calls for water you do not use it. Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.
Chocolate cream cheese filling I got on the food network from Emril.
Vanilla butter cream from the cupcake project:
http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2008/03/vanilla-bean-buttercream-frosting.html

Yellow cupcakes with raspberry filling topped with chocolate cream cheese frosting.
Cake was a box cake, with 4 eggs, 1 cup of buttermilk and the amount of oil the box calls for. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.
I filled them with about a tablespoon of raspberry jam.
Chocolate cream cheese frosting from the Cupcake project:
http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2008/04/my-favorite-chocolate-cream-cheese.html

Lemon cupcakes with lemon curd filling topped with shortbread cookie crumble.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/lemony-sunshine-cupcakes-recipe/index.html
They are simply the best cupcakes, this is my 4th time making them and they are always a hit.

I was very careful to not over bake them, I have a tendency to do that because I am always paranoid about having a raw middle. They were a big hit at the shower, everyone thought the animals turned out so cute. I am very excited everyone liked them because being the one who made them all I could see was their faults. The flavors were a huge hit too. I will post the recipes later this week in case someone actually reads this, haha.

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