Cream Cheeeeessssyyy Carrott Cake!

I baked this wonderfully tasty cream cheesy carrott cake for my mom’s BFF Susan’s daughter’s birthday! Thanks Susan! I just really wanted to share with you all how proud I am of how it turned out! This proud mamma is showing off her cake!

**for extra carrott goodness, after shredding the carrotts saute them in light butter with cinnamon and nutmeg! Gives the cake an extra kick!

so pretty

so pretty

in a cute pink box

in a cute pink box

Gerber Daisies!

Gerber Daisies!

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Over The Top!

So I was checking out Missy’s BFFs baking blog and she made these Neapolitan cupcakes, and those sounded…..AMAZING! Making them was kind of tedious ( I had to make three different types of batter; strawberry, chocolate and vanilla)! But it was totally worth it for the result!

3x the flavor!

3x the flavor!

 

Although it did take a while to make these cupcakes I did have an assistant baker Lauren to help me along! Plus I was originally doing the cake layers, chocolate, strawberry then vanilla…she changed it to chocolate, vanilla then strawberry…MUCH better! That way the cupcakes on top were pinkand not like a mixed kind of gross looking color, hahaha.

Baking away.....

Baking away.....

What I have also noticed is when I bake with normal cupcake pans, that are dark metal like the one above, I get that weird little peak on the top of every muffin, which makes my cupcakes look like well….boobs. But when I use my silicon cupcake pans they turn out perfectly round. So I have learned my lesson silicon pans equal pretty perfectly shaped cupcakes! The best part of making these cupcakes, haha is cutting them open and seeing the middle of them. My friend Kim’s son Jake said the inside looked like a party was going on! Thanks Jake! That is exactly what I was going for!

FUN!

FUN!

let there be FROSTING

let there be FROSTING

Topped with Chocolate Sauce, Bananas and Pecans!

Topped with Chocolate Sauce, Bananas and Pecans!

So really in the end my Neapolitan cupcakes turned into an almost banana split ice cream sundae when you think about it (sans the cherry!)

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Carrott Cake and Maple Cupcakes Galore!

The other day I cleaned my whole apartment…including my kitchen…I mopped the floors and scrubbed the stove top etc. Then What did I do the very next day? I decided to bake a carrott cake…and then the next day bake maple yellow cupcakes with with chocolate “M”s for Marks bday. After all that baking…YES…my kitchen is still quite beautiful. Mostly this is probably due to the fact that I am the only one using my kitchen until a week from Sunday. Anyhoo the carrott cake I made came out quite tasty….not that beautiful ( I was on a time crunch) but still yummy!

mmmm cream cheese frostin

mmmm cream cheese frostinHelp Improve Eyesight?

Last year for Mark’s birthday I made a HUGE birthday funfetti cake/devils food cake with twizzlers….this year I decided to experiment…I made maple yellow cupcakes with chocolate “M”s. The cake probably would have tasted less like sweet bread or cornbread if A. I didn’t use whole wheat white flour and B. I had added more maple. OH well. Then being the impatient person that I am..I made these gorgeous chocolate Ms that I Had refridgerated…but I just couldn’t wait to put them on the cupcakes. So instead of standing up and looking offical and proud of being the letter “M” they coiled down and melted to look like well….poop. I learned my lesson. Happy Birthday Mark.
One sad lookin letter "M"...

One sad lookin letter "M"...

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Drenching My Stress..Where Has All the Rum Gone?

Thanks Grandpa!

Thanks Grandpa!

yeeeeahhhhh
yeeeeahhhhh
I have been thinking a lot about grandparents lately, my grandma is not doing so well and it has been creating a lot of stress. The way I like to eleviate the stress is bake bake bake. My grandpa makes the best Rum cake I have ever tasted. Having never baked his Rum cake myself…is there a better time then now.  Not to toot my own horn but…TOOT my cake turned out beautifully. Moist, crunchy on top with the pecans and DRENCHED in Bacardi Select…can any body quote Jack Sparrow and say, “But why is the rum gone?” where did it all go? Not in Keira Knightley’s stomach but all in my friggin cake!
aged 4 years....

aged 4 years....

I went with Garrett to BevMo to go pick up so mo rum…I gave my Captain Mo to my sis right before Xmas so she could make the rum cake…plus I am usually not a rum drinker (anymore…I have various reasons). I was just going to buy regular Bacardi Gold but this one was the same price and it was aged more. Not that I noticed a difference in taste but whatever…haha.
What I love about this recipe of my grandpa’s is you can either just put in a cup of rum…which is what the recipe calls for (plus another cup for the glaze) or you can put two cups. The more you add the more “warm” you will feel…this rum cake is perfect for Christmas Eve dessert.
glazed with LOTS of Rum

glazed with LOTS of Rum

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I KNOW Its not Fall But…

This cupcake belongs in Harry Potter books! Next to the Butterbeer

This cupcake belongs in Harry Potter books! Next to the Butterbeer

I KNOW it is not Fall but…I LOVE PUMPKIN! Being home last week and trying to keep my grandpa occuppied on anything other then what is going on with my grandma, I took it upon myself to distract him. We started talking about baking (my grandpa loves to bake and cook). He always tries to send me back to LB with new cookbooks, and Taste of Home magazines…haha. Not that I have anything against Taste of Home but I never thought I would find an ultimate pumpkin recipe in it. I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes…MMmmmMMMm…

mmm with cream cheese frosting!

mmm with cream cheese frosting!

 So I guess I really have to thank my grandpa for giving me like six Tast of Home magazines, or else I would have never had found this great recipe. Thanks grandpa! I can’t wait to show him the pictures of the cupcakes, he is going to be so excited!P6280130

I brought in 12 cupcakes to work on monday night…there was only one left for the morning crew the next day…AWESOME!

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Best Yet Cupcakes! Strawberry Lemonade mmmm

Sweet, with just a touch of tang!

Sweet, with just a touch of tang!

Okay so I got this recipe from my Sis’ bff’s baking blog and they are AMAZING! My frosting didn’t turn out quite like hers did, so I made it into an ICING instead…still pretty. These Strawberry Lemonade cupcakes are perfect on a hot day, or if you are just looking to bake something that takes little to no effort!

 

The only unnatural sugar in these cupcakes is the sugar from the strawberry geletain…which actually has a lot of sugar in it now that I think about it! But no added sugar besides that….well there is also the icing on top that you have to add like six cups of powdered sugar to thicken…hahaha.

lets add some tart to the strawberry!

lets add some tart to the strawberry!

 

freshly squeezed!

freshly squeezed!

 And the finished product! Everyone at work loved them. Emily said they were my best cupcakes yet…although I am always trying to out do myself so we will see!

up close and delicious!

up close and delicious!

In my niffty new carrier...thanks Lindsay!!

In my niffty new carrier...thanks Lindsay!!

By the way Lindsay got me this snazzy new TRIPLE cupcake carrier as an early bday present…she said she couldn’t resist giving it to me when she saw me baking these! Look at how nice my cupcakes fit inside!

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Oi! It Must Be Someone’s Birthday…Cheesecake Time!

Dats Riiight!

Dats Riiight!

Yay it is a BIG birthday for Liana this year, so I thought what a better opportunity to make individual Chocolate Cheescakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream Whipped Cream!

I have never made this recipe before, so it is an experiment in process!

 

 

 

 

I didn’t have an chocolate wafer cookies, so instead ( and because they were on sale!) I bought chocolate Teddy Grahams and crushed them up and used them for the bottom crust layer in the cupcake cups!These take me back...

Also plain Whipped Cream topping is never fun, and it seems that I can never make whipped cream without adding a lil something extra special into it…..

ooops I forgot to rotate the dang photo

ooops I forgot to rotate the dang photo

 

Make the WC  while the cheesecake is baking and getting all delicious and settled…..

Caution! Hot "baking in oven" Picture!

Caution! Hot "baking in oven" Picture!

 

Then add on the yummy whipped cream and I topped the whipped cream with chocolate sprinkles ( I have yet to find my peanut butter flavored sprinkles-they exist!) and chocolate covered graham crackers that I had gotten from work! Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Liana!

Happy Birthday Liana!

 

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