Friday, August 26, 2011

Strawberry Cupcakes

Strawberry Cupcakes
2 1/2 cups flour
4 tsps. baking powder
1 cup butter or margarine, room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs + 1 egg white
1 cup pureed or finely diced strawberries
1 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins and set aside.
2. In medium sized bowl, combine flour and baking powder and mix well.
3. In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, and vanilla. With electric mixer, use the whisk attachments and whisk until light and fluffy. Add the eggs in one at a time and then finally the egg white. Beat again until fluffy.
4. Slowly add the flour mixture along with the milk alternating, beating between each addition until all is blended. Fold in the strawberries so the batter doesn't lose the air that's been worked in.
5. Fill the muffin liners and bake for 15-20 minutes (mini cupcakes) or 20-25 minutes (regular cupcakes). Frost with desired strawberry frosting.

*I first saw this recipe on Annie's Eats and changed up some things to make this recipe work for me. I also tried to make the Swiss Meringue Strawberry Buttercream. I made it two times and both were a complete fail. So I myself wouldn't advise using that recipe, but again that's just my experience. So if it works for you, comment and leave a tip for success!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dad's 50th birthday :)

So on the weekend my and my parents went camping for my father's 50th birthday, and because I hate buying cakes and I love making them, so I made one! The recipe is the same as the recipe for Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes except there was no caramel sauce or Nutella, but I'm sure that'd taste amazing too! So yeah, just instead of cupcake pans, use a 9 inch springform and bake for 20-30 minutes and voilĂ ! A nice and even rich chocolate cake. I made mini cupcakes as well with extra batter and decorated them with Reese's Pieces Candy and mini Reese's Pieces cups. And using my brand new piping tips, I had fun.

Please note, I do realize this doesn't look professional. I wasn't intending it to because my dad isn't as picky as I am and it was his birthday after all.

Here he is!
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Also, on the weekend I received my new Nikkor 18-105 lens and these photos are taken with that. It works FANTASTIC and I can't wait until my friends wedding in October that I'm doing :)
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