Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Don't Peek On us.

This week called for Sticky Pecan Upside Down Cupcakes. You make them right side up. This is why the pecans are at the bottom of the pan in this stage.
After baking the cupcakes, the directions say to "invert the pan". This sometimes caused commotion.

But the end result was lovely- we like to think :)
At the bottom of the cupcake pan was a a mixture of brown sugar, honey and butter. This helped to adhere the pecans and seeped into the cake to create a slightly crunchy, sweet topping. Which might be confusing because it used to be on the bottom. Upside down remember?


The only downfall to these delectables is that they are lacking in the frosting department. To fill this void we added ice cream to the freshly baked cuppies. It added the correct amount of moisture needed.

This batch was dedicated to two of our bevloved male companions,
David Alan Linder and Peter Rapheal Fredericks.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Free Love.

We apologize for the delay of this Valentines-related post.

We decided that for this holiday, we would try to challenge ourselves and step it up with our presentation and decoration skills. In order to achieve this, we decided it would be helpful to pay a visit to a cake supply store. We found what we thought could have been our heaven:
You read correctly: A &J CAKE AND CANDY SUPPLIES. Chills. While the store wasn't THAT amazing, it did provide us with these fun little Valentine decorations:

Which we then learned that Aimee's special gift is most certainly not intricate decorations. Let's just say...some of her attempts looked like something she could have made at the age of 8. But Jessica is a fabulous decorator. Teamwork.
To celebrate the love of Valentines Day and to aid in the prevention of certain weight gain from weekly cupcake batches, we split up and distributed our cupcakes to our most deserving friends.

Love through cupcakes. Hope your Valentines Day was grand!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Some More Cupcakes, Please.

While we were debating what recipe we wanted to make this week, we stumbled upon these little beauties on Bakerella. Sometimes we feel adventurous, so we decided we would stray away from our recipe book for this week.
We seriously love S'mores. And we crave them often. But they're hard to come by when you don't have a campfire handy. These cupcakes were a fantastic replacement for the classic s'more.
The bottom layer is a graham cracker/cake blend, with graham cracker pie crust crumbles. While you can't tell in the photos, there is a marshmallow in the middle. The top chocolate layer is so fudgy, chocolatey goodness, brownie-like substance. On top we have more graham cracker crumbles and a thick chocolate ganache. BOOM. There you have it. S'more Cupcakes.
Highlight of this week: Jessica's stitches were removed, but in order to keep her wound clean, she was forced to bake with a glove on. We're considering making this her signature accessory, a la Michael Jackson...

Personal Preference: slightly under-cooking the cuppies and while still warm, enjoying them with a bit of ice cream. A little much? possibly. But YUM.