Archive | July, 2010

DC Cupcakes: A Train Wreck You Can’t Stop Watching

31 Jul

Photo Credit: All Things Cupcake

I had such high hopes for this show, and at this point I’m beginning to think my hopes were too high. So far this summer I’ve found myself hooked to Saturday Cake Boss marathons on TLC. Then later that week I’ll even re-watch those episodes. That is madness! But afterwards I’m always happy with the time I’ve spent and never found myself fast-forwarding through the DVR to get to the end. If only I could say the same for DC Cupcakes.

This week’s episodes were charming, but like I’ve been saying they are completely lacking reality. Here’s what I think: Sophie and Katherine are nice girls but are putting on an even nicer show for the cameras.

No matter how scripted it seems, I can’t stop watching. From the numbers of the premier it looks like you couldn’t stop watching either.  For the series premier 1.124 million of us switched on TLC and 34,000 more tuned in for the second episode. As soon as some current numbers come across our laptop I’ll let you know. I almost hate to say I’m looking forward to next week’s episodes.

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Daily Cravings

31 Jul

Photo Credit: Wine Blog

Last weekend, I did a little shopping with my mom. While browsing the shelves at World Market I stumbled upon this little gem. Cupcake wine.

That’s right. At first I thought, perhaps it was to be paired with a cupcake, but no. It just tastes like one.

Photo Credit: Wine Wine Wine

Sometimes a girl just needs a glass of wine. At least, that’s how I’ve felt this weekend. And what better to drink Cupcake wine in than a cupcake wine glass?

Photo Credit: Cupcakes Take the Cake

Craving this glass and this wine. Maybe the husband will take a hint…

Third Time’s a Charm

30 Jul

Last week on DC Cupcakes, we saw the girls working on some creative cupcake creations that we loved. And while we were much more pleased with last week’s episodes, there was still some kind of reality missing from this “Reality” show.

The series’ third week has just begun. Here’s to hoping the third time’s a charm.

Daily Cravings

29 Jul

Photo Credit: Bakerella

Could this photo make you want bananas anymore? I know what you’re thinking now, “yum.”

And that’s exactly what I was thinking. After seeing this picture I’ve been scouring blogs for new banana recipes. What has resulted is a folder full of new cravings. This Cold & Creamy Banana Pudding from Bakerella is simple yet if we had to guess is a sweet summer satisfaction.

Let’s not forget all good things also come in the form of a cupcake.

Photo Credit: Love and Olive Oil

We’ve had these Chocolate Banana Cupcakes bookmarked for a few weeks, they’ve officially moved up on the “to bake” list.

Photo Credit: Maison Cupcake

These heavenly cuppies were spotted on Maison Cupcake and we didn’t need to know anything but their name: Sticky Banoffee Cheesecake Cupcakes. Oh, my.

So as not to take away from how divine these truly sound here is the cupcakes’ original description:

“Sticky because they’re sticky (obvious really), Banoffee because they’re banana sponge bases and icing with a toffee sauce and Cheesecake because I made the icing with cream cheese – only with a twist.”

You will most certainly be seeing these in my kitchen soon! Happy cravings!

Cupcakes Cooling Off

29 Jul

Photo Credit: Flickr- Sugarbaby

Cupcakes have swept the nation and cupcake lovers are eating it up, but has the larger fad of cupcakes fizzled out?

Our love for cupcakes is everlasting; however, Yahoo! is saying that cupcakes have “lost their cool.” Recently, New York attributed these tiny treats for boosting the economy and just weeks later they’re being dubbed possible outcasts?

“I was all smiles to find cupcakes at my own birthday this year, but the pretty treats did seem more functional–no cutting, less mess–than cool. How much more mileage do you think bakeries will get from these individually-sized treats?” Sara Fuss of Yahoo!’s Shine said.

Looks like pretty mixed opinions. We think cupcakes are still on the up-hill journey, but we too realize the 15 minutes of cupcake fame won’t last forever.

Other trends to walk the plank in the article are lava cakes, truffle salt, chipotle chile (specifically in mayo) along with a few other interesting choices. In fact, out of their seven fading fads we’d have to say the communal table is the one we’d most like to see go.

Nashville Goes to War

29 Jul

Don’t get your panties in a wad, Nashville is obviously not going to war. However, one Nashville cupcakery, The Painted Cupcake, is hoping to battle it out in Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.

We’ve already fallen in love with their cupcakes, and this video just made us love them even more. Tracey Davenport, owner of the bakery, managed to open the shop in just three weeks! That’s right, she signed the lease to a picturesque location in historic Nashville and received rave reviews from the moment doors opened for business, all in three weeks.

If you only watched the beginning of their video then you missed the best part. At the end, Tracy informs us The Painted Cupcake plans snag the $10,000 prize from Cupcake Wars and give all of it to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

There’s only one thing we love more than a good dessert and that’s some philanthropic action. Personally, we think seeing The Painted Cupcake take it all at Cupcake Wars would be thrilling.

Photo Credit: The Painted Cupcake

Daily Cravings

28 Jul

Photo Credit: Chicks & Dip

Photo Credit: Cassie Craves…

Cheesecake as a cupcake. Yes, please!

In my opinion, a dessert doesn’t get much more perfect than cheesecake. So, to make it a cupcake is basically living in the best of both worlds. The possibilities of cheesecake cupcakes are endless, but for now, these cherry and Oreo cheesecakes have caught my eye and taste buds!

Cookie or no Cookie

28 Jul

Recently, I stumbled upon a recipe for Snickerdoodle Cupcakes and bookmarked the link to read later.

Later came sooner than expected when my husband told me last night he’d love Snickerdoodle Cupcakes for our anniversary this weekend. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited when this little link popped into my mind. All I could remember is that they looked delicious…

Photo Credit: Cate’s World Kitchen

And I remembered correctly.

Once reading the post and recipe, I checked out the origins of Cate’s World Kitchen’s cupcakes. What I found is what could just be the best thing ever, or it could be a little too much. I just can’t decide!

Photo Credit: Bakerella

My husband isn’t one to shy away from an over-the-top dessert, so this cookie could be the perfect touch. Only three days left to choose. Please, help!

Daily Cravings

27 Jul

Snickers cupcakes. Oh. My. Word.

Thank you for this craving My Baking Addiction.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oasis

27 Jul

Once I get a craving it really just doesn’t go away. So, if you’re wondering where the inspiration for baking these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes originated be sure to check out yesterday’s “Daily Craving.”

I looked around for a new chocolate cupcake recipe, you know, just to play around. After picking one I changed my mind -literally a few minutes before beginning to bake- and stuck with my current recipe. However, I did make one little change. Rather than using milk in the Chocolate Cupcake recipe, I used one cup of sour cream.

Yes, sour cream. What resulted was a fluffy, moist cake that had a milk chocolate taste and a sweet kick that didn’t kick too hard. The perfect balance of flavors. To do this, simply alternate the flour mixture with the sour cream. Easy as pie, er, cupcakes.

After baking at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, let them cool for 15 before frosting.

For the frosting, I kept things simple. The goal here was to really taste the chocolate and peanut butter (one of the greatest flavor combinations ever, in my opinion).

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons whipping cream
  • Beat the butter until creamy, adding sugar and peanut butter. Add the vanilla extract then continue by adding 4 teaspoons of whipping cream. You may only need three, but I preferred four.

    I only wish I would’ve had more time to make them a little more aestetically pleasing; although, their taste is well worth the time. C’est la vie.