Have you ever watched the show, DC Cupcakes, on TLC? I remember when it first aired in 2010. It was interesting to see how they build their big projects with a whole bunch of cupcakes. I must admit that it is a pretty clever idea, but I think it doesn’t look as good as a whole cake (such as in Cake Boss on TLC).
Sometimes you feel like you’ve had such a bad day that you just need to do something that will make you feel better… anything to get your mind off of all the bad things and just focus on what you are doing in the moment. Baking is that thing that helps me get through those bad times. I feel like no matter what I bake, I have a recipe right beside me to help me out.
D- was going to a football draft meeting turned potluck lunch a few weeks ago. When he told me about it, I was first excited about going to his drafting because I always wanted to see how that goes. But then immediately after that thought, I said “Let’s make dessert!” I am always in the mood to make cupcakes, but I never really have a reason to make them, so this was the perfect opportunity. I went browsing through my cookbooks one night and found the perfect cupcake recipe in Flo Braker’s book.
I first got these little ramekins months ago when I went on a shopping spree at Cost Plus World Market. I seriously can spend a good few hours in that place. I’ve been meaning to make some kind of pudding in these, but life got in the way.
But an opportunity arose, and I took it. I was having this big lunch at my home with my parents and my boyfriend, D. this past weekend to celebrate Chinese New Year, and it dawned on me that morning that I didn’t have any dessert planned for it. So I grabbed my trusty Everyday Food cookbook and found a wonderful recipe to use.
My last trip to SoCal was very productive, in regards to being a foodie. I had so many delicious sweets and meals (yes, sweets come first!) that I didn’t get to try all that I wanted to when I was there. I guess I’m just lucky enough to even try these places. I shall go back and try something different when I have the chance.
After my somewhat failed attempt to make a blueberry crumb cake a couple months back (the dreaded under-baked middle occurred), I wanted to get this blueberry cake down. Blueberries and cake were meant for each other. It’s the perfect combination of tart and sweet, not to mention that blueberries are super healthy for you. The blueberries just let out their inner juices into the cake and it adds a bit of color to the cake. That’s why I need to get this kind of cake right!
In order to get this blueberry cake right, not only did I try a different recipe, I decided to make them smaller. How small do you ask?
Tiramisu has grown to be one of my favorite desserts. It’s quite funny actually. I am not a big fan of coffee, but yet I love the smell of it. Every time I walk into a coffee shop, I just sniff away. Although, I’m not so fond of the smell lingering on the clothes after hanging out in the shop for a couple hours.
Anyway, for as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed coffee cake, coffee candies, and now, tiramisu! After seeing this cupcake recipe online, I knew I had to try it. My family loves tiramisu as well and I wanted to broaden my baking skills. This recipe was perfect because it’s a little more complex, but still simple enough to follow.