Friday, April 20, 2012

Cupcake Wars

Click HERE for Rock of Ages cupcake wars episode. Megan Faulkner Brown (owner of Sweet Tooth fairy) wins the contest!!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

White Chip cookies w/ marshmallow bits & toffee

Got this recipe idea off PickyPalate. 1st off, gotta say, i LOVE her site. She has so many creative mix in combos but I mostly like her site because It seems as though she likes her cookies same way I like mine. Thick, doughyish, , dense, and soft. Jenny almost always uses the same cookie base* that I use: 1/2 cup Crisco, 1 egg, 1.5 cups flour, etc... For me, when it comes to cookies, texture is huge. I don't like flat crispy cookies and I don't like fluff non dense cotteny cookies. They need to be dense doughy thick and soft. Way to get that. More flour, more butter, lower bake time.

Here is the link to Jenny's recipe. I left out the brown chocolate chunks. I'm having trouble* liking brown chocolate last couple years. not sure why. Anyway, MINE turned out delicious. BTW: you get the mini marshmallow bits at Target.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Yellow Cake

yellow cake
I rarely make cakes. I used to try making them a lot but they never turned out right and i'm not into the cake mix type cake. They always comes out to light/cotteny/airy for my taste. But last night I was totally in the mood for a rich dense buttery yellow cake. I browsed up blogger sites for a good recipe. Came across SprinklesBakes post where she had used Martha Stewarts recipe. It looked like what I was looking for especially because it used butter (not oil or Crisco,) whole eggs (not just egg whites,) and all purpose flour (not cake flour.) Cake flour, oil, and whites make for a lighter fluffier cake which is not what I was shooting for so this recipe seemed pretty perfect.I checked a few more sites just to be sure and came across an allrecipes butter cake that looked even slightly more perfect because it called for 2 T more butter and 2 T less milk. It also had very good reviews. The only downfalls to the allrecipes cake was that it called for more baking powder (too much baking powder is unnecessary and makes for a bitter taste) and also it didn't have salt in the batter (which is weird.You need salt.) So I combined the 2 recipes using the best attributes of both and came up with a perfect recipe which is posted directly below. Results: ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. It was exactly what I was looking for. Tasted like a sugar cookie - cake. Super buttery and rich and perfect.Iv'e had trouble not eating the entire cake. So maybe I shouldn't ever make it again. Just kidding, I definitely will. Because its the perfect cake for a party, a wedding, a nice birthday, or any event that needs a good sturdy delicious cake. Glad I finally have the perfect go-to cake recipe (:  Just realized this is the same vanilla cake recipe that Jessica from "how sweet eats" uses and bakerella!! see i knew it was a good one!
Yellow Cake
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs*
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole milk

Beat butter and sugar till creamy. Beat in baking powder, salt, vanilla, and eggs till well combined. Gradually add flour and milk till thoroughly mixed. Pour/spread batter into buttered glass 9x9 square baking dish. Bake 30-35 min at 350.