Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcake Bites

So, it's been a few weeks since I last posted...  I thought about writing the obligatory post on balance and what having a blog means to me and how I'm gonna just do what I can when I can and let the rest fall where it may...   But instead, I've decided to share with you one of the things I've actually had time to bake recently.  Baking has definitely slowed down here since work has gone crazy.  It's okay because I am taking a great cake decorating class where I'll be decorating my first non-styrofoam cake next week and I'm really excited!

On to the cuties that I made last week.

These were the perfect two bite cupcake.  I want to eat more now that I see them again :)  The taste of red velvet cake and cream cheese icing with fresh raspberry is amazing!  I had never really thought to put it together before seeing it in a photo.  I thought it would just be a cute garnish but after eating it, I want a little raspberry in every bite of red velvet from now on.

I made these using a muffin pan from Ikea with the liners they sell to go with it.  They are taller and thinner than our normal pans so I used about 2 tablespoons of batter per cake instead of the 3 that I normally use and it worked perfectly.
The pan was about 10 bucks and totally worth it!  I want to pick up a few more so that it will be quicker to make a bunch of these next time.  Oh darn, another excuse to spend time at Ikea, like I needed that...  We don't have one very close to our house so it's always a good day when we get to go and roam through Ikea or hang out in their decorated rooms and pretend that we live in those spaces.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Double Doozies: Chocolate Chip Cookies with Chocolate Buttercream

It's time for the second edition of the Crazy Cooking Challenge!  And for October, we are in search of the ULTIMATE chocolate chip cookie recipe!  Enjoy the post and don't forget to vote at the bottom for your favorite recipe!

Growing up, my sister and I were always delighted when our mom would let us get a cookie at the local snack shop in the mall.  We were beyond ecstatic when she agreed to a Double Doozie!  Have you ever had one of those?  It's two cookies with icing between them.  We usually couldn't finish them because they were so big and it was just too much of good thing.  Wait, did I really just say that?  Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing???

So you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across Crumbs and Chaos' Double Doozie recipe while surfing on Pinterest for chocolate chip cookie recipes.  If you haven't checked out this blog, I highly recommend it!  It's written by sisters who have so many creative and yummy ideas in the kitchen.  So fun!

I made this delicious dough from the recipe (I'm sure you can't imagine how I know the dough is delicious...).  It was so simple and quick that I forgot to take any photos of the process.  Oops!

I placed scoops of the dough on my bar pan stone spaced evenly apart from one another.  These cookies didn't spread too much so next time I could probably place them a little closer to one another.

I used the back of a spoon to flatten the dough a bit.  I didn't do that on the first batch and they  came out in the same shape as the scoop.  Again, it's a thick batter that doesn't spread too much.

Golden brown and oh, so, yummy!  It was hard to not eat them just like this.

But once I had one like this, with the chocolate buttercream in the middle, I knew it was worth the wait!

Don't forget to check out all of the other wonderful recipes linked up below.  And please vote for your favorite Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!!!  My recipe is number 65, just in case you're wondering... :)


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