Monthly Archives: May 2012

Bakerella’s “Snow Cone” Cupcakes For Memorial Day

To continue my red, white & blue baking this weekend, I took on the task of baking these “Snow Cone” inspired cupcakes made by someone I really think is amazing, the one & only Bakerella.

If you don’t know about Bakerella, you need to. She is amazing.

So, I decided to take this one on right after making these red, white & blue pancakes. So much baking in one morning, and I advise if you are going to try the snow cone cupcakes to leave yourself enough time. I was rushed, and it was crazy!

Instead of making mini cupcakes, I went with the full sized variety and they came out pretty nifty if I do say so myself.

Instead of making the batter from scratch, I used a box of white cake and added a tablespoon of my new favorite madagascar bourbon pure vanilla extract. It’s a bit more expensive than the regular kind but worth EVERY penny.

She has a delicious butter cream recipe on her blog, so go for it.

Make sure you have piping bags ready because you need quite a few of them.

Also, to get that perfect stripe of the three different color batters, make sure when you are piping the batter into the cupcake tins you use a fluid back and forth motion, don’t keep the bags stagnant! You need some motion to make the stripes.

And that’s it! They were super yummy and a crowd pleaser at the party.

Have a nice day.

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Red, White and Blue Pancakes!

It’s Memorial Day weekend, three days off of work and a time to make sure we thank veterans who have given their life to protect our country.

It’s hard to be too serious when talking about red, white and blue pancakes but I really do mean it. I’ve known many people who have dedicated their lives to our military, and whether or not I believe in the reasons we are fighting certain wars, I still have nothing but respect and gratitude for those who serve.

Real talk.

Alright, on to the pancakes.

These are super simple, and a really fun way to be festive (these would be great for fourth of July too!) and just make you happy in the morning.

I used this pancake recipe, divided the batter into three parts. Added a few drops of food coloring, and made em!

Simple. Easy. Makes boyfriends/girlfriends/roomates/brothers/sisters/mothers/fathers/daughters/sons/cousins happy!

Enjoy your weekend. I’m off to make red, white and blue “snow cone” cupcakes for a BBQ!

Cheers.

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And Then We Got REALLY Motivated And Did A Ton Of Stuff Before Noon On A Sunday

Right when I think I have given up on doing just about anything remotely productive besides work, in comes a Sunday where my boyfriend is working allll day, my friends are either out of town or enjoying their Sunday with their loved ones, and I am all by my lonesome needing something to occupy my time.

You see, the phrase “Idle hands are the devil’s play thing” was written for me.

Seriously.

I go from being the happiest, funny, light hearted lady to a totally depressed, hopeless ball of mush when I’m bored. Life just sucks when you are bored, what can I say?

So today I decided that instead of sitting in my apartment staring at Facebook and getting sad that all of you are out on a boat, running a marathon, vacationing in Tahiti, or doing some other fabulous event without me, that I would be productive DAMNIT! And when I am productive, I’m REALLY productive.

I woke up, did laundry, painted a picture for our bedroom and unpacked from New York (only a week late!) all before 10am. No joke.

(Im not LOVING the yellow, it came out a bit bright for my taste, but its good enough for now. I also plan to stencil some white branches on it at some point, which should bring the brightness down a bit.)

Oh hey look! It’s Washburn. Did I mention we adopted another cat? Yeah, he’s cool. We like him.

Ok, so now it’s about noon O’Clock and I realize that I have an entire day ahead of me and will get bored pretttty quickly if I don’t find something else to do.

In walks Netflix. We hang out, watch some depressing documentary about crazy shit because I am a weirdo who likes to watch stuff like that and then it’s time to make cupcakes.

I realize to myself, “Self, you have that new Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, and everything you need to make vanilla cupcakes.”

So I did.

I went to Joy The Baker’s website, found this recipe, added chocolate chips because why not, and made myself a good ol fashion batch of vanilla chocolate chip cupcakes with a chocolate butter cream.

I didn’t have the Ovaltine she uses in the recipe, so I just didn’t put it in there. The frosting still turned out great.

I then packed everything up in my nifty new cupcake carrying case, thanks to my great friend Tara who hooked it UP for my birthday, and called it a day.

Well, hope all you fancy pants people with Sunday plans enjoyed yourselves today.

I sure did 🙂 And I have clean shirts too! Go me! I’m a productive member of society with clean shirts and cupcakes! BEAT THAT MARTHA STEWART!

Toodles.

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The Lazy Baker: Mini Nutella Cakes

So it’s been getting prettty, prettty lazy round these here parts.

I know I keep talking about it (BORING!) but it’s true.

We were out of town for an amazing wedding last week and if I was a true food blogger, I would have taken pictures of the food and commented on how lovely everything was (note to self, do this in the future!) but instead I was focused on the incredible, amazing bride who honored me with a request to be in her bridal party.

I mean look at this couple, could you die?

Ok, back to baking!

Recently, I have been really into quick, simple baking recipes.

Perhaps this isn’t a good thing, because it makes delicious baked goods right at my finger tips, but who cares, no big deal, I want mooooooooore! (If you got that little mermaid reference we are best friends forever now, good job!)

Tonight I made the four ingredient Mini Nutella Cakes found at this blog right here.

SO easy. They rose better than most of the cupcakes I’ve made in my life, and they were awesome. I mean like offensively good.

Note: instead of chopping up semi sweet chocolate, I just added a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips and folded them in. This was a good choice.

Little balls of delicious Nutella cake. Go make them. Right now.

But you don’t have Nutella on hand, you say? What kind of sugar addict are you, man? Get with it. Go get you some. I won’t tell.

Goodbye for now!

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Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Hey! Remember that one time I used to make really fun, mildly complicated recipes that required time and effort and thought? Yeah, those days are over. Not totally over, but kinda sorta over for the moment.

So last night was Cinco De Mayo. And what better and more authentic way to celebrate than to go to the Hollywood Improv after eating a left over tuna fish sandwich from lunch, for dinner. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY.

Not one to entirely ignore a holiday, I did ask brother bear and boyfriend to take a shot of tequila with me before we went into the show, so there ya go.

Well, after two more tequila drinks and a brisk walk home, I decided that I definitely needed sweets of some sort. And since boyfriend had NO interest in going to buy me ice cream while I sat on the couch waiting, I decided to look up three ingredient cookie recipes.

BOOM. Peanut butter. Duh.

So with a cup of peanut butter, a cup of white sugar, and an egg in hand, I blended those suckers together, and baked em in the oven. I added  forth ingredient of chocolate chips to a few of the cookies just because and they turned out pretty darn good for a 15 minute ordeal.

The recipe with baking instructions is right here for ya.

And that’s it. Soon the name of this blog will be The Lazy Baker. Hm. I think we’re on to something.

Well. Good talk. Thanks for stopping by!

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Baking Therapy Turned Creative Therapy

I’ve been gone for awhile. I have totally stopped doing anything but watching Long Island Medium and hanging out with my two cats (yes, we adopted a boy cat!) Perhaps I am in a funk over my dad, perhaps I am in a funk in general, but the funk has kept me from doing much of anything but lounging around and feeling sorry for myself. We all do it, admit it.

I have, however, been doing crafts because my latest obsession is DIY fashion.

Yes, for the moment I have moved away from baking and into the fashion arena. While it may not be baking therapy, it is a creative outlet and I have been very much enjoying it.

I’ve been stalking the blogs Wobisobi, and Glitter N’ Glue.

They both have really awesome projects that are pretty easy to do at home. Some of the projects are more detailed than others, but for the most part all of the projects are easy and super fun to make!

The t-shirt above is from Wobisobi. I went to Goodwill and bought a shirt for $2. Bought some fabric paint at my local art store (about $3 a bottle) and used scotch tape I have at home.

Boom. Bam. T-shirt time. One love.

Im out.

Sasha

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