Archive | July, 2010

Cheesy Chocolate Cupcakes…mmm

18 Jul

So one of my favourite recipes to make when I am craving chocolate and cheesecake are these cheesy chocolate cupcakes from the Company’s Coming Most Loved Treats recipe book:

Delicious Cheesy Chocolate Cupcakes

RECIPE

Ingredients

8 oz = Block of light cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup = Granulated sugar
1 = Large egg
1 cup = Semi-sweet chocolate chip

1 1/2 cup = All purpose flour
1 cup = Granulated sugar
1/3 cup = Cocoa, sifted
1 tsp = Baking soda
1/2 tsp = Salt

6 tbsp = Butter, softened
1 cup = Warm water
1 tsp = Vanilla

Instructions

Beat cream cheese, first amount of sugar and egg in small bowl until smooth. Add chips. Stir. Set aside.

Combine next 5 ingredients in large bowl. Make a well in centre.

Add butter, warm water and vanilla to well. Beat for about 2 min until smooth. Line 20 ungreased muffin cups with large paper liners. Divide and spoon batter into each cup. Divide and spoon cream cheese mixture over the chocolate batter in each cup.

Bake 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 30 to 35 min until toothpick inserted in centre of cupcake comes out clean.

Makes 20 cupcakes.

TRY EM OUT. SO GOOD!

mmm…giant donut

15 Jul

So just for fun and to improve my cake decorating portfolio I used my giant donut pan to create a Simpsons cake!

It’s now one of my favourite creations since the show is one of my faves. I modeled Homer out of fondant and placed him atop the giant donut. I cut up the cake as if he was eating it. Looks like he has passed out on it in pure sugar bliss. Enjoy!

Canada’s Walk of Fame Cupcakes!

15 Jul

In honour of Canada’s Walk of Fame I made my coworkers some cupcakes. Delicious vanilla cake and vanilla buttercream cupcakes with the Canada’s Walk of Fame logo on top in chocolate, to be exact. I melted some red molding wafer chocolates and then piped the star/leaf logo free hand onto parchment paper. Once hardened I placed atop the cupcake. Enjoy!

CWOF Cupcake

Toronto PrideĀ 2010!

3 Jul

In celebration of Pride my friends and I have a tradition of holding a BBQ on the day of the Pride Parade. We go to my friend Claire’s place at Yonge and Bloor each contributing to the feast and then go watch the parade. This year I decided to make a big delicious rainbow donut cake.

My friends were amazing this year and pooled their money together for my birthday to get me a gift card to William Sonoma. Amazing. I got some great stuff but one of my favourite things was the donut cake pan. I couldn’t wait to use it and I thought it would be perfect for this occasion. The recipe for the cake is on the box and it yielded a very dense, pound cake type consistency with a chocolate glaze. I decorated it with rainbow sprinkles in honor of pride.