Tuesday, March 16, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

Today I tested out the final recipe for a big event I have coming up.  I am "catering" my first event in two weeks.  I use quotations because I feel like an imposter in the catering world. I didn't set out to do this, but I am looking forward to the challenge.  This will be the biggest baking task I have ever taken on.  I'm very nervous but also look forward to the feeling of accomplishment that will come with the end.

I've never been a huge fan of vanilla cake.  I'm a chocolate girl through and through!  I've never found a vanilla cake recipe that wasn't dry and never really bothered to look all that hard.  Leading up to this event, I knew that I would have to make vanilla cupcakes.  I stumbled upon this recipe the other day and decided that I should give it a go.  I was quite happy with the results.  It was so simple and came out nice and moist.  Since it's the day before St. Patrick's day, I decided to make my buttercream green and go with the theme.

You can find the recipe here.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

inaugural post

So after “starting” this blog months ago and procrastinating on writing my first post, I have finally gotten my act together and baked the recipe that I intended on starting with. Funny thing, since I have definitely made another recipe my Mom gave me. But, I will save that one for another time.

I thought, given the name of my blog that I should start with a recipe from my Mom. The truth is my Mom really didn’t bake all that much when I was growing up, nor did she cook. She preferred to stay out of the kitchen (mostly for good reason), and leave the cooking up to my Dad. Today my Dad is a fabulous cook, but has never done much baking aside from his famous cheesecakes (which I have yet to try). Despite the trend, my Mom did share with me a few truly amazing recipes.

I started to get into baking when I moved away to go to university. What started as something I did occasionally has become an absolute obsession and after being told many times by friends that I should start a blog, here I am! Always humble, I will warn you now: I am not a great writer, nor is much of what I bake very unique. I do like to experiment with flavours, but at the same time would have to say that classic recipes are classics for a reason…they taste good!

Despite trying a multitude of recipes over the years, I still believe my Mom’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are the best in the world. With this in mind, I thought it appropriate to start my blog off with them. So here it goes...

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
2. Cream together butter, sugars. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add in dry mixture.
3. Stir in oats, chocolate chips, and pecans.
4. Drop onto cookie sheet and bake 9-10 minutes.

P.S. Shout outs to Will for coming up with the awesome blog title.