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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Peanut Butter Pie (Cupcakes) for Mikey

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I came across a recipe a few weeks ago for creamy peanut butter pie. I rarely make pies, they just aren't my thing, but this one jumped off the page at me because it was more than a recipe. You see, it was a pie for Mikey, who happened to be husband to blogger Jennie of In Jennie's Kitchen; and of whom passed away suddenly of a heart attack a few weeks back.



First off, I do not know Jennie, I never interacted with her online, and have only browsed through her blog one or two times, she is literally a stranger to me. But regardless of this, I felt her pain. I felt her loss. I felt the loneliness that had enveloped her once vibrant life at the sudden loss of her husband.  I think I felt it so much more intensely, because I realized how easily it could have been me  in the very same position as her.

For those of you who know me on a personal level, you most likely know that Tim (My husband to be) went to the hospital for chest pains last Friday. And if you know that much, then you most also likely know how they found a 99% blockage in his left coronary artery.(Also nickname the "Widow Maker") The doctors told him he was lucky he had come into the hospital and gotten checked out when he did, because he was on the very brink of a massive heart attack, one in which he wouldn't of survived.
 
Back to Jennie, she asked that those who wanted to help celebrate the love and life of Mikey to simply make this pie. So I did, but of course I made it my way (Sorry Jennie!) I used the same recipe, which can be found here.
 

The only thing I did different was make them into little pies or cupcakes if you prefer.


By far this had to be the best tasting peanut butter pie, cake, cupcake type of treat I have ever eaten. The peanut butter filling was a perfect mixture of velvety and sweet complimented by the crunchy, buttery flavor of the chocolate crust.

 
I hope you try this recipe and love it! I know Tim and I did and we also hold each other a little more as each day goes by...knowing how blessed and fortunate we are to have yet another day!

Enjoy!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene Cupcake Care Pacakges

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Well as Hurricane Irene is blowing herself up the eastern seaboard of the good ole' USA., I've been baking in nervous anticipation. It's the way I gain control of a situation that I have no power over. I'm located in Eastern Long Island, New York which puts me and many others right dab in the track of the storm. Many of the communities that line our shores are being told to evacuate.

Which brings me to my cupcake baking marathon. Family members that had to evacuate have set up camp at my sister in laws; a family of six and two cats, all holed up till Monday morning. Me and my better half though it would make the storm go smoother if they had some sweets to munch on....Enter my Hurricane Irene Cupcake care package...


I made an assortment of Chocolate and Vanilla cupcakes; with different butter cream fillings and frosting. I also included my newest addition of flavored frosting, cake batter butter cream frosting. Yes, Cake batter butter cream frosting, and at that real butter cream frosting....mmmmmm about sums it up.







Cake batter vanilla butter cream frosting vanilla cupcake Hurricane Irene

The next care packages I made for my brother and law and my nieces and nephews, although my B.I.L will have to wait till the end of the storm to eat his. He's busy at work at Con Ed in NYC...helping to keep the lights on....or will be busy getting them back on....Thanks Jim! He had special requested these after I made them last weekend so, I made a batch just for him. Chocolate chip cookie dough filling/frosted cupcakes!
eggless Chocolate chipp cookie dough cupcakes Hurricane Irene

For my niece and nephew I gave them the standard fare of chocolate/vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting!!
 

Hurricane Irene Chocolate vanilla cupcake care package







I may lose electricity during and after the storm, so see you when this all is over!! I hope Irene ends up blowing away, but in the event she is as troublesome as they are predicting, please stay safe!!

Enjoy!!!




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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Oreo Cookies and Cream Cupcakes.

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I've been on a flavor kick lately. Not so much with cupcakes, but with frosting. This is strange since I typically stick to standard vanilla/chocolate, but needless to say I'm going with it for now. Strangely enough, the flavors aren't anything spectacular, but closer to comfort flavor from when my palette was less mature and craved things simple and sweet.

My last post was about egg less chocolate chip cookie dough filling and frosting and for this post well....I felt the intense desire to create a Oreo flavored butter cream! Which is simply my concoction of a vanilla butter cream that has crushed Oreo's folded into it. The end result being the following....



Paired with a deliciously moist double chocolate cupcake and topped with a miniature Oreo, it was simply yummiliscious!!!





Vanilla oreo buttercream frosting  double chocolate cupcake

Hope you enjoy!




Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

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I love raw chocolate chip cookie dough, I meant who doesn't. I've never been one to listen to those that tell me not to eat it uncooked, because of the eggs. But when serving it to others it's probably a good idea to not risk it and serve it up without the eggs!


Who knew the simple omission of eggs from a recipe could still deliver such deliciousness!! Chocolate chip cookie dough filling and  chocolate chip butter cream frosting....both made without eggs and both with all the good ole' yumminess of raw cookie dough.


For me, this frosting/filling meshes so well with a simple, vanilla cupcake. Which I find allows the sweetness of the frosting/filling to mix with the cupcake and tone itself down a bit. Because it is sweet, a tall glass of cold milk works well with washing down the delicious treat!


Enjoy!!!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Miniature High Hat Cupcakes

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My brother is moving to to another state at the close of this weekend, so to honor his departure and to wish him and his wife many blessings on this new exciting chapter of their lives together, both sides of the family got together to wish them both off on this new venture.

I love non-occasion desserts meaning I could choose what I wanted to make, instead of fulfilling a request of sorts; which brings me to these little pieces of deliciousness I decided upon....

High hat cupcakes...

But a miniature version of them. I had first seen them Bakerella's site and I made them using the recipe I found on Martha Stewart's site. (Although the recipe is originally from the book Cupcakes! by Elinor Klivas)

From the moment I saw those chocolate dipped peaks, filled with marshmallowy goodess....I had to make them!!

I decided to go miniature, because I felt as though they would be easier to handle when dipping them into the chocolate, which they were.


This is what they looked like prior to being dipped in chocolate...lovely mounds of soft, sweet marshmallow.


I made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, since I felt the high hat would taste delicious with both flavors...This is what they looked like inside after being dipped. I was a bit messy with cutting it in half so forgive me for the bad picture. But just so you get the idea....


They were super good, but very sweet. The marshmallow filling was a bit too sweet for even my tastes, so I will probably try to come up with a different version of them the next time I make them. I'm very glad I went with the miniature version, since a whole regular sized cupcake may have been too much.

This is them all snuggled up together prior to making the trip to the party :)

Enjoy!!




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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Good Old Chocolate and Vanilla!!

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I am a visual food junkie and can be drawn into devouring something purely by it's appearance. I have been living sugar free for the past few months, so I have had to reserve every ounce of self discipline not to gobble up most of my creations. But everyone has their breaking point and I folded like a stack of cards in a hot summer breeze with these.....It was the good old simplicity of chocolate cupcakes, vanilla frosting with of course, pink sprinkles that got me.

Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting and pink sprinkles

I added a white coloring to the frosting to give it a really bright white look. I learned about using white tint after reading a "10 Keys to Cookie Decorating Success" post over at Sweetopia. In the post she writes about tinting royal icing with white and the subtle difference it makes. I was using frosting and not royal icing, but I thought I would give it a whirl anyways....and my goodness what a difference!!!!

Chocolate cupcakes Vanilla frosting pink sprinkles

The delicious swirl on top was created using a 1M tip. The end result made them appear as though they had Carvel vanilla soft serve ice-cream on the top of each one.....have I mentioned how much I love that as well.

Chocolate cupcakes Vanilla frosting with pink sprinkles

The cupcake was absolutely delicious and well worth the side track, but after each morsel was devoured and every finger licked clean, I made a quick decision to jump back onto the no-sugar wagon. I think I'll be able to stay there as long as I don't make these again anytime soon!

Enjoy!!





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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monster High Birthday Cupcakes

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I love all the different cartoon characters available to kids these days, I mean I had some great characters growing up,  but today they just seems so much more vibrant :) Which leads me to the next cupcake project I created as of late.

I just started experimenting with royal icing, truth be told what I know about it is limited to what I picked up from my Mother and what I find on the internet.....But the possibilities seem unlimited for it's creative uses. Hence the Monster High Birthday sugar toppers I created of this skullette to adorn the top of the cupcakes.

If you would like to make them yourself, you can find the tutorial HERE.
Or if you would like to make a cookie version of he different character Skullettes, you can find the tutorial {HERE}


The only other toppers I made using Royal icing, where made for the Darth  cupcakes I made a few weeks back.
 
But I can see that as I get more familiar with this particular medium I will be using it more and more in the near future.

monster high skullette cupcakes

I made a mixture of chocolate and yellow cupcakes, all with a ring of vanilla frosting rolled in hot pink sprinkles.  Skulls with bows...who would of ever thought that would be cute!!



Enjoy!!!




Monday, August 15, 2011

Beach Theme Cake

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It was very busy over here at Mighty Delighty the past few days, so I  have a few different projects to post about this upcoming week. First was a cake I made for a friend. Now my disclaimer is that cakes are not my specialty and I prefer decorating cupcakes, but if asked nicely I will do one from time to time.

In their defense, cakes do offer a larger canvas of space to create cool and creative images on, but also take me a lot of time to decorate. 

The idea for this cake was based on a beach theme, I wasn't to into the idea of the typical seashells and such and wanted to incorporate a bit of my own flair to the cake and this is what I came up with....


I used a a few different star tips to outline and fill in all the different aspects of the picture....simple but effective. This method always feels so old school to me and reminds me of the cakes my Mom would make for me when I was a kid.


All together I used 13 different shades of frosting, I left the sides plain white and just pipped a quick border along the top and bottom of the cake to break it up and to finish the edges a bit.

The surfboards allowed me to personalize the cake a bit for the recipients, the different numbers representing the ages of the three celebrants. I did not write "Happy Birthday" on the cake, because in all honestly I stink with writing on cakes, so I made a coordinating color topper out of craft paper; which of course there is no picture of.

Hope you enjoy!




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