Friday, February 24, 2012


My followers and at dinner! (aka my friends who I forced to follow me and I at dinner lol) more cupcakes later!

Check out Cassie's Blog Little Blog on the Internet! She took those lovely pictures from my Valentines day post!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!!! (for yesterday)


Whether you have someone to celebrate with or not, Valentine's Day is a great excuse to eat lots of sugar. This year was the first year in awhile that I didn't have a show or rehearsal so I decided to celebrate. My friends and I drank yummy cocktails, baked some cupcakes, and watched lots of Ryan Gosling aka just pause the movie whenever he took his shirt off.

For our celebrations we made some pink themed goodies which included grapefruit martinis (which I spilled all over the floor) and cinnamon chocolate cupcakes with cinnamon almond buttercream.


Grapefruit Martini
Juice from one grapefruit
2 tablespoons of simple syrup**
2 shots of vodka 

1. Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into sugar rimmed glasses.

** microwave equal parts sugar and water for 30 seconds and stir until sugar is fully dissolved

Cinnamon Chocolate Cupcakes
(adapted from Martha Stewart's One-Bowl Chocolate Cake)

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup soy milk
3 tablespoons safflower oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and fill cupcake pan with liners.
2. Mix together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl using a whisk or mixer. Next add eggs, water, milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix all ingredients until smooth. Make sure to scrape down sides of the bowl.
3. Divide batter into liners, filling 2/3s of the way. Bake for 18-20 minutes, rotating pan half way through baking. Remove from oven when fully cooked. Let the cupcakes cool fully before decorating.

Cinnamon Almond Buttercream
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 cups powdered sugar

1. Beat butter until soft. Continue beating as you slowly add in powdered sugar, stopping when it reaches to desired consistency. Add in both extracts and cinnamon, beat until combined. 

***we added pink food coloring to the frosting to make it festive***

Monday, February 13, 2012

Finally Starting: Bacon Cupcakes!

I am finally starting the food blog! After diving in maple bacon cupcakes I feel like its time. So my goal is to post recipes of things I've made, share my experiences in trying new things, and have some fun while doing it!

To kick things off I'm going to share my latest cupcake creation: Maple Bacon Cupcakes

When the idea was suggested to me, I knew I had to make them. After doing some googling, I found several different recipes but nothing really sounded like what I was looking for. Several just took pancake batter, folded in bacon, and baked them like you would a regular cupcake. I choose to create my own recipe based on several different vanilla cake recipes.

The only problem is I don't eat bacon so I wouldn't be able to taste my creation. My lucky roommate became my brave taste tester.

The cupcakes turned out perfectly! I brought them with me to my show and they were gone in no time. So am guessing they tasted good. 

Bacon Maple Cupcakes
(Bacon maple cake, toped with maple buttercream and bacon)

Bacon Cake:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of solidified bacon fat
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup or more chopped bacon
  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook bacon in your proffered method (I baked it in the oven). Drain off and save the grease. 
2. While the bacon fat is solidifying, combined flour and baking powder. In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and bacon fat until combined. Add sugar and maple syrup and beat with butter mixer until fluffy. 
3. Continue to beat as you add in the eggs, one at a time until combine
4. Add in half the flour mixture and mix until combined. Next add the milk, mix, and then the rest of the flour. Mix until combine.
5. Fold bacon into the thick cake batter. 
6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way. Bake for ten minutes rotate pan and bake for another 10 minutes or until toothpick come out clean.

Maple Frosting:
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 cups powder sugar
  • 1. Beat butter and syrup until combined . Add powder sugar a little at a time until frosting is the desired consistency. Add pinch of salt at the end.