Monday, March 1, 2010


When I saw this cake, I thought it would be perfect for our CANADA/US Gold medal Olympic game potluck! Fourteen of us got together at a friends house~we watched 68 minutes of Hockey awesomeness projected to 8x12' on the wall! We took our much-in-demand-and-always-gone-in-about-10-minutes Artichoke Dip, Blood Orange Martinis and cupcakes. And a cowbell! It was total fun and we were wild when Sid-the-Kid scored in overtime!!

But I digress...on to the cupcakes...

I doubled the recipe, and couldn't bring myself to use all that red dye, so opted to use beet juice instead. But I was worried about the taste, with the small amount of cocoa in the recipe, so decided to increase it and decrease the flour. They turned out kind of reddish brown. The Dreamy Creamy White Chocolate Frosting was quite runny. I added some icing sugar to it in an attempt to thicken it up~didn't help much and I ended up putting it in the fridge for a couple of hours. At one point I remember thinking 'I used all that white chocolate for this?' Apparently I'm not a huge fan of cream cheese frostings....

In the end, although they were good, I probably wouldn't make them again. My never fail wacky cake recipe made into cupcakes is still my fave!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


I cannot even find words to express my deep disappointment that Williams-Sonoma doesn't ship to Canada, so I am unable to purchase the fabulous pan Raymond showcased with his beautiful cake, because if ever someone needed a new Bundt pan, it's me...if anyone would be willing to ship that pan to me, please let me know!!
The upside, it tasted very good, and was quickly devoured! Loved the way it went together so easily! Will make it again, once I have a new pan....


Total yum!
My entire family LOVED it!
It was the perfect ending to a wonderful family dinner!

Friday, December 25, 2009


I had good intentions, really, about making the carrot cake. The fall was so hectic tho, with work displacements and new work hours and the loss of much-loved and long time work co-workers (to other work places and sites) and of course the on-going kitchen reno, that little baking got done here. Sigh.... such is life. I was bound and determined to make this cake tho, and decided Christmas dessert would be the best time for it!

Love, love, love the easy way it goes together! It's similar to the reliable 'Wacky Cake' that I love and bake so much! It looked beautiful out of the oven! Sorry, no pics today, as Mr Cupcake has taken the camera to his family's celebration a couple of provinces over. Once the lemon glaze was on, I plated it on a fancy cake plate and covered it tightly with plastic wrap. I was going to frost with whipped cream, but my brother is lactose intolerant, so will serve it on the side instead. I'll update later to let you all know how it tasted!

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I'm a bit late to this party, but here I am anyway! I picked up the wonderful cookbook last week, picked up a few ingredients that I was unable to find at home (kitchen reno in progress!) and baked yesterday. First off, my changes~we have a few food allergies here and my Daughter cannot eat walnuts, so I used pecans instead. And used canola for the walnut oil. I had some leftover buttercream in the freezer. To give a little orange flavor,I candied a bit of orange peel~next time I'd make more and use longer pieces~it was very good! I had a 9" silicone pan and used it (first time!) instead of a bundt pan. Think that's it!

The batter filled the pan completely, so I wasn't able to make any cupcakes, as I'd hoped to do. I greased and floured the pan. When it came out of the oven I remembered why I don't like to use flour. Many of the 'Pam' type sprays contain soy oil and I have a huge soy allergy, so I use a spritzer with olive oil.

The cake was moist and yummy! My Daughter is taking some to work to share and the rest has been sliced, wrapped and is in the freezer. One other thing, I input the ingredients into a recipe function on Weight Watchers online and divided by 16 servings to give it a point value of 6 per serving. That's why it's in the freezer! And that is un-iced. I would estimate the icing adds about a jillion points!

I'd make this again, next time with ginger instead of nuts!

Happy Baking everyone!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

#7~excuses, excuses.....

We've had the hottest summer on record here~much too hot to turn the oven on! I can't remember when I last baked a cupcake, altho I've wanted to! Cooler weather is just starting, and my birthday is coming in a few weeks. I'll be making something yummy soon! Hope everyone has had a fun filled summer!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

#6~Cinco de Mayo Yumminess!!

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas with salad!!

These are yummy and so easy! I used 4 chicken breasts and kept everything else the same. Last night I made 8 enchiladas. They aren't real spicy, (I don't do spicy..) but the heat can be easily increased.

For dessert, Key Lime Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream!

This has to be the best batter I've ever made!! I still had my cast on when I was zesting the limes~tough job, so it ended up a bit skimpy~there was simply no way I could hold those little limes with an immobilized thumb! The recipe made 16 cupcakes and they taste even better this morning than they did last night. (if eating cupcakes for breakfast is wrong, then I don't want to be right..) I made a full recipe of the icing as I'm planning to make cupcakes (pina colada) on Saturday night when we have people over for 'Cinco de Mayo meets Hockey Night in Canada' Should be fun!