Monday, March 30, 2009


I ventured back into the realm of the kitchen today, thinking it couldn't be too difficult to operate the kitchenaid one-handed~I had surgery a week ago and am sporting a huge honkin' cast on my left hand and forearm~and managed pretty well except for taking the pan out of the oven. I used a 12-cup pan thinking it would be easiest, but it was not easy to get the hot pan out of the oven, with one hand, trying not to damage the cupcake goodness!

My cupcake choice today: White chocolate sour cream cupcakes, a recipe I found on 'cakeonthebrain' blog . Scraping nearly every bit of batter out of the bowl (no easy feat with one hand!) I was able to get 12 cupcakes. They are a bit flat on top, and they stuck to the rim of the pan, so they all ended up with somewhat lifted tops as I had to loosen the edges with a knife. Then I made a white chocolate cream cheese icing, subbing baileys in for the milk. I didn't go too heavy with the icing sugar, since my preference is a softer and less sweet icing. The cupcake itself is light textured with a subtle white chocolate taste and nicely moist. The Baileys icing is very good, with barely a hint of cream cheese flavor coming thru. All in all, very yummyful, and now I'm off to do the one-handed kitchen clean-up!

Monday, March 2, 2009

#3~'Grandma's Lemon Cupcakes'

Well, not my Grandmas cupcakes, but a recipe in an Esther Brody book I picked up a few years ago and have never used until today. There's sour cream in the batter, which was very thick and a bit hard to get into the cupcake liners, but they baked up just fine and are quite yummy!

I wasn't sure what to do about the frosting, but turned to page and found a lemon cream cheese icing! This made me happy as I didn't want to make lemon curd and don't like the taste of lemon extract. I used low fat cream cheese tho, so it's runny and has a bit of an aftertaste~lesson learned!! I added a ton more icing sugar but it didn't thicken up as much as I would have liked. From now on it's the full fat stuff for me! So a thumbs up for the cupcake and a thumbs down for the icing...