Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Vanilla Vanilla Cupcakes

i'm not use to baking "simple things"
when i bake, i like it to be an experiment.
however, when my good friend asked me make him plain vanilla cupcakes for his birthday, i knew exactly which recipe i would use.

it's from none other then Magnolia's Bakery
recipe here

You Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vanilla Icing
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 12 capacity muffin tins with liners
2) In a bowl, combine flours
3)  In an electric mixer, cream the butter until soft.  Add the sugar slowly, and beat.  Add the eggs one at a time, and combine.
4)  Add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating between the milk and the vanilla.  Feel free to add a little extra vanilla.
5)  Beat until combined.  Using a spatula, spoon batter into tins 3/4 of the way full.
6) Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
7) For the icing, in an electric mixer add the butter, 4 cups of the sugar, milk and the vanilla.  Beat until combined, about 3-5 minutes.
8)  Gradually add the remaining sugar, one cup at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
9)  Decorate and enjoy!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies

i know it's been awhile since my last foodie post
i've been so busy in the kitchen (and out of it)
good news is i'm here now
and i have a ton of recipes to share over the next week!

this morning's is a favorite- pumpkin chocolate brownies
actually, it's more like pumpkin chocolate fudge it's so thick
and oh so good

Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl "Brownies" 

{i used the pumpkin recipe from the second one and the brownie part from the first}

You'll Need:


1 stick chopped butter
6 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla

Pumpkin Swirl:

1 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
2 tbsp flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a large, deep pan.

For Brownie
1) Melt butter and chocolate in a double broiler.  Stir until smooth.
2)  In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
3)  Put sugar, egg, and vanilla in an electric mixer.  Beat until fluffy.  Add flour mixture.
4)  Pour the chocolate mixer into the mixer in the electric bowl.
5) Pour this into your pan.

For the Pumpkin:
1)  In an electric mixer, blend sugar and cream cheese
2)  Add pumpkin and beat well.
3)  Add flour, vanilla, egg, and cinnamon.  Combine.
4) Pour the pumpkin mixture over the brownie mixture.  Swirl pumpkin as you do this.

Bake in oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.


coming up this week:
vanilla cupcakes
black and white cookies
home-ade twix bars