Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tres Leches

What goes well with the Nicaraguan feast pictured here?

Tres Leches cupcakes of course! "Tres Leches" translated means "three milks".  The three milks in question you ask? Sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and cream.

If you are going to make these, make sure you use the paper-lined foil liners as the paper ones alone won't hold up as well once you douse them with the milks.

This cake is super simple to make with only 6 ingredients: eggs, baking soda, salt, sugar, butter and flour. The complete recipe can be found at the recipe tab or at page 48 of Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book.

When the cupcakes are done baking, use a toothpick to poke holes in the cupcakes and brush them with the milk mixture.

Milk does a cupcake good!

Before the whipped cream is added.

After. With a touch of cinnamon.

After a few bites!

A special "gracias" to Rod and Amanda for having us over for such a delicious meal!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Irish Car Bombs

Guinness.  Jack Daniels (not Irish, but it's all I had).  Baileys.

From Wikipedia: An Irish Car Bomb is a beer cocktail similar to a boilermaker made with Irish stout, Irish Cream, and Irish whiskey. The whiskey is floated on top of the Irish Cream in a shot glass, and the shot glass is then dropped into the stout. Once mixed, the drink must be consumed quickly because it will curdle.
I don't know about you, but I prefer my Irish car bomb in the form of a cupcake.

Pulled this recipe off of Smitten Kitchen and it's totally worth the effort.

First you make the holes. You can use a 1 inch round cookie cutter, or use a knife.

Once the ganache filing is made....

....put it into a piping bag. Don't have one? A ziplock, with a corner snipped, also works very well.

Pipe the ganache filling into your cupcakes.
Bailey's Icing. The cupcakes are so rich and decadent, that you only need a little. The recipe only makes a small amount, so if you want to tower your cupcakes, double it.
I iced them "freestyle". It was just me and my spatula.
Are your Irish eyes smiling?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Treats

Who brings cupcakes to a Halloween party? I do! 

The buttercream I used for these had an orange flavour to it care of a few drops of orange oil. Very tasty with the chocolate cupcake.

More marshmallow fondant.  Those are some scary looking bats!


The party table!

Fit for a Princess

These were so much fun to make!  However, trying to find a crown/tiara fondant/cookie cutter in Ottawa was not easy.  My dear husband made it instead as I needed it yesterday! Luckily, it did the trick but I have ordered one online from the USA.

Prepping the tiaras for their new home.  I made the tiaras out of marshmallow fondant. Added some glitter and candy pearls.

I know a few princesses that would love these!

Peanut Butter Chocolate

Whoever came up with the idea to put peanut butter and chocolate together was a genius!

These are made using a devils food cake recipe with a peanut butter caramel centre and topped with a peanut butter buttercream frosting.

If you love peanut butter and chocolate, then you will love these!