Showing posts with label cream cheese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cream cheese. Show all posts

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Mint Leprechaun — Mint Cheesecake Cupcakes

A Limerick:

There once was a Young Idealistic Baker
Who was a fantastic cupcake maker
She'd whip up some treats
And once baked with beets
This girl was a true diet breaker

It's not a St. Patty's Day theme per say, but I wanted to very quickly try my hand at some Irish Limerick making this morning before wandering around Boston with my visiting friends and showing them my city.

Before we head out, I couldn't resist sharing the cupcakes we're snacking on this week. I'm calling these Mint Cheesecake Cupcakes the Minty Leprechauns.

Happy St. Patty's Weekend!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mango Swirl Cheesecake!

I have to say: whoever invented the food processor is a GENIUS! The simple machine can chop, puree, blend, cream and mix…. All in one easy-to-clean bowl!

Previously, I’d always assumed you need a hand mixer or if you’re fancy, a stand mixer, to make cakes and cookies and frosting… basically to make anything that involved the direction “cream together butter and sugar.” As it turns out, a food processor will do this just as well!

I said in my last post that no one ever bakes at the Cape Cod house. Instead, someone (or a few someones) brings an abundance of fruit, snacks, store-bought coffee cake and cookies. Often for dinner, we mix up a salad and grill fish and vegetables or steam lobsters or some combination of all of those. The Cape is NOT a place where one goes hungry.

Since the Cape house has never been the place to bake, it’s never been fully equipped with baking tools — no hand or stand mixer, no muffin pan, no cookie sheet, etc. After the gentlemen went to the store for ingredients, I scoped out the kitchen and decided whatever I chose to make would have to be baked in a 9 x 13 baking dish and mixed by hand
…until my eyes fell on the Cuisinart.

I correctly guessed that a tool that could puree would also be able to whip up butter with sugar. Thus the Mango Swirl Cheesecake Bars I’d imagined earlier in the day were able to become a reality.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Up-Scale Snickerdoodles

What happens when you come across a recipe of such brilliance that you can't bring yourself to change it, with the exception of only the most minute irrelevant details? Do you copy it verbatim and send praise and thanks to the creator? Do you make minor edits to the recipe and call it an "adapted?"

How do you take something great, and make it your own?

At the end of last week, one co-worker requested some muffins or cupcakes and another requested cinnamon cookies, more specifically the Cinnamon Roll Hamantashen I brought in a few weeks back. Challenge would have been accepted, had I not already discovered the solution at How Sweet Eats.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Cupcakes: Half cookie, half cupcake... Genius!

Since neither the idea, nor cupcake recipe were my own, I had to find another way to Young Idealistic Baker-ize them.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Red Velvet Super Bowl Cupcakes, Part 2: The Best Red Velvet Cupcakes

I've made red velvet cupcakes from scratch twice before, and both times I was unsatisfied. When I made these Blue Velvet swirled with Colored White Cupcakes for a Michigan football Saturday, I used Cake Man Raven's recipe because it received first place during another blogger's extensive EIGHT-cake taste-off, and was wildly disappointed. I found the little cakes lacked cocoa flavor and tasted too strongly of oil, which was why I purposely neglected to accompany the post with the recipe. (Mind you, another blogger left a comment that the recipe didn't work well for cupcakes, but still — oil in a recipe should not affect the taste so negatively)

The first time I made red velvet cupcakes, years before I started this blog, I used Paula Deen's recipe, thinking it would be a guaranteed hit. Sadly, the only thing I really enjoyed about those cupcakes was the frosting, and even back then I had the good sense to alter it and make it my own — I've since perfected the recipe and can safely say this cream cheese frosting is the BEST frosting! ( my opinion)

After countless (4) hours of researching red velvet cupcakes, I decided I still wasn't totally enthralled with any of the "ultimate" or "famous" recipes I found online, with the exception of one. This one used butter as a fat, the same "make a paste with the cocoa and food coloring" technique that I liked when I made these phenomenal Red Velvet Brownies over the holidays, and claimed to be a near-perfect replica of the famous Magnolia's Bakery Red Velvet Cupcake, a.k.a. a top 5 cupcake in my book.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Oreo Truffle Surprise

Lately at work, everyone has been on edge due to fast approaching deadlines and a company-wide meeting on Friday — all of our out-of-towners are coming in for the holiday party this weekend, so our assignments are all due before they arrive.

Last Friday we all un-wound with several batches of break-and-bake chocolate chip cookies that had been sitting in the freezer in case of emergencies. Several of us also indulged in a most-epic Nerf gun war.

This week, the marketing team planned a “Blitz” day that involved all of us locking ourselves in one of the conference rooms and cranking out work through dinner. The mere thought of it made me yearn for my baking things. Unfortunately, my supply is quite limited these days. 

Lucky me, (and lucky co-workers) there has been an incredibly simple, show-stopping, NO-bake recipe floating around the food blogging world: Oreo Truffles. Requiring only 3-4 ingredients (5 if you want them to look fancy), Oreo Truffles take about 25 minutes to make, not including freeze time.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Candy Filled Dark Chocolate PMS-Buster Brownies topped with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Is there a woman reading this who has ever woken up at in the middle of the night feeling extra moody and crampy? How about a man reading this who thinks PMS is something women made up to create an excuse to bitch once a month? To the woman reader, I've got your remedy. To the man, go to hell.

... Just kidding (sort of).

I woke up this morning transformed into a new person - today, instead of the cheery Young Idealistic Baker you may be used to, Cranky McSourpuss will be guest posting about these scrumptious Candy Filled Dark Chocolate Brownies PMS-Busters topped with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting (and an M&M "M" - GO BLUE!)

Editor's Note: After devouring a chunk of brownie, Cranky McSourpuss is feeling a little bit better.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Peach Tea Cupcakes Topped With Cream Cheese Frosting Garnished with a Mint Leaf

I’ve been desperately trying to recreate the complicated and intriguing peach tea cupcake recipe I found on Paula Deen’s website ages ago, but have been unable even to equip my kitchen with all the necessary ingredients and tools until now.