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Post by dixie94 » April 2nd, 2009, 12:14 pm
Mara, love the pics you posted. Did you cut out those butterflies and then use a stamp on them or do you have one thing that cuts and stamps? They are really pretty! I like the letters too. I know what you mean about the money not really equaling the time. Decorating does take a long time, especially when you''re trying something new or doing something other than your basic swirl. Since I haven''t been doing this very long, almost everything I try is new so almost *everything* takes me awhile. Image But I do really enjoy it and wonder what I''d do if I was working full-time. On days I do work, I am so tired if I have to come home and bake or get up early and do the decorating. How do you do it?

Thanks Skippy and Marcy! Skippy, those cupcakes look tasty! Marcy, have you done any more decorating/baking since the class is over?

Msb, I never would''ve thought of substituting eggs for soy milk and apple cider. Wow, so creative! If you get a chance, I''d love to see the recipe.

Holly, the Grasshopper looks goooood! I am going to have to give that a try!!

Haven, I have never substituted whole milk for buttermilk, but I have done the other way around when I don''t have buttermilk. Of course now, I''ve given up buying a quart of buttermilk when I only need 1/4 cup so I just make it. Did you decide to substitute?
Cute cupcake pics! Cupcakes are fun to make no matter how much experience you have!! As for what to do with the extras, I always make a conscious decision of who to give them to so that I don''t end up having them all sit in my house. That would NOT be good. Image

Equ, carrot cake sounds good! It is a favorite where I am! If the recipe doesn''t call for nuts, I usually add walnuts which turns out great.

So I was curious about the how do you say fondant question asked earlier. How does everyone else say it?

Loves Vintage, that cupcakes looks fantastic! Oh wow, now I really want to do a cream or pudding filled one. Yum!





Post by dixie94 » April 2nd, 2009, 12:15 pm
Here''s some Spring/Easter cupcakes:
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Post by dixie94 » April 2nd, 2009, 12:16 pm
Pretty pastels
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Post by dixie94 » April 2nd, 2009, 12:17 pm
Finally figured out how to make chocolate designs.
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Post by dixie94 » April 2nd, 2009, 12:22 pm
This was fun to make, trying not to eat the orange candies was not so fun. Eventually, I gave in!
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Post by dixie94 » April 2nd, 2009, 12:34 pm
Mix for an order I did earlier.
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Post by pennquaker09 » April 2nd, 2009, 1:46 pm
Date: 4/2/2009 9:06:39 AM
Author: marcyc
Haven your cupcakes look great and very edible.


Pennquaker, do you put the flower nail in upside down then pull it out when you are cooling your cake? Interesting about DH - I baked one in my regular sized oval pan and it fell.



Yes, I put the nail in upside down.

Also, I buy Magic Line pans and that really makes a difference.
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Post by Haven » April 2nd, 2009, 3:09 pm
Dixie--Your cupcakes are GORGEOUS!
I didn''t substitute anything because all of the conversions I''d have to make (per Mara''s suggestion) just made my head spin a little bit. I just folded and bought the whole milk, which I found in a little chug for $1, so that was good.

Skippy--I WISH I hadn''t waited until spring break to make cupcakes, because school is the BEST place to bring leftover food. I''ll definitely share with my students next time, they''d devour them, no matter how ugly they are!
(I brought some to my sister at work today. I''m going to pawn the rest off on my mom''s colleagues tomorrow; teachers will eat anything, I swear! Image)
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Post by marcy » April 2nd, 2009, 5:26 pm

Loves Vintage, that cupcake looks quite delicious.


 



Dixie, I have not done any more cake decorating but I did order a few tips yesterday and plan on decorating a cake for a girl at work in a few weeks.  I need more practice.  Your cupcakes look awesome.


 



Pennquaker, thanks for the tips.  I will look for those pans.



Haven, good plan to give away the cupcakes.

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Post by Mara » April 2nd, 2009, 7:58 pm
Haven, love the cupcakes! Fab job!

Penn, it's funny you posted that recipe for WASC. I always read on cake forums about how great WASC was, how everyone uses it for wedding cakes, people have to try it, etc. So finally I tried it. And it tasted like cake mix!! I had no idea that so many professional bakers use cake mixes and adapt them to try to get it to taste homemade. I tried a bunch of diff ways to adapt it and used diff cake mixes etc and still I felt like it was so obvious it was cake mix. But it was funny because I fed it to a few people and they liked it and were like 'really it's mix?' I was raised on cake mix so I think I am more sensitive to the processed taste.

But I do use SC more often in my recipes now, it gives the cakes extra moisture!

Dixie...sometimes I don't have the energy but I have to because I committed to it. But it's why I have cut back a fair amount on 'not for fun' baking... I am doing things a bit more infrequently now and I love having more time and weekends to myself again. Maybe this summer I'll do more but for now I am enjoying baking what *I* want to eat now! This wkd though I am baking for a local event where I donate cupcakes..I did it once before and it's kind of fun.
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Post by pennquaker09 » April 3rd, 2009, 11:12 am
Date: 4/3/2009 1:58:33 AM
Author: Mara
Haven, love the cupcakes! Fab job!


Penn, it''s funny you posted that recipe for WASC. I always read on cake forums about how great WASC was, how everyone uses it for wedding cakes, people have to try it, etc. So finally I tried it. And it tasted like cake mix!! I had no idea that so many professional bakers use cake mixes and adapt them to try to get it to taste homemade. I tried a bunch of diff ways to adapt it and used diff cake mixes etc and still I felt like it was so obvious it was cake mix. But it was funny because I fed it to a few people and they liked it and were like ''really it''s mix?'' I was raised on cake mix so I think I am more sensitive to the processed taste.


But I do use SC more often in my recipes now, it gives the cakes extra moisture!


I have to be honest, I''m not a big fan of box mix either, but if use a box mix for something, I ALWAYS add extra things to it. I pretty much always add a box of pudding to my cakes, it''s my number 1 add on. And it has to be Jello brand!

I think Duncan Hines has a "box" taste. I find that PB is the best one. But I think it''s personal.
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Post by Mara » April 3rd, 2009, 12:01 pm
i actually have found a few cake mixes that don''t taste as processed, but they are very far and few between. i remember on one forum people swore by using some certain cake mix and adapting for WASC and i did and i was like really??? it was super moist and fine crumb, but def tasted a bit processed.

What is PB? i think that BC and DH both have that fake cake mix.... but darnit if I don''t LOVE Me some boxed brownies over homemade EACH AND EVERY TIME. Image
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Post by Skippy » April 3rd, 2009, 12:38 pm
Date: 4/3/2009 6:01:50 PM
Author: Mara
i actually have found a few cake mixes that don''t taste as processed, but they are very far and few between. i remember on one forum people swore by using some certain cake mix and adapting for WASC and i did and i was like really??? it was super moist and fine crumb, but def tasted a bit processed.

What is PB? i think that BC and DH both have that fake cake mix.... but darnit if I don''t LOVE Me some boxed brownies over homemade EACH AND EVERY TIME. Image
Oh my gosh, isn''t that the TRUTH.  I love boxed brownies, so ooey gooey goodness.ImageImage
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Post by FL Steph » April 3rd, 2009, 1:42 pm
Mara, PB is Pillsbury. And I do use a box mix from PB with pudding added in and it is really good. I find that to be true that I like boxed brownies better also and so much less trouble!

Post by Haven » April 3rd, 2009, 2:11 pm
Oooh, I love Marie Callender''s Fudge Brownie Mix. Not that I could make brownies from scratch if I wanted to, but they are delish. And no hydrogenated oils.
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Post by lili » April 3rd, 2009, 4:23 pm
Date: 4/3/2009 6:38:25 PM
Author: Skippy123
Date: 4/3/2009 6:01:50 PM

Author: Mara

i actually have found a few cake mixes that don''t taste as processed, but they are very far and few between. i remember on one forum people swore by using some certain cake mix and adapting for WASC and i did and i was like really??? it was super moist and fine crumb, but def tasted a bit processed.


What is PB? i think that BC and DH both have that fake cake mix.... but darnit if I don''t LOVE Me some boxed brownies over homemade EACH AND EVERY TIME. Image
Oh my gosh, isn''t that the TRUTH. I love boxed brownies, so ooey gooey goodness.ImageImage


yum, the best boxed brownie i had was the TJ''s brownie mix
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Post by puffy » April 3rd, 2009, 5:42 pm
dixie your cuppies are so cute!! i just want to reach into my monitor and take a big bite!! YUMMY

Post by ellaila » April 4th, 2009, 3:25 am
Re: boxed brownies ... I always said the same thing, "Why bother making homemade when boxed brownies are SO good?!" -- that is, until I tried THIS recipe:

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One-bowl brownies:

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate (e.g., Baker’s chocolate)
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
1 3/4cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Grease foil.

Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on high for 2 minutes, or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and salt; mix well. Spread into prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minute or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. (Do not overbake.) Cool in pan on wire rack. Remove brownies from pan, using foil handles.
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Seriously, these are TO DIE FOR!!! And super-easy. Microwave, stir, and bake. Just as easy as box mix! (These are super-fudgy, not cakey at all.)

OH, and more related to cupcakes, I made Magnolia''s raspberry cream cheese breakfast buns the other day. Heaven. Pure heaven. Don''t be fooled by the name: these are more of a cupcake than any type of breakfast item!

Post by icekid » April 4th, 2009, 8:39 am
Date: 4/4/2009 9:25:45 AM
Author: ellaila

OH, and more related to cupcakes, I made Magnolia''s raspberry cream cheese breakfast buns the other day. Heaven. Pure heaven. Don''t be fooled by the name: these are more of a cupcake than any type of breakfast item!

That sounds waaay tempting.  I looove raspberry! 

Post by Mara » April 4th, 2009, 8:09 pm
Those look like muffins...but sound more like black bottom cupcakes ala raspberry !!

This is what I have been meaning to try from Magnolia for almost a year now, their banana pudding....after a friend told me that Banana Pudding was all the rage in NYC last year in the bakeries. Seriously, I need to get on it!

http://www.recipelink.com/cookbooks/2005/0743246616_5.html
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Post by Mannequin » April 5th, 2009, 8:25 am
Skippy, thanks so much for the carrot cake recipe. I baked yesterday and frosted today. These are DELISH.
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Post by Mannequin » April 5th, 2009, 8:26 am
Peeking under the plastic wrap... bunnies!
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Post by Mannequin » April 5th, 2009, 8:29 am
Poison test... hee hee. The cream cheese frosting was yummy, but not stiff enough to pipe with for these treats. Still, they will be a big hit with my BF''s family at their Easter party today.
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Post by marcy » April 5th, 2009, 9:02 am
EQ your muffins look yummy and how fun to add bunnys.
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Post by icekid » April 5th, 2009, 2:23 pm
Date: 4/5/2009 2:25:06 PM
Author: equestrienne
Skippy, thanks so much for the carrot cake recipe. I baked yesterday and frosted today. These are DELISH.

droooooool... I love that carrot cake recipe.  It''s fab, isn''t it??

Post by Mannequin » April 6th, 2009, 6:11 am
Thanks, MarcyC and icekid! I made 2 dozen of these for the party and came home with... NONE! I love making cookies and usually do those for holiday parties, but I thought the cupcakes would be a fun change. Image They were INHALED, lol.
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Post by HollyS » April 6th, 2009, 4:32 pm
Date: 4/3/2009 8:11:24 PM
Author: Haven
Oooh, I love Marie Callender''s Fudge Brownie Mix. Not that I could make brownies from scratch if I wanted to, but they are delish. And no hydrogenated oils.

My vote goes to Ghiradelli Brownies; the ones with the chocolate pieces in the mix.  

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Post by Skippy » April 6th, 2009, 4:58 pm
Date: 4/5/2009 2:25:06 PM
Author: equestrienne
Skippy, thanks so much for the carrot cake recipe. I baked yesterday and frosted today. These are DELISH.
Oh gosh, they look delicious!!!!  That recipe was on the Today show for the best carrot cake; I think I will use it to make CC for our anniversary at the end of this month.  They are sooooo pretty!!


Dixie, your cupcakes are soooo pretty!
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Post by mia1181 » April 6th, 2009, 7:47 pm
Okay so I made my trial "Eat Me" cupcakes.  Which do you like better?

The letter "A" cutouts were very difficult so not as perfect as I had hoped.  And the food marker cupcakes are in my (horrible) handwriting, so I will have someone with neater handwriting do the real ones.

So which should I do?

I also will use different frosting, I''m not liking he one I used.
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