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Post by FL Steph » October 4th, 2008, 9:17 am
Hi, guys! Well, this thread has really uncovered a hidden talent for me! I have always loved to cook, but never really did that much baking. Well, then I started making cupcakes for family and friends and they loved them so much that it has kind of turned into a little business for me. I am doing my first paid order today...a birthday party. I made vanilla with pink icing and flowers, coconut with pink hearts, and chocolate. They all turned out really cute. I had my hubby take a quick pic of the pink ones on his blackberry b/c our camera broke, so the quality is not that great, but you can get the idea.
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Post by Linda W » October 4th, 2008, 9:54 am
Those look lovely Steph and also delicious!!!Image. I am so happy this has turned into a business for you. I wish you good luck, I hope you do very wellImage


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Post by lili » October 4th, 2008, 10:12 am
steph--
those look so cute and delicious!

Post by FL Steph » October 4th, 2008, 12:39 pm
Thanks Linda and Lily! They were a hit at the party today...everyone loved them! Hope this thread keeps up....I love everyone''s great ideas!

Post by marcy » October 4th, 2008, 6:31 pm
Steph, your cupcakes look lovely and yummy!  What a fun business for you.  Hi Mara! Image
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Post by Kaleigh » October 4th, 2008, 6:44 pm
Date: 10/5/2008 12:31:37 AM
Author: marcyc
Steph, your cupcakes look lovely and yummy! What a fun business for you. Hi Mara! Image
Ditto, they look delicious, and sooooo pretty.  Glad you have a new business. Image
 
And Hey to Mara!!!  I am thrilled for you woman!!!!ImageImage
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Post by FL Steph » October 5th, 2008, 2:02 am
Thanks, Marcy and Lisa! Ya''ll are too sweet!

Post by Tacori E-ring » October 5th, 2008, 4:34 am
Steph, those are so cute! Yay for the new business!
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Post by FL Steph » October 6th, 2008, 11:18 am
Thanks, Tacori!

Post by Allisonfaye » October 9th, 2008, 11:44 am
I am not sure if anyone has mentioned this on here but I just tried the Barefoot Contessa''s chocolate cupcake mix with chocolate icing and man are they good. I had tried her brownie mix and I wasn''t impressed at all. The cupcakes are wonderful. Light, chocolatey with fluffy icing.

Post by Jas12 » October 9th, 2008, 3:49 pm
Hey bakers extraordinaire
I can''t believe how big this thread got--who wudda thought cupcakes would generate this much interest. I haven''t have time to make it past page 10 but i am going to make some cuppies tomorrow (in time for canadian thanksgiving weekend) I want to do something pumpkin. I was actually thinking of doing a basic vanilla cake bottom and experimenting with a pumpkin frosting (cream cheese based with some pumpkin puree and spice) I don''t have a recipe but i am wondering if anyone has tried this. Don''t know how the puree will ''react'' or if the flavor will be decent. Thoughts? Tips?

(i think i''ll just do 1/2 of the frosting and if it doesn''t work i''ll make a nice maple frosting instead-yum)

Post by Harriet » October 9th, 2008, 5:55 pm
Does anyone have a recipe for Nutella cupcakes?

Post by Eva17 » October 9th, 2008, 6:03 pm
yes, i was hoping for the same recipe harriet!!!!

Post by cdt1101 » October 10th, 2008, 3:07 am
Try this blog..she has this recipe.  I''ve tried quite a few of her recipes and they''re yummy!

http://howtoeatacupcake.net/2008/02/chocolate-frangelico-cupcakes-w-nutella.html

Post by cdt1101 » October 10th, 2008, 3:09 am
Jas - here''s a pumpkin cupcake w/ a spiced icing...same blog i mentioned above

http://howtoeatacupcake.net/2007/10/halloween-costume-party-2007.html

Post by Jas12 » October 10th, 2008, 3:24 am
Thanks Cdt!!

Post by Eva17 » October 10th, 2008, 4:43 am
http://www.countryliving.com/recipefinder/pumpkin-cream-cheese-frosting-4014



here is a cream cheese pumpkin spice frosting. (i haven''t tried it yet)

Post by Jas12 » October 10th, 2008, 5:25 am
Eva--great! That is pretty much what i was going to try--good to know it works. I was afraid the puree would do something funky to the cheese-- didn''t think about adding orange zest. That sounds yum.

i''ll let u know how it turns out and post a pic

Post by FrekeChild » October 11th, 2008, 8:08 pm
Harriet and Eva, if you do a search for "Nutella cake" you'll find the recipe I made up for Gwen. It's in the LIW board--lol!!!

The only problem with that recipe that cdt posted for the Nutella cupcakes is that the blogger doesn't use Nutella in the cake itself. It only has cocoa powder and Frangelico.

Oh heck, I'll go find the Nutella cake recipe...It calls for a full jar (the 300+gram one) of Nutella, and it's very dense-I'm not sure how many cuppies it will make, but I'm sure it won't make 24. The entire process is in there if you're curious...

Nutella cake thread
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Post by FrekeChild » October 11th, 2008, 8:18 pm
This is the half recipe I used. I'll post the full one below it.

Nutella Cake

1 cup flour
.5 tsp salt + pinch
5/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup ground hazelnuts
1/2 cup sugar
3 T butter
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
1 T Frangelico
1/2 jar Nutella (1/2 of the 371g jar)
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup heavy cream (ran out of 1/2 and 1/2)

Preheat oven to 350* F.

1. Sift or mix together with a fork the first three ingredients. Add hazelnuts and mix well again.
2. Cream together sugar and butter until lightened and fluffier.
3. Beat slightly the egg and Frangelico.
4. Heat Nutella for about 20-40 seconds in 20 second increments, in the microwave.
5. Add egg mixture to butter, mix until incorporated.
6. Stir nutella and to make sure its the same temperature throughout. Stir into the egg/butter mixture.
7. Add flour in 3 parts alternating with adding milk in 2 parts in between the flour additions.
8. Put batter into greased/floured 8" or 9" pan (2 pans for twice the recipe) or cupcake tins. Bake cuppies for around 15-20 minutes and cakes for around 40 minutes.

***Note: You can substitute all 1/2 and 1/2 for the heavy cream if you like, or even whole milk, to cut down on the fat a little bit but I wouldn't suggest skim, 1% or 2% because it's supposed to be rich.

2 cups flour
1 tsp salt + pinch
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup ground hazelnuts
1 cup sugar
6 T butter
2 large egg + 2 egg yolk
2 T Frangelico
1 jar Nutella (371g jar)
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 cup heavy cream (ran out of 1/2 and 1/2)

I don't have a frosting recipe for this, but I'd use the Nutella recipe from that blog, or if you want I can make up one. I would still like to experiment with this recipe a bit. I'm still waiting to use the remnants from the first two screwups for rum balls for Christmas.
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Post by Eva17 » October 12th, 2008, 3:32 am
Date: 10/12/2008 2:08:29 AM
Author: FrekeChild
Harriet and Eva, if you do a search for ''Nutella cake'' you''ll find the recipe I made up for Gwen. It''s in the LIW board--lol!!!


The only problem with that recipe that cdt posted for the Nutella cupcakes is that the blogger doesn''t use Nutella in the cake itself. It only has cocoa powder and Frangelico.


Oh heck, I''ll go find the Nutella cake recipe...It calls for a full jar (the 300+gram one) of Nutella, and it''s very dense-I''m not sure how many cuppies it will make, but I''m sure it won''t make 24. The entire process is in there if you''re curious...


Nutella cake thread






thanks freke - on a dark rainy day, i will try my hand at this recipe. (i love to cook and bake when it''s a stay in rainy day)

i''ll keep u posted.

Post by Harriet » October 12th, 2008, 1:28 pm
Date: 10/10/2008 12:03:19 AM
Author: Eva17
yes, i was hoping for the same recipe harriet!!!!
Good, ''cos you''re the one who will be making them. Image Your lemon cupcake with cream cheese frosting may be my favourite one.

Thanks, Cdt and Freke.

Post by MishB » October 14th, 2008, 1:39 am
Hi, I''m new to this thread but crazy about cupcakes, I''d like to share a few photos of mine:

Lemon and Raspberry frosted

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Post by MishB » October 14th, 2008, 1:41 am
Cupcakes on a stand at afternoon tea:

These are vanilla and rosewater I think.

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Post by MishB » October 14th, 2008, 1:42 am
Butterflies with fresh cream and strawberries:

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Post by MishB » October 14th, 2008, 1:44 am
A pink cupcake posing with a vintage Noritake tea set I''ve just bought. The flower is handmade from my new silicone mold, very happy with it, I love making flowers.

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Post by msb700 » October 14th, 2008, 2:08 am
MishB: ur cuppies look amazing!!!

Post by Linda W » October 14th, 2008, 9:04 am
MishB, Your cuppies look beautiful and also delicious. You did a wonderful jobImage. Your table also looks so beautiful and I love your Noritake.



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Post by MishB » October 14th, 2008, 6:07 pm
Date: 10/14/2008 1:58:57 PM
Author: SanDiegoLady
MishB, they''re beautiful. Love the tea table and what in heaven''s name is that with coconut on the top of the server?


Thank you all! The coconut things are mini white chocolate lamingtons. Do you know what a lamington is? It''s an Australian thing, sponge cake dipped in chocolate then rolled in coconut. This variety is a type of petit four, smaller than the regular lamington, dipped in white chocolate and rolled in coconut. They are delicious.



Post by Mara » October 14th, 2008, 6:45 pm
here''s some chai spice for you freke... !

the recipe my pal was using, trying to remember but i believe it was a mint buttercream... and she added too much milk as the liquid.. she doesn''t like adding more sugar because she doesn''t like the buttercreams so sweet. i don''t either but a lot of people do. so she just spatula''d instead of piping. anyway was just curious.

i forget who asked for the coconut recipe but basically, take a white cake recipe you like, and use light coconut milk in place of the regular milk for the recipe. you can add a bit of coconut extract if you want more flavor but this is basically what i did and it works great, the cakes are light and have a hint of coconut and work great with a berry frosting or a chocolate frosting with coconut on top or whatever.
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