Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie: Project 2 for Cleanin out the Kitchen

pieRecipe: A bittersweet chocolate pecan pie with bourbon in a homemade butter pie crust.

Tonight I’m going to a Friendsgiving (yay for multiple opportunities to eat turkey!) and I wanted my contribution to use various items in my kitchen, given my now current week-long move (WOO). I also wanted an opportunity to try out a new crust recipe from¬† my friend, Mitch. So, with that in mind, I decided to make a chocolate bourbon pecan pie. My family was never a pecan pie family, which, it turns out, is a HUGE mistake, and I had never even heard of one with chocolate and bourbon, but since I had both of those ingredients on hand, this seemed like a must-do option.

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November 16, 2013. Bourbon, Chocolate, Pecan, Pie. Leave a comment.

5th Birthday Cupcakes

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Recipe: A yellow cake cupcake with a chocolate frosting and a white cake cupcake with vanilla buttercream.

I have a cupcake job due tomorrow morning for a 5th birthday party. The party is being held at a bowling alley and while I considered for a while trying to do a bowling themed cupcake, I decided I really didn’t have the energy for that and the woman ordering the cupcakes didn’t seemed concerned either that the cupcakes be all out awesome. So we settled on a “5” on top of the two types of cupcakes.

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October 26, 2012. Tags: , , . Buttercream, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Yellow cake. Leave a comment.

Harry Potter Cauldron Cake

ImageRecipe: A marble cake layered with a malt semisweet chocolate frosting, covered in candy melt mold to look like a cauldron.

My older sister, Amy, and her family are in town this weekend for the Girl Scouts Rock the Mall (it was awesome, by the way). But, as it turned out, it’s also Amy’s middle daughter’s 10th birthday on Monday, so I volunteered to make a birthday cake for the family party tonight. When I was visiting them a month ago, I made the mistake of asking Mia what kind of cake she wanted, thinking she would say something like “Strawberry!” Or, “chocolate!”. Basically, I thought I would get a standard cake flavor and that it would just look like…a cake. No, Mia is incredibly creative. And, what I got was “cauldron cupcakes!” – Mia is a big Harry Potter fan and I love her for this – made of a marble cake and a malted chocolate frosting….

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June 10, 2012. Cake, Chocolate, Marble cake. 1 comment.

Hodgkin’s Disease sucks. Let’s eat cupcakes!

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Recipe: Chocolate cupcake with a semisweet chocolate frosting, topped with a bittersweet chocolate, purple-sprinkle ribbon.

On April 17, I celebrated 12 years of being a cancer survivor. That day in 2000 was a crappy, crappy day so to celebrate that I’ve been cancer free for so long, I plan a ‘Suck it, cancer!’ party every year around this time. This year, though, I was feeling and continue to feel bit more timid about the situation – really, in my mind, I was more thinking ‘please cancer, don’t hurt me or my family again’, rather than telling cancer to suck it. Didn’t really want to tempt fate. So I decided to do a fundraiser at a local bar/restaurant – one of my favorites – Hill Country. I sold wristbands for $10 that allowed my friends to get happy hour specials all night long and sold raffle tickets – 2 for $1 – for gift cards and a dozen of my homemade cupcakes.

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May 20, 2012. Tags: . Chocolate. 1 comment.

50th Birthday Party Cupcakes

Recipe: Chocolate chocolate cupcakes with a red chocolate clay rose and champagne cupcakes with a chocolate “J” for the first initial of the birthday girl.

I had an order for three dozen cupcakes for a surprise 50th birthday party, which is exciting for a number of reasons, including that i get to share my cupcakes with an entirely new group of people. Since it was a special occasion, I suggested that I make chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and champagne cupcakes with champagne frosting.Initially I had thought that I should do a strawberry champagne cupcake, but I did a test run a week before and it turned out that the recipe I had was a.w.f.u.l. So i went back to my pink champagne cupcakes and just used straight champagne. Yum.

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January 29, 2012. Champagne, Chocolate, Cupcakes. 2 comments.

Giraffe baby shower cupcakes (plan B)

Recipe: A chocolate cupcake with a dark chocolate frosting; a yellow cake with (blue) vanilla buttercream; and, an almond cupcake with a cream cheese frosting.

I had another order for baby shower cupcakes, this time with a giraffe theme. Now, the original plan was to make chocolate giraffes using a giraffe mold I found online. Unfortunately, it turned out that I had ordered the mold from a woman in Hong Kong and I found out a week after I ordered it, and a week before I needed it, that it was going to take another 10-14 days to arrive… So I ordered the same mold from a woman in Canada a week before I needed it, but it didn’t get here in time, so we had to go to plan B – giraffe cupcake toppers.

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January 28, 2012. Almond, Buttercream, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Yellow cake. 1 comment.

Baby Shower Cupcakes: It’s a baby rattle smorgasbord!

Recipe: A chocolate cupcake with a pink vanilla buttercream, a white cupcake with a lemon buttercream, and an almond cupcake with a cream cheese frosting.

It’s 1:30am. I’m tired. The gist of the story is I had another baking job – this time for a baby shower. I made cupcakes that look like rattles. There were numerous buttercream catastrophes, hence the being up at 1:30am. But they are FINALLY done. The end.

More to come later… when it’s not a time when I should be in bed….

December 1, 2011. Tags: , , . Almond, Chocolate, Cupcakes. Leave a comment.

Panda Bear Cupcakes

Recipe: Chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate filling and marshmallow frosting and yellow cupcakes with a marshmallow frosting, both with panda bear faces.

A few months ago,¬† my friend Aimee mentioned to me that she had a coworker who was interested in having me make cupcakes for her daughter’s birthday. I got SO excited I immediately made a makeshift business plan. Then forgot about it. Then asked about it again a month ago and, thankfully, Aimee’s coworker was still interested. And today, as a result of all of this, I will be handing over my first batch of commissioned cupcakes!!

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October 14, 2011. Chocolate, Cupcakes. 2 comments.

Snickerdoodle and Nutella Ice Cream Sandwiches {LOVE}

Recipe: Homemade Nutella ice cream smushed between two snickerdoodle cookies.

Snickerdoodles are by far my favorite cookie. By FAR. Chocolate chip cookies don’t hold a torch to snickerdoodles as far as I’m concerned. Blasphemous, I know. But I could literally walk by a million chocolate chip cookies without being at all tempted to eat one. Put a snickerdoodle in front of me though… Anyway, the point is I love the snickerdoodle. So I decided a few weeks ago to peruse the internet and see what glorious things I could do with said cookie and I found that people were putting Nutella in between two snickerdoodle cookies. And my world was officially rocked.

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August 7, 2011. Chocolate, Cookie, ice cream. 2 comments.

Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies (Don’t be fooled – they’re more eye candy than anything else…)

Recipe: Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies.

I’m going camping tomorrow with some friends and a few weeks ago we started signing up for food items we would bring. I saw cookies on the list and I immediately tagged them as mine because I will take any opportunity to bake that I can. I should say though-and I believe I’ve said before-I am not a cookie person, generally speaking.(Exceptions include lemon cookies, gingerbread cookies during the holidays, and butterscotch oatmeal cookies.) Otherwise, I’m out. They just don’t do it for me and, frankly, they’re not usually that interesting to make either. But like I said, I’ll take a baking opportunity when I see one and I’m extremely glad I did, because it gave me the chance to try out this crazy recipe I saw on facebook this week – oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies… I know! It’s ridiculous, isn’t it??!?

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June 24, 2011. Chocolate, Cookie. 3 comments.

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