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Archive for December, 2008

Birthday Cupcakes

Posted by cuppiecakes on December 30, 2008

Ever since my daughter’s 2nd birthday (when there was a Elmo shaped cake disaster), I have decided that I would only make cupcakes for her parties.  So this year, Abigail wanted a Strawberry Shortcake birthday party.  Here are pics of the cupcakes I made for her party.  (Although I did buy the Strawberry Shortcake shaped cake pan  & I think that I might try to make it).  If you want a great centerpiece for any birthday party, the Wilton Cupcakes ‘N’ More dessert stand is a great item to pick up!  They are available in a few different sizes (12, 23 and 38 capacity) as well as a mini cupcake holder that holds 24 mini cupcakes/muffins.  You can buy them at most craft stores (Michael’s www.michaels.com , Joann Fabrics www.joann.com , or AC Moore www.acmoore.com ) that have cake decorating sections or you can find it at Target www.target.com .  It really makes for a nice presentation/centerpiece (you can sort of see it in the picture on the right)!

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A funny gift for the baker in your life!

Posted by cuppiecakes on December 18, 2008

I work at a culinary shop (www.kitchenkapers.com )that sells all sorts of kitchenware (cutlery, cookware, gadgets etc.)  So you can only imagine all of the fun gadgets that I have in my kitchen!  One day last November or December, my mom called me and asked me a rather strange question…she asked me if the store where I work sold any “non-traditional” egg separators.  I let her know that we just had the standard issue egg separators.  So from her strange question, I deduced that I was going to be getting an egg separator for Christmas.  Christmas Day was here and I had forgotten about our strange egg separator conversation only to open a gift from my mom…the Peter Petrie Egg Separator!  Check it out in action in my kitchen. (I have actually used it quite a lot lately since the cinnamon-sugar pecans I’ve been making call for egg whites)

Peter Petrie Egg Separator

Peter Petrie Egg Separator

This lovely little guy is both disgusting and so much fun!  You can get it at a bunch of websites ( www.wonderfullywacky.com, www.stupid.com, www.whateverworks.com )–to name a few.  Crack the egg into the cup and tip it forward to separate the whites from the yolks.  Happy Baking!

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Cookie Swap!

Posted by cuppiecakes on December 16, 2008

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip cookies

So I was invited to a cookie swap by my friend Janine.  I was really excited about going to this, since I have never been to one before.  Well, I will have to wait to next year to go to one…I had to work the night of the swap 😦  But that didn’t stop me from making cookies for the swap anyway!!  I had to make 6 dozen cookies for the swap.  So I chose one of my favorite combos…chocolate and peanut butter.

I made these using a cake mix too!  Basically, you use less oil and no water like the box mix calls for.  Here’s the recipe…
1 box chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 bag (10 oz) peanut butter chips (I use Reese’s, because they are the best!)
Combine the cake mix, oil and eggs.  Once combined, add the PB chips.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Bake in a 350-degree oven 8 to 10 minutes or until cookie centers are just set.

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Thanksgiving Desserts

Posted by cuppiecakes on December 16, 2008

Toasted Coconut Cream Pie

Toasted Coconut Cream Pie

I didn’t  have to cook Thanksgiving din-din this year, but I am always the bringer of desserts!  These are just two of the treats that I made this year…a really simple but tasty coconut pudding pie with toasted coconut on top and cheesecake (YUM!). 
I also made German Chocolate cake, but not the traditional kind.  This is sort of one of those “doctored up” cake mix things.  You mix a box German Chocolate cake mix according to the package directions, but then you take the tub of coconut pecan frosting (that usually is on a German Chocolate cake) and you mix it into the cake batter.  Then bake until a cake tester comes out clean.  It is the only way I will eat German Chocolate cake!  It is so moist and tasty!  Try it sometime, you will love it!
Cheesecake

Cheesecake

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