Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cupcake Challenge Accepted! (Dairy-free molten lava cupcakes)

Not a traditional molten lava cake, but the
 filling mimics the molten core of a usual cake!
This past weekend, some of my crazier athletically capable friends ran the Tough Mudder event in Lake Tahoe. Basically, they impressively braved tons of ridiculous obstacles - ice-cold water, electrical shocks, walls, barbed wire, and mud - for five hours. I myself didn't participate (mud and shocks aren't my thing), but I did come with them up to the cabin in Tahoe. I thought it would be nice to bake something for them to celebrate finishing the race, which led me to create the Tough Mudder Cupcake!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The cupcake that started it all: red bean mochi cupcakes with green tea frosting

Besides baking, watching TV is another one of my guilty hobbies - and fall TV is finally here! Last night was the premiere of How I Met Your Mother's final season. Like many others, I definitely noticed a drop in quality over the seasons, but I really enjoyed the back-to-back premiere episodes. I have high hopes that the writers will bring their A-game for the final season and end the show on a good note!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Chocolate marshmallow peanut butter Nutella cupcakes!

The finished product!
When I bake, I usually follow a recipe I found on Pinterest or modify an existing recipe to suit my needs, but I do eventually want to get to the point when I can make up my own stuff. This is my first attempt at doing that - cupcakes for my housewarming party! Basically my starting point for making these cupcakes was What are things people like to eat? Then I put those things into one cupcake. Hence, the chocolate/marshmallow/peanut butter/Nutella creation that resulted!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Strawberry & Cream Bars!

I'm surprised these I even had the time to make these tonight. I'm flying out to a wedding tomorrow, so I've been trying to close out several reports for work before tomorrow, on top of hip-hop class, our first weekly roommie dinner (roommate made awesomely spicy curry, by the way), and packing for my trip. Somehow I was able to squeeze baking in there - and have it turn out well! (Granted, I'm also writing this blog while I should be writing my report, but there's still time for everything...)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Zwetschgendatschi - German Plum Cake

Had another friend's birthday over Labor Day weekend, and instead of the Nutella dessert I originally had in mind, I decided to try something a little different. Zwetschgendatschi is a traditional German plum cake and learning how to pronounce its name (ts-vetch-kin-dah-chee) was probably harder than actually making it. The recipe uses Italian prune plums, which are currently in season, so I figured it would be the perfect time to try making this.