Joyeux anniversaire –Happy Birthday–(even though a very belated one) to my friend Gina! And, as of last week, Happy 1 Year Anniversary to my blog, At 350 Degrees! Although she was extremely thankful for a birthday surprise on a regular school morning, I was actually the lucky one because in planning her birthday treats, she connected me with a friend of her’s that is now one of my own. Along with sharing many interests and personality traits with this friend of hers, we found another area in common: a love of baking. Continue reading
Happy birthday, Paula Deen!! In honor of my most trusted and beloved recipe source, I made my favorite of her recipes–red velvet cupcakes. Surprisingly, out of all her buttery cakes and gooey chocolate bars, these cupcakes are her best dessert yet! (And as a very discriminating red velvet critic myself, that praise means a lot!) But although I am picky in finding the perfect red velvet cupcake, when the recipe is right, the flavor is fantastic because it gives you a touch of chocolate without the overly rich heaviness, and Paula’s deliciously moist cupcake recipe definitely passes the test! Continue reading
Holiday quotation: “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.” –Shakespeare
For me, Halloween is not complete without decorative desserts like cute spider web cookies and oreo mud pie! Although definitely not a baker, my mom would always make rice crispy treats, wrapped in orange cellophane and packaged in a giant witch’s cauldron, to donate to my elementary school’s “Halloween Haunt” bake sale. I loved the treats so much, that half of them would “vanish” even before they arrived at school! I’ve recently discovered (or re-discovered!) how much I love the presentation/decoration side of baking, so enjoy the chills and thrills of this year’s Halloween with these amazing candy corn cupcakes! Of course, the cupcake is light, moist, and delicious, and the frosting is too sweet to resist! I loved experimenting with the design; if you look closely at the pictures, you can see the 4 different cupcake liners I used in the process! Have fun with sprinkles, candy corn, M&M‘s and colored frosting in your design undertaking! I “witch” all of you a Happy Halloween! Enjoy!!
Recipe: Candy Corn Cupcakes
Last Spring break, when my family visited Washington D.C. during our east coast college tour, we would see people on every single block carrying pink cupcake boxes embellished with black and white star designs. About 4 months later, I was browsing Netflix and, because of my recent history of watching Ace of Cakes, a new reality show called Georgetown Cupcakes was in my recommendations list, “A show about Georgetown Cupcakes, DC’s destination for designer cupcakes, and its owners”. In one of their cupcake challenges, this amazing ice cream cone cupcake was born! This cupcake, baked in the cone, is such a delicious combination of tasty crunch and moist cake, especially with my favorite funfetti cake recipe! It’s absolutely the cutest and most creative cupcake I’ve ever seen, and the super sweet toppings even taste as good as their mouth-watering appearance! For me, the decoration process is the best part; you can make your own personalized sundae using your favorite cupcake recipe and toppings of your choice! Enjoy!!!
Recipe: Ice cream cone cupcakes
I have a weakness for baked goods. Especially for perfect, heaping bakery-style muffins. (Muffins/Breakfast pastries are really my Achilles’ Heel!) These delectable double chocolate chip muffins are absolutely mouthwatering; when their sweet aroma fills the kitchen, don’t be surprised to find yourself drooling! The cake is sweet and tender and sprinkle chocolate chips before baking for a gorgeous top! It’s simple… these muffins are nothing but perfect! YUM!!
Recipe: Double Chocolate Chip Muffins
***NOTE: I use an ice cream scooper to distribute the batter evenly. This way, the muffins will have perfectly rounded tops. Again, sprinkle some chocolate chips on the muffin batter before baking if you want extra beautiful bakery-style muffins!