My dear friend at work, Colleen, was plagued for a week with kidney stones. We missed her dearly at work and I wanted to make her a welcome back treat! She had always mentioned how she loved cookie dough anything, so off I went on my search to find a cookie dough cupcake. I found one at JavaCupcake and just made it a vanilla base rather than chocolate. There was a cookie dough filling AND a cookie dough frosting! Double the cooki-ness!! How could one go wrong?!
I am one who loves a cupcake with a different middle to change up the texture. Finding cookie dough in the center of this one, pure genius! The frosting also had a nice brown sugar flavor with chocolate chips sprinkled on top. I think next time I will try it with the chocolate cake, but I thought it would be chocolate overload and wanted a nice balance before going overboard.
Look at these beauties!
I have just added an additional page to the site and I am very excited about it!
I have started a “Bucket List” for items I would like to bake to keep myself on track and to keep a running list of all of the delicious treats I would like to try making.
Check it out and let me know if you have any additional items I should add to my repertoire!
Halloween weekend should have been filled with candy corn and miniature sized chocolate bars, crazy costumes, and a sugar high but that Friday at 4:58 PM I got a call from my fiancé Brendan saying he was on his way to the hospital with what he thought was a broken ankle. Plans changed quicker than I wanted them to, so our weekend was spent nursing his ankle and I decided to tap into one of my many cupcake books. I chose Martha Stewart’s cupcake book (also given to me by Clara Ripari) and let the patient choose what type of cupcake he would like. A good choice was the Snickerdoodle cupcakes. Throughout the baking process of these I learned what a snickerdoodle cookie was really about, and learned when Martha says to use a candy thermometer in her recipe, she actually means it.
The cupcakes came out beautifully!
My patient Brendan ate 3 cupcakes while I was waiting on the frosting to determine whether it was an utter loss and decided that these would be great breakfast cupcakes even without the frosting. After 15 minutes of the poor Kitchenaid beating the frosting mixture, I had to trash the idea and cut my losses, but at least I had breakfast cupcakes for the week! I brought these to work for a few coworkers and they received the stamp of approval, where Jodi fondly was reminded of the Mrs. Fields snickerdoodle cookies.
Lesson learned: Martha knows all-when she says heat the mixture to 230, you do it!
I am very excited about the 2 classes I just signed up for to hopefully help me tackle my decorating snafus. One is at Sono Baking Company, http://www.sonobaking.com/, to learn how to decorate in buttercream, and the other is at the famous Michele’s Pies, http://www.michelespies.com/, (featured on Bobby Flay’s Throwdown for a pumpkin pie challenge), both in Norwalk, CT!