Happy Halloween!

I baked chocolate cupcakes last Sunday and I used royal icing as frosting on top of the cupcakes. Cupcakes were moist and rich on chocolate flavor. I think my frosting was a lil too sweet, maybe because I added too much powdered sugar.

Anyway, I bought this cute halloween themed toppings at Thearts Baking Supplies for 4 pesos each. Hannah loved it so much that she just ate the toppings minus the cupcakes :(

Recipe for chocolate cupcakes can be found at Joy Of Baking site. Yield was 14 cupcakes.

Betty Crocker's Carrot Cupcakes

I wanted to bake yesterday but was too lazy to bake from scratch. So I took out one of the last remaining boxed cakes from our cabinet that my aunt gave me and let Hannah helped me mix the batter and bake.

The cupcakes were super moist and delicious. Betty Crocker products has yet to fail me. I yielded 20 cupcakes though the recipe said that the yield for cupcakes were 24. There's still about 5 cupcakes left and I'm planning to give it to my sister's kids when they visit us here.

The Perfect Scrambled Eggs

I am so frustrated when I cook my scrambled eggs and it always didn't turn out the way I wanted it to be. I want it it to be super soft, custard like and super fluffy but what I always had was overcooked and burnt eggs :(

So I searched for the perfect scrambled eggs on the internet and I found this site where renowned chef Gordon Ramsey demonstrates how to cook scrambled eggs perfectly. Wow! I was so happy to know that it was so easy to make(though I lacked one ingredient which is cream fraiche coz I don't have that). Now I can say that I was able to make one of Gordon Ramsey's recipes...haha!

Funfetti Cupcakes

Made Funfetti Cupcakes last Sunday and I just don't understand why my candy sprinkles went down at the bottom of my baking cups! My cupcakes were nothing similar with the ones I got the recipe from. But as usual, we still ate it and in fact tasted really good. I used the leftover frosting I used from my red velvet cupcakes and colored it with gel based food color orange and violet. I'm not giving up though, I plan to make this again and hopefully I'll be successful next time :)

Chocolate Caramel Cake by The Crukitchen

Whenever I go to ATC(Alabang Town Center) I never fail to buy this chocolate caramel sheet cake by The Crukitchen. I really love this cake! I am a sucker for anything caramel so this one's did not disappoint me with the generous amount of caramel toppings on the cake. The price is P75 but if you buy 2 you'll get 1 for free. So for P150 you'll have 3 sheet cakes in all! I hope I'll be able to find the exact recipe for their caramel toppings. I can't find it yet on the internet but hopefully I'll be able to so that I could bake something like that... it is really delicious!

M&M Cookies

Well it's really not M&M's but I used the mini lentils I bought from Chocolate Lover. You can see that the color of the lentils spread on the cookies which might not happened if I used M&M's(but the recipe that I got this from also spread some M&M's). But M&M's are more expensive so I opted for a cheaper one.

I don't know if it's supposed to be very soft but they really are! It can crumble easily and it's a little bit too sweet for my taste. I yielded 30 cookies in all and I hope Hannah could still have some for her snack at school tomorrow.

Much Better

Look at my red velvet cupcakes! It looks and tasted so much better than what I did before. I made 12 cupcakes, half of it I sold to my cousin’s classmate and half of it, well we ate it on our home :) I lessened my powdered food color(Ferna Strawberry Red food color) from 1 tbs so 1/2tsp and the color was better. So glad too that my frosting went well. I just used cooked buttercream frosting that tasted so good! This is the kind of frosting that I was looking for, not too sweet but has the buttery taste and has enough sweetness which was perfect for the red velvet cupcakes!

Here’s the recipe for the frosting(got the recipe from momswhothink.com):
Frosting Ingredients:
3 Tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup butter

Frosting Directions:
1. Blend into a small saucepan the 3 tablespoons of flour and the cup of milk. Add the milk to the flour slowly, avoiding lumps.
2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture resembles glue.
3. Cool completely.
4. Cream together sugar, butter, and vanilla until fluffy.
5. Add to cooked mixture. Beat, high speed, until very fluffy. Frost cooled cake or cupcakes.

Cathedral Windows

At last I have made Cathedral Windows gelatin with some success! I said some because I have not managed to distribute the green and red gelatin equally into the white gelatin mixture. The green gelatin was not that firm so when I mixed it into the red gelatin, it easily crumbled. Well novice mistakes again...

The taste was good though, I added a can of sweetened pineapple juice into the cream, unflavored gelatin and water mixture. Here is the recipe for windows cathedral.

I am planning to do this again and add it on our noche buena in December. I hope it's gonna be perfect next time :)

My First Try On Making Royal Icing

I was so nervous to do this but I really wanted to try so that I could practice and see what I should do regarding the consistency of the icing.

Well, making the right consistency is really hard. In short, I never really achieved the right consistency for the outline and the flooding of the icing. I was not that patient I guess :) I learned that when making this type of icing, you got to have a lot of patience because it would tire you in awhile. And it's so messy! I want to try many colors but the changing of the tips, piping bags, and coloring the icing made me so tired.

But I would definitely try making this again but maybe not that soon. anyway, below is my finished product. I know, it's that bad but still it looks cute to me :) By the way, the cutout cookies' recipe was from the sugar cookies that I halved.

Sugar Cookies

I made sugar cookies last Saturday and halved the dough so that I could both try to roll it on the sugar and use the other dough to make cut out cookies and hopefully try my hand on decorating it for the first time using royal icing(I have a separate post for this).

The sugar cookies were so delicious! Sweet but not too sweet, chewy and I love the softness of the cookies. I made about more than 20 cookies and it was all gone in less than a day! That's how delicous this cookies are :)
You can find the recipe here: Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

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