“Dirt Bombs” Cinnamon muffins!

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Hi everyone! I’m a big fan of cinnamon and when my mom suggested this recipe for me, I was very excited! This recipe is so good, despite the name :) If you’re a fan of cinnamon I think you should try this out! Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

3 cups, minus 3 tablespoons, all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 cup whole milk

Topping

3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place the rack in the center position. Generously grease a standard 12-cup muffin pan.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cardamom.

In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl down half way through. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Mix dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture, alternating with milk in two additions and mixing gently by hand to incorporate all the flour. (The batter will be on the stiff side, but airy. Don’t over-mix or beat batter as this will make the muffins tough.)

Spoon batter into the prepared pan, filling cups two-thirds full without smoothing the tops.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. As soon as the muffins are cool enough to handle, turn them out onto a wire rack.

Prepare the topping: Put the melted butter in a bowl. In another bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.

Dip the muffins (tops, sides and bottoms) in the butter, using a pastry brush – if necessary – to cover areas not buttered by dipping. Immediately roll the muffins in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 12-16 dirt bombs.

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If you try these, let me know! They are delicious!

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“Sandwich” Cupcakes

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Hi everyone! I recently made some cupcakes which were incredibly delicious, if you have the time, I really recommend both the cupcake recipe and the frosting. I decided to frost them in this particular way because, I had previously seen a very cute cupcake that looked like a hamburger with the frosting in the middle. I wanted to try that, but I didn’t have time to really make it look like a burger or add green frosting for lettuce or red for ketchup. However, although they didn’t look like hamburgers, they tasted like great cupcakes.

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I got this recipe from a great looking blog called My San Francisco Kitchen! Here it is:

Ingredients

1 cup softened unsalted butter
2 cups granulated white sugar
4 eggs
2 tbsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1⅓ cups cold milk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl and set aside.
Cream butter and sugar together in a standalone mixer with paddle attachment (or electric hand mixer).
Add eggs, one at a time until blended.
Add vanilla and beat on medium just until blended, then turn to low speed.
Add flour mixture a little at a time until all of it is blended in. Mixture will be very thick.
Add cold milk and set mixer to “stir” setting, or the very lowest setting possible.
Once you have a homogenous mixture, use a large spoon to scoop batter into a prelined cupcake pan, filling each cup ⅔ full.
Bake about 25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.
Remove immediately and place onto a cooling rack to cool before frosting.

These were delicious! Next I used a chocolate frosting recipe I got from here. Here it is:

Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup Cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

It was very easy and delicious!

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Let me know if you try this out!

Chocolate cakes!

Hello everyone! Wow, it really has been a while hasn’t it? Sorry about that, there has been a lot going on lately but I’m going to try to be posting more regularly starting now.

In other news, my mom had a birthday a while ago and I thought I would show you a picture of the cake I helped decorate, unfortunately I don’t have the recipe, but this is what it looked like:

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It was a vanilla cake with a chocolate buttercream frosting.

I made another chocolate cake recently as well. I love this recipe it is super moist. I may have shared the cake recipe on this blog before, but if you haven’t seen it, take a look! It’s great! I got the recipe here!

Ingredients:

1 cup margarine

1 3/4 cups white sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups milk

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

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For frosting a used a simple buttercream recipe! They were both pretty tasty!

The Sunshine Award #2

I was so thrilled to discover that I was nominated for the Sunshine Award by Jhuls of Thenotsocreativecook the other day! It was so kind of her to nominate me and I feel very honored. If you haven’t seen Jhuls blog, go check it out now! It’s so great it’s full of delicious looking recipes! Thanks again Jhuls!

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The award came with questions that nominees need to answer. Here are mine:

Why did you start blogging? It was a school project, which is currently coming to a close, but I intend to keep it up.
Sweet or Savoury? I love savory, but I’m going to have to go with sweet. Desserts are my favorite thing ever!
If you were to go on any reality TV program, what would it be and why? Hmm, those look very intense. Probably some kind of desserts show, I’m not sure which one.
What was the last thing you Googled? Rice Crispy Recipe
Night In or Night Out? Night in.
What has been your favourite blog post to write? Probably my interview with Heather Roth.
What’s the one thing you never leave home without? My phone.
Where would you most like to travel to? India would be amazing! There are so many places I could visit there.
If you could have any super power, what would it be? I’m not sure if this is a “super power” but I would love to be able to breathe underwater! It would be so great for when I have swimming.
What can we expect to find from your blog in the future? Mostly the same things but I am going to try to branch out with my recipes. Maybe some more interviews.

The same questions above are to be answered (if they wish to participate) by the following nominees, :

Lovinghomemade
Cupcake artist
Bunny Kitchen
BitterSweet

Thanks so much again to Jhuls!

One Year!

Hello everyone. As of yesterday, my blog has been around for one year! I find it so hard to believe that it’s been that long. I remember starting out, I wasn’t sure if my blog would pick up any readers at all. It started as a project for school, but as my school year slowly comes to a close, and I will be changing schools, I know that I will continue to post. I want to thank you all for reading my blog and being so kind and supporting me and my project. It’s been very fun experimenting and collecting new recipes. Thanks again! Here are some pictures of my progress through out the year:

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Lemon Tart

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Rainbow Cake

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Cookie Monster Cupcakes

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Cream Puffs

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Peach Upside-down Cake

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Carmel Corn

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Brownie Muffins

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Lemon Curd Cheesecake

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Christmas Cookies

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Blackberry and Apple Pie

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Vanilla Pots de Créme

Thank you so much again to everyone who has joined me with this fun project!

Sponge Cake with Whipped Cream and Strawberries

Hey everyone! One of my favorite recipes when I was younger, was a strawberries and cream cake. It would be my birthday cake every year, and I loved it. I hadn’t had it in a while and I thought I would make something similar to it. So I decided to make my classmates a sponge cake with homemade whipped cream and strawberries.

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I’m going to be honest, the whipped cream was not my best, but I have a good excuse. The day I made it, my family had just finished hosting a birthday party, so our fridge was packed and I needed somewhere to keep my whipped cream cool for the next day. I thought a genius idea would be to put some plastic wrap over it and stick it outside because the weather was so cold. When I woke up the next morning and took at look at it, I saw that it was colder than I thought and part of it had frozen. I was able to revive it and it still tasted good, so here is the recipe:

Ingredients

1 cup of whipping cream
1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

In a large bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in vanilla and sugar until peaks form. Make sure not to over-beat, cream will then become lumpy and butter-like.

The cake turned out quite well, even one of my classmates who isn’t extremely fond of cake kept begging me for another piece, so you should try out this recipe:

Original recipe makes 1 – 9×13 inch pan
4 eggs
2 cups white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk

1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup flaked coconut
6 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat eggs for 4 minutes with electric mixer on high. Add sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy. Add flour mixture.
In a sauce pan, bring 1 cup milk and 2 tablespoons butter to a boil. Add to batter and beat until combined.
Pour batter into 9×13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
To make the frosting: In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, coconut, 6 tablespoons butter and 4 tablespoons milk. Heat and stir until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over cake as soon as it comes out of the oven. Put cake in the oven under the broiler and bake 3 to 4 minutes, or until icing is light brown.

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I then topped that off with some strawberries and it tasted somewhat similar to my favorite cake as a younger child.

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Thanks to Photographybyme for taking my amazing pictures!

Lemon Cupcakes With Blackberry Glaze

Hello everyone! So I recently made some lemon cupcakes. I had intended on making a blackberry buttercream frosting, however for some strange reason it wasn’t working out. I turned it into a glaze and it tasted really good! I recommend trying this out, let me know if the frosting works for you! Here is the recipe for the cupcakes, I got it here:

Ingredients:

3 cups self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 cup whole milk, divided
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 30 cupcake pan cups with paper liners.
Sift the self-rising flour and salt together in a bowl. In another bowl, beat the unsalted butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating each egg until incorporated before adding the next. Mix in the vanilla extract and lemon zest.
Gently beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture, one third at a time, alternating with half the milk and half the lemon juice after each of the first 2 additions of flour. Beat until just combined; do not over mix.
Fill the prepared cupcake liners with batter 3/4 full, and bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool in the pans for about 10 minutes before removing them to finish cooling on a rack.

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My class seemed to like these as cupcakes.

Here is the recipe for the glaze/frosting, I got it here:

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup fresh blackberries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (16-oz.) package plus 1 cup powdered sugar (Personally I think less)

Preparation

1. Beat first 5 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
2. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended and smooth after each addition.
Note: Be sure to wash and thoroughly dry blackberries before adding to frosting.

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My classmates seemed to love this glaze.

The Imagination Award

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Thank you so so much to Poppy of Poppy’s Patisserie for this lovely and fun award! It is so kind and if you don’t know Poppy, you should check out her blog!

3-5 Things I like about Poppy’s blog:

Poppy has both amazing looking recipes on her blog, and creative DIY’s
Her blog has really great, beautiful pictures featured in her posts
It has delicious recipes that are vegetarian
Everything on her blog is interesting and very cool

What is The Imagine Award?

“The Imagine Award” is an award created by Jenn Mulherin (who is the writer of the blog “My Fibrotastic Life!”) in October of 2013. This award was made in order to recognize the bloggers who express their passion and dedication towards their blogs through their creativity.

How is creativity found in a blog?

Just like beauty, creativity is in the eye of the beholder. There are many unique ways which bloggers can express their creativity. Creativity can be displayed through:

Words (such as writing fictional stories or real life experiences, poetry, quotes, using metaphors, etc.)
Pictures (this can include photos, comics, computer-drawn pictures, etc.)
Videos
The layout of the blog page
The degree of creativity is one of the qualities in a blog which not only draws more readers, but it shows how much the blogger cares about their blog. The caretaking of a blog is like taking care of a plant. In order to keep it healthy and growing, you need to feed the blog with your ideas and give it a lot of love.

If I am nominated for The Imagine Award…then what??

In your post which is dedicated to your award…

1. Copy and paste the award to your post.
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog page to your post.
3. List 3-5 things about the nominator’s blog that you like (which you think are very creative).
4. Nominate 5 other bloggers/blogs which you think display a fantastic use of creativity and imagination.
5. Notify your nominees.
6. Copy and paste The Imagine Award to your blog page.

Blogs I award:

Photography
My year of cupcakes
Food Daydreaming
More Food Please
The Not So Creative Cook

Apple and Blackberry Pie

For Christmas, I got a beautiful new pie pan and I really wanted to use it, so today I made an Apple and Blackberry pie. It is my dad’s favorite kind of pie, and after trying it, it is definitely one of my favorites as well. Here is my new pan:

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Inside of the pan it says, “Everyone loves pie”. Well, most people. I love it anyway. I got my recipe from Epicurious.

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Ingredients:

Crust

2 cups self-rising flour
9 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg, beaten to blend
2 tablespoons (about) ice water

Filling

2 pounds tart green apples (such as Granny Smith), peeled, quartered, cored, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 1/2 cups frozen unsweetened blackberries, unthawed
1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
Milk
Sweetened whipping cream

For crust:
Combine flour and sugar in medium bowl. Add butter and rub in with fingertips until coarse crumbs form. Mix in beaten egg. Mix in enough ice water by tablespoonfuls to form moist clumps. Divide dough in half. Gather dough into 2 balls; flatten into disks. Wrap each disk in plastic and refrigerate until firm enough to roll out, about 30 minutes. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled. Soften slightly at room temperature before rolling out.)
For filling:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix apples, blackberries, 1/3 cup sugar and flour in large bowl.
Roll out 1 dough disk on floured surface to 12-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish.
Spoon filling into crust. Roll out second dough disk on floured surface to 12-inch round. Place dough atop filling. Fold top crust edge under bottom edge and pinch to seal. Crimp edges decoratively. Brush crust with milk. Sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons sugar. Cut several slits on top of pie.
Bake pie until crust is golden brown and fruit is tender, covering edges of pie with aluminum foil if browning too quickly, about 55 minutes. Cool pie on rack 30 minutes. Serve pie warm with sweetened whipped cream.

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I highly recommend this recipe it’s sooo good! What’s your favorite pie? I find it too difficult to chose only one.

Russian Tea Cakes

Hello everyone! First, let me start by wishing you all a Happy New Year! I know I’m a little late, but I hope you are all having a great start of 2014! I actually got the idea for this recipe from a friend of mine who made me some Christmas cookies. These are called Russian Tea Cakes and they are very tasty!

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Ingredients
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar, plus more for rolling cookies
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Cream butter in a large mixing bowl. Add the vanilla then gradually add the 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Sift the flour, measure, then sift again with the salt. Add gradually to the butter mixture. Add the pecans and mix well.

Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly using the bottom of a glass, then bake for 20 minutes, or until edges are very lightly browned. Remove the cookies from the baking sheets and roll in powdered sugar while still hot. Cool on wire racks and roll cookies again in powdered sugar before serving.

Once they are completely cooled, cookies may be stored in airtight containers for up to 1 week.

I highly recommend these. They are incredibly delicious!

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I got the recipe from here.