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.

Winter Treats

Hello everyone! First, let me start by saying, I hope you had an amazing Christmas if you celebrate! A friend of mine and I made some nice festive treats the other day which I thought I would share.

The first thing we made was, Hot Chocolate Stirrers. If you would like to look at a recipe you can click here. We got the idea from one of my Christmas presents, which was a cook book called Sprinkles!

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The next thing we made were Butter Glazed Nutmeg Mounds. We got the idea for these from my friends recipe book called, The Rosie’s Bakery All-Butter, Cream-Filled, Sugar-Packed Baking Book. It seems like a great book. If you would like to check that out, the recipe is in there.

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The last thing we made was Peppermint Bark. I love peppermint bark and we decided to make it a little bit differently. Some of our pieces of “bark” had peppermint and others had coconuts or other treats. They were an experiment and it turned out well.

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Everything was pretty tasty and I especially think the hot chocolate stirrers are an interesting idea!
I hope you all have a Happy New Year!

Christmas Cookies

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So, as it is the Christmas season, I decided to make some Christmas cookies! Can you believe it? Only two days until Christmas! I am so excited, and nothing says festive like sugar cookies. This particular recipe is really good. They are very delicious! I recommend this if you are looking for a nice sugar cookie recipe.

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Ingredients

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

I decided to cut them out into little stars and sprinkle some peppermint on top, just to add a more festive feeling.

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These were very tasty! I got the recipe from Allrecipies!

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Dragon’s Loyalty Award!

Wow, I am so grateful to have received another nomination for an award! Awards are so fun to receive and fun to give out! Thanks so much to Jhuls, Ada ~ More Food, Please, and Poppy’s PatisserieI really appreciate it, it’s so kind of you to think of me! It is such an honor! Jhuls has an amazing blog with some really delicious looking things on it! Ada has an incredible blog everything looks so tasty! Poppy’s blog is amazing and so fun! Thanks so much, if you guys haven’t, you should check their blogs out!

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Here are the rules:

1. You must link the person who has nominated you.
2. You must share 7 things other bloggers may not know about you.
3. Nominate up to 15 people.
4. You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.

Here are my seven facts about me:

1. To get in the festive spirit, I have been learning Christmas songs on my ukulele.
2. I tend to wait until the last minute to get things done, but I’m improving!
3. For school, I am currently creating a pillow, out of an old shirt. Maybe I’ll show you a picture when I’m finished!
4. I recently played the Nurse in my schools play of Romeo and Juliet.
5. Christmas is my favorite holiday.
6. I just started a new song on my violin.
7. My favorite flavor of ice cream is Mint Chocolate Chip.

Here are my nominees:

My Year Of Cupcakes
Yummy Chunklet
Food Daydreaming
Dentist Chef
Fudging Ahead
Honk If You’re Vegan
Bitter Sweet
Oh Lidia
Fig & Quince
Marie-When spoon meets pot
Shivaay Delights
Table of Colors
The Hungry Mum
Go Bake Yourself
Easy Baked

Thanks so much, again I am really honored! 🙂

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have always admired the chocolate cookie. The other day I was craving one and I had a recommendation from a classmate to make cookies, so I decided to make chewy chocolate chip cookies. They were quite a big success and I think you should try this recipe out:

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Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups butter or 1 1/4 cups margarine, softened
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups peanut butter chips or 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Directions:

1 Heat oven to 350°.

2 In large mixer bowl; cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

3 Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

4 Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually blend into creamed mixture. Stir in peanut butter or chocolate chips.

5 Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-9 minutes. (Do not overbake; cookies will be soft. They will puff while baking and flatten while cooling.).

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6 Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet onto wire rack. Cool completely.

This was an easy recipe and so tasty! Thank you to: http://www.food.com/recipe/chewy-chocolate-cookies-5049

Sponge Cake!

Hello everyone! I’m sorry it’s been a while I have been pretty busy lately but I’m sure I will be back on track soon! So the other day, I made some sponge cake for my class. I had never seen a sponge cake in a bundt pan before but I decided to give it a try!

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My class really enjoyed this cake and I think you may as well, so here is the recipe:

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 1 – 9 inch tube cake

6 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup cake flour
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Separate the eggs. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks until very thick and lemon colored. Beat in sugar gradually. Add water, lemon extract and lemon rind. Beat in flour.
In another bowl, beat egg whites until frothy. Then add cream of tartar and salt. Beat mixture until whites are stiff, but not until they are dry. Fold this whipped mixture into yolk mixture.
Pour batter into an ungreased 9 inch tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for one hour, or until done.

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I highly suggest this recipe! It tastes great especially with strawberries!

Thank you to: http://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/glorious-sponge-cake/detail.aspx?evt19=1

Awards!!

Wow! I am so grateful for the awards that I’ve just been nominated for! First, I would love to thank the amazing Jhuls! I am so thankful! Jhuls has nominated me for the Blog of the Year 2013! Oh my gosh, thank you so much! Next I want to thank Poppy, for nominating me for my second star! She’s great you should check out her blog! Thanks so much!! Next, I would like to thank Fae! Thanks so much for nominating me for my third star! She is so amazing! Thanks again!

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Here are the rules:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

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Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars! You can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!

Nominations:

Fae’s Twist & Tango
Bitter Sweet
More Food, Please
Poppy’s Patisserie
Go Bake Yourself

Secondly, but certainly not least, I would love to thank Shivaay Delights and Jhulsfor the versatile award! I am so incredibly thankful is so kind of them to nominate me so, Dimple and JhulsI really really appreciate that! Thanks again!

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RULES of Versatile Blogger Award, if you accept:

1. Display the award image on your blog.

2. Mention and link-back to the blogger who nominated you .

3. Nominate 15 bloggers you think deserve the award.

4. Inform your nominees that you have honored them with nominations

5. Write 7 facts about yourself.

Nominations:

Easy Baked
Sinsations-Cakes to drool over
Sophie’s Foodie Files
Yummy Chunklet
Oh Lidia
Rabbit Can Bake
Cupcake Artist
A Pug In The Kitchen
Honk If You’re Vegan
Loving Homemade
Dentist Chef
The After School Chef
Silk And Spice
Fudging Ahead
At 350 Degrees

Seven Random Facts About Me:

1. I am currently teaching myself to play the ukulele! I’m learning Cough Syrup by Young the Giant!
2. I am not very fond of clowns, apart from the ones who aren’t purposely trying to be creepy.
3. I don’t consider myself a good drawer but, I love to do it.
4. I am currently reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
5. My favorite kind of cheese is Brie.
6. I have always wanted to go to Hawaii.
7. In school, I am taking Spanish.

Thanks again! 🙂