Friday, July 30, 2010

Red Velvet Surprise

In my head of infinate bits of useless knowledge, I had heard years ago that red velvet was difficult to make so subconciously I steered clear of red velvet recipes.  However, Red velvet cupcakes seems to be the flavor everyone talks about the most these days. I don't know where I have been hiding, but I actually never heard of red velvet until a few years ago when someone brought in a red velvet cake for a co-worker's birthday.  I honestly didn't know what all the hype was about.  The cake didn't taste all that great (must have been from a box). Then I tasted a red velvet cake from Cheesecake Factory. The Stephanie Red Velvet, YUM! Stephanie, the girl that created that lovely red towering cheese cake, was actually on an episode of Cupcake wars. The judges didn't seem impressed with her red velvet cupcake, but I tasted it and Cheesecake factory named a cheese cake after her recipe and we say it's "delish"!  So today in honor of National Cheesecake Day and Stephanie's red velvet cheesecake! I have made a Red Velvet cupcake.  I was suppose have made Triple Citrus, but that can wait.  I looked over dozens of recipes and opted for one that called for buttermilk. I heard in an episode of DC cupcakes that they use cidar vinegar as their secret ingredient for their red velvet cupcake (I think they have several secret ingredients), so I changed the white vinegar to cider vinegar.  I didn't pay attention to how the mixing of the indredients went together until it was too late. I thought it was the same as every other cake...cream the butter and sugar, sift non liquids, add eggs and you're done... not a red velvet. My first batch came out like chalky brillo pads.  I think my problem was I didn't follow the recipe and put it together the correct way.  Batch # 2 I followed the recipe and the cupcake was YUM! It was not as red as I liked, but it was at least April edible..not April sellable, but April edible.  Some recipes I have read called for an entire bottle of red food coloring. I am not so comfortable with that.  I am not like a health freak, but the thought of an entire bottle of a red chemical...not so sure that is a good idea.  but the other option I have read doesn't sound any better...beet juice.  If I could use one of those Mr. Yuck face icon to post I would.  I do think I will at least try beet juice.  I like pickled maybe beet juice isn't such a bad idea.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Looks Can Be Very Deceiving!

For my next cupcake, I wanted to bake a simple cupcake using some ingredients I already had in my pantry. One being baking cocoa.  I decided I would bake a chocolate cupcake with chocolate butter-cream frosting. I found a recipe on a google search called "best chocolate cupcakes ever".  When I try a new recipe I usually half the recipe because if the recipe doesn't work I didn't waste that much.  I don't know if I didn't half the recipe right or if it was just a bad recipe. My cupcakes came out of the oven unpopped and they looked overdone.  I attempted to redeem them by trying to make an awesome (keyword attempted) chocolate butter-cream frosting.  Hoping they would be at least halfway edible so that my efforts were not all in vain.  Unfortunately the chocolate butter-cream frosting recipe I chose which called for baking cocoa made the frosting taste like a cocoa chalky frosting. Unfortunately this batch only made it to the trash can.  But I thought it took a nice picture.
I don't know if I had a cupcake troll in my kitchen to sabotage all my baking or what today but after my chocolate fiasco, I thought I would go the opposite direction and bake a batch of vanilla cupcakes.  Again, I found another recipe on google that said "the best vanilla recipe" again the cupcakes did not pop up and this time they looked under baked.  After a long day and two messed up batches I figured today was just not my baking day and called it a night.

New Cupcake Blogger!

My first cupcake! Not really my first cupcake ever but my first blogging cupcake.  I chose Tony's two favorite flavors, Pineapple and Coconut.  I was just  "OK" with the flavor of the pineapple cupcake.  I think it needed to have more of a "wow" pineapple flavor. However, it was SO moist I didn't really mind the light pineapple flavor. I used a Dominican pineapple cake recipe. The coconut frosting had that "wow" flavor I was looking for. I toasted my own coconut in a frying pan on the stove.  I think I had the flames up too high because I burned 2 batches before I had something that looked edible.  I am a baking perfectionist so on a scale of 1-5 I give this cupcake a 4 for cupcake and a 5 for the coconut butter-cream frosting. Tony said the frosting was too sweet but he says everything is too sweet and since it's MY cupcake, I say it's perfect! On to my next cupcake creation!

Beginner Cupcake Blogger!