One of the new pharmacists at work has Celiac Disease. She never wants anyone to go out of their way to make her anything but we were having a joint birthday party for her and another coworker. Ya girl here, cannot see someone NOT have a birthday dessert. So, I embarked on my first adventure in gluten free baking.
It was not as hard as anticipated. I even substituted coconut oil for butter in this recipe because another coworker is lactose intolerant. I still put regular milk in it though since it was what I had on hand. Either she avoided the dessert altogether or it didn’t upset her stomach too badly.
I think they turned out pretty great. They had good flavor and the consistency wasn’t even that different. The only issue I had was since I replaced butter with coconut oil, the frosting would get pretty hard in the fridge. I left them out for the party to thaw some.
My first niece turned 1 on Pie Day. So of course Aunt CUPCAKES & Machetes is going to make her cupcakes! (She did not yet receive a machete.) Now she didn’t actually get to eat the cupcakes as she’s still learning solid foods but it doesn’t matter. I’ll bake her cupcakes every freaking year. She also had the BEST reaction when opening a book, which was screaming at the top of her lungs. I really wish I had gotten that on video.
I LOVE the cake in this recipe. I personally thought the icing was a little too sweet but everyone else assured me that I was the only one thinking such thoughts.
Birthday season at work is upon us and that means I’m forced back into baking. To be honest, I didn’t realize how much I had missed it. The husband surely missed it as he complained that I never make anything for him anymore. I might squeeze something in this weekend despite working, but we’ll see what the future holds.
When I asked my boss what he wanted for his birthday treat, with no hesitation he said, “Carrot cake cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting.” I think he knew I’d be asking soon and had that answer locked and loaded.
I used one recipe for the cake and a different recipe for the frosting, not the one listed with the cake recipe.
This recipe forced me out of my comfort zone when baking. I had to make a raspberry reduction for the frosting which was not as easy to strain as I thought it was going to be, but the end result was well worth it. While the entire cupcake is good, the frosting is where it’s at. I’ll be referring back to the frosting a lot in the future.
Oooooo daddy. These were tasty. They were a combination of two different blog recipes. Problem is, the frosting recipe is lost to the recesses of time and only thanks to the impeccable Ignited Moth was I able to make it once again. So I will not be able to link you the site but I will give instructions on how to create it yourself.
First, the cupcakes. Recipe Here. (You’ll see a wondrous peanut butter frosting recipe with it. I’m hoping to try it one day, but today was not the day.) These are dark, delicious and moist. I chose that word strictly for it’s descriptive qualities but if it makes you cringe a little bit too, that’s okay. I like making people uncomfortable sometimes.
Frosting is super easy provided you follow the instructions correctly the first time. Not like myself who fucked up a batch my first go and had to run back out to the store at 9 pm to get more supplies.
1 package instant pudding mix (any flavor!) I chose white chocolate this round.
1 tub cool whip
In a large mixing bowl, mix pudding mix with just enough milk to make a cake batter-like consistency. Then use about 1/2 of the tub of cool whip and fold it into the pudding mix. From here, taste test. You may add more cool whip as you see fit. Too much cool whip dilutes the flavor of the pudding mix. You should have a mousse-like consistency. Slap it on those sweet cakes!
Another baking from scratch first for me. My boss has an obsession with snickerdoodle cookies (which I made around the holidays and they got his seal of approval), so for his birthday I decided to attempt this recipe for snickerdoodle cupcakes. While they don’t taste exactly like snickerdoodles, they are still rather tasty.
Usually I don’t pay attention to much of the human race. I mean, I deal with the ones I have to at work but other than that I stay out of people’s business. This whole making laws to control other people’s lives just baffles me. If they’re not hurting anyone why does it matter?
Anywho, that’s a topic for another day but it does lead into my main point.
Someone just always has to come along and fuck up your grove. Never mind that I’m not bothering anyone else, please ruin my day anyway.
Oh really? You just wanted to make a point? A point that I didn’t even ask the question to. A topic about something I could give a shit less about. THANK YOU! Now that you think you’ve done your good deed for the day and highly irritated me at the same time, please move along and ruin someone else’s day. Or better yet, go home and lock yourself inside. I guarantee that society will be much better for it and your stupid, pathetic ideals will not live on.
ONE person can easily ruin your faith in humanity (at least for one day and then you have to pray that some awesome soul out there picks up this waste of human skins slack and brings you back around).
Who knew a cupcake would be the only thing in the world to expertly describe how I’m feeling after a day like today…