Category Archives: Domestication

First Effort

Here is my first decorated cake.  I know the colors are tacky… but I was experimenting. I’m feeling pretty good about my skills so far. I think they will get better with practice. Next week I’ll be learning a few more skills and making my “finale” cake. Should be a fun time.

I also just spoke with a friend and I am going to help her with a CUPCAKE DECORATING PARTY for her daughter’s 11th birthday! How fun is that?! So I might be teaching some little gals how to make fancy cupcakes. I am excited.

I also found out that I have not had a cold for the last month, in fact, I have allergies. My doctor gave me 5 prescriptions. I’m feeling back up to about 68% and looking forward to feeling better.

In Elliot news, he is rolling all around and trying really hard to scoot around on his belly. He wants to crawl… just not quite there yet. We also just saw his first tooth break the surface. I’ll try to snap a picture soon.

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Homework

For my cake decorating class I had to make a cake to bring with me. It actually turned out pretty well.

Here is my beef with cake decorators. They just want to make their cakes look really good. The recipe they use for frosting is HORRID. It’s called butter cream, but there is no butter in it. Yuck. I think all of my cupcake research has turned me into a baking purist. I’m okay with that. I want to use real ingredients that taste delicious. That is priority numero uno. If I can make them look good, too, then that’s a bonus.

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Nonstop

I need a vacation from my life.

I have had a cold since Palm Sunday (note: that was 30 days ago). I have confirmed that it is NOT the dreaded swine flu. It is just a nasty cold. The cold that will never end. I am slowly adjusting to living the rest of my life with a snotty nose and a hacking cough. Awesome.

Life has just been so busy. It seems like one event after another. I am looking forward to a little more down time, but I know things will come up. In some fun news, I started my first cake decorating class tonight. It was fun. Andy’s mom got me this AMAZING cake decorating kit. It has EVERYTHING that I could ever need in it. Since I have the stuff I figured I needed to take a class to learn how to use it. I already have homework! I have to bring a leveled, iced, 8 inch, two layer cake to class with me next week along with three batches of icing. Fun times. I am looking forward to it.

But as of now I am enjoying the rest of the evening at home with Andy. Mojito in hand (it’s finally spring in Alaska!) and watching the Fringe.

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Chocolate and What?

If I have a bakery I do believe I’ve found my signature cupcake.

Meet the Hot Chocolate Cupcake. Watch out, he’s a little spicy.

(Chocolate with Cinnamon and Chipotle Pepper). It’s dark and chocolately with a little bit of smokey heat from the spice. My favorite.

I made Vanilla/ Vanilla but forgot to snap some photos. They were good except I forgot the salt in the frosting. It was missed.

And the latest experiment: Yellow Cupcakes with Nutella buttercream. I think these are Andy’s favorite. The frosting is sooo good. It’s perfect with the buttery yellow cake. Good stuff.

Andy and I have been thinking a lot about what it might actually take to get a cupcake business started. We are thinking about different opportunities and ways to get off the ground. Our plan is to start small, with minimal risk, and just see how it goes.  I’ve been sharing all of my experiments with friends and hopefully that might be a way to get the word out. I have a feeling that our friends will be upset when they won’t get cupcakes for free anymore. 🙂

In other news, my birthday was last week and E & I were in Anchorage with my friend Cyndi and her kids. We went to Chuck E. Cheese’s (I love skee ball), TARGET (my real reason for the trip) and a couple other places we don’t get to visit here in Fairbanks. It was a whirlwind trip, but it was nice to get out of town just for a couple of days.

It has been a good week. Full of new dreams and discoveries. Full of creative ideas and plans. Full of celebrations and relaxing. A good week.

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Obsession

Chai Honey Cupcakes. Spicy and Sweet.

That is FOUR batches of cupcakes since Friday (not pictured– Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes). I am obsessed. I’m passing them around to get a good idea if they will make the cut.

I have to make good samples to pass around if I want to upgrade to taking orders from people.  🙂 I’m nowhere near that stage yet. Right now I’m working on a handful of really great recipes. They are in devlopment and looking good. I was recently intrigued by the Bacon taste test at Kumquat Cupcakery. Bacon? I’m just not ready for that…

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Oh, there’s more…

Coconut Lime Cupcakes

Coconut cupcake filled with lime curd topped with coconut buttercream and sprinkled with shredded coconut.

It almost makes me forget that it’s winter in Fairbanks. Almost.

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I heart Salted Caramel

Salted Caramel Cupcakes are AMAZING.

I’m still working on new recipes. This one turned out great. I found the BEST recipe for buttercream. It’s sort of a lot of work– but well worth it. It’s light and creamy and deeeelicous. This frosting was swirled with caramel sauce, but I worked in all the caramel as a frosted them. Next time I’ll just add a touch of sauce on the cupcake and swirl just before finishing. They are topped with just a pinch of sea salt. I love salted caramel!

I was supposed to be at the All Alaska Youth Gathering this weekend but there have been snow storms all over the state and I just didn’t feel comfortable driving with 13 teenagers in vans through the mountains in a snow storm. I guess better safe than sorry. It’s just a bummer that we aren’t going.

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