Now, what to do with the other half of the cupcake batter? It's a graham cracker based batter, so whatever I do will have to be compatible with graham crackers. BTW, graham crackers are Newman's favorite treat. Who is Newman, you say? Check out my other blog at www.blogmydog.wordpress.com. He gets some face time over there.
I figure my options for the graham cracker cupcakes are limited to a few ingredients like marshmallow, chocolate, coconut... can't think of any more. Maybe I could do a cheesecake icing and put cherries on top. I don't know at this point. I've been getting home from work so late that I'm way too tired to stay up till midnight making cupcakes, so the batter is in the fridge waiting for me.
Every day I ask it, "Graham cracker, do you still love me?"
In the process of baking... almost done...
Hey... wait a minute... where'd that cupcake go? See the missing one in the lower left corner?
Was it Harper Lee?
Not that sweet, innocent face.
Ok, I admit it. It was me.
Someone had to test - quality control, you know!
In our awesome government office, we all received an email from the Secretary of Labor last month telling us that it was homo month - I'm sure she worded it differently, but it was basically gay rights month. So, in honor of our Secretary and the gays, I created the Gay Pride Cupcakes. I just loved telling the conservative religious co-workers that the cupcakes were for "the gays".
(It's ok that I refer to them as "the gays"... I have exclusive permission.)
On a side note, I also made devil's food cupcakes with chocolate fudge icing... it goes a little something like this...
The cupcakes were a big hit... even the "gay" ones!
I made the famous tye-dye cupcakes, as well as some devil's food chocolate with chocolate fudge frosting and little pastel sprinkly dots on top.
In the forthcoming pictures you'll see the most awesomest invention ever - the Cupcake Courier. The one that's pictured is blue - borrowed from my friend Susan.
And what came in the mail last week? My very own Cupcake Courier in pink! (No pics of it yet.) I can't wait to use it. It will hold 36 cupcakes or muffins, is easy to transport, and is very attractive. I always get compliments when I borrow Susan's CC. Now I have one of my very own. It was a Happy Birthday to me (from me) present! Those are the best kind - you always get what you want!
So... stay tuned for some tye-dye and devil's food pics.
Funny thing... I sent Tiffany a purse-sized mirror as well!
I was so excited to learn some new techniques, go outside my comfort zone and create some new dishes. Until I saw this month's challenge. While it's a secret, I will reveal that it involves a concept known as "molecular cuisine". I'm having a hard time with my friend Mr. Google in coming up with a definition of "molecular cuisine" or even "micro cuisine". The closest thing I can find is something to do with combining science and cooking, using powders and strange ingredients.
This month's recipe called for four different powders that are made with dried herbs and spices, and even dried banana chips. And all this goes with FISH? Only one powder was actually used on the fish. The other three were swirled on the plate. I would have to travel over 100 miles to obtain some of the off-the-wall ingredients and I'm not going to do that. Don't these people know I live in rural Kentucky!!?? This whole recipe sounds like a lot of trouble for a crappy result. I'm sitting out on this challenge. If next month's isn't more appetizing, I'm withdrawing my name from this Daring Cooks thing.
I'm still going to be a member of Daring Bakers (I think). I won't be able to see July's recipe until the beginning of July. If it's as absurd as this fish and powder thing, I might just go back to my Tuesdays with Dorie.
*Speaking of Tuesdays with Dorie, I couldn't participate this week because I don't have an ice cream maker - and I'm not going to buy one just to do one recipe. Maybe I'll have better luck with next week's recipe. Maybe I should just give up on this cooking thing and stick with cupcakes!
This week was my first week posting a dessert I made from Dorie Greenspan's book
This week's recipe was
This is the first time I had melted chocolate and butter
in a bowl over boiling water.
But it turned out great. I don't know that I would go to this much trouble to make brownies again, but it was good experience.
I added pecans to the brownies because
I didn't have walnuts (and I really like pecans).
I was also short an egg yolk for the cookie batter.
I thought the cookie to bownie ratio was too small.
Overall, it was a semi-sweet success.
Next time I would take half the brownie batter
This is my first week with TWD
I regret that I'll have to skip the ice cream week next month,
What happened? Life. Life got in the way. Too many things going on at work, at home, with family... just life. Better luck next month.
Since tomorrow is a holiday (Memorial Day), I'm going to spend tomorrow making the Tuesdays with Dorie challenge. Check it out here.