Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Baileys Irish Cream Cupcakes

I wasn't ready to post some recipes yet so I was pressured when I got an anonymous comment asking of the Bailey's Cupcake recipe. I just checked my Pinterest boards and look for the image source. Now, let me share you the recipe for Baileys Irish Cream Cupcakes from Designs by Gollum.

Baileys Irish Cream Cupcakes
1 box Duncan Hinz dark chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups water
white chocolate chips (if desired)
1/4 cup Baileys Irish Cream added to cake mix
4 T Baileys Irish Cream added to icing
Confectioners' sugar
8 oz cream cheese, softened
Wilton sprinkles
emerald sanding sugar

Preheat the oven. Place paper liners in 2 cupcake pans. Mix the cake according to directions, adding 1/4 cup Irish cream (be sure to decrease the total amount of water used--if the instructions call for 1 1/4 cup water, add 1 cup water and 1/4 cup Baileys). If you're adding white chocolate chips, gently fold them into the mixture. Spoon the lucious batter into the liners. Bake.

After the cupcakes cool, make the icing.
Into the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer, blend 8 oz softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and Baileys Irish Cream (4 tablespoons). Begin with 2 cups of powdered sugar and kept adding bit by bit until the icing reached the proper spreading consistency. As Rachael Ray says, "Eyeball it."
Ice the cupcakes, taking care not to ruin your freshly cleaned kitchen, and garnish with sanding sugar and/or shamrock sprinkles.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Cupcake Collection

The latest buzz is all about Pinterest! And that's why I have created different boards to pin all the amazing cupcakes, chocolates, muffins and other baked goodies.

1. Cute and Cool Stuff - Because cupcakes are really cute, yummy and might be colorful!
2. Dine, Date and More - Cupcakes are best for dessert! But if they are too beautiful, sometimes I hesitate to eat them!
3. Wonderful and Interesting - I guess cupcakes are baked by creative and powerful hands and I would like to learn baking, too!
4. Sweet, Hot and Flashy - The sweetest cupcake can be the hottest craze so that's it!

Here are some of the yummy photos!
Baileys Irish Cream Cupcakes
Key lime cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Flowery Cupcakes

Red Velvet Triple-Stacked Cupcakes
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Lemon Cooler Cupcakes

Minnie Mouse cupcakes

Rice Krispie Cupcakes

Strawberry rice-krispie cupcakes

Valentine Cupcake

Strawberry Pink Cupcake
These are just but a few. Follow me on Pinterest for more!

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Next time, I'll include some recipes/baking steps!

Note: Image credits can be found on Pinterest boards where they are pinned.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Valentine Chocolate Ideas

Valentine’s just around the corner and this also means that it is about time for us to shop around for some chocolates for our loved ones. It can also be quite difficult to look for that particular chocolate which will make your special someone smile. Not to mention the fact that there can be so many chocolates on the market to choose from. On the other hand, there are some alternatives to choose from that will surely put that smile on his or her face.
Chocolatey Gift
One of the best options that you could get for that special person is a box of dark chocolates along with a bouquet of red roses. Dark chocolates have a stronger smell compared to the common chocolate. In addition, it is more affordable than the others. If you and your partner are into board games then you could get yourselves a Chocopoly. Basically it is the chocolate version of the board game Monopoly. Playing the game in the evening while drinking some wine paired with candelight can be very romantic.

If the two of you prefer to spend this season of hearts out of the country then you could book yourselves a room in the world’s first chocolate hotel. The hotel offers a great experience and provides satisfactory service. You will find that the theme of the rooms, shops, menus, and food are based on chocolate. It is located in Perugia, Italy. Since it is located in Italy then you can also enjoy the beautiful tourist spots that the land has to offer.

You can never go wrong with either one of these ideas. Furthermore, it will surely put that smile on the face of your special someone!