Easter Treats!

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I got so excited over all the treats I was seeing on food blogs and in real life that I thought I was going to die. I knew I had to try something myself. Then I had a brilliant idea: cupcakes with Cadbury Creme Eggs in the middle! I wanted to make them fast so I bought a yellow cake mix, the eggs, and some pink frosting. This was more about testing out the idea than testing out original recipes.

Here are my eggs, and the cake mix with the eggs, water, and oil.

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Next, I filled six of the twelve cupcakes with a creme egg, and covered them in batter.

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Meanwhile, I also started working on this butterfly shaped caked that I saw on the back of the Easter M&M’s bag. It’s quite simple; bake a 9″ cake, cut it in half, and cut out a little piece for the wings. When the cupcakes came out, they looked normal.

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I piped some pink frosting on and got prepared to taste the yummy chocolaty goo inside.

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But unfortunately, they were kind of gross. Maybe it was because I didn’t use high-quality chocolate. I’m not sure. But they were not yummy.

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But then, on the regular cupcakes, I used some of the aforementioned M&M’s to make a pretty flower.

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And my butterfly cake came out well too! I am definitely going to incorporate M&M’s into my decorating repertoire.

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A Birthday Visit

My little brother Eddie came down to Miami from Boston to visit me, and his birthday is this month. Of course, I had to make him a cake. All I did was make a cake from a box. It was funfetti! For the frosting, I used the Sturdy Whipped Cream frosting that I have used before. As for the decorations, I didn’t get too crazy because I was kind of hung over when I made it.

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Happy Birthday Allie!

My boyfriend Allie’s birthday is on the day after Christmas, and because our families live in different states, I never get to see him on his birthday. So, we always celebrate it in early January.

Unfortunately, he is not a huge fan of sweets, but he loves cheesecake. I had only made one cheesecake before, but I had a new springform pan and decided to try Chantal’s New York Cheesecake from All Recipes. It was easy enough to make, although I was surprised at how much cream cheese was called for. As always, I like to read the comments on any recipe before I try it. I noticed that this recipe had a lot of reader comments on preventing cracking. I didn’t have much time to make this cheesecake, so I didn’t try the water bath that was strongly suggested, and lo and behold, I got a huge crack in the the top.

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Of course, this didn’t change the taste, and it tasted wonderful! Truly delicious. I would certainly make it again, but next time I will try the water bath.

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Birthday Cake!

My brother Eddie gave me a cake turntable for Christmas, and I got to test it out for his girlfriend Nancy’s birthday! There was nothing too original in the recipe. The cake was Duncan Hines and so was the frosting, which I dyed green, but that wasn’t the point! I wanted to test my decorating skills and use the turntable. I love it!

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Adventures in Cake Decorating

A few months ago I signed up for a cake decorating class at Johnson and Wales in North Miami. So, last Saturday morning, I got up early and drove to campus. It was great to be on a college campus again.

There were about 12 people in the class and we were introduced to the Chef. He had us bake some cakes for another class, and then he demonstrated some decorating techniques on cakes that were baked yesterday. We then feverishly got to work on our own cakes. Here is my end result:

As you can see, my layers are a little uneven. But it was delicious! I loved the class and had so much fun. I would definitely take another class there in the future.