Monday, October 05, 2015

Happy Chocotoberfest!

Today,  is October 5....and that means it is the first day of #Choctoberfest!
 #Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you'll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. What's not to love? Here's what this event is all about! #Choctoberfest would not be possible without our sponsors, starting with our 2015 Gold Sponsor, Imperial Sugar. Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens since 1843. Their sugar products and sweeteners are made from non-GMO cane sugar and ensure consistently delicious results. We'll be using Imperial Sugar whenever we use sugar in our recipes this week, and can't wait to share the sweetness with you! You can find Imperial Sugar on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more. Make sure you visit the recipes section of their website for some sweet inspiration, and you can also find coupons on their website if you want to try out Imperial Sugar yourself. Imperial Sugar and our other sponsors have banded together to contribute some awesome prizes for our #Choctoberfest giveaway! Entering is simple - just click below to follow us on Pinterest. Here's what you could win:

We also have a nonprofit sponsor this year - Rescue Chocolate! They make vegan chocolate treats and donate 100% of their proceeds to animal shelters. Enter now to win the #Choctoberfest prize. Hurry, because we're picking the winner on October 12 at 8:00 AM, so if you don't sign up before then, you'll miss your chance! a Rafflecopter giveaway A huge thank you to all of the other blogs participating in #Choctoberfest 2015. Check out their blogs throughout the week for chocolate recipes you won't be able to resist: The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin' MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmAloha FlavorAmy's Cooking AdventuresAngels HomesteadBalancing MotherhoodBless this MessBusy-at-HomeChocolate SlopesCoconut & LimeColie's KitchenCookaholic WifeCooking In StilettosCooking With LibbyCookistryCopyKat RecipesCravings of a LunaticCrumbs in my MustachioCulinary CoutureCupcakes Take The CakeDeliciously SavvyEat It & Say YumFairyburgerFamished Fish, Finicky SharkFarm Fresh FeastsFood Hunter's Guide to CuisineFull Belly SistersGet Off The Couch and CookGrumpy's HoneybunchHey What's for Dinner Mom?Honey and BirchI Can Cook ThatJane's Adventures in DinnerJessie WeaverLife on Food Life, Love, and Good FoodMajorly DeliciousMoore or Less Cooking Food BlogMother Would KnowOr Whatever You DoPoet in the PantryRecipes Food and CookingRhubarb and HoneySassy Southern YankeeSavory TartSeduction in The KitchenSerena LissySumptuous SpoonfulsTake Two TapasThat Skinny Chick Can BakeThatsSoYummyThe Chonchudo FilesThe Crumby CupcakeThe Dinner-MomThe Saucy SouthernerThe Spiced LifeThe Spiffy CookieThe Two Bite ClubThe Weekday GourmetVintage KittyWendy PolisiWhat A Girl EatsWhitBit's Indian KitchenWit Wisdom & FoodZesty South Indian Kitchen
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New Baking Cookbook: Quick Shop and Prep 5 Ingredient Baking

If you are new to baking or enjoy a new challenge, I highly recommend Jennifer McHenry's cookbook, Quick Shop and Prep 5 Ingredient Baking: Cookies, Cakes, Bars & More That Are Easier Than Ever to Make. Jennifer started her blog, Bake or Break in 2006. She baked her way from sharing other people's recipes to developing her own. Her book is a great way for a beginning or advanced baker to make the best and sweetest use of a simple baker's pantry and incorporating a few extra ingredients to bake something special. It's a cookbook that gives you recipes that you can do on whim if your pantry is already stocked with the basics of flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and your fridge has eggs, milk or buttermilk. Being partial to cupcakes, I  especially like the recipe for Iced Oatmeal Cupcakes.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Business Plan Infographic For Starting A Bakery Business

In the past, we have done cupcake business classes where we give advice on how to start a cupcake business. Today I got an infographic of a business plan which lays out some great detailed information about starting a bakery business. This business plan infographic was created by Kelly Le.  You can download the business plan as well.

business plan infographic

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sweet Contest: Enter To Be Chief Nutella® Ambassador

Happy Monday!

I love Nutella.  I had it for the first time in Florence when I spent a week with an Italian.  If you're like you can eat it out of the jar with just a spoon.  However, if you are creative, then you will want to enter the contest below.

Starting September 21st- through October 11th

How To Submit: Interested fans can enter the Chief Nutella Ambassador contest by visiting the Contest website NutellaDay and following the on-screen directions to enter, which includes submitting a short video that demonstrates how he/she would lead World Nutella Day.

The Prizes: The Chief Nutella Ambassador will be treated to a one-year supply of Nutella, a week-long trip to New York City that will include, among many other VIP experiences, hands-on culinary tours and fine dining that highlight Nutella. During the trip, the Chief Nutella Ambassador will also get exclusive access to Nutella representatives to help plan the events surrounding the upcoming World Nutella Day celebration on February 5, 2016. And of course bragging rights for holding the title of America’s Biggest Nutella Fan!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Is Out; Salted Caramel Is In

I know many people are excited that Starbucks is now serving their seasonal favorite, pumpkin spice latte. However the basic flavor may be waning in popularity.

According to MyFitnessPal who has released new data that shows that the trend of Pumpkin Spice might actually be starting to fizzle out. Last year saw the first ever decrease of pumpkin spice consumption of 7.3%, and it’s expected to drop even further this year. Meanwhile, the Salted Caramel craze is booming. From the beginning of 2014, salted caramel consumption has increased about 7%. Plus, salted caramel is enjoyed throughout the whole year, unlike pumpkin spice, which has a seasonal spike of September to January.

Personally, I love both salted caramel cupcakes and pumpkin spice cupcakes.

If you are like me and still enjoy pumpkin spice cupcakes, check out this pumpkin spice cupcake recipe by Java Cupcake.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Mini Rum Cake Trifle With Wicked Dolphin Rum

I once wrote about what you can do with leftover cupcakes, but I created a new thing over the Labor Day weekend. First things first, I went to an art opening on Friday and there was a lot of delicious food and drink. I took home some mini cakes that were from a grocery store. Coincidentally, I got a bottle of Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum on Friday. In the near future, I will bake some cupcakes and make a coconut rum glaze to top the cupcakes, but I had a lightbulb moment. Why not make a mini rum cake trifle with the leftover cupcakes and the rum.

The recipe is pretty easy.

  • 4-6 mini cupcakes
  • 1 tbsp of Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum
  • a little butter ( less than half a tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • fresh strawberries (optional)
  • grated lemon zest (optional)
  • Make the rum syrup putting sugar, water and butter in a saucepan. Stir. Let cook for a  few minutes. Take off heat and then add the rum. Set aside. Slice cupcakes horizontally and place slices at the bottom of a mason jar or a highball glass. Pour in a rum syrup on top.  Then add a layer of frosting and/or fruit. Alternate between cupcake slices, fruit and frosting until done. Pour rum syrup on top or every layer of cupcake so that's saturated.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Banana, Maple and SpaghettiOs: New Recipes on

Happy Labor Day weekend! If you are inspired to bake this weekend, check out these new recipes that I posted on Cupcakes.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Cupcakes

...or as close as you can get
Earlier this month, my husband and I went on our annual trip to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and I always look for cupcakes, but until this year, haven't had much success.  This year I was able to try The Rolling Cupcake for you!  The Rolling Cupcake started as an event-driven food cart ("rolling" - get it?), then turned into a coffee style drive-thru kiosk and is now a full blown retail café in an old refurbished house in the heart of downtown Rapid City, South Dakota.

The cupcakes we sampled were Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo, German Chocolate, Strawberry and Wedding Cake:

We were pleasantly surprised with these unassuming little cupcakes.  They were moist and flavorful, and we actually ended up eating most of them right when we picked them up (cupcakes don't travel well on a motorcycle).  However, they were not professionally decorated and could have used more icing. However, we can officially say these are the best cupcakes we've found in South Dakota and next year hope there will be more competition to try!