Thursday, May 22, 2014

Salted Caramel Cake and 103 other cupcakes for a Wedding

This weekend I truly realized how old I am...I was 100% completely exhausted by 2:00 pm Saturday after a day and half on me feet baking.  Like it was difficult to finish washing the necessary dishes on in I was hunched over the sink washing in Sunday I took a two hour nap when we got home.  But I had to rally on Saturday, finish washing the dishes, get cleaned up myself and pack up all the cupcakes, plus the cake, because (A) there was a very important wedding to go to and (B) the cake and cupcakes weren't going to deliver themselves.  Don't get me wrong it was totally worth it, but I do think I want one of those fancy padded kitchen mats now.  The cupcakes for the wedding were chosen by the bride...salted caramel (her favorite and the flavor of the cake), champagne raspberry and "Biscoff" cookie.  I have made each of these cupcakes in either cupcake or cake form before but I had to blog about it because the cake came out so freaking the bride and groom ate the entire piece they cut.  We served the rest of the cake because who really wants year old frozen cake, and I had to try a piece myself.  Take three layers of vanilla cake with salted caramel and caramel drizzle into between each layer and what more can you ask for?  I almost didn't have a piece because even after showering I still felt like I was covered in sugar, but boy am I glad I did.  I will be making this one again!

First to start the wedding weekend out right at the rehearsal dinner there was a pig cake...a huge surprise for the groom who had been requesting it.  This was one rich cake...3 layers of devils food cake with Oreo filling and ganache on top.  Plus I has a lot of fun getting to make the pigs! (more to come on this cake)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes...without the green dye

Its's that time in our lives where between Charles and I...alot of our friends are getting married or engaged.  We were in Philly last weekend, head to Annapolis this coming weekend...oh and the weekend after that we head to Hampton, VA.  To say the very least it is super fun and exciting time!  Plus, it gives us an excuse to travel, and for trips where we only have to be away for a night or two.  That is until the wedding in Charleston at the end of June...but I am always looking for any sort of excuse where I have to go to Charleston.  This past weekend was truly a blast though and was so great to see friends that we don't get to see often enough.  It also made me feel like we are all really starting to grow up, friends are getting married, and some even have kids already!

Philadelphia's Magic of my favorite spots in Philly.

CAKE!  Oh how I love checking out wedding cakes.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Key Lime Pie...Ocean Reef Club Style

Key Largo and specifically the Ocean Reef Club is a place filled with memories.  So when I was down there last week they all came flooding back.  Last time they looked like this and tasted like fish tacos and s'mores by the ocean.  Last time there was "spring break" while working, dancing the night away and golf cart races.  This time I got to experience it in a whole new way with Charles and new colleagues.  There were still golf carts, including a Lilly Pulitzer one, there were still fun themed dinners and there was definitely still Key Lime Pie. This time though I left with the recipe for the Ocean Reef Club's Key Lime pie and jumped at the first chance to make it when Amy requested a pie.  

Last week might have involved a few of these over the course of the week...Mojito anyone?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

So confession sometimes I am a 12 year old at heart.  In the past two week I have gotten totally sucked into the Divergent series...almost more than I did with Hunger Games.  Like I said, I am 12 sometimes.  Any who reading Divergent has gotten me thinking about how often I have a tendency to flash back in life sometimes because of something I see, hear or smell.  How even the smallest of things can do this, like someone's voice.  Even the simple smells of certain things cooking or baking does it.  It left me wondering though if others do this too?  Or  I am I totally just weird.  I am trying harder these days to not dwell on things of the past even though there are constant everyday reminders of it.  But there is so much to look forward to in the future.  The wedding is less than a month off and it feels like there is still so much to do...including going to three weddings over the next three weekends!  Plus making a 100 cupcakes and a cake next week for the wedding.  I am so excited for the next month and the months and years to come!