St. Patrick's day is quickly approaching! How about some adorable rainbow cupcakes and some cookies?
Vanilla bean cupcakes with a fluffy cream cheese cloud frosting and lemon vanilla sugar cookies.
You read that right. Shamrock Shake, in cupcake form. I very rarely eat fast food, but the other day while I was at Walmart with one of the kiddos, I saw the big, giant poster advertising Shamrock Shakes were back at McDonald's. It doesn't count if you JUST have a shake from a fast food place, right?? I'm going to stick with that argument.
So, I went with my 2nd most requested recipe of all time for the cake portion of the cupcake: Vanilla bean. It's a very fluffy cake, with lots of butter in the batter, and speckled with vanilla bean seeds. Then I filled the cupcakes with a slightly minty whipped cream. The Shamrock Shakes themselves aren't overpowering on the mint side of things, so I only used a few drops of mint extract. And a little green food coloring to match the shake color.
Instead of using a buttercream for frosting, I went with lightly sweetened vanilla bean whipped cream. I wanted it to be as close to ice cream as I could get it! Then i drizzled some with a slightly mint icing, and some with green sprinkles.
Just look at those glorious sprinkles. They are just so pretty!
My favorite flavor combination: Chocolate and peanut butter. Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. Ice cream. Cookies. Cake. Mochas. You name it, it just works. Peanut butter might just be my favorite thing...
Last week I got a text asking for the same PB cake I made for a friend's birthday last year. He had actually sliced the cake up and vacuum sealed it, and froze it so he could eat the cake all year long. I got a text about 6-7 months later saying he had finished it. Sure enough, he has done the same thing this year!
This cake follows an odd recipe. The cake batter is VERY watery and takes a very long time to cook (a 9" pan filled half way took just over an hour), the result is a mix between a brownie and cake. I'm not a cake fan at all, I don't like the texture, but I have been known to have a slice or two of this one!
So we have a dense, rich chocolate cake, filled and frosted with a thick, creamy peanut butter frosting, and topped with a thick chocolate peanut butter ganache. Reeses Peanut Butter Cup in cake form! But inside out :p
So this week has been pretty nice to me! I received a few cake orders, and sold the last of my strawberry bouquets. My advertising on facebook has helped spread the word about my little business, so hopefully getting my name out there will bring in some clients!
I have a few new ideas up my sleeve, so be prepared for something awesome within the next week! Shamrock Shake cupcakes. More beer cupcakes. Maybe something summery?
In addition to the two cakes I made today, I tossed together these super cute cupcakes.
I finally got all of my Valentine's Day orders filled, packed up, and ready to be delivered! I must say, the bouquets were a GREAT idea. They looks so pretty sitting on my kitchen table!
It's not too late to get a last minute order in, I can probably have it done tonight or by morning. Send me a message on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/treyalynnsbakery) for information.
Red velvet and vanilla bean cake are my two most ordered cakes. After I baked this cake, I couldn't decide how I wanted to decorate it. Pretty icing, ganache, crumbs... decisions decisions!
I ended up going with a ganache, AND chocolate covered strawberries! It sure is a pretty cake!
Everyone loves bacon! Once I asked my best friend what he wanted for his birthday, and he said, "Bacon everything!" So I made candied bacon, and chocolate covered bacon, bacon chocolate fudge cupcakes complete with bacon buttercream icing... I can't recall what I made for dinner, but I'm sure it had bacon in it! And there is my bestest friend, Sarah, who adores everything bacon. If it has to do with bacon (or spiders), she's going to send me the pin, post it to my wall, or text it to me!
So, since not everyone likes flowers and candies for Valentine's Day, I've decided to do something with bacon. Bacon roses, to be exact. After they were done cooking and cooling, I dipped them partially in chocolate before putting them onto the skewers. Then arranged them in a jar along side my famous chocolate covered strawberries. And there you have it, the perfect mix of savory and sweet, just in time for Valentine's Day!
(Sorry for the grainy photo, I'm way too tired to break out the camera tonight!)
You can use any bacon you like, but I always go for the thick cut. Usually I buy a different brand, but this bacon was just so lean I couldn't pass it up!
Usually I'd say roll them up with the fattier side down, but as you can see, this bacon didn't have much fat on it! At first I was using the thinner side to start rolling, but then I thought they looked prettier when I started with the fatter side.
Once you have them all rolled up nicely, place them on a cooling rack inside of a baking sheet lined with foil (I'm all for easy clean up!).
As far as baking them goes, you can do it one of two ways. You can bake them at 200F for 40 minutes or so, until they are cooked through. Or you can bake them at 375F for 20 minutes, resulting in a softer center, for those who don't like extra crispy bacon. You can see one of mine fell over, but it didn't make it cook funny in any way.
I don't have a photo of me putting together the roses, but after they cooled I just dipped the bottom half in some melted chocolate, and placed them into the cupcake wrappers to dry. Once they were dried I (carefully!) stuck the skewers through and propped them up in my vase.
We are going to try this with turkey bacon next week, I am not quite sure how that is going to turn out!
Chocolate covered strawberry bouquets!
This year I decided I needed something new, something stunning, to add to my little shop. I thought about what I'd like to get for Valentine's Day (chocolate and flowers... duh...) and went to the craft store to get some ideas. I thought I could make some cute little bouquets with fake flowers and add chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate covered marshmallows throughout them. I found these cute little mini cupcake wrappers that look like roses and tulips, and used them to make the strawberries and marshmallows seem more like flowers. So far these have been a HUGE hit. I took one down to my husband's work and put it on the secretary's desk, and now I need to order more business cards, lol. The other one I took down to my pet's vet office, as a thank you for all they have done for us (with some business cards!).
I have had a lot of people asking for prices for my strawberries, so I made a little advertisement. Here is the current price lists for Valentine's Day 2015. The bouquet prices are for FAKE flowers. If you would like me to use real ones, we will have to discuss pricing options.
Well, since I'm no longer working a normal 9-5 job, it's time I focused on getting my website, facebook, and all of those other little websites working FOR me, instead of just sitting around on their butts all day... kind of like I'm doing right now... So now you'll see a nifty "contact info" button that has links to all of my little places on the internet, such as pinterest, instagram, facebook, and twitter. The best way to get a hold of me for an order is through facebook (facebook.com/treyalynnsbakery), as it will come straight to my phone.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you find something you enjoy! :D