Monday, January 31, 2011

Happy (early) Valentine's Day!

As I walked through the shops at Bay St. in Emeryville, and at Fourth St in Berkeley, I coudn't help but notice all of the v-day decor plastered on windows, walls, and hanging from ceilings! ...And, I couldn't help but get excited too...And you know what that means! =)

What's better than getting a box of chocolates on Valentine's Day?

A box of CUPCAKES!!!

We're selling boxes of Valentines day cupcakes, in mini and regular size, decked out in valentines sprinkles conversation hearts and fondant. Order a box or two for your sweetie pie!

Here's a preview!

Flavors (2 of each):
Red Velvet
Strawberry Shortcake
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Salted Caramel

And, I'm (trying to) set up an Etsy shop to sell these puppies! BUT I have no idea what I'm doing on there. Lol. So bear with me while I work out the kinks. But here is the link: (I hope and think) TrinketteCupcakes on Etsy. So far all I've got on there are the Valentine's boxes but tomorrow I hope to have plenty more on there!

Lastly, here is a picture of the cupcakes from a wedding consult this weekend:

Yum. Too bad the salted caramel decided to melt some of my chocolate ganache off :p boo you! hehe.

Thanks for reading!



Happy Birthday Brother Bear

Hello blogger-land!

I've been so bad at posting...this one is almost a month late! hehe.

So a few weeks ago, my brother bear turned 21! Finally legal! So of course I had to make him alcohol cupcakes...and an experimental burnt almond cupcake.

Left to right: Chocolate Kahlua, Burnt Almond and Mudslide

I'd never baked with alcohol before and I must say, its not as easy as it sounds! Thank goodness for google search! I dont remember the sites or recipes I used :( but I'm really thinking about grabbing the Boozecake book because my alcohol cupcake day was intense...and I'm interested to see what else can be done with booze and cake!

One thing I do remember is that when you overbake these babies they are not good. I over-baked the mudslide cupcake the first time around and my oh my was it dry! It reminded me of when Lucy Lui made muffins and they were hard as rocks in Charlie's Angels!

Anyhow, my other cupcake, the Burnt almond was a hit. Ahh its making my tummy grumble just looking at it! See?

For the cake I made my vanilla cake and added some almonds and almond extract. I topped them with whipped cream frosting and the delicious burnt almonds. I had (actually have, since I haven't gotten my cake from Dick's yet! :[ ) The cake was light and almond-y and the whipped cream was nice and light, but the almonds were definitely the star. Thanks to blogger Girlgonegrits for sharing the secret to the Dick's bakery almonds! Everyone loved them, and I will be making them this week for my dad's birthday! hehe.

Thanks for reading everyone!



Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Hello blogger-land!

It's been a while since I've made cupcakes and I'm so happy I made some tonight. I'm happy that I'm feeling inspired to bake again, and I can't wait to test out my ideas! I was also very happy that I got to test out my new paddle mixer with the built in spatula that I got for Christmas!

Anyhow, what could be better than a cupcake? A cookie IN a cupcake! I've baked cookies in cupcakes before, but today I felt like stuffing some cookie dough in there. There's just something about eating cookie dough/brownie batter that reminds me of childhood and something I'll never get tired of doing when I make cookies or brownies!

Cookie (dough) in a cupcake:

I originally halved one for Jon and I, but he ended up eating the whole thing so I guess its a winner! :) I ate a half as well and I must say it definitely hit the sweet spot! Thanks for reading! :D