Seriously. I have amazing friends. My friend Jaclyn (remember her--everything's better in Texas cupcakes...) is also a cupcake lover. She's the one who really go me into all this. I cam home today from a VERY long day. Drove to Camden, learned lawyer ethics for 4 hrs, had lunch with a friend, shopped with mom, and came back to DE. After 13 hrs of running around, I came in to find a box from Jaclyn in my kitchen. I was so excited I nearly ripped the box open. Inside was this beauty. She had an apron custom made for me with the logo of my future bakery...Buttercup Cupcakes. She also included a cupcake trivet and potholder. WOW!!! What an amazing gift. I am floored. Thank you Jaclyn!!!
We have great professors at our law school. Sometimes, though, they have to give exams (I guess it's just the nature of the beast). Normally, the entire class grade rests on one exam. First year students, however, get a midterm...and believe me, it's bad. What's worse? Waiting for and checking the grade. Wow. What an experience.
Ok, so, this one professor decided that, as a congratulations for completing the first exam, he would give his entire class CUPCAKES. I mean, who doesn't love a cupcake? My first thought was to make law-themed cupcakes. Then I realized that this class, having just gotten their midterm grades back, might prefer pretty cupcakes to law-themed cupcakes.
I made 3 kinds of cupcakes. Being on the pumpkin kick that I am, I made pumpkin cupcakes with maple cream cheese buttercream frosting (holy crap is right!). Then, I made chocolate cupcakes with dark chocolate buttercream and vanilla buttercream. At this point, I just feel bad that they will have to choose between the 3 amazing flavors!
My college roomate moved to Texas. She is one of the women who inspired my baking (and knitting and card making and you-name-it other craft). She's always coming up with new things to try, and sending me recipes. Although it makes me want to hop on a plane to Texas...I always end up going to my kitchen and trying them out instead. This week she told me about dark chocolate cupcakes with pumpkin cream cheese frosting.
Now, I've been on a pumpkin kick. My mom makes this amazing pumpkin chocolate chip cake which I grew up eating. I was craving it, I made it (sorry, no pics), and the pumpkin kick ensued. So, when Jaclyn told me about these cupcakes, I had to go home and try them. I made my regular chocolate cake, but subbed 100% cacao for the regular cocoa. This gave the cake a rich chocolatey flavor. Then, I made pumpkin cream cheese frosting. It wouldn't hold its shape enough for me to pile on a good amount of frosting, so I decided to inject the cupcakes with it, then top them. What a good idea! I brought half to work and half to my cousin's house for cousins weekend 2k9.
My direct boss (remember him--forget the cholesterol test birthday cake) loves chocolate and mint (are we seeing a theme?). So, for boss' day...since he puts up with me all day long...I decided to let his palate chose the boss' day treat. I made Kelly's brownies with andies mint chips on the inside. Then, I melted the andies mints all over the top and swirled. I made little gift bags for all of my bosses! Unfortunately, I only took one picture, but you get the idea.
My friend Jess turned 30 last weekend! She's the one with the bridal shower cake--remember her? Her husband did a surprise party at her house with family and then we took her to Los Amigos-a fabulous Mexican joint in Atlantic City. Of course, they stayed in AC and partied, but, being the amazing student I am, I went home so I could wake up early to do work.
Jess' husband asked me to make the cake. I decided to do a yellow cake with white buttercream and then cover the whole cake in buttercream flowers. It came out pretty cool. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESS!!!
I'm a young lawyer and self-proclaimed domestic goddess.
I believe in real butter and making everything from scratch.
I bake as a hobby. I find it to be an incredible way to unwind in a world of never-ending work. If you have a question, just ask! ENJOY!
Please feel free to e-mail me: LAnderson2@gmail.com