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CupCake Chronicles: Adventures in Baking

Being on maternity leave leaves me a busy gal, taking care of a newborn, toddler, hubby and a home have fined tuned my multi tasking skills, to say the least.

However, since I took an extended maternity leave (4 months) it has left me with a bit of a void, I am so used to going to many meetings, closing deals, solving mini crises, and adult socialization that I have found a couple of new ways to keep my brain occupied…(at least until I get back to work in April Smile)

I have been blogging more, organizing more, decorating more and lately I’ve been BAKING!

It all started about 4 weeks ago when I saw a recipe for the perfect wedding cupcake. This intrigued me as I have always made cupcakes from the simple on the box recipes, but when I read this recipe I saw ingredients that I had never seen in a cupcake like sour cream! Since my son’s 3rd birthday is coming up in a few weeks, I decided to try this recipe  out.

Of course, this led to an in depth google search of cupcake blogs, flavors & techniques, and I was really shocked at the VARIETY and CREATIVITY that was out there! As a big fan of cupcake wars on the food network, I had no idea I could have so much fun in my own kitchen!

Again, fast forward to valentine’s day…I knew hubby and I wouldn’t be able to leave the house, we didn’t have a babysitter for the kids and it was a weeknight…so I decided to bring valentine’s day to the house. I ordered dinner from our favorite restaurant and made him surprise cupcakes. Again, I scoured my google reader and pinterest for awesome cupcake recipes and I found a recipe for a vanilla cupcake with strawberry filling with a cream cheese frosting.

I’ll admit, I was very a bit intimidated. I went to Tarjay, bought all of the ingredients including a cupcake filler/decorator and went to work.

This is how it all came out:

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I know I have a ways to go with the decorating skills, but according to hubby (and his friends at work) he loved them!

Sidebar: Good thing I am not a sweets kinda gal, or else I’d be in trouble. My weakness unfortunately is salt—a bag of chips is my worst enemy!

I figure if I get any good at this maybe this can be my 2012 side hustle? Lots of practice and trials to go through before I get there. Truth be told there isn’t a place around here that sells decent cupcakes…

I will be sharing and taking pics of the stuff I do, if you bake, I am totally open to suggestions to improving my baking resume…For now I’m sticking with small treats, cupcakes, tarts etc.

Since we can’t possibly eat all of these treats, I will be sending the majority of them to hubby’s job and bringing them to work when I go back, (and they won’t hold back on commentary!! LOL) I am also sharing with sis in law who is a sweets fanatic and whomever randomly drops by my house.

Vanilla Cupcake with Strawberry Filling Post Mortem:

  • When I cooked the strawberries down for the filling I would have cooked it longer than 5 minutes, the filling has to be very smooth with no chunks. When I went to fill, it was difficult because the strawberry chunks kept getting stuck in the tip of the decorator.
  • It was interesting to know that the fruit filling could have been peach, strawberry, pineapple or raspberry.

Do you guys like to bake? Have any tips and/or tricks for a newbie?

Nellie

Nellie

Mommy. Career Woman. Fitness Addict.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (2 and 4), she is a career woman by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is  a positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. She features a Weekly Wednesday Workout and a Friday Fitness Check-in series where she encourages her readers to check in and remain accountable for their fitness and nutrition goals weekly. In addition to getting in the gym 5 times weekly, Nellie became inspired to become a licensed Zumba instructor at Fitbloggin' 12. She now teaches a regular high energy Saturday Zumba class in Brooklyn. Since beginning to blog Nellie has lost 27lbs (and counting)! You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, & Google Plus.
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Comments

  1. Those look so good that I want to jump through the computer screen and grab three……yes, three of them, LOL.
    My recent post M.I.A. (Again)

  2. journekapri says:

    those look yummy. i love to bake, but haven't recently. i also go on foodgawker and try recipes from there.
    My recent post Getting To Know Me: A Little More Personal

  3. I really want to bake more. Making something as pretty as cupcakes excites me but I don't exactly decorate it well! I love how your cupcakes came out! You'll be a pro before you know it!!

  4. AntiMomAmanda says:

    i love baking! have yet to attempt filled cupcakes tho…these look so gooood!!
    My recent post Steakhouse Quality Soup & Salad

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