Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Funfetti Cake Bites

Reading through my favorite baking blog, Bakerella, I saw a recipe for the most delicious looking treat ... Red Velvet Cake Balls. They looked like little pieces of cake and chocolate heaven. I knew I had to try them out! However, I cannot call them "Cake Balls." That just seems, well odd to me I guess. So I call them "Cake Bites."

Overall these were really easy to make. I started by baking a cake. Because I did this right around Halloween time I used a Halloween Funfetti cake mix. (Which, by the way, was almost impossible to find around here! I finally found it at a Target store.) I actually made half the cake mix since there's only two of us in my household, not counting the dogs of course. After letting the cake cool, I crumbled up the cake mix, mixed it with half a can of frosting and started rolling it into balls. I stuck them in the freezer to firm up and here is what they looked like at this point ...












Next up I dipped the balls in chocolate almond bark. I had a few issues with this part. At first I had issues covering the whole ball, but after just spooning the chocolate on top of the ball it started to work better. I had quite a few mistakes so I tried covering them up by drizzling some of the chocolate on top. I think they turned out pretty good! I was proud of them anyway!











Since these cake bites were little pieces of heaven, I'm going to make them again next week for Thanksgiving so I can share the deliciousness with my family. Not sure what kind I'll make yet though. I'm thinking either chocolate or red velvet. I can't wait to make more so I can eat more!

Keeping an eye on things

Just have to introduce my cute little kitchen "assistant." This is my dog Mercedes. She's a maltese-shih tzu mix and in my opinion the cutest little doggie! She loves to sit on the kitchen rug in front of the sink watching me as cook or bake. I'm sure she's hoping that I'll drop something for her! Isn't she adorable?!!


Friday, November 13, 2009

Halloween Baking Adventure

I had lots of time on my hands around Halloween. So, I decided to pass the time by trying to make some cute Halloween treats. Here's one of my favorites ... Spider Web Cookies. (Please note, I've never taken pictures of food before so these aren't the greatest.)

On my favorite baking blogger's site, Bakerella, I saw a recipe for these cookies and decided to try it for Halloween. Since the recipe used a mix from Betty Crocker, making the cookies was super easy. Then came the fun part - the decorating. Bakerella used Trix cereal for the spiders, but since I'm not a fan of Trix, I picked up some Halloween M&Ms. I used canned Cupcake Frosting that I found in the baking aisle at Wal-Mart for the webs. If I do these again next year, I'll try to find something else. The webs didn't firm up so the cookies couldn't be stacked and were hard to take anywhere. Otherwise, I think they turned out pretty cute. They were definitely yummy!

Thanks Bakerella for the recipe!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog! On this blog I'm hoping to post musings about my baking and cooking adventures with pictures, plus thoughts about my life including my dogs and search for a fulfilling career. Hopefully you'll find enjoyment off of it!

My blog name ... should I have created a blog with my actual name? I don't know! Pink Cupcake came from the fact that I'm obsessed with baking lately, especially cupcakes, and pink is my favorite color!

Next up will be a real post about my recent baking adventures. Look for it soon! Thanks for looking at my new blog!