Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake, Baker’s [wo]man.

I’ve been in the kitchen a lot lately. Most of my baking experiments have been successes, so I will revel in those. Here are some photos of the deliciousness that made their way into my life.

Cherry Pie [pre-baked]

Cherry Pie

Apple Pie + Quiche

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Black Forest Brownies

I love having friends who have birthdays so I can bake for them.
I love have friends who like to bake with me.
These are the little joys I’m finding in my life right now.


Cherry Coke…in cupcake form.

Baking cupcakes has easily become one of my most favorite pastimes. My wonderful friend, Laura, held a cupcake camp a few months ago to teach me her ways in the cupcake baking department. I was unsure how well I would do at such task, but low and behold baking has risen to being a fun hobby that I’m not horrible at. This is good. The first time Laura and I baked together (with Hilary) was during her cupcake camp and we made Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes that had about a million steps and took more than 3 hours to complete. While they turned out very tasty, it was a process. We decided that it was time to create another cupcake masterpiece, one that was less involved. This time we tried Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes.

Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes

Cherry Coke cupcakes scared me at first because I was not sure what the taste would be like, however I become intrigued rather quickly. These cupcakes were great because they:
-were light and cola tasting
– were cutesy [and let’s get real, everyone needs a bit of cutesy in their lives]
-included whole cherries in the center of the cupcake and on the top. i used to could eat maraschino cherries as a whole meal.
-had whipped topping, my favorite ‘frosting’ besides cream cheese frosting.

The recipe for these cupcakes can be found at one of my favorite food blogs, Annies-eats.

Baking cupcakes makes me smile.

baking fail

so i was blessed to be able to have dinner with some lovely friends of mine this evening. they made the best (seriously, the best) sausage roll that I couldn’t get enough of, and i said that i would bring dessert. now, i thought I’d try out one of the 154 recipes I want to master this summer, but something went seriously wrong. i brought cookie dough cheesecake bars (delicious-not the fail) and something that was suppose to resemble this:

well, it didn’t turn out like this. but in true minnesotan fashion, my friends were lovely and suggested that i try this with:

  • less peanut butter
  • nutella instead of peanut butter
  • more honey
I think I will give it another go as the summer goes on, but I am apple-peanut butter-tarted out. I think I might just go on vacation…Chicago & Northern Irish friends, here I come!