Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Vanilla Cupcakes w/ Fudge Frosting (Reposting the recipe)




Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
yields: 1 dozen cupcakes

Cupcake:
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 sifted cake flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract

Frosting:
3 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 stick butter, softened
4 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate,melted and cooled

Cupcakes:
1. Preheat oven to 350F and line muffin pan with liners.
2. Cream butter and slowly add in sugar until fluffy in a medium bowl. Add in eggs one at a time until incorporated. 
3. In another bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. 
4. Mix the milk and extracts in a small bowl.
5. Add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture to the butter mix, beating after each addition until smooth.
6. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake for about 17-20 minutes of until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. 7. Cool in pans for 10 minutes and then remove from pans and cool completely on cooling racks.

Frosting:
1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until creamy. Add in the chocolate  and beat until blended.
- If necessary add more milk 1 tbsp at a time until to get desired spreading consistency. Using either a piping bag, a spoon, or an offset spatula to frost the cupcakes.

Notes:
- I only got 1 dozen regular cupcakes out of the batter
- My cupcakes were done at 17 minutes instead of the original 20.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I'm still here

I'm still here.
I know I haven't posted anything in almost 2 weeks, but I've been busy with school, work, and had a few {lupus} sick days. I also needed to take a little break from blogging to clear my head and figure out some things especially after getting some unexpected news from my Rheumatologist.

I have a few good recipes lined up and hopefully I'll get some free time to post one soon.

Curiouscountrycook.tumblr --> My secondary blog which shows a collection of recipes/food pics I like.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Peanut Butter Carrot Doggie Cake//Oddball turns 2

   If you have ever read my blog, especially the beginning posts, you will know I love my animals.
So If you aren't that much of an animal lover you may want to leave now because this post is going to be mostly me talking about my dog, Oddball who is 2 years old today.
oddball birthday hat collage
 Oddball and his siblings were unplanned, but adorable little surprises seeing as Marley wasn't fixed yet because there weren't any male dogs around until we got Blue  who was suppose to be taken to get fixed by the person who found him. But that never happened and I get a phone call while I was in Hawaii from my mom saying that Marley like most likely pregnant. Needless to say Blue had a vet appointment soon after to prevent any future "surprises". Our older dog, Playful (or Mama since she's the matriarch of the animals) came to us when she was pregnant and had 8 puppies so that was the number we were expecting for Marley to have..except she added 4 more to make a litter of 12! Out of 12 puppies, only one resembled Marley's tan coloring while most were either black or black and white.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Chocolate Berry Protein Shake {Vegan}

Chocolate Berry Protein Shake
Death. 
It's a factor in life.
 You know it will happen to everyone and everything eventually, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you are prepared for it. We've been at the ranch for almost nine years now and in that time I have been able to see the miracle of life many times, but also come to know the heartbreak of death. Earlier Saturday afternoon, my mom and I went to the vet to put Hedgie to sleep. A few months after I got Hedgie, he got cataracts which took his sight and I noticed that he seemed to be having what appeared to be seizures. The last 2 weeks though, I knew something was wrong because he stopped eating, was shaking, and seemed really lethargic. The vet looked him over and said by the state his teeth he was much older than we were aware of. Since the vet and most of the other staff had never seen or treated a hedgehog, he became quite popular even in his sickly state. I plan on getting another {baby} hedgehog later on and I will get it from either a shelter or a good breeder since pets from pet shops, were Hedgie was originally purchased ,usually have health problems due to bad, irresponsible breeding, the puppies come from puppy mills, and they are usually very gross and cluttered places.
♥ Don't Shop, Adopt ♥
Siblings
He's 4lbs heavier than her yet he likes using her as a pillow.
Gus Gus also has a vet appointment since he hasn't seen a vet in his little life and he also has a little wheezing problem that I first noticed a few months ago. It almost sounds like asthma except he doesn't wheeze all of the time and acts like a normal spoiled kitten, but just to be safe him and Charlie will be going to visit to vet tomorrow afternoon. I doubt they will appreciate it, though.

My mom's birthday is tomorrow so she is treating herself to a 2 hour massage. She isn't the biggest dessert fan besides cookies and sometimes apple pie so she just asked for some cream cheese filled strawberries that I'll dip in chocolate. I'll probably post a pic on instagram.