Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pumpkin Bread

So, tis the season for pumpkin. Pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cupcakes, and finally, pumpkin bread. I used the Downeast Maine recipe from, and holy cow it was awesome. I modified it just a bit, using 2 cups of white sugar and one cup brown sugar (instead of three cups white sugar), and I made a glaze to dump on top right after it came out of the oven. It made three loaves, and I froze two, thinking it would last a while. Within three or four days, all loaves had been defrosted and consumed. I'd say we have a winning recipe!

I wish I could have gotten better pictures, I'm going to go back to borrowing my dad's nice camera from now on for baking pictures.

Pumpkin Bread
(Who, me, sample a slice before taking a picture? Well I never!)

Pumpkin Bread
So moist and fabulous.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Football cupcakes

A few weekends ago (yeah, I'm late with blogging, like usual!) my family decided to get one of those big sub sandwiches from Subway, and watch a bunch of football. Personally, I am not a fan of football, but it gave me an excuse to make themed cupcakes, so I did!

Football cupcakes
I'm a messy, cluttered baker.

Football cupcakes

Football cupcakes
I still have trouble with piping frosting; I used a grass tip here, but couldn't get it to look right. So I just kind of went crazy with it and hoped people got the idea.

The cupcakes were plain old chocolate cake mix, with a surprise Hershey kiss nestled inside each one. The frosting is cream cheese frosting dyed green, and the little footballs were these foul little candies that were supposed to be maple but tasted like dirty feet. They were the closest I could find to candy that looked somewhat like footballs though. And the football stitches were just piped on in white frosting. They were very tasty, and went over much better than the banana muffins I had made the morning before, which I'll post eventually.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Shame, shame

I'm not updating as much as I should, for shame. Last weekend I made pumpkin cupcakes using a boxed yellow cake mix with canned pumpkin. I think they turned out nice-looking, but they tasted so-so. Not something I would make again. I love cake mix, but pumpkin cupcakes are apparently something that should be made from scratch.

Pumpkin cupcakes
Regular-sized cupcakes.

Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes
Minis! I liked these the best.

I searched through three different stores at least, trying to find a bag of Brach's pumkins. They're one of my favorite Fall candies, and I wanted them for the cupcakes. I couldn't find them anywhere, and had to settle for a bag of Autumn Mix candies, which came with pumpkins, candy corn, and chocolate candy corn. The inventor of the chocolate candy corn must have been a sick person playing a mean trick, because that stuff is AWFUL. We tossed it out because no one was eating it.Blech.

This weekend I plan to make banana cupcakes/muffins. I'm either going to go the cupcake route, and top them with cream cheese frosting, or go the muffin route, and top them with an oat and brown sugar crumble. I haven't decided yet.