Their wedding was located at The Vineyard View Bed & Breakfast on a beautiful sunny day here in Hood River. Thank you to Sikora Photography for the lovely pictures!
Monday, September 27
Thursday, August 12
Friday, August 6
Monday, July 12
Thursday, May 6
Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream
Lemon Zest Cupcakes with Lemon Scented Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Chocolate Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream Frosting
Congratulations to the lovely Gretchen and her new husband Steve!
And a special thank you to Sarah McAllister Photography for the beautiful pictures!
Friday, April 2
An Easter basket I made for a good friend and her family, filled with cupcakes and other treats hidden inside Easter eggs. I can't help myself.
More Easter cupcake cuteness, with peeps! How cute are peeps by the way? And how bad do they taste... not good, not good at all.
Monday, March 22
2 ¼ cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar
1 stick of cold butter, cut into small pieces
½ cup chilled heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup Oregon Growers Peach Preserves, plus more for to coat strawberries
Pinch of salt
Fresh local strawberries, cleaned and hulled
Fresh whipped cream
Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Add the cut pieces of the cold butter, and give it a toss. Working quickly using your finger tips, rub the butter until it breaks down into small pieces, your dough look like pebbly, pea sized pieces.
Whisk the peach preserves and vanilla into the cream until combined. Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients, turn the ingredients with a fork until you have a very soft dough. With your hands kneed the dough a couple times just until everything is combined, it will look a little loose and sticky but that’s ok!
On a prepared baking sheet lines with wax or parchment paper (also a light coat of non stick baking spray) form about 1/3 cup of batter into mounds, about 1 inch high. Bake for around 14-16 minutes in a preheated oven at 400 degrees, rotating your pan half way through. They should be slightly golden and but still soft to the touch. Remove and transfer to a cooling rack.
Slice hulled strawberries in quarters, place in a bowl and add a big spoonful of Oregon Growers Peach Preserves. Toss lightly to coat, and let stand for at least a few minutes before serving. Refrigerate until time to prepare.
Slice your shortcake in half horizontally, add a couple spoonfuls of strawberries and their juices as well as a heaping dollop of fresh whipped cream! Shortcakes are best served warm or soon after coming out of the oven. Enjoy!
Wednesday, March 3
Tuesday, March 2
6 ounces of semi sweet chocolate
1 1/2 sticks of butter
1 cup hot water
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
You can use 2, 10 inch cake pans for a 2 layer cake OR use 2 8 inch cake pans and slice each layer both layers in half for a 4 layer cake. Butter both your pans and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift the last 4 ingredients together a sheet of parchment paper, set aside.
Place the chocolate, butter and boiling water in a medium heat proof bowl placed over a pot of simmering water. When the chocolate and butter are melted, whisk in sugar. Let cool for a few minutes.
Whisk the eggs in the mixture. Add buttermilk and vanilla. Whisk in the flour mixture until evenly combined.
Equally divide the batter between the pans. Bake for 18-22 minutes, rotating your pans half way through. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake to check if cakes are done. Let cool 10 minutes before removing from pans.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
2 stick butter, at room temperature
6 ounces of semi sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
3 tablespoons milk
2 1/2 powdered sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Sift powdered sugar and cocoa powder, set aside. In a bowl of a stand up mixer, cream butter until smooth. With the mixer on low, add melted chocolate until all is combined. Add milk, then add powdered sugar mixture until combined. Add more milk for desired consistency.
1 ounces of semi sweet chocolate
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Set chocolate in a heat proof bowl. In a sauce pan over medium high heat, bring the heavy cream to a boil. Remove quickly and pour over chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted and ganache is smooth.
Cover the top of one of the chocolate cakes with the chocolate ganache. Place the other cake on top. Cover the entire cake with a thin layer of frosting, cool the cake in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Frost the rest of the cake with the remaining frosting. Cover with fresh berries and decorate with piping, shaved chocolate or whatever else your heart desires!!!
Sunday, February 21
For my favorite little buddy Dane's first birthday, his mom and I discussed IN LENGTH what kind of cupcakes I should make for his birthday celebration. But I had to let go of what I wanted to make and decided on Vanilla & Vanilla, this was after all a child's birthday party. With that in mind and some help from the clip art in the back of Martha's Cupcakes Cookbook, made these cute and fun for the kids, whilst still super satisfying to the adults. Because that what counts... that the kids enjoyed them of course...
Thursday, February 18
Sadly, it did not win but my other entry for the Pear Pie contest won 1st PRIZE! Click here for the recipe of my Pear Hazelnut Pie!
p.s A big thank you for the beautiful picture from Denise at Photo Sensitive Portraits!
Wednesday, February 17
These are Lemon Zest Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting & Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Hazelnuts Frosting I made for my first wedding!
Well, not my first wedding or anything but the first wedding I made cupcakes for. Just clearing that up...
Chocolate Devils Food
Vanilla Bean Buttermilk
Carrot Cake w/pecans & coconut
Vanilla Bean Buttercream
Cream Cheese Frosting
Lemon Scented Cream Cheese
Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting
Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting
I also value the commitment of using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. That means fresh in-season fruit & berries & all natural local products in each cupcake. Located here in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, we who live here know that the area offers an abundance of deliciously grown produce that I am lucky to use when I can.
Having done several orders for weddings (...as well as parties, baby showers and whenever cupcake hunger hits my friends) I have loved the experience of making people happy with my cupcakes. As I continue to bake and frost, bake and frost etc, I always enjoy having a tiny part in people's special occasions!