Friday, July 31, 2009

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Cooking and baking has always been one of my favorite things so I thought I'd use my blog to share some of my favorite recipes. I thought I'd start with Red Velvet cupcakes.I got the recipe from the Cake Mix Doctor's Cupcakes book by Anne Byrn. Her books are teh awesome, she turns normal cake mixes into yummy unique cakes that taste nothing like boxed cake. So go out and try one of her books (she has a great one for dinners too). Ok enough of that and on to the recipe!

Red Velvet Cupcakes
24 paper cups for cupcake pan
1 pckg plain German Chocolate Cake mix
1 pckg vanilla instant pudding 3.4 oz
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 bottle of red food coloring 1oz
3 large eggs
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Line 24 cupcake cups with paper cups.Place a rack in the center position in your oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Dump the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, water, oil, food coloring and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds just to everything gets nice and mixed up stop the machine. Scrape the sides down and mix for 2 minutes on medium the mixture should be nice and thick and well mixed.

Fold in the chocolate chips and eat a few. Scoop about 1/3 cup of mixture into the paper cups filling them about 3/4 of the way full. (don't do more then that or you'll have a cupcake explosion all over your pan. Cupcake tops should be small and not big like muffins) Fill up all the cups that you can I only filled up 23 cups. Stick the pans in the oven and bake for 18- 20 minutes. Cupcakes are done when you press the center of the cupcake and it springs back. Let the cupcakes cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.

Wait till the cupcakes are completely cooled before frosting.Top them with your favorite frosting and enjoy nom nom!

Note: Now I used the white chocolate peppermint cream cheese frosting that the book recommends. However cream cheese frosting can get really pissy during the summer and never sets well so it ended up being a runny mess. So I'm not even going to include it until I can figure out where I went wrong with it. If you really want the recipe ask me and I can pass it a long but I probably would save it for when it's a little cooler out.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Oh Hai!

Hi there and welcome to my teeny tiny corner of the internet! Feel free to kick off your shoes and make your self at home,as long as your feet don't stink then I'll have to ask to kindly keep them on Kimmie!

To say that I am crappy blogger is a complete understatement. I have had three blogs in the past um 6 years and probably have written on them all of about 10 times collectively. I've had blogs that have gone back to Xanga days, yeah does the site still exsist ?! So here I sit trying once again trying to start up my blog and this time I really want it to work out. I've seen the power of blogs have to bring people to together and create new long lasting friendships and I want in! I have purchased tickets to Blogher 10 and figured now I have no excuse not to start writing.

I'm not sure what this little piece of the internet will turn into. Will it be a place for me to rant and rave, a place to expand and share my love of cooking and photography or will it be another failed blog in the universe. Here's hoping it's one of the first two, this is a new adventure for me so won't you join me?