December 2009 archive

Cakery Thursday: New Years Cupcakes



Niki is throwing a New Year’s Eve party and of course, I was asking to bring the dessert. I wanted to do something creative to ring in 2010 and came across this adorable idea that I just had to replicate! Now we will be counting down to the new year in a very sweet style.

Gather all of the ingredients.
In a medium bowl lightly combine 6 egg yolks, 1/4 cup milk and 2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla.
In an electric mixer combine 3 cups sifted cake flour, 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds.
Add 12 tablespoons unsalted softened butter and 3/4 cup milk. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened then increase to high speed and beat for 2 minutes.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the egg mixture in 3 batches. Beat for 20 seconds after each addition.
Place cupcake liners inside a cupcake pan.
Fill cupcake liners half way (or one large ice cream scoop full) with batter.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F, until golden brown.
Prepare buttercream frosting and spread evenly using a small spatula on the cupcakes. Decorate with roman numerals using either melted chocolate in a small piping bag or store bought piping gel. (I cheated this time and used the gel!)
For a printer-friendly version of this recipe click here: New Years Cupcakes.htm
Happy countdown to 2010! Have fun, be safe, and remember to save room (lots of room) for dessert.
Cheers!
Ali

Cakery: A Year in Review

As 2009 comes to a close, I thought I would highlight a few of the best Cakery desserts from this year. The Cakery blog has been so much fun since it launched this summer! I am thoroughly looking forward to an upcoming wonderful year of creative confections. Thanks for all of your comments, questions and support in ’09!
Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Mini Honey Bee Cupcakes
Pecan Pie Bars
Blueberry Cookies
Julie Child’s Chocolate Cake
Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tangy Lemon Meringue Tartlets
Challah!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies
Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin and Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Which one of these was your favorite?
I’m always searching for new and exciting recipes.If you have any requests for 2010, I would just love for you to pass them along. Check back tomorrow for the final Cakery posting of 2009!
Happy New Year and Happy Baking!
xoxo,
Ali

Pom-Pom Palooza


We’re entertaining on New Years Eve and I’m dying to use pom poms. I mean come on, these are so awesome! Muchas gracias Martha Stewart.



I could try to make them on my own, but luckily, I can always buy them as a back up plan. They’re so gorgeous hanging from the ceiling but I love the idea of hanging them off the back of the newlyweds car or using them as cocktail decor. What a pom-pom-perfect idea for 2010!
xoxo,
Niki



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