Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes

This week   chose Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes.  I am a HUGE fan of cupcakes, so I was pretty pumped about this choice.  If I could do any job and make money, I would open a cupcake bakery.  I was very inspired by a recent trip to Portland, where I discovered Cupcake Jones.  I got SIX cupcakes from there and loved all of them.   They have different choices everyday.  The cupcake that sounded the most interesting to me was the Rice Krispy Cupcake- It was vanilla cake with marshmallow filling, marshmallow butter-cream icing and rice krispies on top. 

I loved Dorie's suggestion to fill the cupcakes with marshmallow fluff, so I filled half of mine and then iced them and realized I couldn't tell which ones were filled. :-)  I have never claimed to be the smartest TWD member....

I LOVED the cupcake, but I didn't put the glaze on the one I ate because I don't like semi-sweet chocolate AT ALL and didn't think I would like it.  The cake was amazing, though- My husband thought it was the best chocolate cake he's ever had!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Pumpkin Muffins

This week Kelly of Sounding My Barbaric Gulp chose pumpkin muffins.   After reading the TWD comments about this recipe, I chose to substitute the raisins with craisins and the walnuts with chocolate chips.  I made two batches of these since I got enough pumpkins in one can for two batches.  I took the muffins to work and got a lot of compliments about them.  They are really a crowd pleaser and a very appropriate treat for the season!!

I really love this club.  One of my favorite parts is baking things that I would not have chosen to make.  Even though I wouldn't have picked this recipe on my own, I am very glad I made it and I think I will make it again when I need a fallish pumpkin treat.   

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Lenox Almond Biscotti

This weeks recipe was chosen by Gretchen of Canela & Comino.  I wasn't very excited about this challenge at first because: 1)  I don't really love biscotti and will pick pretty much any dessert over it; 2) My husband feels the same way; and, 3) I was VERY confused by the recipe and did not understand how to make it at all.  Boy, was I wrong!!!  This biscotti was sssoooo yummy and is one of my favorite things I've made in the club.  It really wasn't that hard to make, and tasted so good and nutty.  I was so proud of the result.  Some recipes in TWD I just can't believe I made- like la paulette's strawberry tart and creme brulee.  They seems like desserts that are way above my ability, but they are really easy to make.  I really wish I were a pastry chef...... 

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Caramel Peanut Brownie Cake

This week's recipe was chosen by Tammy of Wee Treats by Tammy. My husband thought this was the best thing I've made in the club so far, but I didn't like how the caramel went everywhere when I cut into it. Maybe that was because I only waited the minimum 20 minutes before diving in...
I really love homemade caramel!! Caramel corn is one of my favorite things to make.
I liked it a lot, but it tasted a little semi-sweet to me. I would have loved it if the caramel wouldn't have gone everywhere, which I thought happened because I opened the over in a panic when I realized I hadn't lined the pan with parchment paper or put it on a cookie sheet. However, maybe that wasn't the problem because a lot of other TWDers experiences the same concave brownie cake.
Overall, this was pretty yummy and fun to make. Next time, I will make the caramel thinner, use pecans instead of peanuts, and let it set overnight!!