Star Bright

I was digging through my baking cabinet the other day when I happened upon these pretty little star decorations.   I had just finished taking pictures of the Sweet Chocolate Cupcakes that I’d made but something told me not to put my camera away.  These pretty little stars were begging me to take their picture.

And since they were begging me; I obliged.

Do you enjoy taking the pictures for your blog, or do you dread it?  And do you think your mood at the time you are taking pictures helps or hinders your creativity?

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We have had sunshine.  Yea!!   Seriously, days on end without it are dreadful. 

With the warm sun shining down upon me I set out to take some pictures.  My creativity level feeling renewed.

Isn’t it amazing what a little sunshine can do for your soul?

Have a great weekend!

Ooh Babycakes! Chocolate Kahlua…

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Cake pops are so trendy. They are also sooo delicious and will certainly unleash every ounce of creativity you have bottled up inside of you.  That’s what I concluded after making my first batch of them with my new Babycakes cake pop maker I got this weekend.

Oh, one more conclusion I made – any of the Babycakes products would make an awesome Christmas gift.  Check out their donut maker, pie maker, pie pop makers, waffle maker, whoopie pie maker, cupcake makers and cake pop maker  – they are so cool!

For my first batch of cake pops I modified the recipe for chocolate cake pops that came with the maker. One of the key differences in the recipe was the addition of some Kahlua.

My recipe:

1/2 c. sugar

3 tbsp. cocoa

1/2 tsp. espresso powder

1/4 sour milk

3 tbsp. vegetable oil

1/4 c. hot water

1 egg

1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. Kahlua

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 c. flour

This is how I made mine. In a large bowl; add all of the ingredients except the flour.  Mix until smooth and small air bubbles form. Lastly, add flour and mix completely.  Once the batter is ready, pour it into a squeeze bottle and simply follow the instructions that come with the maker.

I did learn a couple of things worth passing on too. First, the book suggests baking the cake balls for 4-6 minutes.  I baked them for 3 minutes and they were completely baked and retained their moistness.  I also did not open the lid on the baker until the full three minutes was up, I only got 2.5 dozen cake balls from this recipe, and next time I make these I’m going to increase the amount of Kahlua.  The flavor got drowned out by the chocolate and espresso – but they were still sumptuous.

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I dipped some of the cake balls into chocolate and some into a vanilla glaze.  I coated them all with sprinkles which made them look so festive. The dipping process does take some patience and time – I wouldn’t suggest making these if you need to whip something up in a hurry.

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In case you’re wondering…  This is not a compensated promotion of Babycakes products.  It’s all my own opinion.

Do you have a Babycakes product?  What do you think of it?

One Lovely Blog Award, passing it on…

Imagine my surprise today when I was reading one of my favorite blogs  Gingerbreadbagels  and realized that Lindsey, who had just been awarded the One Lovely Blog Award (four times – mind you), was passing the award onto me and fourteen other lucky bloggers.  Yea!!  This is my first award and I’m so excited! 

Before I go any further, I want to thank Lindsey – thank you, thank you, thank you!   I also want to  tell you why her blog is one of my favorites. First, she is one of the kindest,  most sincere, and personable bloggers I’ve met in the blogging world.  She makes all of her readers feel welcome at her blog, and her baking creations are seriously scrumptious looking.  She is a true baker – through and through.   I wish we lived closer to each other because I’d love to sample some of those sweet confections she whips up in that kitchen of hers every week 🙂

As part of receiving this award I have to pass it onto fifteen bloggers who I admire.  Those bloggers will then get the chance to pay it forward to fifteen bloggers who they admire.  Here are the blogs I have selected to receive the One Lovely Blog Award.  There are so many more I’d like to add to this list (but someone decided fifteen was the magic number).   I truly appreciate each and every blogger I’ve chosen for their creativity and individuality!

  • A Spicy Perspective
  • A View from the Porch
  • Mama Cupcake And The Cupcake Bandit Duo
  • Molly On Money
  • Sprinkled with Flour
  • Sugar Duchess
  • The Provident Woman
  • Cabin Fever in Vermont
  • Anecdotes and Apple Cores
  • The Lonely Radish
  • Try Anything Once
  • Cheapethniceatz
  • Caffeina
  • Baking Serendipity
  • Zomppa
  • To those of you who received this award, please pay it forward.  It will make someones day, just like it made mine.  

    Stayed tuned because I just took a homemade apple pie out of the oven.  I can’t wait for it to cool so I can cut into it! Pictures to follow….