i am baker http://iambaker.net Confections & Creations Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:25:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 ombre birthday smoothie http://iambaker.net/ombre-birthday-smoothie/ http://iambaker.net/ombre-birthday-smoothie/#respond Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:25:05 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=46527 Ombre Pancakes! My sweet little Audrey turns 6 today, and I can’t say that I am ready for it.  I mean.  I am ready for it.  Cake is made, party is planned, people invited… but she is getting so big.  So grown.  Turning into the girl and eventually woman she is destined to be. My heart bursts with […]]]> Ombre Pancakes!

My sweet little Audrey turns 6 today, and I can’t say that I am ready for it.  I mean.  I am ready for it.  Cake is made, party is planned, people invited…

but she is getting so big.  So grown.  Turning into the girl and eventually woman she is destined to be.

My heart bursts with love for this first little girl of ours.  It’s truly a delight to watch her grow.

strawberry banana pear smoothie

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces frozen strawberries (can be thawed)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 ripe pear
  • 1 1/4 cups water, divided
  • marshmallows, optional

Instructions

  1. Put strawberries in blender and add 1/4 cup water. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour 1/3 way into glass.
  3. Place blender back on base.
  4. Add banana and 1/2 cup water to blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Tilt glass 45 and pour up another 1/3 of glass.
  6. Place blender back on base and add pealed and deseeded pear and 1/2 cup water.
  7. Carefully pour until glass is as full as you would like.
  8. Allow contents settle into layers which usually only takes a minute or so.

As you can gather, this is a somewhat healthy morning drink.  But this is no ordinary drink, it’s a birthday drink, so I added some marshmallows.

Because, marshmallows. #da

And truth be told, I was 100% inspired by these pancakes that Audrey loved so dearly.

Pink Ombre Pancakes with Marshmallows

I hope that Audrey likes her cake too.  It was, of course, a special request and I can’t wait to share it with you!

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I hope I have stressed to you the simple joy and delight that is beautifully expressed in the relationship between peanut butter and butterscotch.  I have made it into a cake, a dessert pizza, a chocolate bark, and now a snickerdoodle. Why? It’s fun. It’s pretty. People love it. Because it works. I used peanut […]]]> Peanut Butter Butterscotch Snickerdoodle!

I hope I have stressed to you the simple joy and delight that is beautifully expressed in the relationship between peanut butter and butterscotch.  I have made it into a cake, a dessert pizza, a chocolate bark, and now a snickerdoodle.

Why?

It’s fun.

It’s pretty.

People love it.

Because it works.

I used peanut butter chips and butterscotch chips to add flavor to a classic snickerdoodle cookies. aQuite frankly, that was all it took to make these the best cookies known to man.  Just so you know, they are officially the awesomest cookie I have ever made.*

*according to my 3 year old whom I am sure will grow up to have an extremely sophisticated palate. Ahem.

butterscotch peanut butter snickerdoodles

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Cream of Tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/3 cup butterscotch chips
  • extra chips for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Mix flour, cream of tartar and baking soda in medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Beat 1 1/2 cups of the sugar, butter and shortening in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.
  4. Stir in peanut butter and butterscotch chips by hand until combined.
  5. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  7. Mix remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon.
  8. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  9. Roll in cinnamon sugar mixture to coat.
  10. **press any extra chips into top of cookie, usually 3-5 per cookies is sufficient
  11. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
  12. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned.
  13. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Recipe adapted just slightly from McCormick.com.

But I didn’t stop there.  If you are a regular reader you may have noticed that there is one ingredient missing from my snickerdoodle cookies.

Marshmallow.

I grabbed a container of marshmallow fluff from the pantry, put it into a pastry bag and heated it for about 15 seconds.

Then I just started piping it out, right on top of the stack of cookies.

As that sweet white fluff slowly made it’s way down the sides of the cookies, I just sat back and watched in amazement.  This was the crowning moment in my culinary career.  Granted, Bon Appetite was not going to come calling for this recipe, but YOU are going to love it.  And your opinion is the only one that really matters.

So go forth and try this.  You will love it, I promise.

This recipe is being shared on behalf of McCormick. All opinions expressed are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands and products who make iambaker possible! 

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These Dark Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs are Decorated with Pink and Red Candy Cane Stripes of Royal Icing! Follow my Video Tutorial and enjoy this Fun and Festive Holiday Recipe. See it HERE! Iced Chocolate Peppermint Cookies submitted by Baking a Moment]]> Iced Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

These Dark Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs are Decorated with Pink and Red Candy Cane Stripes of Royal Icing! Follow my Video Tutorial and enjoy this Fun and Festive Holiday Recipe.

See it HERE!

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Raspberry Chocolate Cake http://iambaker.net/raspberry-chocolate-cake/ http://iambaker.net/raspberry-chocolate-cake/#respond Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:24:35 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=46438 Raspberry Chocolate Cake Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Raspberry Buttercream. Topped with ganache. See it HERE! Raspberry Chocolate Cake submitted by Grandbaby Cakes]]> Raspberry Chocolate Cake

Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Raspberry Buttercream. Topped with ganache.

See it HERE!

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spice cupcakes with eggnog buttercream http://iambaker.net/spice-cupcakes-with-eggnog-buttercream/ http://iambaker.net/spice-cupcakes-with-eggnog-buttercream/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:34:18 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=46456 Spice Cupcake with Eggnog Buttercream and Caramel Drizzle! Confession time:  I don’t like eggnog. But if I was going to partake in eggnog this Christmas season, there was only one way that seemed acceptable. In buttercream. Because buttercream. #da So I made up some Spice Cupcakes.  Because cupcakes. Then I made up some eggnog buttercream. I was scared.  I mean… was it going to […]]]> Spice Cupcake with Eggnog Buttercream and Caramel Drizzle!

Confession time:  I don’t like eggnog.

But if I was going to partake in eggnog this Christmas season, there was only one way that seemed acceptable.

In buttercream.

Because buttercream.

#da

So I made up some Spice Cupcakes.  Because cupcakes.

Then I made up some eggnog buttercream.

I was scared.  I mean… was it going to taste like rotten egg?  Egg in general?  Was I going to throw up in my mouth a little then have to swallow it because I am a lady?

Um.  I don’t think a lady would talk about throwing up and swallowing it on a food blog. Twice.

Let’s forget we just had this little conversation.

#shamespiral

Well, I was worried for nothing.  Eggnog is yummy.  Eggnog buttercream is the yummiest.

Life officially changed.

eggnog buttercream

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • caramel sundae sauce, optional

Instructions

  1. In medium saucepan, stir together 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup flour with whisk.
  2. Continue whisking and add in 1 cup eggnog and nutmeg until no lumps remain.
  3. Heat mixture over medium heat, whisking until mixture comes to a low boil and thickens enough to coat a spoon.
  4. Remove from heat and cool completely, about 45 minutes.
  5. In stand mixer beat 1 cup butter until creamy, about 1 minute.
  6. Pour in cooled eggnog mixture, beating until light and creamy.
  7. If frosting looks curdled or separated, keep beating! It will come together after a few minutes.
  8. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
  9. Drizzle with caramel sauce.

Recipe just barely adapted from Betty Crocker.

Tips:

I chilled my frosting in the fridge while in a piping bag for about 10 minutes before piping.  I then chilled the cupcakes until ready to serve. Personally, I just prefer the idea of a chilled eggnog frosting.

If you want to kick your cupcakes up a notch, drizzle with the caramel sauce soon after you take them out of the oven.  The cupcake will soak up the sauce and add an extra layer of sweetness.

If you want to be a flavor queen, try sprinkling pink himalayan salt  (or a good quality sea salt) to the top.  Talk about awesome.

But whatever you do, just don’t be like me.  Make sure you try new things and challenge your palate!  At least, that’s what people tell me.

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Pumpkin cupcakes with swirl through batter. Cinnamon Cream Cheese Buttercream. I learned the piping technique from I Am Baker’s technique post on how to ice cupcakes. See it HERE! Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes submitted by Grandbaby Cakes]]> Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Pumpkin cupcakes with swirl through batter. Cinnamon Cream Cheese Buttercream. I learned the piping technique from I Am Baker’s technique post on how to ice cupcakes.

See it HERE!

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Chocolate Orange Sandwich Cookies http://iambaker.net/chocolate-orange-sandwich-cookies/ http://iambaker.net/chocolate-orange-sandwich-cookies/#respond Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:04:33 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=46403 Chocolate Orange Sandwich Cookies These Chocolate Sandwich Cookies are like Oreos with a Twist! A Tart drop of Orange Marmalade is nestled within the sweet Vanilla Crème Filling. It’s a Citrusy Surprise that complements the Deep Chocolate Cookie so Beautifully. See it HERE! Chocolate Orange Sandwich Cookies submitted by Baking a Moment]]> Chocolate Orange Sandwich Cookies

These Chocolate Sandwich Cookies are like Oreos with a Twist! A Tart drop of Orange Marmalade is nestled within the sweet Vanilla Crème Filling. It’s a Citrusy Surprise that complements the Deep Chocolate Cookie so Beautifully.

See it HERE!

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Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes from Scratch http://iambaker.net/perfect-vanilla-cupcakes-from-scratch/ http://iambaker.net/perfect-vanilla-cupcakes-from-scratch/#respond Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:23:01 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=46400 Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes from Scratch How to Make a Perfect Vanilla Cupcake, From Scratch! Step-by-step Tutorial, with Pictures. You’ll love the Moist, Tender Texture and Rich Vanilla Flavor, and this Method is Easy as be, with just One Bowl! See it HERE! Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes from Scratch submitted by Baking a Moment]]> Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes from Scratch

How to Make a Perfect Vanilla Cupcake, From Scratch! Step-by-step Tutorial, with Pictures. You’ll love the Moist, Tender Texture and Rich Vanilla Flavor, and this Method is Easy as be, with just One Bowl!

See it HERE!

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Chocolate Hazelnut Streusel Bread with Salted Caramel http://iambaker.net/chocolate-hazelnut-streusel-bread-with-salted-caramel/ http://iambaker.net/chocolate-hazelnut-streusel-bread-with-salted-caramel/#respond Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:20:24 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=46397 Chocolate Hazelnut Streusel Bread with Salted Caramel Enjoy this Chocolate Quick Bread with a steaming cup of coffee. It’s a perfect afternoon pick-me-up; you’ll swoon over the crumbly Chocolate Hazelnut Streusel and Buttery Salted Caramel Sauce! And it’s such an Easy Recipe- No Mixer Required! See it HERE! Chocolate Hazelnut Streusel Bread with Salted Caramel submitted by Baking a Moment]]> Chocolate Hazelnut Streusel Bread with Salted Caramel

Enjoy this Chocolate Quick Bread with a steaming cup of coffee. It’s a perfect afternoon pick-me-up; you’ll swoon over the crumbly Chocolate Hazelnut Streusel and Buttery Salted Caramel Sauce! And it’s such an Easy Recipe- No Mixer Required!

See it HERE!

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Chocolate Merlot Cake http://iambaker.net/chocolate-merlot-cake/ http://iambaker.net/chocolate-merlot-cake/#respond Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:14:17 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=46393 Chocolate Merlot Cake I learned the crumb coat method from I Am Baker, specifically from Amanda’s book, Surprise-Inside Cakes! and finally I am now pleased with the way I frost cakes. She also taught me how to get the perfect cut and slice. Anything I know now about frosting and making layered cakes, I learned from I Am […]]]> Chocolate Merlot Cake

I learned the crumb coat method from I Am Baker, specifically from Amanda’s book, Surprise-Inside Cakes! and finally I am now pleased with the way I frost cakes. She also taught me how to get the perfect cut and slice. Anything I know now about frosting and making layered cakes, I learned from I Am Baker!!

See it HERE!

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