Long Time No Bake

So I haven’t updated in ages and ages and ages. I’m sorry. But I like to think I have a good excuse – I MOVED TO NEW YORK CITY!! Currently I’m living on the Upper West Side at my uncles apartment while working at Godiva in Grand Central Station. Needless to say, I haven’t baked that much recently, although I have been to many many cupcake shops. After I move into my dorm next week – YAYAY – I’m hoping that I will be able to bake more. I have a kitchen in my dorm and it would appear that many of my suite mates – there are 5 more – enjoy baking and cooking too. So right now, I’m just going to put up some pictures of my baking and cooking expeditions from this past summer.


Dad’s birthday cake
Vanilla oreo cookies with pink frosting (it was going to raspberry, but that didn’t work out so well)

Super puffy homemade oreos.

Butter Lane cupcakes – my new favorite shop in NYC.

Cupcake display at Whole Foods on Houston.

Cupcake from Sweet Revenge on Carmine Street right above Houston.

Crumbs mint chip cupcake.

Grilled Salmon I made for dinner and burned my hand while making – still delicious though.
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Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

I haven’t posted in so long!! I’m such a horrible person. With all the graduation festivities and then I went to San Francisco and New York, I really have not baked in a long time. When I was in San Francisco and New York though, I did sample quite a few amazing cupcakes. I went back to my favorite shop Cupcake Cafe in New York with some friends and fell in love all over again. I also found a van that sells cupcakes around the Union Square area. I can’t wait until next year
and I can get cupcakes from the van everyday. 
Anyway, the other day, I got the new Martha Stewart Cupcake Book. SO EXCITING!!! I’ve been waiting for it to come out since I heard it was announced months and months ago. Borders was one of my first stops when I got home from New York just to get the book. Of course, all the pictures are just as beautiful as the cookie book and it looks like the recipes are also just as yummy. Today, I made snickerdoodle cupcakes. I love snickerdoodle cookies and it was not your basic chocolate/vanilla cupcake. Also, I got cool little cupcake holders the other day when I was at Joanne’s Fabric store which made me very excited because I had been looking for them everywhere. 
The result was A+. Now I’m not the biggest fan of meringue icing, but with the cinnamon sugar sprinkled over it, it was delicious. I made far much more icing than I actually needed – probably threw away about 4 cups of it since I didn’t need anymore, but other than that, they were great. Excellent taste – just the right amount of cinnamon in the cupcakes but not overwhelming. I will definitely be making these again. 

So I’m way to lazy to write out the recipe today, but you can find it right here

NYC

I haven’t updated in ages, even though I’ve been baking up a storm. Every time I bake some goodies, I either can’t find my camera, or the battery is dead, or I can’t find my chord. But now I have a new charger and am committed to updating more.

Anyway, arrived in New York City yesterday for my cousins bat-mitzvah on Saturday. Let me say, IT’S FREEZING HERE! I brought my winter coat and lots of legging. My mission has been to go to all sorts of cupcake shops while I’m here, and I was successful with the start of my mission this morning.

I started by heading downtown to Cupcake Cafe on West 18th. It was connected to this very cute little kid book store and had a very laid back feel.

I ordered a small chocolate cupcake with vanilla icing. Let me tell you that this was some of the best icing I have ever had in my life. So light, felt like I was chewing through air, not all thick like I’m used too. the cupcake itself was good. Not sweet enough for my tastes, but it was a god thing I got a small, because I’m sure the large would have been far too much for me.

Next, I walked around NYU for awhile, and I’ve assessed that this is the only place I can imagine myself in college, so I really hope I get in. After walking around awhile, I saw Max Brenners, which is my favorite chocolate restaurant from Israel. Had my 16th birthday there. So good.

I took the subway to Times Square at 42nd street and the WALKED all the way to 72nd. Was quite proud of myself. First I made a stop at the now infamous Magnolia’s bakery on 69th. The inside was quite cute. All pink and white. Lots of cupcakes and cakes and cookies. I bought to cupcakes and rushed them home, because my hips were killing my from walking and it was so cold.

So after hearing everything about these cupcakes, I was hoping to take a bite into heaven. I started with the vanilla cupcake with classic vanilla buttercream frosting. The frosting was very thick, and you could taste the sugar just a little too much. The cupcake itself was nothing all the special.

Just a vanilla cake. I was rather unimpressed. I ventured onto the chocolate one with higher expectations and the frosting led me to believe I was about to devour a delicious cupcake. It was light and chocolatey, but not to thick. Simply delicious. But once I had taken a bite out of the cake itself, it all went downhill. It was so thick and dense, I was barely able to finish it. Not very sweet and I was required to get a large glass of milk just to swallow what was already in my mouth all.

All in all, I would have to say I was quite disappointed with Magnolia’s, although I might go back to try some other flavors. Cupcake Cafe was great – would love to get the recipe for their frosting and tomorrow I shall review Buttercup Bake Shop.

Chocolate cupcakes

So after making the molten cakes, Michelle and I tried out hand at cupcakes for my Sunday School class. Our first batch was an absolute disaster. I don’t know what happened, but they completely overflowed and then sunk. They resembled chocolate bowls. I tried to salvage them, but my efforts were fruitless. So in the end, we had about 30 cupcakes get eaten up by the garbage can.

The second batch was much better, probably due to a new recipe. I just used the basic chocolate butter cake recipe from The Cake Bible. They were not as chocolaty as I would have liked, but still very light and airy. I bought a new icing tip the other day, so I experimented trying to make perfect iced cupcakes. I still need to practice, but it was a start. I am still in search for the perfect cupcake recipe, because although the second batch turned out good, they still did not have the perfect chocolate cupcake taste. Needless to say, the kids at Sunday School gobbled them up and were asking for seconds before they had even finished their first.

First disastrous batch…

The second batch was much better…