Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lemon Sunshine Cupcakes

Like always I LOVE to bake! Lemon is one of my favorite flavors of all time! I made these cupcakes and boy are they YUMMY!

Lemon Sunshine Cupcakes
2 cups sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 large eggs, room temperature
seeds from 2 vanilla beans
1/2 tsp almond extract
3 cups cake flour - I used all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk

-Preheat the oven at 325*
-In a small bowl whisk flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
-In a mixer bowl beat sugar and butter until creamy (4-5 minutes)
-Add eggs one at a time
-Add vanilla beans and almond extract
-Add 1/3 of flour mixture to sugar mixture. Beat at medium-low speed until just combined.
-Add half of the buttermilk. Beat.
-Repeat last 2 steps until it is all mixed together. 
-Put into cupcake liners and bake for 18-22 minutes.

There's a filling! 
Whipped Cream Lemon Curd
2 Tbs lemon curd - I used about 4 Tbs because I like the flavor more bold
1 cup heavy whipping cream

-In a cold bowl whip heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks appear. 
-Place the lemon curd in a separate bowl and stir to break it up a little.
-Add 1/3 of heavy whipping cream to the lemon curd and stir to combine. 
-Fold remaining whipping cream into lemon curd until well combined. 
-Pipe into cupcakes

Lemon Swiss Meringue Buttercream
5 egg whites
2 cups unsalted butter, soft but cool diced in 2 tbs cubes
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon extract 
zest of 2 lemons
2 tsp vanilla extract

-Mix egg whites, butter and powder sugar until well blended
-Add vanilla, lemon, and zest until combined.
-Pipe icing onto cupcake

Most importantly eat, eat, eat!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Can I just say I do not like most oatmeal cookies. I never have liked them. One day I wanted to bake something because that's what I love to do. I didn't have much in the house to use except a lot of oatmeal. I decided to find a good recipe for oatmeal cookies and I did! I love this recipe! It's so yummy!

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
3 cups oats
1 cup pecans

-Preheat oven at 350* and prepare cookie sheet
-Beat sugars and butter until creamy. 
-Add the eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla.
-Gradually add flour until mixed. 
-Continue with oats and nuts
-Place about 1 tsp worth of batter on cookie sheet and bake for approximately 8-9 minutes. 
-Yields approximately 3 dozen 

Most importantly eat, eat, eat!