Saturday, August 15, 2009

MSC: Chocolate Salted-Caramel Cupcakes

Guess who's back???

Just guess. Seriously. Do it.

Ok, fine...

It's me!

I thought maybe I should write in my little blog again since it is a special occasion. Well two actually. The first being the very first Martha Stewart Cupcake Club entry! That's right. I finally joined a blog community and an awesome one at that (naturally). Basically the sitch is we'll be baking a recipe from Martha Stewart Cupcakes on the 15th of each month. Betty from Eat My Cupcake is the genius behind this fabulous group so make sure to pay her blog a visit!

The second special occasion is my birthday! August 15th. My birthday. The day of my birth. Birth-Day. Feliz Cumpleanos. Ok you get the idea.

You can imagine my joy when Martha's Chocolate Salted-Caramel Cupcakes were chosen for MSC this month since the due date happened to fall on my birthday. Thus, these little babies are doubling as my birthday cake this year!

And what do ya know? I happen to have a little crush on salted caramel at the moment.


P.S. Please don't be too jealous of the super high quality pictures...*cough cough*

Martha has done it again. Another genius creation. These cupcakes are delicious! The original recipe actually called for making minis but I opted for the big boys. It's my birthday. Go big or go home.

I halved the recipe and ended up with exactly 12 regular sized cupcakes. I also halved the frosting and caramel filling and had the perfect amount! I love the combination of salty and sweet. I will say that these are pretty rich so it's best to embark on this eating adventure with the buddy system in full effect.

What's that you say? You'd like to see some more photos? Okay, okay...




Mmmm.....look at that shine.


Check out the stylish zebra cupcake liners. Trendy cupcakes.


Like ducks in a row




Now that we have all that cupcake biz-nass out of the way, I'd like to address something very important. Piping frosting. How on earth does Martha stay so clean while doing so? She's out of this world. Unreal. I mean, just look at her:


It's unnerving. Look how clean her work area is. If I were Martha, this is how my book cover photo would look:



Yes. Those brown spots are representative of frosting. And yes, I do manage to get frosting everywhere. I like to pretend I'm saving some for later...

And with that said. It's time for me to go to bed! Happy Birthday to me and happy baking to you!


20 comments:

mike said...

Wow.... those look so perfect in the tin. I should have left mine in to frost like that! Too funny. It's SO true... there's not a drop on her, how DOES she do it? They look fantastic - truly! I was told they were out of this world, especially the frosting - which I though was a little hard to pipe, it started to melt in this heat! Glad you joined and looking forward to seeing more in the months ahead - nice job! And Happy Birthday!

Katiecakes said...

Haha, my kitchen is often a disaster area after frosting too!

Katie xox

Clivia said...

Frosting everywhere - more to lick! Martha is a force of nature. Most of us are not.
Love your photos!

Kim said...

Happy Birthday! These are the perfect little birthday sweet. I too am a complete mess when frosting anything. I found frosting on my elbow. These look great and enjoy.

Lisa Smiley said...

Love your shiny frosting! Great job! I agree with you, these are the bomb!

Professor Gal said...

LOL... I agree that it's impossible to muck about in the kitchen with all that chocolate and frosting and not come out a bit smudgy! But yummy smudges. :-)

melody said...

I love your blog, your wit, your photo's and your drool worthy recipes. Way to go birthday girl, can't wait to sink my teeth into one of your leedle cakes. When are you launching your mail order business, I am ready to place an order! seriously!

Nina said...

Your frosting came out beautifully.

As for Martha, I'm sure she would be as frosting covered as the rest of us if she didn't have her makeup and wardrobe crew.

<3

k.a.r.e.n said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Gorgeous cupcakes! What a great gift.

Caroline said...

What pretty cupakes, love the photos, esp the one of Martha with all the frosting, haha. Happy Birthday!

Kayte said...

Happy Birthday! Your cupcakes look so very lovely!

Chris said...

Yours look pretty perfect, too!

I think I leave a little bit of my ingredients on each page of the cookbook...maybe that's like a passport stamp? :-)

Mary Ann said...

I love what you did to Martha. I had chocolate all over the place too!
They look great and what a perfect birthday treat!

Tracey said...

Haha you should have seen my kitchen after making these. Actually, it's still a mess right now... Your cupcakes look awesome. What a terrific birthday treat! Happy Birthday!

SUGAR B said...

This post is so hilariously fun and cute! Love it!

Your cupcakes look perfect! Look at those dark chocolate swirls of delight! Those sea salts added a different taste dimension, didn't it?

Thanks so much for baking along with me this month.

Looking forward to following your future cupcake adventures!

xoxo

SUGAR B said...

Oh yes, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, darling!

Jennifer said...

Happy belated birthday!! I loved reading your blog entry, it made me smile....how does Martha always look so flawless?! I am always a big mess about 20 minutes into baking! :)

Minnie said...

AMAZING pictures, cupcakes, and overall post!!! You are a truly talented baker/writer! I am impressed :)

The Fancy Lady said...

those look so yummy!
Martha doesn't get frosting on her cause shes to perfect lol i love her though but your right she never seems to make a mess ever

Marthe said...

Love your comment about the frosting disaster!!! Your cupcakes look absolutely perfect topped with the salt!

 
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