Posts Tagged ‘buttercream’

April Showers – Baby Shower Cupcakes!

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Over the last several years I’ve come to realize just how lucky I am to have a wonderful family that I love and who loves me in return. I’ve realized that I am much closer to some of my family members than a lot of people are to theirs. My extended family doesn’t feel “extended” to me. I consider many of them more than just family but friends as well. I would do almost anything for these people so when I was asked to make cupcakes for my wonderful cousin’s baby shower. Well… how could I say no?

My cousin and her husband just had their first son. Baby Sammy was born just before 2pm on Friday so I figured my next RageCakes update should be with the pictures of the cupcakes I made for the baby shower in April. This is the most appropriately timed post yet! Still behind but not as behind as they have been so far. No worries though, my next update will feature nearly year old cupcakes once again.

Almost every time I make cupcakes they end up coming to work with me, and because baby Sammy’s dad is not only family, but works with me as well, he is able to try the cupcakes and bring one home for my cousin to enjoy. He even has this nifty little cupcake carrier made specifically to transport a single cupcake.

Over the last year I’ve made an interesting variety of cakes and frostings. My cousin knew exactly which cupcake she wanted for the shower. She wanted root beer cupcakes.

Other cupcakes that made it to the shower were a white chocolate chip cupcake with blackberry butter cream and a sort of half black bottom cupcake. Sammy’s dad was a fan of the black bottom cupcakes I had made once before. I however didn’t take the time to make the cream cheese filling for the cupcakes this time around and instead just put chocolate chips in the chocolate cake and topped them with cream cheese frosting and a strawberry drizzle.

One thing I will say is making cupcakes when you are sick is not something I would recommend. Diseases travel fast around my office and I managed to get sick right in time for the shower. Having to stop to wash your hands constantly  makes baking a bit of a chore. They turned out well though, and I made sure to walk out of the room whenever I needed to sneeze or cough.

I burned the bottom of the root beer cupcakes a little. I have a hard time figuring how much more or less I will need to bake cakes based on variations in ingredients. I think the carbonation in the root beer (I used both A&W root beer and root beer extract in both the cake and the frosting) makes the cake bake faster. I’ll play with it a bit and make sure to check them even earlier next time.

 

The Roger

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Happy Halloween! Oh right… Halloween is way over. Okay how about HAPPY RAGECAKES UPDATE DAY!

I’ll let you guys take a wild guess as to when the cupcakes in this post were made. *Not so subtle hint – it was Halloween.* The post is a little overdue, as all of my posts are. These cupcakes, however, are at least mildly ragey! No small candies are being decapitated or stabbed to death, but skulls and bones are still pretty on par with my ragey ways. This is actually the first ragey cupcake to make it onto RageCakes! I’m a little ashamed.

These I affectionately call “The Roger.”

As you can see from the above picture, not only do the cupcakes have skulls, but I also have a skull that hangs out in my apartment with me. His name is Roger and he is the naming inspiration for these cupcakes. Roger has been hanging out with me for about 10 years now. I named him primarily after Roger Manganelli, the bassist for Less Than Jake, but it worked out too because of the big Jolly Roger flag I used to have hanging on my wall. Naming my skull Roger just seemed to be the right choice at that time.

These cupcakes are a white cake with white chocolate chips, topped with a pumpkin butter cream. I didn’t do a stellar job with the frosting for these. I just did straight butter cream with pumpkin whipped into it. I realized after I really should have spiced it up a little. The next time the Roger makes an appearance I’ll play some more.

I’m always on the lookout for fun sprinkles and candies to use with my cupcakes. Unfortunately “ragey” items appear rarely, so when I saw the little bone sprinkles and the skull and crossbones candies I knew I had to buy them and use them on cupcakes.

If anyone knows of any great places to buy fun and ragey cupcake decorations please let me know!

Pop Rocks and Coke Cupcake

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

I’m really bad at updating. I’d make excuses, say I’ve been really busy with work, friends, family, and it would all be true. It is however also true that I’ve spent hours watching Netflix when I could have been writing something up. I actually just received my one year renewal notice on this domain. A year and this is only my second update. Yikes.

I also was yelled at the other day by my friend and coworker Katie. Consider me motivated (or bored if I’m really being honest).

So… have an update!

A little under a year ago a friend and coworker moved far away to try to find a job and life more suited to his tastes and, being the awesome person I am, I made cupcakes.

I was trying to think of something fun and clever and still a little ragey since this coworker friend was the person that came up with the name AND slogan for this thing. Only seemed fair. Well, with some help from my friend Shayna we came up with the Pop Rocks and Coke idea. I am completely aware that Pop Rocks and soda won’t actually kill anyone but the myth is what makes this cupcake so fun.

We joked that we would rather make his stomach burst so we could hide him in the closet than have him move so far away.

I did discover, to my dismay, that putting pop rocks in frosting doesn’t really work. They popped in the frosting (I’d tried to make it dry to prevent that but to no avail) and were no longer even resembling rocks by the time they made it to the office. If you are going to try the Pepsi cake topped with Pop Rock butter cream thing I’d recommend putting the pop rocks on top only, not in the frosting, and only doing it right before serving. You still want the cupcakes to pop when you eat them! Otherwise what’s the point?

I played with a few names for this one. The Gut Grenade, Tummy Tornado, Gutsplosion… Obviously my naming abilities are limited so I’m open to name suggestions!

Let the Rage Begin

Friday, April 5th, 2013

It’s alive!!!  Welcome to Rage Cakes – Home of my slightly spazzy cupcakey ramblings.

My goodness this post has been a long time coming! This blog has been in the works for a long loooooong time; but, my inability to ever be happy with the way something looks prevented it from being shared with the world right away. I bought this domain and started working away at this thing months and months ago, but after being almost done I decided I hated the layout and started over. Eventually I found a theme I liked enough to dive in and edit into something I was mildly content with. That is what you see now. It was so long ago though that I started this (and started photographing cupcakes for this silly thing!) that most of the cupcakes I’ll be posting over the next few weeks were digested a long time ago. In fact the cupcakes I’ll be sharing with you now were made in August. It’s been almost a year. I’m not proud.

First up… not very ragey (btw – the RAGE part of RageCakes is because I bake when I am angry or stressed and sometimes that rage is kinda evident in the cupcakes I make!) but these are the cupcakes that started it all so it is only fitting that they are the first cupcakes to be shared with you.

Dark Chocolate Cupcake with Raspberry Buttercream

I haven’t been baking very long. Just about 2 years now I think, and some of the first cupcakes I ever made were dark chocolate cupcakes with raspberry butter cream. They were a hit and I’ve made them multiple times since that first attempt. I’ve perfected that butter cream. No longer does it appear to contain mercury (the first batch was super shiny! I think it was the combination of the preserves and the food coloring) and the texture is now superb… at least I think so.

Dark Chocolate Cupcake with Raspberry Buttercream

I’ve never really been a frosting girl. I usually hate butter cream so it is interesting, I think, that my butter cream always ends up being such a hit. Probably because I don’t measure anything but the butter and vegetable shortening (I don’t actually use milk in my butter cream. I only point this out because people find it kind of weird) so I mostly mix and flavor to taste adding things as I see fit. It works! I make it so I love it and apparently other people love it too.

Dark Chocolate Cupcake with Raspberry Buttercream

These yummy cupcakes are dark chocolate cake with my raspberry butter cream. You’ll quickly notice that I love sprinkles and chocolate chips. They top a lot of the cupcakes I make and share.

I’d give you the recipe for this fantastico buttercream, but as I said… I don’t measure. Plus I’m pretty sure these will make more appearances in the future. They are after all my fav!