Posts Tagged ‘dark chocolate’

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.


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!