Friday, September 30, 2011

Banana-Chocolate Chip Cake with Caramel and Whipped Cream [Guest Post]

Today I am guest posting over at The Baker Chick.  I'm sharing this delicious Banana-Chocolate Chip Cake with Caramel and Whipped Cream.  It's a Banana-Chocolate Chip Cake, layered with homemade caramel sauce, fresh bananas, and whipped cream.  It truly is a show-stopper! Head over here and check it out!

PS-- Today is my birthday!  Come back tomorrow to check out what I made myself for my birthday.  It's cute and girly, and really makes me smile :).

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Oreo Bark

It’s rare that I see a recipe online or in a magazine or cookbook and make it right away.  Normally I save the recipe and come back to it at a later time.  However, there are those times that I see a recipe, get up, and make it right away.  This was one of those recipes.

2 ingredients.
Really easy.
Extremely quick.

How can I store this recipe away for later?  I can’t.  And I didn’t.  I literally saw the recipe online (and I just saw it last week!), and starting baking right away.  If you can even call it baking?  I used a microwave for about 90 seconds and chopped up some oreos.  I’m not sure if you can call that baking, but hey… I created something tasty and that’s all that matters :).

Bark is one of the easiest and fastest treat out there.  It really is just melted chocolate with different types of ingredients mixed in.  You can really add anything into the melted chocolate – dried fruit, candy, cereal, cookies… anything!

In this case, I added oreos into melted white chocolate. 
All you do is melt some chocolate, add chopped oreos, and then let it harden. 
That’s it!  Now how easy is that?  

Are you getting up to make these right now?  I hope you are :)!

On another note, I have some fun and exciting news...  My S'mores Pancakes were featured on National Pancake Roundup on Monday!  Head over and check it out here!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Basic Buttercream (Step-by-Step Tutorial with Pictures!)

On most of my cake and cupcake recipes you will probably notice that I almost always use my basic buttercream as the frosting.  If I have extra time in the kitchen I will make Swiss Meringue Buttercream.  Or sometimes I will make a Marshmallow Frosting, a specialty frosting like Peanut Butter, or even just a basic Ganache or Glaze.  However, no matter how many different types of frostings I use, my favorite is always the Basic Buttercream.   With Swiss Meringue Buttercream being a close second.  

The basic buttercream recipe I use has been adapted from a recipe I found on Annie Eats, which was originally from Cooks Illustrated.   It is easy and simple, and truly is the only recipe I have memorized.  For one batch of frosting the ingredients are:

1 ½ cups (3 Sticks) Unsalted Butter, At Room Temperature
3 cups Confectioners Sugar
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract

I love this buttercream frosting for many, many reasons:

1)   It is quick and easy.
2)   It is creamy.
3)   It is light and airy.
4)   It isn’t overwhelmingly buttery or sugary.
5)   It has the perfect vanilla flavor.
6)   It works well with any type and flavor of cake or cupcakes.
7)   It’s not the kind of frosting you want to wipe off your cake or cupcake.
8)   It doesn’t overpower the flavor or your cake or cupcake.
9)   It tastes good!

Below you will find step-by-step instructions (with pictures!) to make this incredible frosting.  At the end you will find the recipe and directions in only word form.  I hope you make this frosting in your home and enjoy it as much as I do :)!

Before you begin to make the buttercream, gather all the ingredients:
1 ½ cups (3 Sticks) Unsalted Butter, At Room Temperature
3 cups Confectioners Sugar
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract

Place the butter in the bowl of the stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment.

Begin creaming the butter on medium speed.  You may need to the stop the mixer a couple times to scrape the bowl. 

Cream the butter for 5 minutes, until it becomes light and fluffy.

Add the confectioners sugar and salt.

Slowly begin mixing, gradually increasing to medium-high speed.

After 1 minute.

After 2 minutes.

After 4 minutes.

You will have to stop the mixer a couple times to scrap down the sides of the bowl.

After 5 minutes.

After 7 minutes.

After whisking for 7 minutes the mixture will be light, fluffy, and creamy.  Then, add the vanilla.

Begin whisking to incorporate all of the vanilla.

Continue whisking for a total of 3 minutes.

Once the buttercream is creamy and airy, it is done!

You've just made creamy, fluffy, and flavorful buttercream.

Basic Buttercream
For Printable Recipe, Click here!
Makes: About 5 cups, Enough to Frost 24 cupcakes and 1 2-layer 8-inch

1 ½ cups (3 Sticks) Unsalted Butter, At Room Temperature
3 cups Confectioners Sugar
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract

Cream the butter in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. 

Add the confectioners sugar and salt and mix (gradually increasing in speed) until the sugar is fully incorporated and the mixture is creamy and fluffy, about 7 minutes.  You may need to stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl a couple times. 

Add the vanilla and whisk until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Once the buttercream is creamy and airy, the buttercream is done! 

If you would like to color the buttercream, add about 10 drops of the desired food coloring to the frosting.  Mix until the food coloring had colored all of the frosting and no white is showing. 

Use to frost your cake and cupcakes as desired. Enjoy :)!

Recipe adapted from Annie Eats, which was originally from Cooks Illustrated.  

Friday, September 23, 2011

Chocolate Cola Cupcakes

I do not drink soda. 
I haven’t had it in years.  High school was probably the last time I had a soda.

I really don’t drink them because I don’t like the taste of the carbonation.  And I truly feel that they are not healthy and good for you.  I’d rather be drinking fruit juice and water – something that truly satisfies my thirst. 

So when I saw a cake recipe with soda in the recipe I was intrigued.  Would it taste bubbly?  Would you be able to taste the soda flavoring?  Would I like it?

My intrigue led me to actually get up and bake some cupcakes.  Luckily I had 1 Coca-Cola in my refrigerator left over from my parents coming over the night before.  I never have soda on hand so it’s like as if it was destiny to make these cupcakes. 

I got out my mixer, chocolate, buttermilk, cake flour, coca-cola, and got baking.  

Wow, did these cupcakes bake perfectly.  I can tell a recipe is good if while the cupcakes are baking they are rising perfectly.  When they have that perfect bump and don’t spill out over the edges, that’s when you know you made these cupcakes right.  These cupcakes did just that.  They had that perfect rise.  They looked exactly like a cupcake should look. I was extremely excited. 

I get excited over these things. 
I get excited when a cupcake comes out perfect. 
I get excited when a recipe turns out.
These are some of the things that make me happy :).

I frosted the cupcakes with my favorite basic buttercream.  The buttercream has a perfect butter to sugar ratio that compliments so many different types of cakes.  And this cola cake was no exception.

I was extremely surprised with this cake recipe.  It tasted so good.  It tasted like a chocolate cake.  But no ordinary chocolate cake.  It had this slight fizz.  I know that sounds weird.  How could you taste the carbonation in the cake?  But you could, you really could.  It was strange… In a good way.  It might be that the carbonation creates more air and bubbles while the cake is baking, that is produces a bubbly texture.  I don’t know this for sure, I am just guessing.  

This cake was also super moist and really flavorful.  It’s a great chocolate cake to add to my repertoire.  I will definitely be making it again. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fluffy White Cake with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

I am one of the lucky ones. 
I shouldn’t say lucky – I should say blessed.
I am one of the blessed ones.

Want to know why? 
I have the best husband.  The best.  The best ever.  I’m serious – I’m really do.

He’s everything you could want in a husband.
And more.  Much much more.

He takes care of me and I take care of him.

One way I take care of him is by baking him all these wonderful treats.  He has a sweet tooth and I think I do a good job with satisfying that sweet tooth :).  I make him treats all the time, but when his birthday comes around I try to think of something extra special.  

I’ve known him for over 10 years so I have a really good sense on what he likes.   His favorite desserts are always vanilla related and simple.  Nothing too fancy, nothing chocolate.  So when I was thinking about what I was going to make him for his birthday this year I thought simple and white.  I ended up with a Fluffy White Cake frosted with a Whipped Vanilla Buttercream. It was the perfect choice!

I first saw this recipe on Sweetapolita a couple months ago.  I knew immediately that this was a cake made for Steve.  I book-marked it and planned on making it for his birthday.  This means that I had to wait 2 months to make it.  And let me tell you, this was one of the hardest things to do.  It took so much will power to not bust out my mixer and make this cake.  But I waited and it was totally worth it!

This cake is the fluffiest cake I have ever eaten.  It’s fluffy beyond words. 
You know the white box cake mix? 
You know how it is so fluffy and so white and you think you can never make this at home.  Well I am here to tell you that you can!  And it’s better!

The best thing about this cake is its simplicity. 
It’s nothing too fancy. 
It’s not going to wow you by its crazy appearance. 
There are no elaborate ingredients.
But don’t be turned off by its simplicity and appearance – this cake will take your breath away once you take a bite.  

Steve absolutely loved this cake, and I hope you do to!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Thank You!

Sometimes I wonder… Is anyone out there? 

Is anyone reading my blog? 
Do people enjoy Krissy’s Creations?

These thoughts enter my head from time-to-time.  They don’t change the way I do things.  I still bake and blog about it because it’s what I love to do.  But a girl can wonder, right? 
I wonder if readers enjoy my blog and my creations.
I wonder if my blog will someday be read by thousands and thousands of people.

All I can do is continue to bake and hope that people are reading Krissy’s Creations and that they enjoy it :).

One way I get gratification on my blog is through comments and messages.  I don’t get a lot of comments or messages, but when I do they put a huge smile on my face :).  The feeling I get when I read that someone enjoys a creation I posted is unlike any other.  I bake because I enjoy it; but the most enjoyable point is pleasing others!

I am writing this to say THANK YOU! 
Thank you for visiting Krissy’s Creations.
Thank you for the wonderful comments.
Thank you for creating my creations in your home.

I always think the best way to say thank you is with something sweet.  So here are some chewy and soft Chocolate Chip Cookies!

On a different note, I have added a new page to Krissy’s Creations.  It is called “Keep in Touch” and you can find it on the header at the top of the page.  This new page will show you all the different ways you can follow Krissy’s Creations and keep in touch through all different types of social media. 

They are:

Feel free to visit the new page and explore more of Krissy’s Creations!
I also added a few new pictures on my About Me page.   Enjoy :)!

As you have probably noticed there is no creation posted today.  However, check back soon for a tasty cake I created for my husband’s birthday!  It’s simple and classic, but oh-so-good!

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