I had a request for a basketball themed birthday cake.  The birthday girl loves basketball and the Knicks.  My team (Rockets) fell out of the playoffs recently..so I will be following the Knicks now too 🙂  Anyway, this was a fun cake to make.  I hope the birthday girl enjoyed it as well.

basketball cake

Cake#1

Frozen raspberries + a tiny bit of frozen blueberries + almond flour = Raspberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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#1 fan really like this one.

Cake#2

Whole wheat flour + millet + overripe bananas = Whole Wheat Millet Banana Bread

wheat flour and millet

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banana bread

I didn’t taste this one, but was told the millet provided a really nice crunchy texture, similar to the crunch in Nestle Crunch bars.  that’s interesting 🙂

more to come 🙂

I realized that my pantry and cabinets were too full of stuff.  Instead of grocery shopping for more ingredients, I wanted to try to use up what I had already.  Cue Chopped~!  In case you’ve never heard of or seen Chopped, it’s a TV show where the challenge is to take a mystery basket of ingredients and turn them into a dish.

So here’s Chopped Part 1

I had way too many graham crackers..and a couple of apples…and some slivered almonds.  Seemed like it would make a fantastic apple pie with toasted almonds on top.

graham crackers

and it ended up turning into my first (minor) kitchen fire ever~!  Quite frightening, but all was ok..except for the pie.  Thank goodness we had a fire extinguisher.

burnt pie

Not all was a failure.  For the church kids Easter party, my station was “Resurrection Cupcakes.”  Cupcakes with green frosting and coconut “grass” and a marshmallow tomb with the stone rolled over, so the kids could remember that the tomb was empty and that Jesus had risen~!  So leftover green frosting + green coconut + a can of Dr. Pepper + flower sprinkles…

Easter leftovers

Chocolate Dr. Pepper Cupcakes with (green) vanilla frosting and coconut 🙂

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Stay tuned for Chopped Part 2~!

A long time ago, I found a recipe floating around online for a cupcake recipe for two.  I thought to myself, why would I make only two cupcakes?  And I sort of ignored the recipe.  Fast forward like 5 years, and after I made the 1st Birthday cake for my friend’s daughter, I had a tad bit of frosting left and a lot of fondant butterflies and flowers and was wondering what I could do with them.  It happened to be a friend’s birthday and I thought, what a great time to try this cupcakes for two recipe~!  I ended up searching online for like 30 minutes trying to locate the recipe.  But I found it, the recipe really did make exactly two cupcakes, and I hope they tasted ok?? 🙂

Proof

Finished product

with the office being closed and a lot of time on my hands, i decided today was a good day to try to make donuts.  i was always intimidated by the whole process of it, but it was easier than i thought.  and fun.  and yummy 🙂

Step One: make dough and cut out into donut shapes

Step Two: deep fry~!  handy to have a little deep fryer, but not necessary

Step Three: coat with sugar and cinnamon

Step Four: eat~! 🙂

a good friend asked for cupcakes for her little girl’s first birthday.  she kept it low-key but sent me a picture of the birthday decorations, which looked like this:

So from that, i made these vanilla bean cupcakes with vanilla frosting 🙂

apparently momma had a hard time getting that cupcake out of her hand~!

 

happy 1st birthday~!

i’m still here~!  i’m still alive~!  here are a few of the things i was up to this summer…

i learned how to make sugar roses with a friend.

bid a friend farewell.  i had to remake these black sesame cupcakes with matcha cream cheese frosting because she loved them so much.

made my own birthday cake (only ice cream cake for me~!) and celebrated with friends

was gifted a cookie press for my birthday~!  it was a lot harder than i thought, but i eventually got the hang of it.  i made peanut butter and nutella cookie sandwiches.  i unfortunately forgot to take a final picture..but they were yum 🙂

 

and more…but i was pretty bad about taking pictures and documenting my kitchen going-ons.  hopefully some new posts to share soon 🙂

Mango Cheesecakes~!  And I had a special secret ingredient that I’ve been hankering to use..mango extract~!  I think it gave it an extra edge and enhanced the mango puree that I already put in.  I saw the mango extract on a trip to the Philippines and had to buy it because I’ve never seen it before.  I have another special extract from the Philippines up my sleeve…hopefully I will find the perfect dessert to feature it in 🙂

Wanted to make some Japanese inspired cupcakes for some special Japanese guests 🙂

Best.Cookies.Ever.

The NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies and Momofuku Milk Bar’s Fruity Pebbles Cookies

Only notable thing is that there is a substantial drop in yumminess the next day.  Must be eaten on the day of~!

#1 fan was supposed to be eating healthy and was caught bringing a bag of cookies home…oops.. 🙂

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