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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bananas and Soda???

Yum! Those are some pretty nice looking banana cupcakes right? To be honest, that's not my picture I found it on but that's besides the point because all I wanted was the picture. For now at least!!

Here's my issue. I have a tried and true recipe for banana bread that I have tweaked and trimmed and I absolutely love it! I had some bananas lying around the other day but not enough for my recipe and coincidentally I received an email with a banana cupcake recipe that asked for the exact amount of bananas that I had! 

Well, needless to say I decided to try it out right away. Here's my problem, the recipe did not ask for baking soda. At first I didn't give it much thought, but after I had them in the oven (of course!) I thought what?? No baking soda?? That's weird. First banana bread or cupcake recipe that I see that has no baking soda.

I know what you're thinking, flat cupcakes right? Well no, rising wasn't the problem because the recipe did call for baking powder, so that was fine. So what was it??

Texture! And worst of all, color!!!

OMG!!!! Horrible, sad looking little cupcakes! And they were dense and not at all melt in your mouth good!!!

So, here's a tip, always, always, ALWAYS use baking soda, NO MATTER WHAT THE RECIPE SAYS!!! If you don't, your bread, cake or cupcakes will come out all gray looking and... and... and... just not right at all!

If you have a recipe disaster, please share it!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hola Dora!

These are Dora the Explorer themed cupcakes that I made for my friend's daughter's birthday, wew, what a mouthfull. The little cutie celebrated her 2nd birthday and she wanted a Dora the Explorer theme. 
I pondered whether or not to make Dora, the monkey, the map (sorry, don't really know the names). In the end, I really liked the simplicity of the stars, plus I thought their faces came out really cute!
Pretty cute huh?!
Red velvet cupcakes with Buttercream icing mmmm can you say yummy??
Thankfully, everyone loved them, specially the dad!!

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