Monday, July 5, 2010
Creme De La Creme
Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful Sunday that was full of family and fun. While my parents were at a Chili cookoff in Fredricksburg, I stayed home and took care of the Chocolate Mess (my chocolate lab). His name is Charlie Brown but he has a few other nicknames including Buddha, and Cupcake. Somehow, Charlie always finds the freshly cooked cupcakes. I usually take the cupcakes into the dining room so I can get some good light while I'm piping or decorating. I have recently forgotten to move the cupcakes and he puts his huge paws up on the table and digs in! He is very smooth though, he never leaves a crumb! I would never know that he did anything wrong except for the fact that he runs to his kennel with his tail in between his legs. Therefore, his new nickname is cupcake and I think he is rather fond of it!
The picture above is of my newest creation (Charlie didn't get to try these)! These actually took a few hours to make, which I wasn't expecting. I made them for the fourth, to take to my Grandma's house. After they chilled in the fridge for 2 hours, I made the frosting, which consists of vanilla beans, heavy creme, milk, 8 egg yolks, and 5 tablespoons of corn flour. After whipping up the custard, I froze them for about an hour. After tasting them, I have decided to make a few changes. NO corn flour! The corn flour makes the cupcake taste a bit like a corn tortilla. YUCK!!! Who wants to taste a tortilla in their cupcake? Not me (although I'm sure Cupcake wouldn't mind). I have also decided to make the actual cupcake part a little thinner, it was a bit too thick. These would probably be better as a mini cupcake as well. I was super excited about using my hand held torch, and luckily I only burned down half of the kitchen ;) I only burned a few cupcake liners, but that's about it!
As I said before, I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! Tootles!