I have a lot to be thankful for. I have two wonderful kitties who cuddle and snuggle and actually like us and not always just because we feed them. I have a horse who gives me unconditional love and lets me hug her when I need some silent comfort. I have a handsome fiance who supports my passions and helps me be more open minded. I have a KitchenAid mixer from my parents which makes baking so much easier. And because of said KitchenAid mixers, I was able to make delicious Portal cupcakes that won over my first wedding couple and help me launch forward towards my dreams. What are Portal cupcakes you ask? Well, you see it all started with a video game. And I think while you read this blog post you should also be listening to this. Ok, that’s better. So in this game there is a cake. Well maybe there isn’t a cake. You know I am not quite sure what the story is with the cake because I never played the game. And there is something about the cake being a lie? I am not quite sure. But anyway, I was approached by this couple that they wanted this cake at their wedding. 120 times. In cupcake form. I was about to turn that lie into truth. And on Sunday, they came to see the creation and by the mmm’s and ahh’s, I can only assume they liked it. And the fact that they were ready to hire me right then and there. That made me feel very happy. Oh you want to know what these lying cakes look like? Oh I suppose I can give you a visual.
Everything was completely homemade. And yes I made three different types. One with cherries on top and also a cherry frosting filling. One with just cherries on top. And then one with M&Ms, which gave the more authentic look that they wanted. They decided to go with a combination of the cherry filling and also the M&Ms. I am so excited to get to work on this. Can it be June yet? Just skip over winter. (though I am excited for all the baking possibilities this winter… oh darn it. I guess I will just have to be patient!).
Yes, I have a lot to be thankful for. Sushi. Cookies. Cupcakes. Friends. In 22 years, I feel like I have reached a good place, but it is in my nature for wanting something a little more. The hardest part about turning 22 was talking to my dad. And I wished with all my might for one single thing. For one thing. Not roller blades or a pink dolphin to keep in the bath tub. I did not wish for extreme wealth nor did I wish for a brand new car. No what I wished for on my birthday was a cure for cancer. Was for my dad to get better so I could celebrate more birthdays with him. So we could laugh again, and he could beat me at cards. I longed for his birthday speech about being another year older and thinking about where I want to go with life. That’s all I want.
But when it comes to Birthdays, it isn’t just about the wishes we make. It also involves cake. And I decided to make my own cake this year. My favorite candy in the world is Reese Peanut Butter Cups. Oh man. You can make me walk to the end of the earth by just waving one of those bad boys in front of my face. Ok. It might take 5 to make me walk to the end of the earth. But I love them a lot. So I decided to make a cake to represent this tasty creation.
Not bad for never taking a cake decorating class… right?! Haha. Okay it wasn’t the most beautiful cake in the world. That is why I usually stick to cupcakes. But it is pretty darn tasty!
It is chocolate cake with a peanut butter frosting in between the layers, a chocolate glaze frosting, and peanut butter frosting accents and writing.
1 Cup Strong Brewed Coffee
1 3/4 Cup Flour
1 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 Cup (1 stick) Butter, softened
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 9in circular cake pans. Brew coffee.
2. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt on wax paper or in a small bowl.
3. With the electric mixer, beat butter until smooth. Slowly add in the granulated sugar until butter and sugar is well mixed. Then beat in the brown sugar. Scrape bowl. Add eggs in one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract and milk.
4. Slowly add in the flour mixture and coffee, alternating between the 2. Be careful not to over beat.
5. Separate the batter equally between the two pans. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
6. Let the cakes cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before putting them on a cooling rack.
Peanut Butter Frosting
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2-4 tablespoons of milk (depending on what consistency you want)
Chocolate Frosting Glaze
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar (feel free to add more to get the consistency you want)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup milk
Decorate as you please!
Then serve up and eat! Tastes just like a Reese Peanut Butter Cup. Enjoy!