Busy Morning of Baking!!

Posted on 02/17/2013 by nullita2102
This is the first time I have posted in this community and the stuff I bake isn't half as good as some of the stuff I have seen in the community so far, but I have started to really get in to baking and I am hoping to get tips / ideas from you guys.

I don't get to bake as often as I would like because stupid work gets in the way, but when I do get to spend some time in the kitchen, I like to bake new things.

It is my Birthday on Thursday this week and at work we do this thing, where when it is your Birthday you bring in cakes to celebrate. Most people usually buy the cakes, but I like to use this as a reason to bake something, hopefully, yummy! I tend to do most of my baking for work anyway. I have found my work colleagues are the best guinea pigs and they can be very honest about whether they like something or not lol.

I decided to bake this morning chocolate chip cookies. I know, I know, this isn't very creative or difficult, but I am more of a cake baker, and not great at biscuits/cookies. So, I thought I would try today to master the chocolate chip cookie! They look ok and my Mum says the cookie I let her try tasted like a cookie, so that's a good start lol. But at the end of the day, this is my Mum and she would probably only say nice things lol. So the true test will be my work buddies tomorrow. Fingers crossed they like them! If they do, I will make sure my next biscuit will be a bit more of a challenge!! I need to use the lovely biscuit cutters my BFF bought me for Christmas.

After making my cookies, I then went back to what I'm used to making, the good ol' cupcake!! I love cupcakes, the soft sponge and the butter cream icing on top is always soooooo yummy! I also love decorating them. You can make them look so inviting with simple decoration. I decided to make lemon cupcakes this morning. I thought it would be nice and refreshing and not too sweet as the cookies would be quite sweet. I also used a summery decoration (flowers / butterflies) as even though it is Feb in England, it is actually a lovely sunny day and it is meant to be a sunny week this week, so I thought I would celebrate finally seeing the sunshine after sooooooooooo long of snow / rain and darkness with some bright decorations!

I know everyone will have a recipe for the chocolate chip cookie, but if anyone is interested to know a recipe for the Lemon Cupcake, let me know. But I'm sure you can all guess how it's made haha.

Like I said, I know my stuff isn't half as amazing what is posted on here, but I am new and learning!!

[Pics of Cookies & Cupcakes]
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gileswench 17th-Feb-2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
The cookies look like chocolate chip cookies: delicious. As for your cupcakes, they're adorable. So there.

Know something that's really tasty in chocolate chip cookies and nobody expects it? Cinnamon. When I make chocolate chip cookies (pretty much the only cookie I bake most years) I use the best semisweet/bittersweet chips I can afford with a high cacao content, and then add some cinnamon and a dash of cloves. People go crazy trying to figure out what makes them so good, but it's ridiculously simple. I don't dare go to a party at my next-door neighbors' house without at least a triple batch. If I don't bring that many, I won't get one at all!
gileswench 17th-Feb-2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
Oh! And I meant to say Happy Birthday! May you get lots of happy feedback on your baking efforts from your co-workers and whatever else you want most.
weeping_daphne 17th-Feb-2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
Looks yummy! I like your cupcake decorations too.

Chocolate chip cookies are one of those things that seem really easy but actually have several challenging aspects (OK, I'm talking about me).

For instance, mine always come out crunchy/oddly shaped and I want them to be squishy and thick and uniform. Not crunchy and thin and weird.

They just never quite come out the way I want.
fallenthropy 18th-Feb-2013 01:01 am (UTC)
Do you use 1 cup brown or 1 cup white sugar? Reversing the ratios of the sugar sometimes helps. As does using yellow sugar.

Chocolate chip cookies I don't seem to have issues with. But I'm the idiot who can't make rice crispy squares.
sinkwriter 17th-Feb-2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
Those are some happy, springy cupcake decorations! I love it. Especially because it's February and wintery here in Illinois, so I'm eager for the sunshine and warmth. Any day now..... :D

I think your decorations are beautiful.

And Happy (early) Birthday to you!
doc__holliday 18th-Feb-2013 12:51 am (UTC)
Those cupcakes look amazing!
And yay for birthdays!! My birthday is on Sunday! Go Pisces!
fallenthropy 18th-Feb-2013 01:01 am (UTC)
the cookies look like they'll be wonderful. Good colour and not too thin. :)
marlina_a 18th-Feb-2013 07:01 am (UTC)
They look delicious! Especially the cupcakes. :9
imidealistic 18th-Feb-2013 08:26 am (UTC)
the cupcakes are really pretty!
nullita2102 18th-Feb-2013 08:36 am (UTC)

oooh cinnamon sounds amazing.  I will have to try that next time....thanks!

Thank you for your comment on my stuff. I'm really nervous about everyone trying it, but they have all said they look good, so fingers crossed!

nullita2102 18th-Feb-2013 08:37 am (UTC)

awww thank you!! :-D

nullita2102 18th-Feb-2013 08:39 am (UTC)

thank you!

yeah that's the problem I have had with cookies / biscuits! they never seem to go how I planned lol. my biggest trouble is they turn out too cake like!! I'm hoping these are ok!!

nullita2102 18th-Feb-2013 08:40 am (UTC)

awww thank you! we could do with some sunshine too and luckily the sun is shining today so it matches my cupcakes hehe :-D

nullita2102 18th-Feb-2013 08:42 am (UTC)

thank you!

Pisces are the best aren't they?  :-D

nullita2102 18th-Feb-2013 08:43 am (UTC)

thank you! I hope they taste as good ss they look!

nullita2102 18th-Feb-2013 08:43 am (UTC)

awwwww thanks! all these wonderful comments! not so nervous now :-D

nullita2102 18th-Feb-2013 08:46 am (UTC)

thanks! I do like girly stuff sometimes and even though the men at work probably won't appreciate it I know me and the only other girl in the office will!!

Klaus Jensen Happy Birthday18th-Feb-2013 10:09 am (UTC)
I don't know much about baking but I'd like to wish you a happy birthday though. :-)
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mclarenk876 18th-Feb-2013 10:58 am (UTC)
It's a very interested for me!I bake for my kids every week. I will glad to help,to someone who want to learn some more about Russian baking.
bio_mancer 18th-Feb-2013 11:14 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, those cupcakes are just beautiful.
I don't get to bake too often anymore either.
Since I've been pregnant with my daughter, I'm afraid cakes, cupcakes, etc are what make me sick this time around XD;
But those really do look awesome!
smittenlilly 18th-Feb-2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
Adorable cupcakes :)
nullita2102 19th-Feb-2013 01:42 pm (UTC)

thank you :-D

nullita2102 19th-Feb-2013 01:43 pm (UTC)

thanks! I wish I could bake all the time lol

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