Friday, November 5, 2010

My First Post: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes & Chocolate Martinis

So, I have been cooking and baking since my sophomore year of college, all self taught. Finally, one of my close friends, Meg McCluskey (shout out) gave me the great idea of making a blog.  This is it.  We have spent about 2 hours tonight trying to set up my blog, and all we have to show for it is this one photo.  So I hope you enjoy :)  Pictured here are peanut butter chocolate cupcakes and Godiva chocolate martinis, which were much needed while attempting to make this blog. Looking back, maybe the martinis have something to do with our blog failures of this evening. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes:
Makes: About 3 cups.

  • 1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups (approx. 1 lb.) confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 4-6 tablespoons milk
Cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add peanut butter and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Re-whip before using.

Source: Adapted from Wilton

Picture by Meg McCluskey

Godiva Chocolate Martini:

  • 6oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur 
  • 6oz Creme de Cacoa
  • 2oz Vodka
  • 10 oz Whipping cream
  • Hershey's chocolate syrup

swirl martini glasses with Hershey's Chocolate Syrup.  Mix all other ingredients, shake, pour, and enjoy! 

1 comment:

  1. I didn't get to try the cupcakes, but the martinis were quite good.