My brother's family gave me a gift card to Michael's arts and craft for Christmas. I used it (along with those cool 40% off coupons) to get this Wilton cake decorating tip set. I have no idea what they all "do", but I might take a class later.
Thus, everything is about frosting.
I made Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting via Everyday Food. I didn't have any low-fat yogurt in the house so I used sour cream instead. Yes, nothing like increasing the fat content of your dessert!
I shredded the carrots using the small grates. The recipe is very easy!
These cupcakes don't rise very much so I should have filled them a bit more. The recipe makes 12 but I tossed some of the batter because I thought I had too much.
The frosting was yum and very simple. The addition of some orange zest gives the frosting a great look and taste. I used a star tip to create some stars and swirly frosting.
Next up, Baking Illustrated's Vanilla Cupcakes were topped with some a chocolate buttercream frosting via Everyday Food. I used the Wilton tip with a little hole (can't remember the number) to make this chocolate chip looking design.
Other stuff: This weekend, I went to the L.A. Derby Dolls season opener. Yes, roller derby is back. Sumi's friend Julie had her birthday party there (Julie has even gone to a few trainings...so we are waiting for her debut). Alexis Arquette sang the national anthem, and there were lots of bruises and ice packs on the skaters. Hot Dog on the Stick sold corn dogs and lemonade in the parking lot. You know you are at a true Los Angeles scene when you overhear someone say, "But I don't know if they're vegan" about the veggie burgers offered by another roach coach. (Poster design by: Jordan Crane)
I also volunteered at KCRW during the pledge drive so I didn't bake at all. Los Angeles listeners to the best public radio around: don't forget to pledge!!
Have a great week!