Monday, April 23, 2018

Tasty Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies

Anything. I repeat. ANYTHING is awesome if you dip it in chocolate! Just like these cookies!

Sugar cookies are in themselves a treat. They're simple yet packed with such a grand punch of flavor. So once upon a time, when I was baking sugar cookies, I decided to step up their game and dip them in chocolate! A delicious layer of sweet chocolate candy coating would just be perfect, I thought. And of course with a baby niece running around my baking station I just had to shower some sprinkles over the cookies. She loves sprinkles! So I love the look on her face when I add sprinkles to anything! These cookies were entirely dedicated to my baby niece Gubby! *insert kisses here*

I added these delicious chocolate dipped sugar cookies to the Ramadan favors box we gave out back in 2016 too and they were a hit! Everybody loved them! They were actually quite addictive, if you ask me. We were having trouble staying away from them such that there was a risk of running out before all those favor boxes were filled up! *laughs*

I thoroughly enjoyed the making of these cookies. It was oddly satisfying. I baked up a batch of fresh vanilla sugar cookies first. Once they were completely cooled (and we'd eaten a couple!) I melted some chocolate candy and then enjoyed myself to the max dipping them sort of halfway in. I placed the cookies on a cookie sheet so the chocolate would set but before that could happen I showered a good bit of sprinkles over them all. It was such great fun making them!

See how adorable they looked?

The cookies were soft with the perfect little bite to them. The chocolate was delicious and rich. The sprinkles were super cute and looked so pretty. I was in love with how pretty these cookies turned out! They were so appealing, they were calling out to us. "Pick me, pick me!" I heard that. At least I thought I did. *laughs

Gubby LOVED these cookies so much. They were everything she loved! She loves my vanilla sugar cookies, she is a super fan of chocolate, and she smiles extra wide and bright at the sight of sprinkles. If you ask me, the satisfaction I felt seeing her devour my cookies was far greater than how I felt when the compliments poured in from people whom we'd sent out the favors to. Everyone said they loved the cookies, some of my friends even asked for more! My baby doll however loved them the most. She was ecstatic to see them and everyday when it would be cookie time her face would light up! Adorable cookies for my most adorable little Gubbster! *heart melting* BRB, gotta go get a hold of my melting heart!

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sour Cream Blueberry Crumb Muffins

You've just walked into a gourmet cafe bakery thingy where the sweet scent of blueberry cinnamon-y goodness has wafted through the air to greet your senses. It is deliciousness at its finest. It's gourmet!

The Sour Cream Blueberry Crumb Muffins were straight out of a gourmet cafe, I tell you! The typical classy look, the extremely intense flavors, the deliciousness ... only better and home made!

I took the picture above when the muffins came out fresh from the oven. The blueberries were bubbling, the crumbs were shining with cinnamon sugar, and the house smelled heavenly rich of sweetness. I'm crazy for desserts topped with cinnamon-ish crumbs. I just am totally in love with the taste and feel of those crumbs in my mouth. Deep, deep, deep kind of love. These muffins were basically love for me! So good!

If I were to describe these muffins in the fewest number of words I'd say they were 'classically intense'. Yesssss, those are the perfect words for them.

I might be totally crazy here but let me say this ... I think that there are certain baked desserts which fit the most perfectly in white plain cupcake liners. Something about those white liners is classic, especially how they go transparent-ish once baked. My Sour Cream Blueberry Crumb Muffins peeked through the liners, tantalizing whoever set their eyes upon them. If looks could kill ...

These muffins weren't just stunning. They were intense. The sour cream lent a certain extreme kind of moistness to the muffins which contrasted with the crunchiness of the crumbs in the most deliciously serious war of textures. The flavors were a heavenly combination as it is: blueberries, cinnamon, sugar, butter. What could go wrong? This was perfection. This was it. This was just it. Please tell me I'm not the only one who wants to grab this muffin off my screen and stuff it in my face immediately. Asap. Aaaahhhhh! I can not handle this!

Let me tell you something, I don't enjoy eating fresh blueberries. Yes, you heard me right. I don't enjoy eating fresh blueberries but when you bake them, I go bonkers. I can stuff batches of baked blueberry desserts down my throat and not grow tired of them. Oh and the combination of blueberries and cinnamon? Out of the world. And buttery crumbs? CRAZY! And these muffins? Absolutely delicious. Absolutely mind blowingly amazing! Gourmet. Classic. Love. I think I need help now that I've revisited them in these pictures again!

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Raking The Fall Foliage Cupcakes

Autumn is my favorite season of all. I love everything about it from that crispness in the air, the teasing chilly atmosphere, and the beautifully changing colors all around me. Fall truly is the time when the earth sheds everything old and dull off and decides to turn over a new leaf. Pun intended! So once upon a start of Fall I decided to make some beautiful cupcakes to celebrate the beauty of the season!

When I made these Fall Foliage cupcakes I did so entirely because I had frosting leftover from another baking project. I didn't want to waste it so I decided to have some fun. I baked delicious chocolate cupcakes and then thought about how to decorate them. At that time the only thing on my mind was the beautiful season of Fall so that's what I ended up doing! Don't they look beautiful, just like Autumn!

I wanted these cupcakes to be as Autumn like as possible. I wanted them to instantly shout Fall! Even the cupcake liners I used were Fall themed. They were white liners with Fall colored leaves all over them. They went wonderfully with my theme!

My Fall Foliage cupcakes were a super simple presentation with a grand wow. I added fondant leaves on top of beautifully piped perfect swirls of burning orange colored buttercream and then sprinkled some Fall-ish sprinkles on top. They captured the essence of Fall so well! The colors were perfect.

Each year when Fall arrives I'm fascinated and left speechless at the varieties of colors that I see. The time before sunset, when the sun is shining over the leaves one last time before day changes to night is a particularly stunning time. The sun shines on the color changing leaves such that it seems like the trees are burning orange. It was that orange which I captured with my buttercream swirls and those color changing leaves which I added on top of them. Let me show off the color changing fondant leaves ...

See how stunning the leaf atop this cupcake looks? Just like it is during Fall!

The beautiful bit is that years ago I'd picked up a leaf while walking on campus back in my college days. It had looked exactly like this one above. I had stared at it in awe because it was green on top and a bright bright fiery red towards the bottom! Beautiful!

Check out the detailing! Look at the veins of the leaves. Everything was just perfect!

Here's another stunning one!

TOO PRETTY! I just can't stop staring at them all! To make the leaves I marbled red, green, and yellow fondant together. This time I did an extremely intricate marble effect because the leaves were to be small and I wanted the colors to look like they were actual real leaves transitioning from lush green to the colors of Fall! Once I'd marbled the fondant I cut out the leaves and they looked brilliant! Finally first I sprinkled the buttercream swirls with some Fall colored and leaf shaped sprinkles and then added the leaves' toppers on top.

I just knew once I was done decorating these cupcakes that I had to take them outside for a photo shoot. I took a couple outside and then snapped them against the color changing leaves in my backyard. They looked perfect!

They truly depicted Fall just the way I'd imagined them to and once I took them outside they perfectly blended with the real trees in the background. Don't they look absolutely stunning?

These cupcakes were the perfect way to bring in Fall - the favorite and most happening seasoning for my family. The cupcakes were so delicious too! The chocolate sponge was fluffy and moist and to-die-for and the sweet vanilla buttercream was just out-of-the-world mind blowing! This was such a simple affair yet such a stunning one! Look at them. They're so seasonal I almost feel like it's Fall again! *sighs* Oh dear Autumn, please come soon so I can bake more Fall Foliage cupcakes!

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Quirky Mad Hatter's Cupcake Poppers

Down the rabbit hole we shall go today!

The Mad Hatter's Cupcake Poppers!
Scrumptious, adorable, absolutely quirky, and completely crazy cupcake poppers!
Once upon a time, these vibrant little things were served at Abbie's Alice In Wonderland themed birthday tea party. I still remember the mad chaos we had had in our house back then. It was just like the craziness Alice found down the rabbit hole. Our first ever baby niece was expected any moment - literally! Dad had flown over to meet his first grandchild. And it was Abbie's birthday. We'd been going crazy. We'd been running in various directions doing various things and amidst the bedlam I was befuddled by the thought of baking and decorating an entire themed cake. So Abbie decided she'd celebrate over cupcakes. Now of course, I wasn't going to let that happen. I was already looking woebegone over the thought of letting a birthday pass without a cake. So I decided that if there would be no cake there would be VARIOUS other things. I ended up baking an entire themed tea party for Abbie and truth be told, I think it turned out even more fabulous than I'd imagined!

There were Alice In Wonderland themed cupcakes, Cheshire Cat inspired cookies, and these quirky Mad Hatter's cupcake poppers. Now, cupcake poppers aren't usually the most commonly appearing desserts so let me first tell you what they really are. Consider cupcake poppers the cupcake version of whoopie pies. So basically you bake up some extremely delicious cupcakes and then serve them sandwich style with buttercream stuffed in the middle. Delicious!!!

Cupcake poppers generally are made from mini cupcakes but since I wanted my collection to be the craziest, wonkiest, and quirkiest I made both mini cupcakes and the bigger ones. The different sizes when put together in the end made for an even crazier presentation. It really did look like the Mad Hatter would serve these at his tea party! *laughs*

I made sure the colors were stunningly vibrant! And I even mix and matched the sandwich tops and bottoms so they'd look crazy. My cupcake poppers looked so adorable and wacky! Oh sorry, the MAD HATTER'S cupcake poppers I mean. *coughs*

Aren't they the cutest? And super duper duper delicious too!

The poppers were a hit! Plus because they were so bite sized they were literally gone in the blink of an eye! *laughs* Revisiting these pictures has made me crave them all over again. I think it's time to get the mini cupcake pan out again!

All the mouth-watering pictures in this post are original Sara's Baked Creations' content. Please have some shame and refrain from copying, recreating, and cheating without giving proper credit and mention!
Sara’s Baked Creations is on Mission Sweetness! Sara and Abbie are hobby bakers who bake for friends and family only. We are not a commercial bakery business; it gives us joy to spread smiles while enjoying sisterhood and living our passion for baking.

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